The launch of iPad has added a competitive device into the 7-inch mini tablet wars. Is it a hard decision to choose between these tablets?
Cnet Asia has put together the specs of the iPad mini compared with few popular 7-inch tablets currently in the market, including Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 7.7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Galaxy Tab 7.7 was chosen instead of the latest Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for this comparison because the former is more comparable with the iPad mini in terms of screen size and price.
|Specs||iPad mini Wi-Fi||Nexus 7||Galaxy Tab 7.7||Kindle Fire HD|
|Processor||Apple A5 (dual-core)||Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad-core)||Samsung Exynos 4210 (dual-core)||TI OMAP 4470 (dual-core)|
|Operating system||iOS 6||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with update)||Custom Android|
|Storage||16/32/64GB onboard storage, non-expandable||8/16GB onboard storage, non-expandable||16GB onboard storage, expandable via a microSD slot||16/32GB onboard storage, non-expandable|
|Camera||5-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera||1.2-megapixel front-facing camera||3.2-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera||720p front-facing camera|
|Screen||7.9-inch (1,024 x 768 pixels) IPS LCD||7-inch (1,280 x 800 pixels) IPS LCD||7.7-inch (1,280 x 800 pixels) Super AMOLED Plus||7-inch (1,280 x 800 pixels) IPS LCD|
|Dimensions||200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm||198.5 x 120 x 10.5mm||196.7 x 133 x 7.9mm||193 x 137.2 x 10.2mm|
|Price||US$329 (16GB), US$429 (32GB), US$529 (64GB)||US$199 (8GB), US$249 (32GB)||S$598 (US$490)||US$199 (16GB), US$249 (32GB)|
Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire have higher-resolution HD screens which contribute to a more pleasing appearance of text, images and videos. Those on a budget will appreciate the lower starting prices of those two tablets.