Some models come with LTE connectivity, like the Kindle Fire HD. It naturally comes with 802.11a/b/g/m Wi-Fi and a Lightning port too.
Basically, this is a reduced iPad 2. It uses the same dual-core A5 processor, memory and storage as that model, but in a reduced package.
Like all the iPads, it comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors.
Apple claims a 10 hour battery life surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music, using its 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.
The Nexus 7 is rated by Google at 8 hours.
It has a FaceTime HD camera, which is better than the one in iPad 2. It’s comparable to the Nexus 7, which is 1.2 megapixels too. The iPad has a backside illuminated sensor and, like its older sibling, it supports Face detection.
Like the bigger iPad, it comes with a 5 megapixel camera on the back. This is something that neither the Nexus 7 nor the Kindle Fire HD have.
Price and availability
If you were hoping for a $250 starting point, brace yourself for disappointment. It starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi only version, with 16GB of storage. The 32GB and 64GB are $429 and $529. If you want the LTE connectivity, you will have to pay $130 more.
The Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 don’t have LTE support at any price point (if you want LTE on the Fire HD, you have to get the 8.9-inch model, which is the competition to the iPad 4 starting at $499 for the 32GB model). On the Wi-Fi front, however, both Android tablets have a much better price, specially the Fire HD, which is $199 for the 16GB model. The $199 Nexus 7 will only get you 8GB.
You can start pre-order this Friday, October 26, and receive the Wi-Fi version on Friday next week, November 2. The cellular versions will come first to the US, two weeks after that date. They will come later to the rest of the world (no announcement yet).
The iPad 2 remains at $399, by the way—the iPad 3 is gone, replaced by the 4th generation model at $499.