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5 Best 7 Inch Tablets In 2019

Tablets are great. They’re larger than a smartphone, but not as dense and clunky as a laptop. The ease of a tablet is truly an appeal, but you have to admit, some are just too big and cumbersome to really be utilized. That’s why today, we’re sharing our 5 favorite tablet picks for 2018 I that are no more than 7 inches. Smaller is a great option for both kids and adults, and it just makes using a tablet even more enjoyable than before, because it’s so easy to throw it in your car, purse, laptop bag, and so on.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab A 7 inch TabletBuy on Amazon|$109.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)
AppleApple iPad mini 4 128GB Wi-Fi 7.9-Inch Tablet - GoldCheck Price on Amazon
AmazonFire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special OffersBuy on Amazon|$39.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)
LenovoLenovo Tab 4 7, 7-Inch Android Tablet, MediaTek 64-bit (Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) Processor, 16 GB ROM, Black, ZA360022USBuy on Amazon|$97.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)
AsusASUS Zenpad 7" (1024X600) 16GB Black Tablet - Z170C-A1-BKBuy on Amazon|$190.38(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)

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Apple iPad Mini 4 128GB Wi-Fi 7.9-Inch Tablet

This iPad Mini by Apple may be small, but it’s powerful. Incredibly thin, you’ll love the ease and weightlessness of travelling with it, whether that be on vacation across the country or just back and forth to work during the day.

This tablet includes scratch-resistant glass, and clear display that’s perfect for watching movies or TV, FaceTiming with family and friends, and taking great pictures (which is a lot to say for a tablet!). On top of that, this little thing has 128GB worth of storage space, so you’ll never have delete another photo or decide on what app to nix next in order of priority (because we’ve all been there).

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7″; 8 GB Wifi Tablet

This is a great little tablet. While it only comes with 8GB on it’s own, you can expand that quite a bit with a MicroSD card, adding up to 200GB, which even exceeds the iPad’s 128. It also has up to 11 hours of battery life, fueled up and ready for whatever the day brings.

This tablet comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, which make it easy to take pictures at gatherings or even just a selfie with your dog. In the camera, you can also utilize neat features like panorama or continuous shot.

Buy it now: Amazon

Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

The Fire is Amazon’s ol’ faithful when it comes to tablets. They’re more simple in nature without a ton of advanced features, but they do now include Alexa integration, which will allow you to do some pretty awesome things without even touching the tablet itself—like ordering a pizza or turning on some tunes for example.

For specifics, it’s available in four different colors: black, red, blue, or yellow. It has IPS display and up to 8 hours of battery life, 16GB of storage space (with a MicroSD slot to upgrade), and a quad-core processor. Another great thing is how kid-friendly it is. It’s cheap, and it’s durable. When it comes to your kids, what more could you ask for?

Buy it now: Amazon

Lenovo Tab 4 7

This tablet by Lenovo is another simpler one, but that makes it ideal for just about everyone and every purpose. Whether you’re looking for something to work off of, or you want something simple you can teach your grandparents to use, this may be exactly what you’re looking for.

One really neat feature with this Lenovo tablet is that if you want to utilize it for several people within one household, each user can have their own account with personalized wallpaper and settings, accessible by fingerprint, making it a breeze to pass on from one person to the next.

Buy it now: Amazon

ASUS ZenPad 7

The ASUS ZenPad is another great tablet option, with 16GB of storage space, but room for up to 64 with a MicroSD card. The design is sleek with aluminum touches and clean lines, offering a unique, smooth and sophisticated feel to your tablet experience.

As for more specifics, the ASUS ZenPad runs on Android Lollipop and has a dual camera (2M/.3M). This tablet includes bright, clear IPS display with TruVivid technology integrated for clearer photos that stay true to their original colors.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

Picking out new devices can be rough, because there’s just so much on the market. In a sea of products, how do you sift out the good from the bad?

However you’re looking to upgrade, these are some great picks we hope you’ll love just as much as we do. They’re all great options with a variety of features, so if you try one (or 3) out, be sure to tell us about it on here. We’d love to hear how and what smaller tablets are making your life easier every day.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab A 7 inch TabletBuy on Amazon|$109.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)
AppleApple iPad mini 4 128GB Wi-Fi 7.9-Inch Tablet - GoldCheck Price on Amazon
AmazonFire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special OffersBuy on Amazon|$39.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)
LenovoLenovo Tab 4 7, 7-Inch Android Tablet, MediaTek 64-bit (Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) Processor, 16 GB ROM, Black, ZA360022USBuy on Amazon|$97.99(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)
AsusASUS Zenpad 7" (1024X600) 16GB Black Tablet - Z170C-A1-BKBuy on Amazon|$190.38(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:32 ET)

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128GB Memory Storage: Another Dead Giveaway Before Apple’s July 2013 Announcement

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Apple released its fourth-generation, 128GB iPad this week, a smart move to continue the Apple product hysteria so common to Cupertino’s production line. Apple has what I like to call a “reciprocal spec transfer” that takes a new feature added to one product and distributes it to the other products. Siri, for example, was once a unique voice command feature only for the iPhone. If you wanted Apple’s latest technology, the iPhone had it. In fact, since the iPhone accounts for nearly 60% of Apple’s sales, the company considered it to be Apple’s most valuable product and highly advertised its smartphone in order to continue drumming up more support (both by word-of-mouth and finances) for it. That all changed, however, when Apple decided to bring Siri to the iPad and MacBook experience as of last September. I was so excited about having Siri on my iPad 3 with Retina display without needing to get the iPhone 4S. Still, I went out and purchased the iPhone 4S this past Christmas – so now, I enjoy Siri twice as much as I did before. She’s still a work in progress, but it’s a nice feature to entertain tech geeks in their spare time.

