Originally Posted by ryan_m
How is the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD not the closest competitors? In processor, screen size, weight, those are the closest ones. And all cheaper. Those are the ones that all the tech sites and magazines are comparing it with. But all that aside the surprise part for me is that I have been following all of the rumor mills about the iPad mini for several months now, and initially they all suggested the price would be around 200-250. Then they began all centering on 250 for the most likely price for a 16gb wifi model. And going upwards from there with the 4g and 32gb models. So when the cheapest one launched at 80 bucks more than virtually every site was predicting, well that was the surprise for me.
They are not the closest competitors because the screen size is not even close. The tablets you mentioned have a 7 inch screen, the iPad mini screen is 7.9. We are talking diagonal, and the iPad aspect ratio means even more screen. That gives the iPad an extra 30% or 9 square inches of screen. And because of the different ratios, the iPad mini is closer to the 8.9" Fire I mentioned than it is to the 7 inchers.
I have a 10.1" Transformer, and using the Galaxy Tab 7 2 I bought my old man for his birthday for web browsing is a totally different experience. That extra 9 square inches of screen will mean a lot to most folks.
Buuuut anyways... Apple products are always quite a bit more money than their closest competitors, and I'm pret-ty sure they will sell a huge number of these things. The Kindle 8.9 I pointed out is probably a better value, but it is a shame Amazon locked it out of Google play.