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Google Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini: Best Bang For The Buck

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Earlier this week, Apple unveiled the iPad Mini to the world. It was thought that Apple would take the market of budget tablets by storm. However they have priced the device very close to the iPad 3 and the iPad 4. This means that the storm will be more of a light breeze.

Google Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini

The Google Nexus 7 happens to be among the most powerful devices in the 7 inch tablet range and it comes with a price tag of just $199. Apple knows this and hence why the unnamed tablet in their keynote which the company took pot shots at was clearly the Nexus 7.

Apple has set their iPad Mini at $329, so what chance do they have of competing with Google? If you want to enjoy Wi-Fi and 4G LTE on the iPad Mini then you will have to hand over $659. This is the price you have to pay to enjoy the experience, but it won’t be able to compete alongside the Nexus 7 with a price tag that is so high. After all the very best Nexus 7 that you could possibly get is just $50 more than the lesser one. This comes with a price tag of $249, while the minimal version of the iPad Mini is $329.

The iPad Mini also comes with the older A5 processor of Apple, not the new A6. The Nexus 7 on the other hand comes with the quad core Tegra CPU clocked at 1.2GHz.  In benchmark tests this was a great deal better than the A5X chip in the iPad 3. How can Apple think that they will be able to compete in the tablet market when they are using older tech, which seems to be more expensive? Of course iOS and Android are two very different operating systems and so they have to be treated as such.

When you look at software, the iPad Mini clearly has the upper hand. The App Store is the best when it comes to tablet optimized apps. This has been one of the biggest weakneses of the Play Store from the very beginning and not enough has changed. So if anything, the premium you’re paying is not just for the Apple brand but access to these tablet specific apps which are in abundance.

However when it comes to best bang for the buck, the Nexus 7 offers more for your money than the iPad Mini and more so following the conclusion of the Google Playground event. It is thought that they will launch a 32GB version of the Nexus 7, which will come with the price tag of $249. Apple meanwhile wants $429 for their 32GB version and it will have the same hardware or worse. For almost $200 difference in price the Google experience just comes up on top. If Apple were to have priced the iPad Mini at $249 as all rumors dictated before the event, the tables would have easily been turned and its weaker hardware would have not have mattered.

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