The New iPad Comparison: How It Stacks Up to Other Leading Tablets

By Brent Rose on at

Well, it's finally here, Apple's new hotness. But how does it compare to the new hotness from Asus, Samsung, Amazon, BlackBerry, or heck, the iPad 2? We've got you covered with this head-to-head spec sheet.

Clearly the toughest competitor in this chart is the Asus Transformer Infinity. The new iPad has it beaten on pixels per inch, but not by a ton. On paper it looks like the Transformer Infinity crushes the new iPad in terms of guts—the quad-core Tegra 3 is one mean mother—but we'll have to wait and see how Apple's new A5X performs in benchmark tests. Similarly spec'd Android tablets will be coming out all year, which means, considering this is a new product, Apple may not be as far of the curve (technology wise) as one would hope. At the same time, Apple products have a long history of outperforming their specs so let's not jump to conclusions just yet.

The new iPad pretty much annihilates everything else in the chart. It's hard to see a single compelling reason to take the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 over the new iPad. Amazon's Kindle Fire and BlackBerry's Playbook likewise get chomped, but here at least there is a significant difference in price. For people who primarily want a tablet for reading books and watching the occasional movie, the Kindle Fire might just be a more frugal investment, when it finally launches here in the UK (though you can easily import one from the US, using Amazon.)

The iPad costs £399, £499, or £599 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version at 16, 32, and 64GB, respectively, while the Transformer Infinity from ASUS is going to come in at £500. The iPad 2, as you probably know, used to cost £399, but will come down in price to £329 now the new iPad is out. As aforementioned, the Kindle Fire isn't on sale here in the UK, but at $200 (£130), even if shipping is a further £50, it's still a bargain compared to the rest. And the BlackBerry PlayBook? Well, if you want to saddle yourself with that tablet, you can regularly find them for £200 in our daily Dealzmodo posts.