Mini-Tablets: Why you don’t need the iPad Mini

Posted at 8:38 PM, Oct 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-31 21:48:21-04

Last week I watched the entire Apple announcement including the 4th generation iPad and the new iPad Mini.  Apple has done really well with the tablet market.  In fact, they’ve blown it away.  But don’t forget about Google and Android!  If you’re really in the market for a smaller tablet, let’s look at the alternative.

Nexus 7 by apyykko

The Nexus 7.  It was released earlier this year in July.  It’s a 7-inch tablet made by Asus. It’s a quad core so it’s fast, touting 9 hours of HD video playback/10 hours of web browsing/300 house of stand-by time. While that sounds all nice and dandy – how does it really pan out?  I don’t have one, nor have I had personal hands-on time.  But I’m pretty connected into others who do have it.  And they love it.  It comes with Android Jelly Bean, so it’s on the cutting edge of Google’s world.  And since it’s a Nexus device, it will get updates straight from Google.  And I have to say, 7 inches is the perfect size for a tablet.  The best part of it all?  The price.  16GB version for just $199 dollars. I mean you can’t be that right?  I have a 10” tablet right now, and it’s nice, but sometimes I do wish I was a little smaller so I could realistically take it with me.  The Nexus 7 is perfect for that.  Big enough, but portable as well.  And they just released a 32GB version for $249 and another one that works on 3G, it’s $299.  Pretty nice when you consider the 16GB WiFi only version of the iPad Mini is $329 and up to $529.  $529?!  That’s 2 Nexus 7!  Almost 3! Check out the Nexus 7 here.

 Do you have a Nexus 7?  Or maybe another tablet?  Leave me a comment here or tweet me @Doctor_Droid.