So you’re excited about the new Ipad Mini (yes, I’m a little excited about it, too), but aren’t sure if you should go with the rest of the Iproduct loyalists or look around for a better deal. Here to help is Al Sacco of CIO.com, listing 7 other comparable options to make the choice just a little bit harder for you.
Starting the list, unsurprisingly, is the Google Nexus 7 by ASUS. Featuring the Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus is able to utilize the “Google Now” functionality, which Sacco as a function which learns your habits and provides directions to frequently visited destinations. The prices are about $200 for the 8gb and about $250 for the 16gb version ““ making the price much less than the Ipad Mini.
Next on the list is the Kindle Fire HD ““ Kindle’s newest entrant into the tablet arena. As Sacco explains:
Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet runs Google’s Android 4.0 software, and it’s particularly well suited for Amazon.com customers, thanks to its deep integration with Amazon’s various cloud and media services.
With 11 hours of battery life, dual band wifi and a very stunning 1280×800 HD display, the base model $214 Kindle Fire HD might be a good partner in crime for your Tablet adventures. But keep in mind that the Kindle doesn’t have access to the Google Store for Android, limiting some of the possibility with this device.
The next most interesting tablet brought up by Sacco is the Blackberry PlayBook by the now ill-favored RIM. The tablet starts at $199.99 and features a 1GHz dual-core processor, mini HDMI port, and blackberry specific security features. Overall, definitely worth a look for someone who wants a tablet that considers and enterprise as well as an individual user.
Check out the article to see the other tablets in the running ““ and feel free to list any more (or any disagreements with the slideshow’s findings) below in the comments.