Bad News For Google Nexus 7: Apple iPad Mini And Amazon Kindle Fire Sold More Units In 2012

The world loved the Google Nexus 7 when it first came out, and sure enough, the tablet did set the cash registers ringing. But looks like Google’s luck ran out pretty soon. According to industry analyst Benedict Evans, Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD managed to sell more units during 2012 than the Nexus 7.

This information, however, wasn’t easy to come by, since Google doesn’t provide total sales figures of its devices. But Evans inferred that less than 4.8 million units of the Nexus 7 tablets were sold during 2012, from various statements made by ASUS’ CEO. Evans estimates that Apple managed to sell around 10 million units of the iPad Mini, even though it was launched late last year.

But the real leader in the low cost 7-inch tablet category seems to be the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. According to Evans, Amazon managed to rake up more impressive sales of its 7-inch tablet offering than Google did. However, this could change if recent rumors are to be believed. Apparently, Google is going to upgrade the resolution of the Nexus 7’s screen but still offer it at the same price. Maybe things will then look up for the Nexus 7 – iPad Mini and Kindle Fire, watch out!… Read the rest

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Kobo Arc Vs Google Nexus 7 Vs Apple iPad Mini: Being A Fabulous 7-inch Tablet Now Is All About That Extra Fire

There’s a new 7-inch tablet on the block, the Kobo Arc. The good news is that the number of tablet users is constantly on the rise, and as people look for greater portability, we don’t think the demand for 7-inch tablet is going to reduce any time soon. So we’re pitting the Kobo Arc against two of the most popular tablets in the same category – the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, to see if it stands a chance in making a mark.

Kobo Arc: The Kobo Arc has a screen similar to the Nexus 7 – it is 7-inches and has a resolution of 1280X800 pixels. It’s powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM. On the downside, it runs on Android 4.0 ICS, so in terms of the OS, is relatively older than the other 2 devices. The Kobo Arc has a 2 MP front-facing 720p HD camera and is available with either 8 GB or 16 GB internal storage.

Google Nexus 7: This tablet sure made headlines when it first launched early last year. A few months down the line, Google decided to give its bestseller an upgrade, making sure that it had enough features to stay on top of the game. The Nexus 7 features a gorgeous 7-inch full HD display having a resolution of 1280X800 pixels. It’s powered by a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. It runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean version, and lets you enjoy the best that Google’s popular OS has to offer. The Nexus 7 has only 1 camera – a 1.2 MP one in the front. There’s a 16 GB model as well as a 32 GB model, but the tablet comes with a microSD card slot, so you never have to worry about running out of space.

Apple iPad Mini: This one has a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024X768 pixels. The iPad Mini’s slightly lesser in terms of power, with an Apple A5 dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM. In terms of camera, we have to give more points to the iPad Mini, thanks to its 5 MP rear camera in addition to a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. The iPad Mini is available in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB as well as 64 GB models, but unfortunately lacks a microSD card slot – so you’re stuck with the internal storage.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Vs Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: A Premium Phablet or an Economical Tablet?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 has won hearts all over the world, notwithstanding its price-tag. But today, we’re comparing the Galaxy Note 2 with some of the more affordable best-selling tablets to see if they’d make for a suitable alternative instead. So, do the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD stand a chance against this bestselling phablet?

Form factor: Now, the main differentiator between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD is that the former can be used as a smartphone. So, you can make calls, send and receive SMS’s, in addition to doing everything else that a tablet does. But, it does have a smaller screen than the tablets. While the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have 7-inch displays, the Galaxy Note 2 is smaller, with a 5.55-inch display. All these devices have full HD displays, but the Galaxy Note 2 pips the others with its 265 ppi resolution against their 216 ppi resolution screens.  In addition, it comes with the S-Pen functionality, which can be used for easy note taking and scribbling on the device.

Tech specs: In terms of processing power, the Galaxy Note 2 packs a punch with its quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, making it suitable for those looking to run very heavy apps smoothly. However, if intense processing is not what you want, and you’re primarily looking for a decent device for gaming, email, browsing, etc. the Nexus 7 with its quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, or the Kindle Fire HD with its dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM should suffice comfortably.

In terms of internal storage, Samsung has put in 64 GB of memory within the Galaxy Note 2 and has also included a microSD card slot, should you require more space. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are available with space only up to 32 GB for the high end models.

Camera: Without a doubt, the phablet has a superior camera – an 8 MP one in the rear as well as a 1.9 MP front-facing camera. But, if you are happy with your current smartphone and are just looking for a device that can let you access the internet, we don’t think you’d be too disheartened with both tablets’ front cameras.

The Kindle Fire HD still runs on Android 4.0, while the Nexus 7 is available with Android 4.2 and the Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1.2. Both the tablets are available in the $199-$299 range, while the Galaxy Note 2 will set you back by over $800 for the unlocked version.… Read the rest

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iPad Mini Is A Tough Nut To Crack… Passes Drop Test



iPad mini and Nexus 7 are most coveted tablet in the market. And if you have been wondering which one is the toughest amidst them then according to the drop test conducted, iPad mini is more sturdy.


iPad  mini  was even pitched against iPad and surprisingly it emerged to be stronger.

