Google and Amazon can breathe a sigh of relief as Apple skips competing on price with iPad mini

Summary:Some speculated that Apple would come out with a $199 or $249 iPad mini, but Apple stuck true to their form and have the iPad mini priced at $329 to $649. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are still very compelling at the $199 price point.

Google and Amazon can breathe a sigh of relief as Apple skips competing on price with iPad mini

Some people actually thought Apple would be able to get the new iPad mini down in the $199 to $249 price range, but there was no way I was buying that story. The iPad mini STARTS at $329 with six models ranging all the way up to a whopping $649 for the 64GB cellular model. The Google Nexus 7 is only $199, $249 for 16GB, and has a higher PPI display. Google has come a long way with their ecosystem too and it is easy to find books, music, and movies in the Play Store. There are also rumors of a larger 10 inch Nexus and if that comes in close to this new iPad mini price we may see Google become an even more serious contender in the tablet market.

Apple has dominated the tablet market, but Android tablets are making some great efforts to compete. This is especially true this year with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 competing at such a low entry price. The next thing Google needs to do is to get developers creating tablet-optimized applications because the 275,000 iPad apps offer a very compelling reason to go with an iPad. Google is holding an event in New York next week where we will likely see Google shot back at Apple, especially after Apple slammed them directly on stage by comparing the Nexus 7 to the new iPad mini.

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Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Apple, iPad


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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