Mini Tablets Are In, Now Lets Review them!
Over the last couple of months the technology market has had a strong focus on the nini-tablet industry. Some of the major tablet leaders have released their version of a mini-tablet. Apple came out with I-pad Mini, Google came out with Google nexus 7, and Amazon came out with Kindle Fire HD. In this review I will go over the nuts and bolts of each mini-tablet to help you decide which one is right for you.
To start off the review lets take at look at the specs for each tablet.
|Apple iPad Mini||Google Nexus 7||Kindle Fire HD|
|Operating system||iOS 6||Android 4.1||Custom Android OS|
|Price||Wi-Fi: $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), $529 (64GB). Cellular: $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $659 (64GB).||$199 (16GB), $249 (32GB), $299 (32GB and HSPA+)||$199 (16GB), $249 (32GB)|
|Release date||November 2, 2012, for Wi-Fi; cellular 2 weeks later||July 13, 2012||September 14, 2012|
|Display||7.9-inch IPS, 1,024×768 pixels (163 ppi)||7-inch IPS, 1,280×800 pixels (216 ppi)||7-inch IPS, 1,280×800 pixels (216 ppi)*|
|Size||7.9 inches x 5.3 inches x 0.28 inch||7.8 inches x 4.7 inches x 0.41 inch||7.4 inches x 4.7 inches x 0.45 inch|
|Weight||0.68 pound/308 grams (0.69 pound for cellular)||0.75 pound/340 grams||0.88 pound/400 grams|
|Processor||Dual-core A5 processor||Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3||1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460|
|Memory||16GB, 32GB, or 64GB||8GB or 16GB; 1GB RAM||16GB or 32GB; 1GB RAM|
|Camera||5-megapixel rear-facing, 1080p HD video; 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 720 HD video||1.2-megapixel front-facing||720p “Web chat” front-facing|
|Battery||“16.3-watt-hour”; 10 hours battery life (rated)||4,325mAh; 10.1 hours video battery life (tested)||4,400mAh; 5.1 hours video battery life (tested)|
|Extras||4G LTE versions available||Tegra games, HSPA+ version available||Whispersync, X-Ray, Amazon Prime|
|Ports||Lightning connector||Micro-USB||Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB|
|Color||Black, white||Black||Dark gray|
* 8.9-inch version also available with a 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution.
When you line up the specs and the intangibles, which tablet has the upper hand: the iPad Mini, the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 (an original Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device), or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD?
Nexus 7: With quad-core Tegra 3 processor, it delivers fast performance and a beautiful and responsive screen. Also, it’s comfortable to hold and Android 4.1 brings a surplus of welcome additions. At only $200, the Nexus 7 is a steal. With a beautiful screen, fast performance, a comfortable design, and overall great media options, the Nexus 7 is easily the best 7-inch tablet available and one of the top tablets on the market.
I-Pad Mini: It’s lighter and thinner than the competition, but the screen resolution lacks Apple’s crystal clarity, and the iPad Mini’s A5 dual-core processor could easily fall to the Nexus 7’s quad-core CPU. What’s more, the battery life is on par with rivals. The fourth-gen iPad is otherwise identical to its recent predecessor — same size, weight, and Retina screen. It’s heavy to hold in one hand, and most older accessories won’t work without investing in a pricey Lightning adapter.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD: It has a most impressive-looking 7-inch tablet screen, its speakers deliver killer sound, and its refined interface is the best gateway to Amazon content for Prime members. New enhancements fill its $200 price to the brim with value. Performance is sluggish at times and the Fire HD is less comfortable to hold than the Nexus 7. The curated app store means many apps and games are not available. There’s a $15 opt-out for ads. The Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should of been.