As reported by ibn live the three devices were handled by a machine, and dropped at the same time from the same height. There are three tests in all, carried out by a protection plan provider, Square Trade.

In the first test, every tablet was dropped on its corner; in the second, it was made to land on its face. In the third, it was dunked under water for 10 seconds.

In the first test, the iPad mini came out the least unscathed with only minor aesthetic aberrations, with no cracks visible on the screen. The Nexus 7 did have some cracks, but looked a lot better than the full sized iPad, which suffered the most in the corner drop test.

In the second test, the Nexus 7 did the best, and had only minor cracks, while the iPad mini was left worse for wear, and so was the third generation iPad, which suffered the most amount of damage.

In the third test, the three tablets are dunked in water for 10 seconds and upon removal, the iPad mini fares the best, as it works properly without any issues. The regular sized iPad faced issues with the home button after being submerged in water, while the Nexus 7 was declared unresponsive by the tester.

Reference : IBN LIVE

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Google Nexus 10 Coming Soon? Rumored Manual Found Online

As excitement builds up for Google’s big announcement coming up on October 29, the web is flooded with images of what looks like two pages of a user manual for the Google Nexus 10. The pages feature a sketch of the top of the device with a power/lock button, a volume control button, and the bottom of the device features a charging port. The left side of the device features a Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headset jack, while on the right there is a Micro HDMI port. According to the images in the manual, there’s a rear camera with a flash as well as a front-facing camera.

Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 10 tablet at the October 29 event in New York. Also rumored is the launch of an LG Nexus 4 smartphone and an updated Android 4.2 or Jelly Bean. The LG Nexus 4 smartphone is expected to feature a 4.7-inch HD display and run on Android 4.2. For those who can’t make it to New York for the event, you can catch the live-stream on YouTube.… Read the rest

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Google’s Upcoming Event On Oct 29th: New Nexus Devices Expected

October 29th is a special day not just for Microsoft, but also for Google. The makers of Android are also expected to announce some new products on this day, and if rumors are to be believed, we can expect to see new Nexus phones and tablets being unveiled on this day. The world can expect to get a peek into 2 new Nexus 7 tablets, both with 32GB of storage, but one offering 3G connectivity options.

There are also talks of Google revealing a 10-inch Nexus tablet, being developed in collaboration with Samsung. The device is expected to have a 2560X1600 pixel resolution – way better than even iPad’s Retina Display technology, and could run on Android 4.2 or on the Jelly Bean.

Tech enthusiasts are also hoping to see a new Nexus smartphone, being developed by LG, featuring a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The LG Nexus smartphone is expected to have a 4.7-inch display, 2100 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and could also run on Android 4.2.

On the same day, Microsoft is expected to unveil the Windows Phone 8 based Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones, as well as the HTC 8X. Which of these events would you be tuned into? Don’t worry, we’ll bring you the most comprehensive coverage of both!… Read the rest

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Hurrah! Microsoft,The Surface RT is officially a Sell-Out!




Here’s some bad news for those who were planning to pick up the Surface RT 32GB model – well, you can’t, not for a while at least. So if you don’t mind shelling out a little extra, place your order for either of the other 2 models that are still in stock but finishing soon. The Microsoft online store had to turn away many potential customers for the Surface RT 32GB model that comes without the Touch cover, a day after it started taking pre-orders. For those who have managed to successfully pre-order this device, shipping commences within three weeks.

The 32GB version with the Touch cover for $599 and the 64GB one for $699 are still up for grabs, and delivery is expected by October 26. Pre-orders seem to have become the fad of the day in the tech world, as this is a strategy that was used for the Apple iPhone 5 and the 16GB version of Google Nexus 7 tablet. Well, we know for a fact that these 2 devices were a runaway success, so if the same pattern follows, we think Microsoft’s in for a very pleasant surprise!… Read the rest

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10 Best-selling Android Tablets

Android tablets have come a long way from a rocky start to giving users the most refined experience. So for those who prefer an Android tab over iPad, we have listed down some of the best-selling Android tabs available in the market.

Take a look:

Google Nexus 7

$199 (8GB), $249 (16GB)
A small-screen tab, Google Nexus 7 makes a great choice at an incredible price. The best small-screen tablet, it packed with all features you would like in a tab.








Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

$499 (16GB)
A 10-inch Android tab, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is consumer-friendly, fun, and easy-to-use.







Amazon Kindle Fire HD

$199.99 (16GB)

This 7-inch tab is packed with a small screen but great features.










Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201

$499 (32GB), $599 (64GB)

With quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, this 10-inch Android tab can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.









