BY | October 4, 2012

Within weeks, if not days we are set to get Apple’s iPad Mini. But it will not go unchallenged. Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are already established market players

Tech market is to witness an intense battle between a set of small tablets. Following Google’s much-touted Nexus 7, Amazon has come up with three new Kindle Fire tablets. To add to the contest, Apple is rumored to produce a new iPad Mini. Top news sources are talking about the small iPad. Here we go for a comparison between Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and the speculated features of iPad Mini.

Display Screen: The Nexus 7 and Kindle HD Fire sport 7-inch displays, with the former having LED-backlit IPS display and the latter sporting an IPS display. Both the devices offer the same screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Meanwhile, iPad Mini is speculated to mount a 7.85-inch Retina display. Many rumor mills have leaked the chance for a nearly 8-inch screen for the new iPad. It is said that LG and Sharp are producing display panels for the device.

Power & Performance: The Asus-built Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core Cortex-A9 processor. Well, it is the first tab in the world to come up with a quad core processor. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is to mount a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 CPU for better power. On the other hand, iPad Mini is hoped to tout the company’s advanced A6 chipset in a quad core processor. Apple introduced its new A6 chipset in its new iPhone 5.

Software & Apps: The Google tablet is the first device to preload the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. The Mountain View firm introduced the tablet as a signature product for Jelly Bean. Amazon is to run its new line of Kindle Fire HDs with a skinned version of Android 4.0 ICS. It is when we will get the new iPad Mini with iOS 6, the recently unveiled version of Apple’s mobile operating system. It was first run on the new iPhone 5. It is available an all latest versions of the iDevices.

Camera: Both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD mount front cameras for video chatting. The former one has a 1.2MP camera that can record video at 720p, while the latter one has a HD front camera for great quality video calls. Both Google and Amazon seem to have deliberately skipped the rear camera, since it is almost useless on a tablet PC.

Connectivity: Google has designed Nexus 7 with all advanced options for connectivity. The tablet features Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and a USB port. Amazon has revamped its Kindle Fire with Bluetooth and it also features Wi-Fi for connectivity. The rumored iPad Mini is anticipated to get a Thunderbolt port, NFC and USB port apart from Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other connectivity options.

Price: One major specialty of the small tablets is their cheap prices. Google sells its Nexus 7 for two prices $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for 16GB version. Amazon is to sell its Kindle Fire HD for $199. Of course, we can expect almost similar prices from Apple for its mini iPad version. Rumor mills think that Apple will be able to sell its iPad Mini for a price between $250 and $300. But, there are even people who think that Apple will sell its speculated iPad Mini for a price below $200.

Final Thoughts
The tablet market is becoming more and more competitive with several superb products. Tech companies are coming out with great tabs to grab the attention of customers. Indeed, as of now, Google, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are the leading players in small tab market. Barnes & Noble has just demoed two small tablets with a 7-inch model the Nook HD and 9-inch version Nook HD+. What the tech world is now eagerly waiting for the rumored foray of Apple in the small tablet market with a 7-inch iPad Mini.


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  • Alasdair Ross

    Hi, very helpful, as I am not too computer bright, any figs. on screen brightness,please, any info on the pos. of a windows tab.

    Many thanks in anticipation.


  • Pash D

    Nexus 7 is better for now, lets hope Apple comes with something better at lower price.

  • Jens

    Probably the Asus Transformer Prime was the first quad-core tablet, or perhaps you neant 7″ tablet?

  • Dan

    One of the best overall comparisons I’ve seen on the different 7″ tablets. No doubt the the new Ipad will shake things up.

    Again…great job!

  • JP

    It’s doubtful Apple will sell the iPad Mini for less than $200 because that would undercut the Touch.