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iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7 Specs Compared

Steven Blum
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You wanted it, you got it: here's how the iPad Mini compares to the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7. As you can see, there's more than meets the eye. The iPad Mini beats the Android tablets when it comes to dimensions – its a much thinner, lighter device than the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7. But, as we've been saying over and over again, the Android tablets beat the iPad Mini when it comes to display and processor specs.

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It also must be noted that the iPad Mini is the only one of the bunch with a back-facing camera, although how often you'd use it is up for debate. Doing so arguably makes you look like a goofball.

Overall, there isn't much about this graph that surprised me. Does anything stick out to you?

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  • Alan Oct 24, 2012 Link

    The WiFi only iPad mini doesn't include GPS like the nexus.

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  • Patrick R. Oct 24, 2012 Link

    At this point, people will generally buy into the ecosystem they are invested in. Apple, Google and its OEMs must come up with something to make an average user WANT TO or FEEL THE NEED TO switch. Apple will simply defend its turf from being cannibalized by Google and Amazon in the 7inch Tab market but I don't think they'll gain much headway with it - this is in reference to the Android vs iOS sales battle. Sure, they'll set new sales records with the iPad Mini etc. but those will probably be existing Apple customers simply buying the latest and greatest, compared to an Android guy switching ecosystems.

    The battle for loyal customers will be fought and won on the software front - iOS vs Android, TouchWiz, Sense etc. That is the match up i would be more interested in.

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  • Glostermeteor Oct 25, 2012 Link

    There is another aspect to this as well, which the 7" market taken in its isolation just does not quite cover. I am writing this comment on my Asus Transformer TF300, which I bought to REPLACE my laptop. My red line with any tablet was always that I was not willing to pay the same or more for a tablet device than I would for a laptop unless it could REPLACE my laptop. I finally have a device that can replace my laptop, BUT only because I also have a trusty 500GB hard drive that I can plug into it, as well as SD card slots. I paid 380 GBP for my asus, which means the price tag for any 7" has to be significantly less than that to make me go and buy. iPads will only ever be accompanyments to other devices while they refuse to integrate any expandable storage. Google and Amazon seem to have the price point about right, all they have to do is inject some sexyness and they will be on to a winner.

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  • nate andrusick Oct 25, 2012 Link

    the weight
    there so light

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    Christopher Silva Oct 27, 2012 Link

    We must not forget that the Nexus 7 is updating soon to LTE and 32Gb..

    more appealing.

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  • CJ Brown Oct 29, 2012 Link

    All I have to say is that Apple would've been better off investing in the iPhone5 as a Phablet almost the size of the iPad Mini (giving it enough specs to match the Samsung Phablet); they've got two new devices for the Holiday Season Market & neither is 100% impressive (except to Apple Cult Consumers) ...

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  • Rick Schwartz Oct 29, 2012 Link

    Twenty One Reasons Why You’d Be Crazy to Buy an iPad Mini http://mostly-tech.com/2012/10/23/ten-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-buy-a-ipad-mini/

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  • bruce cunha Nov 1, 2012 Link

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Nexis 7, but here we go with a good argument on why you should not purchase something as soon as it comes out. I would love 3G connectivity in my 7. I currently link it through my phone.

    So, I either sell it and get the newer one, or just live with it. Sure would be nice if Google would offer to take these back and have us pay less for the upgraded version.

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  • CJ Brown Nov 1, 2012 Link

    @Bruce - it certainly would be nice if we had an "exchange for an upgrade offer with a discount" available ... something Best Buy is exploring & I anticipate it won't be long before other Shops do the same to some extent

    C J

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  • Ned Nov 2, 2012 Link

    For me the argument about how light the iPad mini is, only becomes valid if you're a human fly who struggles to lift the extra 1.1 ounces. Far more value with a quad core processor, expandable memory, higher resolution and built in GPS never mind the integratability (is there such a word) with the rest of the world not just iMachines. Who wants to buy a very expensive (for what it is) special adapter or use bluetooth or email to transfer a file because you haven't got USB.
    And the cost factor - I don't pay 50% more for sexiness if that's the only reason why iMachines always cost more.

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  • Spinx Inc Dec 6, 2012 Link

    Apple has always designed its products with stunning design and high build quality, and the same thing applies to iPad mini. Though Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini, all belong to the same class of smaller tablets but there are differences. Though both the devices are nearly of the same length, iPad mini is wider and much thinner. Rather than not having back facing camera, the Nexus 7 is lacking SD card slot. Anyway I think Nexus 7 will be proved as the best budget tablet.

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