Is iPad Mini the Best 7" Tablet?

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?

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