I read somewhere recently that even Apple’s internal memory storage sizes were not always common to Apple products. The iPhone 3GS, one of the first of Apple’s most technology-laden smartphones, provided a 16GB smartphone experience under the Apple brand for the first time. After the iPhone 3GS, it was the iPhone 4 that provided a 32GB experience, followed by an iPhone 4S that provided a 64GB experience. The iPhone 5 now owns all three sizes (16GB, 32GB, 64GB); however, the 128GB iPad gives iPhone users some certainty with regard to Apple’s July 2013 announcement. Why is this the case? Because Apple’s “reciprocal spec transfer” (or reciprocal spec distribution) concept applies here as well. Anyone can see this when you look at the iPhone’s increased memory storage threshold that was then transferred to the iPad when the iPad 2 emerged in 2010. When the iPhone 5S emerges in July, it too, will have the 128GB internal memory storage. Apple’s revelation of this little surprise gives away one of its newest specs for the WWDC convention held this summer.

For those of you who are huge iPad fans (I am one), the fifth-generation iPad will not be left out. The iPad 5 will come with the same 128GB memory storage increase as the newly-produced 128GB iPad 4. IPad Mini fans will also have something extra to look forward to. At this moment, many anticipate Apple presenting an iPad Mini with Retina display either this summer or this fall (September-October 2013). If Apple does this (and I happen to think this will be based upon Apple’s constant iteration of its product line), Apple will also present iPad Mini users with a 128GB memory storage of their own. This is all a part of Apple’s attempts to move consumers into a “post-PC” era where your tablet becomes your computer.

It is not often that we get some insight into Apple’s plans; when we do, however, we can have more certainty about predictions than many of the new Apple rumors on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina – Specs comparison

Probably feeling Galaxy Tab Pros lacked the pizazz to really give Apple iPads a run for their money and show the world Android has a bright future on tablets regardless of bleak predictions, Samsung basically retired the four-month-old slates, replacing them with punchier, brighter, skinnier versions.

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Not by much, mind you, but just enough to make a difference and keep retail costs contained. Of course, Sammy could have done this in the first place instead of going to the nuisance of marketing the short-lived Tab Pros, but hey, if it would make sense, it wouldn’t be Samsung.

It’d be Apple. There, I said it. Cupertino’s strategies are almost always cohesive and consistent (except for the iPhone 5c, which was the result of a temporary loss of sanity), this being one of the reasons iPads continue to outsell Galaxy Tabs and Notes by possibly a 50 or so to one degree.

Granted, just because one product is a looot more popular than another, it doesn’t mean it’s superior in quality. Which is where we come in. Here’s the ultimate Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina face-off, with everything you need to know to make an informed, thought through buying decision:

Design and build quality comparison

Thin vs thinner, light vs lighter, aluminum vs plastic. Damn it, Sammy, you were this close to dominate perhaps the toughest battle of them all.

Galaxy Tab S iPad mini Retina

Apple is renowned for somehow always finding the right balance between premium build materials, compact form factors and uber-slim profiles, so even if the polycarbonate construction of the Tab S has nothing on the iPad mini 2’s exquisite metal physique, it’s still amazing the 8.4 incher can be both thinner and lighter than the 7.9 incher.

Particularly as it offers the half-inch of extra screen real estate. Don’t get me wrong, the iPad mini Retina remains a featherweight, at 331 grams and 7.5 mm, but compared to the Tab S (298 grams heavy, 6.6 mm thick), it actually looks kind of bulky.

Galaxy Tab S 8.4

As for the perforated pattern on the rear of the Tab S, mimicked from the Galaxy S5, it’s clearly schlockier than iPad mini’s clean, smooth, distinguished back. But hey, we’ve seen worse, haven’t we?

Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs iPad mini Retina – display duel

After years and years of trumpeting their “Retina” panels as the best in the business, the time has come to finally laugh in Apple’s face. Retina? You mean 2,048 x 1,536 pixels on a 7.9-inch piece of LCD glass? Ha, GTab’s “non-Retina” screen delivers 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and 359 ppi.

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On a Super AMOLED matrix that, in theory, conveys the brightest, colorful colors, widest viewing angles and greatest contrast. Sure, we’ve seen Samsung botching theoretically amazing displays before, but this time the gap is too large. Apple doesn’t stand a chance, end of story.

Processing speed, RAM and storage

Cut the act, fanboys, and quit your superior jibber jabber about software optimizations and whatnot. Yes, iOS needs a lot less power than Android to function fluently and glitch-free. But anyone who believes a dual-core/1 GB RAM system can hold a candle to an octa-core/3 GB RAM hardware configuration should check with a head doctor ASAP.

