iPad Mini Ready to Battle Other 7-Inch Tablets From Google, Amazon
Google Nexus 7
Google is selling the Nexus 7 through its Play store, but also through Staples stores and GameStop locations, the company announced July 9. An 8GB model of the Nexus 7, named after its display size, sells for $199, while a 16GB model is priced at $249. This 7-inch tablet weighs 12 ounces.
Amazon Kindle Fire 2
The pricing of the Google Nexus 7 puts it in direct competition with a number of 7-inch tablets, including the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire, a full-color tablet with WiFi, a Multi-Touch display and free cloud storage for Amazon content. It's rumored that later this summer Amazon will release a Kindle Fire 2 with a Webcam, better pixel resolution and a width-to-height ratio more like the Nexus 7's. The current Kindle Fire weighs 14.6 ounces.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Samsung's popular Galaxy lineup includes the Tab 2 7.0, a 12.2-ounce tablet that runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and features a 7-inch (diagonal) display, voice calling, Samsung's ChatON and various hubsMusic, Readers, Game and Video. Best Buy sells an 8GB model for $250.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
Another 8GB, $199 option is the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. It has a 7-inch VividView display, a microSD card expandable to 32GB, a battery life of 11.5 hours when reading (for video that drops to nine hours), and access to 2.5 million books. It weighs 14.1 ounces.
T-Mobile calls its self-branded tablet a "mix of fun and functionality at an amazingly affordable price." The 4G-enabled tablet comes with 16GB of storage that's expandable to 32GB, a 7-inch display with 217 pixels per inch, preloaded Netflix and Blockbuster apps, and front- and rear-facing cameras. It runs the Honeycomb version of Android, weighs 14.1 ounces and after rebate is priced at $250.
Acer Iconia Tab A100
The slightly tapered corners of Acer's 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 enable it to stand out among its peersthough its unique look seems to have done little to affect sales. The A100 runs Android 3.2an update to Honeycombweighs 14.7 ounces and sells (the 8GB model, that is) for approximately $285 on Amazon.com.
The 14.1-ounce Lenovo IdeaPad A1 launched with Gingerbread, or Android 2.3. It features integrated front and back Webcams, GPS navigation even when in offline mode, full Flash support, a 1024 by 600 7-inch display and a price that's been lowered to $199.
BlackBerry Playbook 7-Inch Model
The smaller of RIM's enterprise-savvy BlackBerry Playbooks weighs 15 ounces and features a 7-inch multi-touch LCD display. There are front and rear cameras, the option of up to 64GB of memory, GPS, WiFi, support for Flash 11.2 and HTML 5 and what RIM calls "the best of BlackBerry," which includes access to email and social networks. Pricing now begins at $199.