Apple announced the rumoured iPad Mini last night with a price that starts at $329. This means that there is more than enough room for competitors to compete on the price. However where does it stand when it comes to hardware and features, and is that enough to explain the higher price point? The folks over at iMore tried to answer that by preparing a specs sheet pitting the iPad Mini against the current favorites like the Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface RT among other.
iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface RT, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, PlayBook & iPad
To start with there is the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 HD which really provides bang for the buck. Its drawback is that it is available in just a few countries.
The Google Nexus 7 is moving up to 32GB and getting cellular connectivity is cheaper, however it has more apps which are smartphone based than apps for tablets. If you don’t mind that then it is better than the iPod Touch 5G.
The Microsoft Surface RT with Windows is not really classed as being a small tablet, however as there hasn’t been any other Windows 8 tablets released yet it will do. The Windows 8 touch platform is still new and with this in mind you may want to wait and see if it makes sense in the real world.
Now while Apple dominates the tablet market with its 9.7-inch iPad models, there isn’t anyone that has successfully made their mark in the small tablet market. So with this in mind the question of whether the iPad Mini will be successful in mass market remains to be answered. Check out the specs sheet below to see where the iPad Mini stands.