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Surface RT, iPad or Kindle: Need help deciding on your next tablet?

Now that we know what Microsoft’s Surface tablet looks like, it’s a good time to compare specs for the Surface to two of the other most popular tablets on the market: Apple’s new iPad and Kindle Fire HD.

Microsoft Surface RT

Dimensions: 6.7 x 10.8 x 0.37 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Screen size: 10.6 inches
Operating system: Windows RT
Screen resolution: 1,366 x 768
Pixels: 148 ppi
CPU: Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3
Connectors: USB 2.0, microHDMI
Storage capacity: 32GB or 64GB
Battery life: 8 hours with mixed activity
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera specs: Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing
Pricing: $499 for 32GB, $599 for 32GB and Touch Cover, $699 for 64GB and Touch Cover

Apple iPad

Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.5 x 0.37 inches
Weight: 1.44 or 1.46 pounds
Screen size: 9.7 inches
Operating system: iOS 6
Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536
Pixels: 264 ppi
CPU: Dual-core 1GHz Apple A5X (quad-core graphics)
Connectors: Apple 30-pin dock connector
Storage capacity: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
Battery life: 10 hours of video playback (11,666 mAh)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Bluetooth 4.0
Camera specs: 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera
Pricing: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB (Wi-Fi); $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, $829 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + cellular)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.4 x 0.35 inches
Weight: 1.25 pounds
Screen size: 8.9 inches
Operating system: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,200
Pixels: 254 ppi
CPU: Dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4470
Connectors: microUSB, microHDMI
Storage capacity: 16GB or 32GB
Battery life: 9 hours
Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi or dual-band Wi-Fi and 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Bluetooth
Camera specs: HD front-facing camera
Pricing: $299 for 16GB, $369 for 32GB (Wi-Fi); $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + cellular)

The Surface RT faces some stiff competition. Regardless of the type of device, you have to decide what’s most important and determine what’s the best investment for you. Diehard Apple loyalists, we’re not talking about you.

Thanks to the folks at Mashable for putting together this comprehensive summary.

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