Exynos 5 Octa

Multitasking in general, gaming, web browsing, multimedia playing, you name it, the Galaxy Tab S can do it better, faster, smoother. How could it not when it packs a cutting-edge Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chip with four cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and four at 1.3? And the best thing is you needn’t worry about battery life either, as the eight cores are assembled in two separate clusters, which trigger depending on the task. Check and mate, Apple.

Oh, right, before I forget, the iPad mini Retina comes in 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB storage configs. The Tab S 8.4 just in 16 and 32 variations. But the latter can always welcome external memory, via a microSD card slot supporting up to an extra 128 gigs. Check and mate times two.

Software and battery life face-off

This may sound weird coming from an Android aficionado, nay an Android junkie, but if someone could merge Samsung’s hardware with Apple’s software, I’d buy the resulting Frankensteinian creature in a second. Let’s face it, fellow Google idolizers, there’s still no comparing the Android ecosystem with iOS on large gadgets. Maybe someday.

And maybe someday, Samsung will quit trying so damn hard to make Android look like… anything but Android, wasting precious system resources in the process. Yeah, TouchWiz has the occasional neat or useful add-on (multi-view comes to mind), but Magazine UX is an atrocity.

Autonomy-wise, it’s a little early for verdicts, but my intuition tells me we’re headed for a tie. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is virtually tied with the iPad mini 2, at around 10 hours of juice with a 4,800 mAh cell, so the 4,900 mAh battery inside the Tab S should do just fine.

Cameras, connectivity and others

While I can’t even remember the last time I’ve used my slate’s rear snapper, some folks might try to save a few bucks on a smartphone and thus rely on their tab’s photographic competency. In which case you can’t go wrong with the Tab S. Its 8 MP main snapper is light years ahead of the 5 megapixel unit on the iPad mini Retina, and so is the 2.1 MP front shooter when compared to the rival’s 1.2.

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What else could sway you one direction or the other? Well, it’s a gimmick in my book, and there’s no point denying it, but if you’re one of those guys, the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Tab S might tip the balance.

Connectivity-wise, both slates offer optional 4G LTE support, standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and so on and so forth.

Pricing and availability

Right, so I reckon the comparison pieces so far speak for themselves in settling the name of the overall winner. Just one thing could spoil Samsung’s victory: retail costs. But that’s nowhere near the case, since the Tab S 8.4 will start at $400 in July, so exactly as much as the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only iPad mini 2.

Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Amazon

LTE models are yet to be priced, and AT&T is the sole operator that’s confirmed release plans, however I bet Verizon at the very least will follow suit, charging $550 give or take, so once again, just as much as Apple charges. If only people weren’t so easy to fool by shrewd, expensive marketing and “tradition”.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro: the good, the bad and the competition

Watch out, Apple, there are some new Android-running iPad “killers” in town, and they may just give the so far undisputed tablet heavyweight champ a run for its money. Or at least work as a stepping stone for when Android finally dethrones iOS in this seemingly one-sided contest.

Galaxy Note Pro Galaxy Tab Pro

Make no mistake, the time will come, as long as Samsung continues to push the hardware boundaries of Galaxy Tabs and Notes, and OEMs like Asus keep the pricing bar low. But is Sammy wrong to spread its slate magic between so many differently sized, differently specced models?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to once and for all assume the underdog position and follow Apple’s suit instead of insisting on setting new trends? Specifically, would it help if they had merely an iPad mini rival and full-sized iPad competitor in their lineup?

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Also, do the Galaxy Tabs Pro 8.4, 10.1, 12.2 and Note Pro 12.2 have other worthy adversaries which they need to prevail against? Exactly what are their targets and niches, strong points and flaws? Stay tuned, as we’ll try to explore all these questions and more in the following lines.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro line, Note Pro 12.2 – The good

Give it up, Apple fanboys, your iPad Air has nothing on our sweet Note Pro 12.2. Or Tab Pro 10.1, for that matter. iPad mini 2 vs. Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4? However you spin it, be prepared to take a beating.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the iOS ecosystem is “healthier”, safer, richer in some ways. But what good does it do the average user when there’s such a glaring gap in the hardware department balancing out Apple’s software edge?

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I mean, look at those outstanding displays. Forget Retina, everybody craves for whatever Samsung calls Galaxy Tab Pro’s 2,560 x 1,600 pix res Super clear LCD panel. 324 ppi? Puh-lease, the 8.4-incher delivers 359. Meanwhile, the iPad Air boasts 264 and the Tab Pro 10.1 299 ppi.

As for processing speed, RAM or cameras, I don’t really want to get in the whole “iOS software optimization” debate and how it can make theoretically lousy hardware perform. I just know there’s no way the 1 GB RAM on the iPads trumps the 3 gigs on the Note Pro 12.2. 5 MP cams? Pfft, we have 8 MP.

Bottom line, love it or hate it, the spec war is still very much on, and Samsung appears to be winning it.

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Also, no, it does not hurt to have the option of going for extra screen real estate. Sure, many consider 12-inch tablets uncomfortable to use while on the go and all. But before jumping at Samsung’s throat for the “grotesque” Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 12.2, remember Apple is nearly confirmed to be hard at work on a so-called “iPad Pro”.

