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iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7: A head-to-head tablet comparison

Jon Gold | Oct. 24, 2012
Apple made a point of doing a side-by-side comparison of its new iPad Mini with Google's Nexus 7 at the launch event Tuesday in San Jose, highlighting the mini tablet's thinness, larger viewable screen area and custom app compatibility.

VALUE FOR MONEY: The iPad Mini will sell plenty of units, of course -- Apple's dedicated fan base will see to that -- but the device simply does not outstrip the competition on features. It also comes with a substantial price premium -- the base model with Wi-Fi connectivity only and 16GB of storage goes for $329 -- which could prevent it from dominating the 7-inch tablet market.

While it's still an impressive device, Apple presented it as the new state-of-the-art in the small tablet space -- but it's not. The Nexus 7 offers a higher-resolution display and superior hardware, which most would consider key points for a tablet.

What's more, it offers those advantages while costing $80 less, when similarly equipped. (16GB storage, Wi-Fi only.) To many users, Apple's superior app ecosystem and stylish design will be worth the extra dough and 18-month-old internals. However, the company can't really be said to have conquered the small tablet market with cheaper, more powerful rivals like the Nexus 7 already in place.

 

 

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