iPad mini vs Nexus 7?Which one to buy?

Apple’s iPad mini and Nexus 7 are compete each other because both have almost same screen size. Even though Steve Jobs once branded 7-inch tablets as “tweeners” and stated that the size was useless unless you include sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their size, but finally Apple has turned its attention to the smaller screen after dominating large screen tablet in the market.

People now like more 7-inch tablet compared to 10-inch tablet because the form factor, fit with on hand, light and feel good when playing games. Can you decide which small tablet is the best to buy? If you are new buyer and not Apple fan, continue reading this post.

So, here we explained two tablet, Apple’s iPad mini and Google Nexust 7. Apple just made its move into the smaller tablet market with the iPad mini, 7.9-inch tablet. The Google Nexus 7 by Asus is the world’s first 7-inch quadcore tablet to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Why I choose the Nexus 7 as a contender for the iPad mini? Because the Nexus 7 is possibly the best budget tablet in the market with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and quad core processor. Of course each has pros and cons. Let’s look at these tablet common parts.

Fit into pocket and hand
Both are in the same category, 7-8 inch tablets, but there are difference in term of dimension. Nexus 7 has little bit narrower than iPad mini and jacket pocket friendly. The iPad mini is a bit wider and much thinner, but it gives larger display compared to Nexus 7.

Higher resolution
Even though the Nexus 7 only 7-inch compared to the iPad mini 7.9-inch, but it uses an 1280×800 resolution higher than the iPad mini, 1024×768 resolution. But Apple has reason why they put the resolution to the iPad mini. The resolution 1024×768 makes the aspect ratio 4:3, similar to all previous iPads, 16:10. This means it can run the existing – and extensive – catalogue of iPad-specific apps.

Performance
Apple’s iPad mini is equipped with 1-Ghz dual core A5 chip powers, the chip that run in the iPad 2. While the Nexus 7 uses a 1.3 Ghz quad-core nVidia Tegra 3 processor. I can say that the performance both tablet are no difference and both are powerful enough for playing games.

Value for money
Most of the reviewers said the iPad mini is pricey. But when it’s made by Apple, it’s always sell at premium price because Apple claimed the iPad mini is premium product. For those who already owned the iPad, move to iPad can save your money compared to move to Android tablet, Google Nexus 7 because you can use existing apps’s iPad into the iPad mini. But for new user who still think which tablet is worth to buy, of course Google Nexus 7. Android based tablet are easy to use and open source (means that you can find more free apps than Apple).

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Apple’s iPad mini- everything consumer needs to know

I’m sure you’re aware of the new iPad mini that Apple introduced in San Jose on Tuesday. It is 7.9-inch screen tablet and start price at USD$329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, $129 more than competitor 7-inch Android tablets.

The iPad mini is as thin as pencil and as light as a pad of paper,yet packs a fast A5 microprocessor, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight camera and ultrafast wireless.The interesting is iPad’s apps in Apps Store still can be used for iPad mini.

Although the device does not have retina display like its full-sized brother, the difference didn’t seem to bother most of the people in the briefing area. Considering the price tag of $329, adding a retina display would have made the iPad mini prohibitively expensive compared to the competition.

iPad mini

Many analysts criticized the price tag of the iPad mini because it cost is more $130 than Kindle Fire HD and $90 than the Nexus 7. But Phil Schiller spoke to Reuters that customers won’t mind paying a little extra for an iPad because it’s a premium device.

Back to the year 2010, Steve Jobs criticized the idea of 7-inch tablets for having a lousy user experience.  “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size,” he said.

However, he apparently started to reconsider later that year. An e-mail exchange revealed in the patent trial between Apple and Samsung this summer suggested that Jobs had come around to accepting the idea of a Apple working on a 7-inch tablet by the end of 2010.

While it might seem like splitting hairs, Tim Cook now went on to explain that the 7.9 inch iPad Mini has 35% more surface area than 7-inch tablets do. In this way, he says, Apple didn’t have to sacrifice too much screen “real estate” for portability. One of the user commented in the article,’Cook as well as Jobs are masters in the Art of Confusion.They DID a 7inch tablet… a beautiful one… and I want one but these comments about how the iPad Mini isn’t a 7 inch tablet are just pathetic.’ I just agreed with 35% more surface area more than other 7-inch tablets part.

Up until now, only the first-generation Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the recently launched Google Nexus 7 were considered worthy buys. Add the iPad mini to the mix, and this particular product category has a little more hot.

Google Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HD Galaxy Tab 2 iPad mini
Processor 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor 1.3GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 4460 1.2 Ghz Dual-core processor A5
Display 1280×800 1280×800 1024×600 1024×768
Size 129.5x120x10.56 193×137×10.3 193.7×122.4×10.5 200×134.7×7.2
Camera 1.2MP front-facing camera 720p “HD” front-facing camera front-facing VGA camera

rear-facing 3MP camera

front-facing HD camera, rear-facing 5MP camera
Connectivity Micro USB 2.0, NFC Micro USB 2.0, HDMI MicroSD, USB 2.0,Bluetooth Lightning connector
Memory RAM 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Custom version of Android 4.0 Android 4.0 ICS iOS 6
3G/4G No No Yes Yes

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs iPad 3 vs Nexus 7

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Samsung announced its latest tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Wednesday. Sadly, many reviewer not feel impressed with this new tablet with stylus pen. They said the Note 10.1 just isn’t up there with the Asus Transformer Infinitys, Nexus 7s, and iPads of the world. However, we can’t judge like that. Last time, despite initial skepticism that the original Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch display was too big, the device has surpassed expectations, with the company quick to claim a hit product. The company says it has sold 10 million units of the Galaxy Note in the past nine months.

Well, there is no secret that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line has done poorly, with recent court filings revealing the company sold a total of 1.4 million tablets, including the original Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE — a mere fraction of the millions of iPads that Apple has been able to sell in the same period.

The iPad still king of tablet with new high-resolution screen, huge app support but not so friendly ecosystem. However, you still have Nexus 7, which is a budget tablet (save your pocket money).

Here’s a handy spec list comparing the Note 10.1′s most important specs with the hottest the iPad’s and Nexus 7′s.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Apple iPad (third-generation) Google Nexus 7
Display 10.1-inch, 1,280×800-pixel display 9.7-inch, 2,048×1,536-pixel display 7-inch, 1,280×800-pixel display
Processor 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 1GHz dual-core A5X with quad-core graphics 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3
Capacity 16GB, 32GB, accepts microSD cards of up to 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 8GB, 16GB
Cameras 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p HD video recording at 30fps; front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera 5-megapixel camera, 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, front-facing VGA camera 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
Software Android 4.0.4 iOS 5 Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Stylus support Yes (included) Yes (Separate; DIY) No
Pressure sensitivity (stylus) Yes (included) No No
Palm rejection (stylus) Yes No No
Pricing USD $499 for 16GB, $549.99 for 32GB $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB $199 for 8GB, $249.99 for 16GB

Source:cnet