Hear that, fanboys? Your precious idols may “rip off” Samsung soon enough. If ripping off means coming up with an unoriginal idea at basically the same time as your antagonist, and failing to swiftly put it into practice.

Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note Pro – The bad

Choice and diversity. It’s pretty much Android’s (simplified) creed nowadays, and Samsung’s in particular. The problem is, it’s not easy to forge a unique identity to a specific gadget when all kinds of relatives are around.

What is it that makes the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 stand out from the crowd? Why should I pick the Note Pro 12.2 over the Tab Pro 12.2? Just because of S Pen support? It’s not enough, Samsung, and you know it. Hopefully, you know it.

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Now, it might sound ridiculous, but despite Samsung’s quartet edging out the iPads from a hardware standpoint (and maybe even in the design arena), many people will opt for one of Apple’s slates simply because picking a Galaxy is, well, confusing and headache-inducing.

It doesn’t help that there’s always a “threat”, of ever so slightly better gizmos outed weeks or months after previous flagships, looming in Samsung’s camp, whereas Apple offers a certain sense of stability and comfort.

In other words, evolution is fine for the market as a whole, but from where most of you are sitting, it’s unacceptable to cough up 800 bucks for a top-of-the-line gadget today, and wake up the next day seeing an improved model unveiled.

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Oh, and one last thing, though I can’t believe I’m actually saying this. Oi, Samsung, you need to spend money to make money. Or better yet, lose money to make money. So if you truly want to dethrone Apple, for crying out loud, underprice your slates. Do it now.

$400 for the Tab Pro 8.4 would be fair in a fair world, but we’re living in an Apple world, so you better make it $300 fast. And $400 for the Tab Pro 10.1 instead of $500, $550 tops for the Tab Pro 12.2 and $600 give or take for the Note Pro 12.2.

The competition

I’m not going to beat it around the bush a lot here, just one thought before wrapping up. Would you please stop comparing the Galaxy Tabs Pro and Note Pro with the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or other budget-conscious entries? They’re not the targets here, Apple’s iPads are.

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Maybe Microsoft’s Surfaces too, albeit they’re still hard to take seriously, with sales trailing and Windows incapable of breaking into the mainstream world of either smartphones or tablets. It’s thus a two-way Samsung vs. Apple fight for supremacy. Play your cards right, Sammy, and you’ll leap to #1 in no time.

Nokia World and Apple iPad Events: Should We Care? Spoiler Alert: Not Really

Say, all ye die-hard Android fans, do you by any chance know what’s set to go down come October 22, i.e. in 24 hours give or take?

Probably not Google’s Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat grandiose unveilings, to the sheer desperation of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts and amateur detectives trying to make heads or tails of incredibly cryptic (and random) teasers and hints.

Android vs iOS vs Windows

Instead, in the space of just a few hours, Nokia will try to convince the world it’s still alive and kicking and its products matter in the grand scheme of tech things, whereas Apple will do what it knows best: roll out “more of the same” and, courtesy of bitching marketing, convince everybody it has reinvented the wheel… again.

That’s all fine and dandy if you’re into retro (read fugly) designs and useless tiles on the one hand and overly simplistic software and overpriced hardware on the other. But why should Android enthusiasts give a damn about the latest installment in Nokia’s “World” press event series and however the hell Apple is nicknaming its tedious product announcements nowadays?

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Well, you know what they say. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Besides, unlike you know who, we Android aficionados always like to keep an open mind and give everyone a fair chance to impress us. So go ahead, Nokia, Apple, show us what you got and why we should care.

Nokia World – what it’s all about

Though rumor has it Nokia will have a bag full of new gizmos to announce in Abu Dhabi (of all places), I think it’s obvious for everyone meager Asha products don’t really count in the grand scheme of things. Which leaves the Finns with three or four aces up their sleeves.

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Number one, the Lumia 1520. The first Windows Phone with Full HD and quad-core power (oh, welcome to the club) is said to leave all compromises behind and blend generous screen real estate (6 inches or so) with breezy multitasking (2 gigs of RAM), incredible raw speed and top-notch camera technology (20.6 MP PureView snapper).

Then there’s the 2520, Nokia’s first ever tablet, rumored to be quite impressive in the hardware department, but only run Windows RT on the software side of things. Number three, there’s a Lumia 929 for Verizon, which in a nutshell will be a 1520 in a more compact, 5-inch body. And then there’s a 1320 “Batman”, which some sources say will be the international flavor of the 929, while others a low-end, large screener.

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Finally, Nokia will bring forth the Lumia 525, an incremental upgrade for the 520, currently the best-selling Lumia in the world.

Why we should care

  • The 5-inch Lumia 929, if it comes with Full HD, 2 GB RAM, 20 MP camera and Snapdragon 800, sounds pretty darn impressive. A little late to the party, but impressive nevertheless.

Nokia Lumia 929

Why we shouldn’t care

  • Windows RT. Enough said
  • If real estate is all about location, location, location, mobile tech is all about timing, timing, timing. And the 929 and 1520, as impressive as they may be, are, or better yet, will be late. Just think about it. They won’t launch until mid-November, at best. And they’ll cost $250 with contracts, at best. Meanwhile, you have the GNote 3 out and about, Sony’s Xperia Z1, LG’s G2, HTC’s One max… Shall I carry on?
  • 4-inch Lumia 525? Possible 4.7-inch Lumia 1320 with dual-core CPU and 480 x 800 pix res panel? Puh-lease!

