Now that Apple has unveiled its long-awaited iPad mini, we can see where it fits within the broader small-tablet market based on facts, not rumors.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD.
There are a slew of Android-based tablets with screens in the 7-inch range. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google (manufactured by Asus), Samsung, and Toshiba each have a tablet that size.
In size, the 7.9-inch iPad mini display is just a bit larger than the one found on the previous leader in this class.
Weight, storage, and price
One of the big advantages to a 7-inch tablet is that its size and weight is conducive to extended use in one hand;
The bottom line
Of course, with any tablet, you aren't just buying a quantity of pixels and storage. You're also buying into the manufacturer's application ecosystem.