The new models are available in the US starting Tuesday through Google's online Play store and the following retailers: Best Buy, Gamestop, Walmart, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, Radio Shack, J&R and B&H Photo.
A version with cellular capability is coming later with support for T-Mobile and Verizon.
Here's a look at how the new Nexus 7 compares with last year's model and other tablets with comparable screens.
- Price: $229 with 16 gigabytes of storage, $269 for 32 GB. Add $80 for 32 GB model with cellular capability.
- Screen size: 7 inches diagonally
- Screen resolution: 1920 x 1200 (323 pixels per inch)
- Size: height: 7.87 inches; width 4.49 inches; thickness: 0.34 inch (200 by 114 by 8.65 millimeters)
- Weight: 10.2 ounces (290 grams) for base model, 10.5 ounces (299 grams) for cellular version
- Cameras: 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
- Battery life: 9 hours
- Operating system: Google's Android
Pros: Access to a variety of games, utilities and other software for Android devices, though not as extensive as apps available for iPad. Option for cellular wireless broadband.
Cons: Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.
Text: Associated Press
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