Apple iPad event – what it’s all about

Guess I don’t have to tell you Cupertino is not really a fan of the “putting as many eggs in as many baskets” strategy. As such, don’t expect an avalanche of new products from them. Just two. A “full-sized”, fifth-generation, 9.7-inch iPad and a second-gen 7.9-inch iPad Mini.

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Just like Nokia, Tim Cook and the gang have been incapable of keeping a tight lid on their unreleased products, so they’re as transparent as glass already, following a bundle of rumors and leaks.

Thus, if something stunning doesn’t happen in the eleventh hour, the iPad 5 is to resemble the new (and old) iPad mini on the outside, with a thinner than before profile, slimmer bezels and decreased weight. Yet the design philosophy will remain virtually the same.

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On the hardware front, both the new iPad and iPad Mini will be pushing the envelope Apple-style, meaning they’ll be ever so slightly zippier than their predecessors… in real life. But here’s the kicker. There’s a good shot the Mini won’t rock a Retina display this year either, while Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology may not find its way on either of the two tabs.

On the “bright” side, rumor has it the iPad 5 will feature an upgraded 8 MP rear-facing camera. Because hey, who doesn’t like to take bitching photos with a 10-inch slab?

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Why we should care

  • When all is said and done and as much as it pains me to admit it, the iOS tablet “ecosystem” remains superior to Google’s. Probably not for long, but right now, that’s just how things are, with far too few Android apps conceived specifically for slates.

Why we should absolutely not care

  • 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution for a late 2014 7.9-inch tablet? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
  • Preposterous pricing is what will ultimately bring Apple’s demise and, if the non-Retina iPad Mini 2 starts at $300 or more, the end is one step closer. Not that the iPad 5 is set to be very budget-friendly, at $500 or so.

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  • Cupertino has stopped innovating a looong time ago, but nowadays it seems like Cook’s employees, save maybe for the marketing team, are not even trying anymore. Seriously now, can anyone tell the difference between the iPhone 5 and 5s purely aesthetically? That’s exactly what will go down with the iPad Mini 2.
  • Let’s assume you’re in the market for a 10-incher right now. And aren’t willing to overlook Android’s crystal clear ecosystem shortcomings. No one will blame you for choosing the large-screen iPad. But why go for the “new”, overpriced one when last year’s is almost just as good and, in a month or two, probably much cheaper? Now that’s a puzzle.

Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 2013 vs Apple iPad Mini – Specs Comparison

With all the hoopla surrounding Apple’s new iPhone 5s and 5c, their full-metal and “unapologetic” plastic builds, 64-bit new processor that’s sooo much zippier than 32-bit chips inside Androids and so on and so forth, the tech world pretty much ignored what I think should have been treated as an equally as important product unveiling: that of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX slates.

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And though we here at The Droid Guy rarely wear capes or masks while out in public (at home is a different thing), we’d like to try to do the HDX some justice today.

After all, Amazon has been for all intents and purposes the pioneering OEM of the now booming small than 10-inch tablet market, taking a huge gamble with the first-gen Kindle Fire back in 2011 and subsequently getting copied by Google and Apple.

Okay, maybe “copy” is a bit of an overstatement. Yet think of it this way. Were it not for Amazon to roll out the Fire two years ago, do you really think Big G and Asus would have been so serious about the Nexus 7 project? How about Apple and their iPad Mini, which Steve Jobs never approved of?

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So you see, we owe Amazon and their Fires a great deal of gratitude and trust, which is why it’s time for another one of our legendary specs comparisons. This time, we’re pitting the new Kindle Fire HDX 7 against the 2013 Google Nexus 7 and Apple’s first-gen iPad Mini. Why also the iPad Mini? Just for kicks, not that we’d ever consider going for it. Ready, set, fight:

Design and build quality

Even if no hardcore, devoted Android fan would even give the iPad Mini a second thought, we have to be fair, unbiased and admit it – those Cupertino folks sure know how to design a pretty and sturdy slab of silicon.

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And while I don’t want to open that plastic vs. metal Pandora’s Box again, things are I’m afraid pretty clear here even for “unapologetic” fans of plastic. The iPad Mini breezes through the design and build quality battle, courtesy of a 7.2 mm thin profile, incredibly light 312 grams chassis and most of all smooth, silky and tough as nails aluminum unibody.

As for the fight for second place, it’s not easy to choose between the Fire HDX and N7-2 solely based on aesthetics, as the two share very many common points. They’re plasticky yet not flimsy, sleek, elegant and even rock similarly massive bezels. Ultimately, I’d personally choose the Nexus, as it’s thinner and lighter, but I totally understand if anyone thinks otherwise.

Display comparison

Extra screen real estate or superior pixel density? That, my friends, is the million-dollar question, but as far as I’m concerned the answer is pretty clear-cut: ppi any day. Besides, iPad Mini’s panel is only 0.9 inches larger, whereas the N7 and Fire HDX sport oodles of extra pixels. 1,920 x 1,200 each, to be more exact, which come to stunning 323 ppis, so almost double iPad Mini’s 162. For shame, Apple, for shame!

