If you read my last opinion on the iPad Mini, you’ll understand that this guy does not have a chance in the budget or 7-inch tablet market. I want to love the iPad Mini so much, I really do, but I just can’t. Apple has created way too many mediocre attempts on there most recent devices, and it is appalling to see that a once great and innovative company take a nose dive since their original success in 2007 with the first true smartphone that we have known as the iPhone. Apple just announced their iPad Mini yesterday during the severely limited event. Everyone though Apple would be taking the 7-inch or “budget” tablet market by storm. Priced at the way it is, and considering it is nearly the same as the iPad 3 or upcoming iPad 4, it’s not going to be taking a market by storm (aside from Apple’s followers).
All of that said, Google’s Nexus 7 may be one of the most powerful 7-inch tablets available on the market for an extremely low price set at $199. Can Apple’s $329 iPad Mini best it? I highly doubt it as the “best” iPad Mini you can get sits at $659 if you want both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. You may argue that you are also paying for the experience, and that is somewhat true, but again I ask you, how is this supposed to compete with the Nexus 7 if it is priced so high? I mean, the best Nexus 7 you can get is only $50 more than the lesser version. It sits at $249 as opposed to Apple’s minimal version sitting at $329.
In terms of hardware, the iPad Mini is running the older A5 processor while the Nexus 7 is clocked at 1.2GHz on NVIDIA’s quad core Tegra 3 CPU which in benchmark tests, was a whole lot better than Apple’s iPad 3 A5X processor chip. It amazes me that Apple thinks that they are going to be able to compete with such a device on older technology that is also for some reason more expensive. Android and iOS are entirely different operating systems and should be treated as such. You can’t really compare the two, which is why I put such a focus on the hardware. As I mentioned in my last opinion about the iPad Mini, it is ridiculous that Apple thinks that they are going to be able to compete with the likes of the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDs and even Nook HDs when the iPad Mini is so much more expensive.
I can say right now that the Nexus 7 is more bang for your buck, especially if you wait until the Google Playground event concludes. What has been said is that they will be releasing a 32GB model of the Nexus 7 priced at a mere $249. The iPad Mini is priced at $429 for their 32GB version, which as you can imagine is basically going to be identical to the Nexus 7 in terms of hardware if not worse. Please tell me how this is really something worth dumping your money into? The ever-expanding Google experience is something worth investing in for a whopping $200 difference.
I really don’t want to hate on Apple, but the pricing differences between the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini is huge. Consumers need to start demanding that they produce better devices than their latest inept attempts.