Curious what all this iPad news means for Android fans? We do, too. With the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display upping the ante on mobile technology in their own way, let’s take a look at what this means for Android tablets.
When we take the iPad Air into consideration, there’s a lot to like: thin, light, powerful. At only 7.5mm thin, it’s the slimmest full-sized tablet available. Apple is also touting their debated A7, 64-bit processor on-board, and saying it has dual WiFi antennae for “twice the WiFi performance”, as well as an LTE option.
The iPad mini stepped up to a Retina display, which was a safe assumption made by many. It keeps the 7.9-inch screen, but also packs the A7 processor and dual WiFi antennae inside. The mini will also have an LTE version, and both Apple tablets will be available in November: the Air on the first, and the mini later in the month sometime.
The iPad Air will start at $499 for the 16GB WiFi version, and run all the way up to a massive $929 for the 128GB LTE version. The iPad mini will run $100 less across the lineup, so starting at $399 and topping out at $829. That’s a jaw dropper.
Impressive, sure, but they’re probably not enough to get us away from our Nexus 7 2013 -- or even Nexus 10. The hardware is gorgeous, but the guts are suspect as Apple doesn't reveal much about what's going on inside their devices. The ecosystem is still iOS, and Android fans clearly aren’t into that. Starting at nearly half the price of the iPad mini, the Nexus 7 2013 is still our champion.