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Meanwhile, at least for the time being, the two Androids are tied in first place, as their displays look pretty much identical… on paper.

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

Dual-core 1 GHz vs quad-core 1.5 GHz vs quad-core 2.2 GHz? Puh-lease, that’s not even a real contest. And yes, I know the iPad Mini doesn’t exactly need two extra cores, but even with Apple’s wicked optimization skills and their tight ecosystem, there’s no way in hell the measly dual-core CPU, coupled with 512 MB of RAM (2006 called…), can even compete in the same league as the Fire HDX.

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A Fire HDX that, again on paper, should smoke the new N7. Sorry, Google, and too bad for your 2 gigs of RAM, but there’s a reason Qualcomm updated from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the S600 and then the S800 that Amazon now uses.

As far as cameras go, the ranks pretty much turn upside down, with iPad Mini’s 5 MP/1.2 MP shooters dominating the fight, followed by the N7, whose cams pack identical sensors, but less features, and the HDX, which lacks a main, rear-facing snapper. Then again, when’s the last time you used a slate to take a photo? Crickets, am I right?

Software and battery life

There’s so much to discuss in the software department and so many differences between the three that I’d rather not even start. What’s obvious is the choice here is a matter of taste. Sure, Apple’s iOS 7 and App Store appear to have the edge in smoothness and app support, but Android has come a long way and the vanilla 4.3 pre-loaded on the 2013 Nexus 7 is just all-around spectacular.

Nexus 7-Android 4.3

At the same time, Amazon has been making great strides with their Android fork, although you still need to be head over heels with the company’s store and products and willing to make a few sacrifices to dig Fire HDX’s on-board OS.

In terms of battery life, the battle is very much open, as there’s no way to know… yet how HDX’s ticker behaves in real life. Amazon is currently promising an 11-hour autonomy in “mixed use”, which would be very close to iPad Mini’s “up to 10 hours” life and considerably north of N7’s 9 hours of continuous use. But again, let’s wait and see.

Pricing, connectivity and others

For an aging slate, the iPad Mini has held its own rather decently in the comparison so far, but what completely disqualifies the 7.9-incher is its preposterous pricing. $350 with 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi? Forget about it, especially with both the HDX and N7 starting at $230.

Kindle Fire HDX price

And then there were two. Both packing 16 GB of on-board memory in their low-end configs, optional 4G LTE, but no microSD slots. So it all comes down to whether you want Kindle’s extra oomph or N7’s better cameras, slightly cooler design and smoother software. Well, which one will it be? We’re all ears.

Nexus 7 (2013) Vs. iPad Mini: Which is Better?

The release of Google’s latest tablet recently sparked renewed interest in the 7 inch tablet market. The Nexus 7 (2013) is an upgrade to last year’s model that now comes with superior hardware specs and surpasses its predecessor in almost all aspects. But how well does this new device stack up against Apple’s iPad Mini? Let’s compare both devices.

nexus 7 vs ipad mini

Display

The iPad Mini has a larger display (7.9 inches) compared to the Nexus 7 (7.02 inches). Despite having a size advantage it is the Nexus that has the better display with its resolution of 1920×1200 at 323ppi compared to the Mini’s 1024×768 at 163ppi. The Nexus is a great device for playing games and watching HD movies since it has a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Mini on the other hand only has a 4:3 aspect ratio that’s not great for watching HD videos however is perfect for reading ebooks.

Processor

The Nexus 7 uses 1.5Ghz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro that should outperform the outdated 1 GHz Dual-core A5 used by the Mini.

Price

In terms of affordability it is the Nexus 7 that is much cheaper. Prices for the Nexus 7 start at $229 for the 16 GB model with the 32 GB priced at $269. The 16 GB iPad Mini starts at $329 with the 32 GB model priced at $429.

Software

What is probably the biggest difference between these two devices is that the Nexus 7 runs on android while the iPad Mini runs on iOS. It’s difficult to compare both systems since it all boils down to which one a person prefers to use. An Android user will immediately chooser the Android OS while an apple user will most likely choose iOS.

Quick Comparison

Nexus 7 (2013)

  • Screen Size: 7.02-inches
  • Resolution and Pixel Density: 1920×1200, 32
  • Processor Speed: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5Ghz
  • Battery Life: Up to 9 hours active use
  • Storage Space: 16 or 32GB
  • Camera: 1.2MP front, 5MP rear
  • Price: $229 16GB, $269 32GB, $349 32GB LTE
  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • LTE Option: Yes, via Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T

iPad Mini

  • Screen Size: 7.9-inches
  • Resolution and Pixel Density: 1024×768, 163ppi
  • Processor Speed: Dual-core A5
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
  • Storage Space: 16, 32 or 64GB
  • Camera: 1.2MP front, 5MP rear
  • Price: WiFi: $329 16GB, $429 32GB, $529 64GB LTE$459 16GB, $559 32GB, $659 64GB
  • OS: iOS 6 (iOS 7)
  • LTE Option: Yes, via AT&T, Verizon and Sprint

If you are looking for a small sized tablet at an affordable price then the latest Nexus 7 device is definitely worth considering since it has better hardware specs.

