iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire

Here's how the iPad Mini's announced tech specs stack up against popular 7-inch tablets from Google and Amazon

Here's how the iPad Mini's announced tech specs stack up against popular 7-inch tablets from Google and Amazon. (Of course, while the specs are important, there's more to a tablet than a data sheet. Computerworld will have a hands-on review of the iPad Mini soon.)

Top small tablets compared

iPad mini

Google Nexus 7

Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

Price

$329 to $659

$199 to $249

$199 to $264

$299 to $614

Screen size

7.9 in.

7 in.

7 in.

8.9 in.

Screen resolution

1024 x 768 (163 ppi)

1280 x 800 (216 ppi)

1280 x 800

1920 x 1200 (254 ppi)

Internal storage

16G, 32G or 64G

8G or 16G

16, 32G or 64G

OS

iOS 6

Android 4.1

Highly customized Android

Highly customized Android

Dimensions

7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 in.

7.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 in.

7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 in

9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 in.

Weight

10.9 oz.

12 oz.

13.9 oz.

20 oz.

Internet

Dual-band Wi-Fi, multiple cell data types

Wi-Fi

Dual-band Wi-Fi (excluding ad-hoc and peer-to-peer), Bluetooth

Dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G LTE

Camera

1.2MP 720p front; 5MP 1080p rear

1.2MP front

Front-facing "HD"

Front-facing "HD"

Processor

Dual-core A5

Quad-core 1.6GHz Tegra 3

Dual-core 1.2GHz

Dual-core TI OMAP4470 1.3GHz+

Connectors (all have audio jacks)

Apple Lightning

NFC

Micro-HDMI for HD video output

Micro-HDMI for HD video output

Apps

iOS 6; includes Siri

Any for Android 4.1; includes Google Now

Amazon Store apps only

Amazon Store apps only

Source: Vendor Web sites, Computerworld reporting

Read more about Tablets in Computerworld's Tablets Topic Center.

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1 Comment

Sir Francis

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Despite it being made in China (a lot closer to Australia than the U.S. as far as shipping costs go) and the exchange rate in Australia's favour the ipad mini costs way more than it does in the U.S. I'm tired of being ripped off by Apple. When I bought my Mac Pro it was 28% more expensive than the U.S. version. I'd prefer a Kindle Fire but Amazon refuses to sell it here so I'll get the Nexus 7.

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