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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