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

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.

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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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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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  • Amazing

    Amazing when you see the price comparisons. This is so reminiscent of the early Mac's demise. Time will tell if history will yet again repeat.
    Nole Mercy
    • I know right!

      The sad thing is, just about every one of their competitors realize this is how it happened last time and they've built their strategy around that! Apple, they just seem clueless at the top!
      slickjim
      • And...

        And Steve Jobs can't come back and save them this time...
        Robb Nunya
    • The early Mac's near-demise was due to trying to play the generic PC game

      Interestingly, despite for so long costing almost twice as much, when the iMac came out, Mac sales started to grow and are almost a thousand times higher than they were then.

      Meanwhile, the iPad is STILL the top selling single brand of tablet on the market with over 150 MILLION sold so far.
      Vulpinemac
      • But...

        The Mac is not an iPad. The iPad was the first succesful tablet and it's still riding that old success. The Mac is that product that lost its market share long ago. How many people actually can afford or own a Mac?
        C#Ismylife
  • Why waste money on Apple/Google useless toys

    Get a Dell Venue Pro 8 running full Windows 8. Everything unlimited.
    Owl`Net
    • Maybe because nobody likes Dell any more?

      For that matter, desktop Windows on ANY tablet has been an abysmal failure for almost 14 years now.
      Vulpinemac
      • Nobody likes Dell?

        Are you stating a fact or saying something to convince yourself of something? Obviously someone stills cares about Dell computers as there was a bidding war to buy the company and take it private.

        At $299 the Dell Venue 8 Pro is a very compelling choice against the iPad mini.
        At $229 the Google Nexus7 is a very very compelling choice against the iPad mini.

        I get that Owlnet is just a troll, but that doesn't mean what he/she is saying this time isn't somewhere in the ballpark of being accurate.
        Emacho
    • Re: Everything unlimited.

      Does the "unlimited" include your spending with Microsoft?
      danbi
    • It's like telling a slow child again and again

      Pro 8
      - Short battery life.
      - Way too heavy for a Pad.
      - Too expensive.
      - Jack of all trades master of none, works poor as a Pad and a PC.
      - Ultra books does a far better job for less money.
      - Apple or Android work far better as a Pad.
      KBabcock75
  • Seriously consider the Google Nexus 7??!!!?!?!!?!!??!!!???

    Unless you're a die hard Apple nut, it's a no brainer really.
    Boothy_p
    • I did... I own two 7s (2012-2013)

      I'm giving them to my nephew and niece... I hate to admit it but the experience didn't leave me loving it.

      I'm going back to Apple - I spent quite a bit of money in Google Play, rooted, changed kernels, launchers, etc and it's been fun but left me unsatisfied. The fact that both had hardware issues on launch and the 2012 was replaced 3x and the 2013 was replaced once and still has multi-touch issues leaves me questioning Google/Asus attention to build quality.

      That being said Samsung makes better tablets but they cost as much as the Mini and honestly I'm done playing and dealing with small fonts in some games/apps and generally lackluster experience.

      I'll try again in a few years when the Android devs get their apps properly designed for tablets.
      dragnn
    • I like the Apple iSO but....

      Have to agree, for the money the Nexus 7 is a great deal and with iOS7 being such a disappointment, makes the choice even easier for me.
      KBabcock75
    • Fanboys and Posers

      Agree with you all the way. The iPad buyers who "...don't compare specs and features and don't care what the price of their new iPad is" are either Apple Fanboys or people who are trying to look cool and don't know better.

      For those of us who do know better and compare the new iPad Mini to the new Nexus 7, the Nexus 7 wins hands down on bang for the buck.

      We would only go with iPad Mini if we really, really want access to Apple's App store and are willing to pony up and then put up with all of Apple's corporate arrogance.
      BulldogXX
      • WRONG.

        I bought a refurbished iPad Mini from Apple because an instrument peripheral I wanted to use only worked with iOS devices. No need to compare specs when there are other restrictions in place.

        For the record, I carry a VZW Galaxy Nexus as my smartphone and run Windows 7 on a self-built system.
        joetron2030
  • Of course they compare

    See, the Google device would be the one turned off, disconnected from the internet and shoved in the rack next to the $99 generic brand (or throwaways as I like to think of them) tablets and the iPad would be the one that has it's own entire row of accessories, is turned on and working, and people are actually using them. If the stores treat them like garbage and put them on the shelf next to actual garbage, then what is the consumer supposed to think? Now I know everyone is going to flame me for this but I am just reporting exactly what I saw on my last Fry's run.
    oncall
    • Same with the Surface

      Google and MS both have big bucks, you would think they'd take care of it.
      stano360
    • Now, the question you have to ask yourself is why?

      The answer, of course, is that, the store showcases what sells. The reason the Nexus is a pariah is because no one has expressed an interest in them.
      baggins_z
    • I agree with you but the blame is on MS, it's not some Apple conspiracy...

      It's attention to detail - which is apparent when you walk into an Apple store.

      It's not rocket science but you'd think it was. They need to push like Apple does. The fact that they don't consider the customer experience shows.... as a customer who will pay more for a decent experience - I'm not alone. Most people are techy (like the people reading this article) and don't care so much about specs etc but they do want to be treated well.
      dragnn
      • I hate that I can't edit something on this site...

        I hit enter accidentally...

        ....The fact that they don't consider the customer experience shows.... as a customer who will pay more for a decent experience - I'm not alone. Most people are NOT techy (like the people reading this article) and don't care so much about specs etc but they do want to be treated well.
        dragnn