|Trouble reading this? Click here.||Number 137 - February 28, 2013|
As we gathered comparative data, it grew into a long (read tedious) spreadsheet, and much too technical. Therefore, we did a blog post summarizing our findings in basic terms. Click here to read it. If you don't want to wade through the details, here's the spoiler: if quality and breadth of infrastructure are your primary concerns, the iPad is the winner, outright; if price, and particularly bang-for-the-buck are your concerns, the Nexus 10, at $399, is your best answer; if entertainment (books, movies, magazines, games) is your primary motivation, and price means almost everything, then the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is the winner; the Surface was an also ran in every category except that it does run a version of Windows and has a preview version of Office—if in fact those are advantages—but its performance was poor, or in a few cases not any better, compared with the others.
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