Google is unleashing a new wave of Android tablets on the market this quarter, which has once again sparked the debate as to which – if any – have what it takes to rival the iPad Mini and iPad 4 in terms of specs, features and general prowess.
The arrival of the Google Nexus 10 came as little surprise, with various release date and spec-rumors having been floating around for most of the year now. Also as expected, the slightly revamped 32GB version of the Google Nexus 7 was also unveiled by Google overnight, though rather than resulting in a discounted $99 8GB Nexus 7 as expected, the entry-level model has instead been axed.
In any case, the Google Nexus 7 remains the most affordable high-end tablet PC on the market today, though this would probably be disputed by some of the more ardent Amazon Kindle Fire HD fans. The Google Nexus 10 also takes the crown in terms of epic specs for $100 lower than the equivalent iPad.
But, as must be asked during times like these, how does all of the above add up in terms of a genuine threat to the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini?
The answer depends on personal perspective but in terms of the iPad Mini Vs Google Nexus 7 Vs Kindle Fire war, dozens of analysts are calling off the bout altogether. Given the fact that iPad Mini starts from $320 and the latter two can be picked up for under $200, they are essentially in two completely different price-brackets which makes fair comparison difficult. Apple’s iPad Mini is the most exciting by far in terms of apps, content and the eco-system it delivers, but the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire represent genuine impulse-purchase toys and will no doubt serve as massive stocking-stuffers over the Christmas period.
And in terms of the iPad 4 Vs Google Nexus 10, some have already suggested that the biggest rivalry in the case of Apple’s tablet will be in-house. Owners of the new iPad from March this year are reportedly less than impressed with Apple’s decision to introduce the iPad 4 just six-months down the line. In addition, the arrival of the iPad 4 now has cast aspersions on whether or not Apple will deliver a new tablet during the same Q1 2013 window, which would in turn confirm the iPad 4 as something of a middle-of-the-road mild revamp of less-than enormous significance.
In the meantime, the Google Nexus 10 with its $100 cheaper price-tag and Retina-busting display quality is free to prove its worth as a device in its own right, which in turn means that the battle may not be as hard-fought as once thought.