Which Tablet Will You Choose, iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 or iPad 4 Generation

On October 24, 2012, Apple released the smaller 7-inch tablet – iPad mini, which is really 7.9 inch in size and bigger than Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. On the same day, Apple also launched an update for normal iPad and release the 4th generation of iPad. Both iPad Mini and iPad 4 will be available for pre-order at the Apple Online Store on October 26 and arrive in Apple Retail Stores starting at 8:00 a.m. on November 2.

Now, let’s take a look at these popular tablets from Apple and its competitors.

1. iPad Mini

  • $329 for base model with Wi-Fi only and 16 gigabytes of storage, $429 with 32 GB, $529 with 64 GB. Add $130 for versions with cellular capability.
  • Screen size: 7.9 inches diagonally
  • Screen resolution: 1024 by 768 pixels
  • Weight: 0.68 pound (0.69 pound for cellular versions)
  • Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Operating system: Apple’s iOS
  • Pros: Unmatched access to third-party applications, high-quality Apple software and the iTunes store. High-resolution screen. Available with access to fast 4G wireless broadband networks, starting at $459.
  • Cons: Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

 2. Amazon.com Inc’s Kindle Fire

  • Price: $199 with 16 gigabytes of storage, $249 with 32 GB
  • Screen size: 7 inches diagonally
  • Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
  • Weight: 0.87 pound.
  • Cameras: Front-facing camera.
  • Battery life: 11 hours.
  • Operating system: Modified version of Google’s Android
  • Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store. High-definition screen. Dolby audio. Larger-screen version coming Nov. 20, including option for cellular broadband.
  • Cons: Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. No rear camera for taking video and photos. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

3. Google’s Nexus 7

  • Price: $199 with 8 gigabytes of storage, $249 with 16 GB.
  • Screen size: 7 inches diagonally
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Weight: 0.75 pounds
  • Cameras: Front-facing, 1.2 megapixel camera
  • Battery life: 9.5 hours
  • Operating system: Google’s Android
  • Pros: Access to a variety of games, utilities and other software for Android devices, though not as extensive as apps available for iPad.
  • Cons: Integrates with Google Play store, which is still new and isn’t as robust as Apple or Amazon’s stores. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for cellular wireless broadband.

4. Apple’s iPad

  • Price: Starts at $499 with 16 gigabytes of storage, goes up to $699 with 64 gigabytes. Add $130 for versions with cellular data access. (Apple still sells the older, iPad 2 for $399.)
  • Screen size: 9.7 inches diagonally
  • Screen resolution: 2048 by 1536 pixels
  • Weight: 1.44 pounds
  • Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
  • Battery life: 10 hours.
  • Operating system: Apple’s iOS
  • Pros: Unmatched access to third-party applications, high-quality Apple software and the iTunes store. Unique high-resolution screen. Widest range of cases and accessories available. Available with access to fast 4G wireless broadband networks, starting at $629.
  • Cons: Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

Will you wait for the new iPad 4 or iPad Mini? Or just cannot wait to buy a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire? Just leave your comments below to let me know your choice :D .

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