Real Time Advice: Some experts say consumers poring over the extras of the new gadget might be better off saving their cash.
By QUENTIN FOTTRELL - Smart Money
Apple enthusiasts point out the latest tablet, which CEO Tim Cook unveiled today in San Francisco, offers twice the screen resolution of prior models, four times the graphics power, a 5-megapixel camera, and voice dictation capability -- all for the same starting price. The screen-resolution -- which will now match the razor sharp image on the iPhone may be the biggest improvement. "It will be similar to going from a standard definition TV to an HDTV and believe me you'll notice it side by side," says Yung Trang, president of TechBargains.com.
In addition, Apple's competition in the tablet market, while still far behind, is racing to catch up. Android-based rival tablets offer many of the iPad's main features, but are often substantially cheaper. "Without significant upgrades, the door is wide open this year for a competitor, potentially Amazon, to really challenge Apple's crown for the market," says Jeff Haynes, editor of TechBargains.com.
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