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Google Nexus 7 price may make iPad inadequate

Now that the dust has settled on Google’s monumental Nexus 7 tablet announcement, how do you feel about the device as a viable contender to the likes of the 3rd generation Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire which also sells for that crucial $199 price point?

It’s fair to say that the $199 price for the Nexus 7 is what is getting everyone talking at the moment. For the features and hardware that the device possesses, we could have easily seen a price on par with the $499 iPad. Instead though, Google has delivered on previous rumors suggesting that the Nexus 7 would target the Kindle Fire’s $199 price and from our point of view, the ball is really in Amazon and Apple’s court on how they go about countering this new threat.

For $199, Google is offering a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the latest version of Android (4.1 Jelly Bean), a 7-inch LED backlit display screen and NFC capabilities. Buyers will also get a Chrome browser built-in to the device, while a 4325 mAh battery and a front-facing 1.2MP camera round out the features in making the Nexus 7 much more than just an enhanced version of the Kindle Fire.

While the new iPad still lacks that highly sought after quad-core A6 processor, it still trumps the Nexus 7 in the vast catalogs of music and video content that Google is still clearly trying to match. Google may have stolen the limelight for now with that very tempting price point compared to the iPhone, but Apple may come back fighting if they do show up with the rumored ‘mini iPad’ that may be no bigger than 8-inches in size.

If you are thinking of picking up a tablet this Summer, do you now see the new iPad as inadequate at $499, when Google is offering an arguably better package at just $199? Let us know your thoughts on the current tablet wars now that Google has entered the scene with the Nexus 7.

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