Details on iPad Mini, Kindle, other small tablets

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Shoppers looking for smaller tablets will have plenty of choices this holiday season. Here's a comparison of the tablets that have screens measuring roughly 7 inches diagonally:

Apple Inc.'s iPad Mini

-- Price: $329 for base model with Wi-Fi only and 16 gigabytes of storage, $429 with 32 GB, $529 with 64 GB. Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.

-- Screen size: 7.9 inches diagonally

-- Screen resolution: 1024 by 768 pixels, 162 pixels per inch

-- Weight: 0.68 pound (0.69 pound for cellular versions)

-- Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing

-- Battery life: 10 hours

-- Operating system: Apple's iOS

Pros: Looks great. Unmatched access to third-party applications, high-quality Apple software and the iTunes store. Large screen. Available with access to fast 4G wireless broadband networks, starting at $459.

Cons: Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. Screen is of relatively low resolution.

Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire HD.

-- Price: $199 with 16 gigabytes of storage, $249 with 32 GB

-- Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

-- Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels, 216 pixels per inch

-- Weight: 0.87 pound.

-- Cameras: Front-facing camera.

-- Battery life: 11 hours.

-- Operating system: Modified version of Google's Android

Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store. Speakers on either side of screen for good stereo effect.

Cons: Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. No rear camera for taking video and photos. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

Amazon.com Inc.'s regular Kindle Fire:

-- Price: $159 with 8 gigabytes of storage

-- Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

-- Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels, 170 pixels per inch

-- Weight: 0.88 pounds

-- Cameras: none

-- Battery life: 8.5 hours.

-- Operating system: Modified version of Google's Android

Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store.

Cons: No-frills tablet lacks camera and microphone. Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. Data storage is small and cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for cellular wireless broadband.

Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook HD

-- Price: $199 with 8 gigabytes of storage, $229 with 16 GB

-- Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

-- Screen resolution: 1440 by 900 pixels, 242 pixels per inch

-- Weight: 0.69 pound

-- Cameras: None

-- Battery life: Up to 10.5 hours of reading and up to 9 hours of video

-- Operating system: Modified version of Google's Android

Pros: Storage memory is expandable with microSD card. Sharpest screen. Light.

Cons: Selection of third-party applications is small. Lacks cameras and option for cellular broadband.

Google Inc.'s Nexus 7

-- Price: $199 with 16 gigabytes of storage, $249 with 32 GB. Add $50 for 32 GB model with cellular capability.

-- Screen size: 7 inches diagonally,

-- Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels, 216 pixels per inch

-- Weight: 0.75 pounds

-- Cameras: Front-facing, 1.2 megapixel camera

-- Battery life: 10 hours

-- Operating system: Google's Android

Pros: Access to a wide 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: Integrates with Google Play store, which is still new and isn't as robust as Apple or Amazon's stores. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.