Asus Transformer Pad TF300

$379 (16GB), $399 (32GB)

Another 10-inch Android tablet in the list, Asus Transformer Pad TF300 comes packed with a a fast CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich, and an optional keyboard dock.






Asus Transformer Pad TF700

$499 (32GB), $599 (64GB)
Another Asus in line, this tab has a large screen, bright and sharp high-resolution display and blazing fast quad-core processor.







Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

$249.99 (8GB)
Simple, elegant, and small, this tab comes with the power of Google’s latest mobile operating system, at a reasonable cost.







Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) (Verizon Wireless)

$349.99 (8GB)
This reasonable and reliable Android tablet is made with fast speeds and supports Verizon’s solid 4G LTE network.









Acer Iconia Tab A700

$449 (32GB)

This 10-inch tab lags behind others in terms of screen resolution and display.









Amazon Kindle Fire (2012)

$159 (8GB)

Prices really low, this entry-level device doesn’t quite measure up to this year’s crop of $199 tablets.







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The 7 Inch Tablet Market All Set To Get A New Entrant: The Apple iPad Mini Production Starts

Widespread reports of Apple starting the mass production of its iPad Mini is hitting the web, leaving all Apple fans waiting for its launch. This smaller version of the iPad will be cheaper than its predecessor, which has a 9.7-inch screen.

The iPad Mini will have a screen size of 7.85-inch with liquid-crystal display and a lower resolution as compared to the latest iPad.

Earlier in September, there were reports that indicated that Asia-based LG Display and AU Optronics had already starting the manufacturing of LCD screens for Apple’s new device.

With Google, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon taking a deep plunge into the tab market with their 7-inch tabs, Apple with its smaller tab hopes to stay ahead in the competitive market.

The Google Nexus 7 was introduced in July. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet comes with a price tag of $200, which is about half the price of iPad. Tablet from Barnes & Noble has a price range starting at $199.

Already a leader in the market, this smaller tablet would surely help Apple further up its sales. Apple is reportedly sending out invitations for its media event, where it plans to unveil the iPad Mini on Wednesday, October 17th.… Read the rest

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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 3 vs. Google Nexus 7: Clash of the Titans

Never before in the tech world has a consumer been this spoilt for choice. When it comes to tablets, people are just about embracing this new concept of an in-between device, which provides better computing ability as well as mobility.

First came the iPad 3, which of course is thinner, lighter, more powerful than its predecessors (no surprises there!). And then, the makers of Android, Google, announced their own tablet creation – the Nexus 7. The latest on the block of course is Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HD, which promises to take on the iPad and the Nexus 7. But which of these biggies will reign supreme in this tight race?

For the Apple lovers, without doubt, the iPad 3 will be considered the absolute leader in the ring, but for the unbiased souls looking to pick up the best available technology, here’s a comparison of what lies beneath these 3 tablets.

Screen Size: If you’re all about the screen size, then the iPad 3 should be your obvious choice. Sporting a 9.7-inch screen when compared to the Nexus and Kindle Fire’s 7-inch screens, you can view text and images much better without doubt. However, to go up against the iPad, Amazon has even launched the Kindle Fire HD in an 8.9-inch screen model, which can definitely change the game with regards to this category.

Connectivity Options: Here’s where the competition begins to heat up and consumers get a variety of options. If you’re looking for a tablet with only Wi-Fi connectivity, all these tablets can be considered, including the 2 versions of Kindle Fire HD, the iPad and the Nexus 7. But go beyond the Wi-Fi access, and your choices narrow down to the iPad, which offers GSM and CDMA connectivity, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which gives you LTE connectivity options for much faster browsing speeds.

Storage: In terms of storage, we have to say that unfortunately the Nexus 7 takes a beating with a limitation of only up to 16 GB space, while even the Kindle Fire HD 7 gives you up to 32GB of space. Want more? The iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 go up to 64GB of storage space, which we think is far more than just ample.

Cameras: Now, this is where the Kindle Fire HD becomes the surefire winner, with its HD front facing camera, as opposed to the Nexus 7’s 1.2MP and iPad’s VGA equivalent. However, if you’re going to need a camera in the back as well, consider only the iPad 3 with its 5MP camera.

Weight: Not surprisingly, the Nexus 7 is the lightest among these tablets at just 0.75lbs, with the Kindle Fire HD 7 coming in second, weighing 0.87lbs. Between the larger screen options, however, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 takes a narrow lead, weighing 1.25lbs when compared to iPad 3’s 1.33lbs.

Applications: While the iPad and Nexus 7 respectively lets you download apps from the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, the Kindle Fire users can download apps onto their devices from Amazon’s Appstore.

Price: This is of course the one category that everyone’s most interested in, and boy, do we get a wide variety of choices here. The 7-inch version of Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 come in 2 price variants – $199 and $249, while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 and goes all the way up to $599. Definitely more value for money than the iPad 3, we must say, which starts at $499 and goes up to $829.

So now, that you know pretty much all that there is to know about these tablets, which one do you think you would go for?… Read the rest

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