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).

Asus told Nexus 7 is selling nearly 1 million per month

Google Nexus 7

How amazing Nexus 7 is. I think Nexus 7 is not so popular in Malaysia. When I went to Lowyat Plaza, KL, it hard to find this gadget at gadgets floor. Mostly, all the shops put Samsung Galaxy Tab as a their display gadget. However, I managed to find Nexus 7 at ground floor and play with it.

For those unfamiliar with the Nexus 7, it comes with a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, a Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9, 1GB of RAM, a 4325-mAh battery, NFC and Android Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 began shipping in July 2012 and was met with high demand from the start. The device is a 7-inch, Android Jelly Bean tablet with a 1280×800 pixel display and a quad-core processor.

Asus’s Chief Financial Officer, David Chang has revealed that its 7-inch tablet, which starts at $199 in the US, is approaching 1 million sales a month. David Chang has told the Wall Street Journal.

“At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to one million,” Chang said. These figures signal an encouraging trend for Asus and Google, though they’re still far below iPad sales, which reached 14 million last quarter.

The sales are likely to continue as earlier in the week Google announced a 32GB and HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 which users have been asking for since the initial launch, along with a new Nexus smartphone and a 10-inch tablet built by Samsung.

 

 

Google announces Nexus 4 phone, Nexus 10 tablet and HSPA+ Nexus 7

Google has officially unveiled the new Nexus, the Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet. Google has also announced a small update to the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet. It simply known as “Nexus 7 (32GB + Mobile)”. The Nexus 4 smartphone built by LG and the Nexus 10 tablet build by Samsung. Both device come with Android 4.2 which adds Gesture Typin, allowing users to glide fingers over letters to type, support for wireless display, allowing users to watch movies. Actually, Google may have had to cancel its planned Android event in New York City due to Sandy storm, but that doesn’t mean the company didn’t announce its new slate of Nexus device. So, what’s new about all the Nexus?

Smartphone Nexus 4
The Nexus 4, built by LG, features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display (320ppi), a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor- which Google claim is the fastest on the market, 2GB Of RAM, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 8 megapixel rear camera, up to 16GB of storage, NFC, Bluetooth, and wireless charging via Google’s new Wireless Charging Orb (see image below). The back is made of glass and features a sparkley pattern underneath the surface.

The device will sell for $299 with 8GB of storage, or $349 with 16GB. A T-Mobile version will sell unlocked for $199 on a two-year contract. Alongside the improved screen and faster CPU, the Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth, and built-in compatibility with Google’s latest accessory, the Wireless Charging Orb — an inductive charging dock. The phone also houses a sizable 2100 mAh battery, which the company claims will get you about 10 hours of talk time.

Tablet Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is a 10-inch tablet with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which comes in at a whopping 300ppi. It features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip with a quad-core Mali T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 1.8 megapixel camera on the front, dual-front facing speakers, micro HDMI, micro USB, two NFC chips, and a 8,000mAh battery, that Google says should latest around 9 hours of HD video playback.

The Nexus 10 will go on sale on November 13 on Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. 16GB will cost $399 and 32GB will cost $499.

Nexus 7 32GB and mobile data
Google also announced a 32GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet for $249, along with a 32GB version with HSPA+ mobile data for $299, which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide according to Google.

The Nexus 7 sports a 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 7.0″ LED-backlit LCD display (1280 x 800), a front-facing 1.2MP camera with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 with USB OTG support, 4325 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

What’s new in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

We are not talking about jelly bean food. It is new Android version 4.1 which code named as Jelly Bean. Recently, Google showed off their new product, Asus Nexus 7, a cheap tablet along with another new Google software product for mobile, Android 4.1. So, what we can expect from this new upgrade OS?

Not so much we can expect because the version 4.1 seem to be small update/enhancement of current features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Here I can summarize several features that all the tech reviewer said.

Speed and Smoothness
Faster, more responsive interface throughout the system. Google made some efforts to improve this feature by creating team called “Project Butter”. Jelly Bean will sense the location and direction of your finger and predict, a few milliseconds early.

New way voice command actions
Last time, if you send a text message or type using voice command, you need internet connection. But now you can do it offline. (The software itself can interpret queries, rather than streaming them up to Google’s servers for analysis). The functionality looks like Apple’s Siri virtual assistant. [Read more...]

Google rolled out new tablet Nexus 7 with new Android

New Google product, Nexus 7 is 7 inch tablet with new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the new challenger in the tablet market. With very cheap price US$159 and US$199, I think it gonna beat another 7 inch tablet like 1Malaysia tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 and the rest if converting the price into Ringgit Malaysia, the price range around RM600 plus, below than normal price of tablet.

I believe with low price tablet by Google Nexus 7, it’s going to be trend next couple of months where all tablets price will going down and affordable to the consumers. Currently, the tablets price are slightly cheaper than laptop. So, how about specs of Nexus 7? Is it worth to buy?
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