iPad mini with Retina display nearly double the cost of Google Nexus 7

Summary:Apple makes premium products, but those looking for a small tablet may want to seriously consider the Google Nexus 7 at nearly half the cost of comparable iPad mini with Retina display devices.

iPad mini with Retina display nearly double the cost of Google Nexus 7
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Apple revealed their new iPads today and while we come to expect premium pricing and quality from Apple's tablets, I was a bit blown away when I checked out the iPad mini with Retina display pricing that is nearly twice that of comparable Google Nexus 7 tablets.

The lowest priced iPad mini with Retina display is a 16GB WiFi model that sells for $399. The 16GB WiFi Google Nexus 7 is $229. The highest priced Nexus 7, 32GB LTE model, is $349. The comparable iPad mini with Retina display is $629.

Apple's new iPad has a total of eight SKUs, ranging from the $399 16GB WiFi model all the way to a $829 128GB LTE model.

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Image: Google Play Store

CNET has a comparison table that shows the specification comparison where you can see the iPad mini with Retina display has a 7.9 inch display with 324 pixels per inch while the Nexus 7 has a 7 inch display with 323 ppi.

My ZDNet colleagues told me that Apple iPad buyers don't compare specs and features and don't care what the price of their new iPad is. However, I still find my tablets to be more of convenience devices so price does matter to me.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Apple, Google, iPad, Tablets

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on 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 over 200 d... Full Bio

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