When you choose to compete with giants like Amazon, you've definitely got your work cut out for you — but Barnes & Noble's new Nook GlowLight ($120) may have just what it takes to make a go at it. While it may never be able to boast the kind of ecosystem available with Amazon, its feature set and competitive price point make it an option worth considering. They've stuck with e-ink, and made the reading experience better than ever, with 60 percent more pixels, no glare, and a higher 1024 by 768 resolution. They've also put it on a diet, reducing overall weight by nearly a fifth, while the four gigs of storage will hold up to 2,000 books, and the battery will last up to eight weeks on a single charge.
Today, amid rampant consumer and media speculation (as well as some half-hearted industry competition) Apple announced their most powerful, lightest, and thinnest full-sized tablet to date, the iPad Air ($500 and up). At just one pound and 7.5 millimeters thick, it's 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than the previous full-sized iPad — and it's still packed with massive performance improvements. It features an A7 chip built on 64-bit architecture, giving it two times better computing and graphics performance, on top of a battery that lasts up to ten hours. Couple all that with a front-facing HD camera, dual antennas for better wireless performance, a retina display, and an M7 motion coprocessor, and you get a tablet that will have the competition scrambling just to keep up. Available next month.
It looks like Nokia, Microsoft's recent gift-to-itself, is trying to steal a little thunder from Apple's forthcoming new iPads. Aiming to let you work hard and hardly work at the same time, the Nokia Lumia 2520 ($500) is a 10-inch tablet (Nokia's first ever) that comes loaded with Windows 8 and all the boxiness the operating system has to offer. It features 4G LTE connectivity, a full HD screen that's made to look great, even in direct sunlight, while a snap-on keyboard with five hours of battery life lets you type, or touch, giving it the usability of a full-sized machine, with the portability of a tablet. A range of color options are available for you to pick from.