NEW YORK —
iPad competitors set to hit the market this month include Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition, which is one of the few that costs more than the iPad Air. Its 16 gigabyte version starts at $550. But Amazon.com's Kindle Fire HDX, which like the Samsung tablet runs on the Android operating system, starts at $299.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has put a big marketing push behind its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets, which start at $449 and $899, respectively. The tablets are aimed at business professionals and could attract buyers who want access to Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office applications, something iPads and Android tablets don't offer.