Oct 232012

The iPad Mini was announced today as expected at the Apple Event and what probably was the most shocking for me was the starting price of $329 which puts it way more than the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 7 HD tablets, but is it really that much better to justify the extra cost?


The iPad Mini sports the same dual core A5 processor as the iPad 2 (2nd generation) and the iPad 2 is only $70 more than the iPad Mini.  I love my iPad 2 but honestly if I was in the market for a 7″ tablet I am not sure I would buy the iPad Mini over the Google Nexus 7 which is about $100 less for the 32GB (expected to be out) version of it.


Also, if I was in the market for a tablet the screen size does make a difference and for $70 more I would rather watch movies and engage on a larger 10″ screen than the 7″ screen.  If you wanted to just read books, websites they you wouldn’t be wanting to spend that much money on a 7″ tablet anyway and probably would be going for the Kindle Fire HD.

The Google Nexus 7 has better screen resolution, NFC, much better graphics/gaming capability and supports standard microUSB.  The iPad Mini does have both rear and front facing cameras and a better camera but the Google Nexus 7 does Skype video chat just fine.

CNET does a great job stacking up the models specs so you can see for yourself:


Note how they messed up and said iPhone mini instead of iPad mini.



But one inaccuracy is that the $199 Kindle Fire HD has 1280×800 resolution not 1024×600 as the mention, this was the $159 Kindle Fire model.

I don’t see Apple producing a clear win with the iPad mini, and honestly I have been an Apple tablet supporter for a long time.  Only the iTunes App store which has a much higher quality and larger list of apps would make me consider the iPad Mini over the Google Nexus 7.

If I were getting new 7″ Tablets to giveaway to my readers in a contest, would you prefer I give away a Google 7″ Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini?

Justin Germino
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  • Chuck Cortes

    Nexus 7. I am already in the Android eco system. Dont really wanna start a new one on Apple.

    • We have 2 iPad (2nd generation) and 2 Kindle Fires (1st generation). The recent reports over Amazon bricking Kindle Fires found in violation of DRM and lack of ownership are troubling, the Google Nexus 7 seems the most versatile, but I will be the first to admit that the Android app stores don’t have the polish and are lacking some of the highest quality apps that can be found in iTunes app stores. I think this will change however and soon.

  • I’m doing the Nexus 7 soon.

  • I have great things about the Nexus 7. It will be interesting to see how the iPad Mini does compared to the lower priced, and as it seems, equally good current 7″ tablets.

    • Other bigger tech blogs who already had a copy already did the comparison, the hardware can’t come close to the Google Nexus 7 in terms of power and lower screen resolution than even the Kindle Fire 7″ HD is disturbing. Only the iOS app store would be it’s biggest selling point, and that it has just about the best camera out of any 7″ tablet.

  • Nexus 7 is the best bang for buck, you get a very good spec from a tablet with that price.

    iPad Mini, as usual products from Apple is charging a premium price and you are paying more for the brand instead of for the tablet itself.