Now that Apple has finally announced their worst kept secret with the iPad Mini, consumers will probably be either jumping on board straight from pre-order day, or looking for an instant alternative due to the rather costly $329 price tag that comes attached with Apple’s new tablet.
One such tablet that is gaining a lot of interest is the elusive Nexus 7 32GB, which somehow managed to sneak through Google’s labs, into a Staples retailer and into the hands of one very lucky consumer indeed who paid $249 for a 32GB model. The bit we already know is that Google will officially start selling the device on October 29, but will consumers still want to buy one after Apple’s iPad mini unveiling over the last 24 hours?
There should be no reason why you shouldn’t still buy the Nexus 7 over the iPad Mini, as Google’s device still trumps the smaller iPad in a collection of areas, we haven’t even got on to the margin in price either. For starters, Apple are still not putting a quad-core processor on this thing, as Phil Schiller confirmed that the iPad Mini will ship with a dual-core A5 processor only – the Nexus 7 32GB will have a Tegra 3 quad-core processor on board.
Elsewhere, Apple has opted against putting a Retina Display on the new smaller iPad, instead preferring a display resolution of 1024×768 at 163ppi. In comparison, the Nexus 7 may be smaller in size with an 7-inch display compared to the iPad Mini with a 7.9-inch screen, but it makes up for that with a higher resolution of 1280 x 800 with a ppi of 216.
There’s further disappointment in the RAM department for prospective buyers as well, as the iPad Mini will only ship with 512MB of RAM, compared to the Nexus 7 which has 1GB out of the box. If you are asking for our opinion on whether the Nexus 7 32GB model will compete with Apple’s new iPad which goes on sale on November 2nd, we would say that it definitely does and is even arguably a lot better on paper.
It’s an iPad though and a smaller model no doubt looks very nice in the hand indeed. Let us know if you plan to pick up the 32GB Nexus 7 for $249, or pick up a 16GB iPad Mini for $329.