Apple preparing to revamp all product lines before next year

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Apple is reportedly preparing to launch new versions of all its product lines, including a new iPhone, new MacBook Pro, new Mac, new Mac Pro, new iPod, new iPad and new iPad Mini.

The news comes as Tim Cook met with store leaders, detailing them on a very busy few months coming up to the end of the year, with the possibility of all Apple’s products redesigned for the year.

Tim still considers the Apple Stores a major success and one the company needs to keep working on. The iPhone is currently one of the least successful products in the Apple Store, with only 20% of people purchasing the phone through Apple.

Cook wants to change that with new initiatives to make users purchase an iPhone from the Apple Store, as the idea is once the user purchases an iPhone they will move onto an iPad and possibly a Mac.

Last year Apple revamped all lines with new products and while some were seen as merely small differences, others were a big change, like the iPhone 5. We can see the Mac Pro being one of the big winners this year, alongside the new iPad 5.

Source: 9to5mac

New Apple patent changes bezel size on device through touch

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iwatch

Apple has always tried to push the bezel of a smartphone and tablet to the limit, maximising screen potential. A new patent from Cupertino may completely eradicate the bezel and bring it back when the user needs the thumb space.

The patent allows the user to control the bezel space, for small devices or devices looking to maximise screen real estate, this could be a grand move, allowing the user to get the full screen when watching a movie and then some thumb space when writing an email.

Apple does have a slight problem when they apply patents, they sometimes never get round to using them. We may see the bezel-less iWatch or iPad coming soon or Apple may discard this patent like many others.

Source: TechCrunch

Apple shows what iOS7 will look like on iPad and iPad Mini

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When Apple showed off iOS they did it all with the iPhone, which led people to question if the iPad OS would have something slightly different. However, these rumours have been flattened with the release of images showing the iPad and iPad Mini running iOS7.

It is a shame Apple will not add widgets on the home-screen with the added real estate. We would love to see the iPad and iPad Mini become more productive with new home-screen and lock-screen configuration.

The iPad Mini and iPad 4 are expected to get all the different features on iOS7, some updates will come to people using the iPhone 4 and above, the iPad 2 and above and the iPod 5th generation.

Source: Mactrast

Top 5 Essential Accessories For Your iPad Mini

Apple’s smaller version of the iPad, the iPad Mini, is becoming popular among consumers due to its portable size and its wallet friendly price. While it doesn’t sport the Retina Display of the current iPad the images on the screen still look sharp. Its use of an aluminum chassis makes it stand out from the other 7 inch tablet models in the market today.

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If you own an iPad Mini then you’ll want to accessorize it to enhance it further. Here are the top 5 accessories that is highly recommended to have for your gadget.

i-FlashDrive HD

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One of the minor problems on having an iPad Mini is that it does not have a storage expansion option unlike its Android counterparts. Those who need a large storage capacity will have to consider cloud storage options. This changes with the release of the i-FlashDrive HD. It’s a storage device that has a USB 2.0 connector on one side and a 30 pin connector on the other and also comes with a Lightning adapter. This makes it easy for you to transfer files between your PC and your iPad Mini. There are four storage option to choose from starting from 8 GB up to 64 GB with its price starting at $99.

ZAGGkeys MINI 7

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Do you need a quicker way to type a document using your tablet? You might want to consider getting the ZAGGkeys MINI 7 which is a Bluetooth keyboard that fits perfectly on your device. Aside from increasing your productivity this accessory also provides protection for your iPad. Some of its features include

  • Only 13% smaller than a traditional Apple keyboard
  • Special function keys (copy, paste, etc)
  • Island-style keys in a sleek, unique layout

This accessory is priced at $89.99.

Belkin Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable

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When you’re travelling in your car and your iPad suddenly runs out of power you’re going to need to charge it up. The Belkin Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable is the perfect accessory to use in this situation. Just plug it in your vehicle power outlet and it will start charging your device. It is rated at 10 Watt/2.1 Amp which means it can charge your device quickly.

This accessory costs $34.99.

DODOCASE ELEMENTAL for iPad mini

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If you are planning to use your iPad outdoors then you might want to protect it from the elements. Dodocase Elemental is the perfect protection for your device. This accessory is made of a solid bamboo tray that wraps around your iPad. It combines both style and functionality and costs only $79.95.

iPad SD Card Reader

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If you’re a shutterbug then you might want to view the photos saved in your SD card on your iPad. To do this you will need an iPad SD Card Reader that allows you to easily connect your SD card to your device. This is the perfect accessory to get the photos you take from your DSLR to your iPad quickly. This accessory costs $20.

Acer Iconia Tab A1 Previewed Ahead of Release, Looks Like A Very Strong iPad Mini Challenger

Acer’s first 2013 stab at challenging the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad Mini might have been a little underwhelming, but the Taiwan-based company is anything but a one-trick pony. The Iconia Tab A1 has looked much better on paper than the B1 ever since it first starred in a “leak”, and now, courtesy of Bulgarian website Tablet.bg, we have the chance to see it in the flesh as well.

