iPad Mini event announced – Nexus 7 need not worry

October 16, 2012
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Some big news dropped today from the folks at Apple, only this time in a smaller package. Of course we're talking about the much-rumored iPad Mini. Today Apple sent out invites for an October 23rd reveal of the all new iPad Mini -- or at least that's what all the rumors and leaks have us believing. Will this 7.85-inch smaller iPad pose a threat to Google's Nexus 7? Read on to find out.

Yes, this is an Android site and we're talking about the iPad Mini. You aren't in the wrong place and accidentally clicked to our sister site SlashGear. The iPad Mini will be a big deal for Apple, and since this will be some strong competition for the Nexus 7 and Android as a whole -- we're talking about it. After all, in the end competition is a good thing. Right?

As the rumors go, the iPad Mini will be a new 7.85-inch 1024 x 768 (same as iPad and iPad 2) resolution tablet. It will be rocking a dual-core processor, probably slightly less powerful than the iPad 3 -- er the "new iPad," and obviously the new lightning connector. For any and all news about the iPad Mini you'll want to head to SlashGear for the full rundown. Here we're talking about Android! Oh and don't forget, Apple makes the coolest adapters -- according to Samsung.

Without getting into a hot discussion too much here (we'll let you do that in the comments) we just want to share a few quick thoughts, leaks, and rumors about the Nexus 7 that well, puts it in a great position even with a looming iPad Mini. First off the iPad will obviously cost more than the Nexus 7, even though we can't confirm that multiple rumors are slotting it in around $299 or $319 for the lowest 8GB model. Compare that to the 8GB Nexus 7 for $199 and things are still looking pretty bright for good ol Google. From there the prices only go up -- except for the Nexus 7 -- which is rumored to actually be getting a price drop and more storage. Rumors are claiming the 32GB Nexus 7 will arrive on October 24th (day after Apple's big reveal) and be priced at just $249. To add credence to those rumors, it also has been spotted online this morning at Staples for less than the 16GB model.

Next up is connectivity. We're also still seeing multiple reports and rumors about a 3G Nexus 7 from Google also hitting the Google Play Store in October. If this ends up being true -- which we are hearing it is -- Google will have a 3G and HSPA+ 4G capable Nexus 7 just in time for holiday sales, as well as the competitions sales. For those seeking to jump ship for an iPad Mini with connectivity -- Google will also have that covered. Obviously none of this has been officially confirmed, nor do we even know if Apple will have anything other than a WiFi iPad Mini.

Recently Carphone Warehouse confirmed the Nexus 7 is their best selling tablet ever, which certainly is good news. In the end there is a lot of uncertainty around these rumors, as well as what we expect from Apple. Will the new iPad Mini make current or future Nexus 7 owners jealous and eventually jump ship? I guess we'll have to wait and see. I certainly won't be selling my Nexus 7 anytime soon!

Thoughts on the iPad Mini, or the Nexus 7 as competition and more? Leave us a comment below!

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  • Kindroid

    iPad Mini…does that make the iPad 3 the iPad Maxi? And who can resist the “mini”/”maxi” pad double entendre.

    • Eye4Detail

      Nope, they’ll announce a 12″ Max-iPad to compliment the Min-iPad. You’ll no longer jailbreak, you’ll “stay free.”

  • Eye4Detail

    The Min-iPad will sell to people who want a smaller iPad. The Nexus 7 will sell to people who possess basic math skills and understand value. Those in-between will probably get a Kindle Fire

    • Microsoft Fanboy

      The average Joe doesn’t know what a Nexus 7 is.

      • Eye4Detail

        Source link?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Handy/100002004745555 Jack Handy

    I have been waiting for a long time for a reasonably priced 7 inch, 32GB tablet. I have had iPhones and iPod Touches and even the original iPod. I never bought an iPad because it was too big for my needs. I have been immersed in the iTunes/App store environment for almost a decade.

    I like Apple. But if a Nexus 7 really comes out with a 32GB model for $249 (or less), that will make it hard for me to get a mini, even though I want one. If the 32GB mini goes for more than $349, then I will make my first switch to Android.

    I think $100 is about the max “Apple premium” they can charge for a tablet this size. Otherwise I think there will be others like me that will “defect”. I think the price of the Mini is probably more important than Apple realizes. If they don’t price it correctly, it could be the beginning of a wave of people dropping iOS for Android.

    I have nothing against Android. But one reason I haven’t yet gotten an Android phone is that so many of them never update their OS when a new version of Android comes out. But since the Nexus 7 is a Google product, I don’t anticipate that will be a problem. And that will increase the likelihood of me getting a Nexus 7 instead of an iPad mini.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      I’ll bet you money (lol) the 32GB iPad Mini will be at least $349 or more.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Handy/100002004745555 Jack Handy

        You’re probably right. But at $399, you are talking $150 more. And from the rumors, it’s possible it will be $449. I think a lot of diehard Apple fans will balk at paying $200 more. You can almost get 2 Nexus 7 32GB for that price. I guess we’ll find out next week.

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        Very true. We’ll see

      • Sperrybird

        It’s hard to believe an idiot would buy a 32 gig, ipad mini for $349 when you can have the 32 gig Nexus 7 with better resolution for much cheaper price.

      • pocketfrog

        32GB iPad Mini? Who cares? The entry-level Mini will be 8GB, 16GB tops. And that’ll be the one that people will buy.

      • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu
    • Chris Carter

      2 Words-Nexus Phone. Always get the newest update within days of release. My Nexus tablet just got updated to 4.1.2

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Handy/100002004745555 Jack Handy

        Unfortunately that phone isn’t available on my plan.

    • http://twitter.com/vedinteractive .

      What about 3G connectivity, or don’t you care about that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Handy/100002004745555 Jack Handy

        Don’t care about 3G connectivity. I use a MiFi and avoid the monthly fees.

  • radport gangflasher

    Own both. Problem solved. I love my nexus 7 but I fancy an affair with an iPad mini. I’ll keep the one I get along with better.

  • flassh81

    Isn’t an Ipad mini just and Ipod Touch?
    or is that now an Ipad Micro?

  • http://twitter.com/vedinteractive .

    What you are talking about is..future. Nexus will have this or that. And everything is in an answer to what mini might have. Don’t really see any major selling point Nexus might have over the mini except maybe the slight price advantage (we have heard $249 and storage).

    • pocketfrog

      Lots of people prefer android over iOS, so there’s that.

    • copster

      Not to forget the resolution. Nexus 7 has a higher PPI than what the ipad mini is supposed to have.

  • house405

    Well that’s lame I spent 249 on my 16 GB nexus 7 but I love it and jellybean is awesome best yet hell maybe I’ll get me a 32 GB too its a great device!