Giz Au Editor’s Note: I’ve edited this story down from its rather enthusiastic original state.
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 lot. 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 ahead 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 outpaces most of the other tablets in the chart, from the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to the Amazon Kindle Fire to the BlackBerry’s Playbook, although the latter two do benefit from a significant difference in price. $US200 is very cheap. 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.
*Note the forthcoming 4G LTE version of the Transformer Infinity will feature Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor in stead of the quad-core Tegra 3. You might thing that’s a step down, but initial benchmarking of the S4 has been extremely good, so in most contexts performance is likely to be just as solid.