Acer Iconia Tab A1

And although it’s still at least one month away from its commercial release, I have to say I’m already pretty impressed by the thing and excited to see it on store shelves. Sure, it has its flaws, but if rumors about a $170 starting price point turn out to be true, it’s going to be very hard to say no to the A1.

Before getting down to the tab’s Bulgarian preview, let’s take one more look at its spec sheet, as revealed by Tablet.bg:

  • 7.9-inch IPS panel with 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT8125 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8/16 GB of internal storage space
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with auto focus
  • VGA front webcam
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, microSD card slot, micro USB 2.0
  • 3,250 mAh battery
  • 11 mm thickness
  • 460 grams weight

Not too shabby, eh? Again, if and only if the Iconia Tab A1 will cost below $200. Otherwise, I for one am definitely going to find fault with the measly battery (the 7-inch Nexus 7 has a 4,325 mAh ticker), the not so great 1,024 x 768 pix res panel, or the inexplicably bulky figure (the iPad Mini weighs a full 150 grams less than this thing and measures just 7.2 mm in thickness).

But let’s see what the guy at Tablet.bg handling the gadget has had to say about the experience, shall we? First off, the design is essentially praised for being “clean and simple”, unlike the cheap-looking Iconia B1.

The new 7.9-incher is said to be easy to hold, ergonomic and fairly elegant, though I’m still a little fazed about its chunkiness.

Moving on to the display, this is also praised, especially for using the high-quality IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology. The pixel density is the same 162 ppi as on the iPad Mini, but considerably behind the 216 of the Nexus 7, whereas the viewing angles are simply described as “impressive”.

Unfortunately, the tab’s previewers have been unable to benchmark the A1 and test its processor’s speed or battery life, but at least on the former we expect the thing to perform decently, albeit obviously not exactly on-par with the iPad Mini and N7.

Finally, from a software standpoint the A1 looks surprisingly “high-class”, thanks to the latest and greatest version of Android – 4.2 Jelly Bean – and a few special tweaks like the adding of something called Acer Life Image and Touch WakeApp.

Bottom line, look forward for mid-June or early July, when “sources” claim the Acer Iconia Tab A1 will be launched and be prepared to welcome one of the strongest Android-based iPad Mini contenders to date. And a short message for Apple – be afraid, be very, very afraid!

Via [Tablet.bg]

Onda V818 Mini Looks Like An iPad Mini But Sells for Half the Price

If you love the size of the iPad Mini but aren’t a fan of iOS or you just don’t want to spend a lot on its retail price then you might want to check out its Android alternative. If you need more bang than the GooPad Mini which is a clone of the iPad Mini then you might want to consider getting the Onda V818 Mini.

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The Onda V818 Mini looks like the iPad Mini in appearance from its design to its display size. Onda isn’t a really popular name you often hear when compared to the likes of Huawei or ZTE. The company is based in China and their products are mostly Android tablets.

Onda V818 Mini Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.1.1
  • 7.9-inch IPS display 1,024 x 768 pixels  162 ppi
  • 5 points multi touch
  • A31S Quad Core Processor
  • Power VR SGX544 GPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • 5.0 Megapixels Auto Focus rear camera
  • 0.3 Megapixels front camera
  • Li-Poly 5000mAh battery

The Onda V818 Mini has fairly average specifications. While the display can’t rival that of the Retina display of the iPad Mini it does have a 1,024 x 768 resolution. The processor even gets help from a GPU which should make games play smoothly in this device.

One of the best features of this tablet is the use of a 2 GB RAM which is what most high end devices are offering right now. The 5 MP rear camera will allow you to take snapshots and videos while the front camera can be used to make video calls.

You won’t be able to connect to a mobile network since this device does not have any SIM slot. You will however be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

The best reason to buy this device is probably its price which is only $170. That’s half of what you pay for an iPad Mini.

via onda-tablet

Apple Now Selling Refurbished iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad

Do you want to get a huge discount on that iPad Mini that you always wanted? You can now save as much as $40 on this device as Apple has just offered refurbished versions which are available now at the Apple Store. You still get the same 1 year warranty from Apple and are assured that the device comes with a new battery pack as well as a new casing.

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There are currently two versions of the iPad Mini available as Apple Certified Refurbished products. The first is the iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 16GB (Black and Slate) which costs $429 and will save you $30 compared to a new one. The second is an iPad mini with Wi-Fi 32GB (White & Silver) and costs only $389 giving you a $40 savings when compared to a brand new unit.

Apple has also just released refurbished 4th generation iPad’s on their store which can now be purchased. Shipping is provided for free.

The selections are as follows

  • iPad with Retina display Wi-Fi 16GB – White $449.00 save $50
  • iPad with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 16GB – White, Black $579 save $50
  • iPad with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 32GB – White, Black $679 save $50

There is only a limited supply of these devices available as announced by Apple. If you are interested in getting one then you might as well do it as early as possible.

A refurbished device is a product that has been returned to the manufacturer for various reasons (demo product, box was damaged in shipping, etc.). Apple has ensured that the refurbished products they are selling are fully tested and pass the same strict quality measures as that of new devices. This means that buying refurbished products is just like buying new products with the only difference of the price tag being lowered. This makes it a better option than buying a new device for people who have a limited budget.

via apple