Just few days ago, Apple has sent invitations to media for a new product launch on October 23. It is supposed that the long-rumored iPad Mini will come into our sights. As what I said in my last post, there already exist so many excellent 7-inch tablets in the market like Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, all of which completely block the way of iPad Mini. Only if Apple prices iPad Mini below $300, perhaps there is a chance for iPad Mini to become a hit.
If you plan to buy a handheld 7-inch tablet in the coming shopping season, actually there are loads of alluring options available now: the Kindle Fire HD that is just released by Amazon and the latest Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD, both of which comes with the same quality as iPad and the incredible low $199 price tags. Google's warmly received Nexus 7 is also a quite better choice, which runs the latest version of Android OS and also prices at $199. If you only concern about the price tag and meanwhile have no requirement on tablet hardware, last year's Kindle Fire is without doubt your taste, which has down to an unbelievable price of $159.
Since iPad Mini is facing such intense competition, below has listed all details of its strongest rivals of iPad Mini, which are possible to prevent iPad Mini from becoming the king in 7-inch tablet world.
Top 1: Kindle Fire HD
Scoring a runaway success with last year's Kindle Fire, it looks like that Amazon tends to make the second generation Kindle Fire HD the most compelling and feature-rich 7-inch tablet you can find on current market. This follow-up comes with a stunning 7-inch HD screen with 1280×800p resolution. So, you can benefit more from this tablet like rich color, deep contrast and even wide viewing angle. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM paired provides you the fast speed while doing multimedia. Other features like Dolby audio, Wi-Fi, front-facing HD camera, HDMI port, 16/32GB internal memory and a long battery life are so appealing as well. You can read unbelievable amounts of e-Books from Amazon library.
It is generally known that the Nexus 7 is outselling all other Android tablets after only three months of availability. Perhaps the key reason why so many people choose Nexus 7 is it packs with latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and sells extremely competitive price. The 7-inch tablet boasts a Quad-Core processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, 1280 x 800 screen resolution, 1.2MP front-facing camera and nice performance battery. Other features like NFC, Wi-Fi are included. When I surf online, I find that the Nexus 7 is the one countless tech fans highly recommends.
Top 3: Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD
Apart from the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Series, the Nook HD also join in the fight with iPad. Based on the official specs, you will find that the Nook HD boasts the highest screen resolution when compared to Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7: 1,440-by-900p. So, I am sure you will get a much better color rendering and contrast. Just like the Amazon, the Barnes & Noble also provides users bulk of e-Books for reading. After I browse through all features of NOOK HD, perhaps above listed two benefits are the only ones you can receive, and that is why I won't recommend this tablet for you. No camera packed, what a pity!
Without doubt, the first generation Kindle Fire is the least competitive tablet for iPad Mini, except for its super-low price. If you just need a tablet PC for daily use and never care about the hardware, Kindle Fire is a good choice to buy a tablet for your kids or as a holiday present.
For those arranging to shop for a 7-inch tablet, here I suggest you wait until the October is over. You know, perhaps the best 7–inch tablets will advent with the best price. Okay, I should admit there is just with half of this probability.
To help you know the difference among these 4 tablets clearly, a comparison table is provided:
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