How do these two compare to a tech (Apple, ARM, RIM, Asustek, etc) company? I ask this because I lost interest in doing computer engineering however working at RIM for coop has sparked my interest again. Where would I fit coming back to this company with a physics+CE masters? Would the engineer undergrads get snapped up long before me? It seems like a masters can't fully full the void between physics and computer engineering. Do most of these companies have (large) research groups that would welcome materials-like research for, say, chips or HDDs? Thanks.