Google Answers Apple’s iPad Mini
The new iPad mini has been raved about, exclaimed about, with customers waiting to buy it as fast as retailers can put it out. There’s no question it’s a marvel in design. The tiny tablet is just 7.87 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches and weighs 308 grams. Its five-megapixel iSight camera can also capture video at 1080p HD. The mobile tablet is offered in two versions; one that is strictly Wi-Fi and another that pairs Wi-Fi with three different LTE networks, allowing the iPad to browse the web wherever AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless provides network access. The iPad can also access 275,000 dedicated tablet applications in the App store. It’s like a lap top for your pocket.
Google, however, has been energetically pursuing its own line of mobile devices. Not to be outdone, it is answering the popular mini iPad with its own version of scaled down tablets with the Nexus 7. The Nexus, at 7.81 x 4.82 x 0.41 inches, is slightly larger and thicker than the Apple mini. At 340 grams, it’s also somewhat heavier. The iPad display is 7.9 inches, while the Nexus is only seven inches, giving the iPad nearly an inch more of viewable real estate. However, the iPad gives a density of pixels-per-inch at 163. The Nexus display is 216 pixels per square inch, giving it higher resolution.
The mini-pad uses Apple’s 1-GHz dual-core A5 chip, making it to 512 megabytes of RAM; The Nexus uses Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip with four cores operating at 1.3 GHz each with one GB of RAM. Both the mini iPad and the Nexus 7 claim ten hours of battery life.
Beside its bulkier, heavier size, the Nexus does have a few disadvantages when compared to the mini iPad. The Nexus only uses Wi-Fi, which means it can only be used within a range of a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Nexus can use most apps from the Google Play Store, but many of these applications are not optimized for tablet form and may give a less refined presentation. However, Google is announcing some changes in their newest Nexus upgrade on October 29th. It remains to be seen if it will address these minor shortcomings. In the meantime, the most arguable advantage in favor of the Nexus is the price. The mini iPad begins at a cost of $329 and can go as high as $659, depending on the options you choose. The Nexus costs $199 for the 8 GB version and $249 for 16 GB. Google may not have beat out the mini i-Pad for popularity yet, but it’s determined to give it a good run for the money.