Nexus 7 tablet vs i Pad Mini: The not-so-fair comparison

Nexus 7 tablet vs i Pad Mini: The not-so-fair comparison

Based on price, specs and ecosystem, the Asus Nexus 7 tablet of Google and Apple’s iPad Mini are not rivals. The fact is, Google’s flagship tablet is competing with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD while Apple’s iPad Mini is competing with the company’s regular-sized iPads like the iPad 4.

The iPad Mini is not the arch-enemy of the Google Nexus 7, in fact, the two small tablets are playing on two different dimensions inside the tech world.

The fact is, the Google Nexus 7, an ASUS-made tablet computer, is trying to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and the main reason is the price tag. As mentioned by analysts, there are at least two to four types of tablet computer buyers, those who love Android, and others looking for new technology. Also, some customers are budget-conscious, while a large chunk of consumers are fans of Apple the company and are willing to purchase all Apple products that flaunt the Apple logo.

Online, tech sites and blogs continuously compare the two tablet computers, some sites say the iPad Mini is better because it features a rear-facing camera, while others argue that Apple’s tablet computer ecosystem is top-notch, larger and more vibrant that Google’s offering. On the other side of the fence, notes from bloggers and tech sites argue that the Google product is better because it is more open, Android is growing, the device is cheaper and finally, the build quality is superb.

It’s no secret that Google and Apple are also selling larger tablet computers, the Nexus 10 of Google, a Samsung-made device, and Apple’s new iPad 4 with the latest technology from the Cupertino-based tech giant. Arguably, Google and Apple’s cheaper and smaller tablets are cannibalizing sales of larger tablets — but it looks like Apple’s iPad with 9.7-inch display is on the eye of the storm.

As reported by Digitimes, Apple’s suppliers tipped that Apple’s smaller touch panels orders are growing for the iPad Mini, and a high 20% decrease in orders for the 9.7″ line or the display for the iPad 4 with Retina display. Apparently, customers prefer the iPad Mini because it is cheaper and retails for $329 only, while the cheapest iPad 4 retails for $499.

Here’s another comparison worth noting, the Nexus 7 tablet is priced at $199 for the 16GB model, cheaper than Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet with more than $200 price tag (ad-free model). Both tablets are reportedly selling well thanks to growing demand for smaller tablets.

Is anybody surprised that Google and Apples iPad Mini tablets (including Amazon’s) are selling well despite the growing competition and price difference? I firmly believe that the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 tablets will continuously gain their own market share, but would come at the expense of other devices, specifically all larger tablets with more than 9-inch display.


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