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Apple iPad with its three iterations has ruled the Tablet market. Now, there is another addition to the iPad family, a portable and cheaper Tablet, known as iPad Mini. As we predicted, Apple has announced an entirely new iPad Mini this Tuesday at a special event held at San Jose.
Apple iPad Mini sports a new design, weighs just 308gm, packs a 7.9-inch screen, iPad 2′s resolution 1024×768 px., and priced initially at just $329 for Wi-Fi version. With this specs and price, Apple is ready to take on its competitors like Google, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. iPad Mini is priced higher as compared to $199 Tablets like Nook HD, Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. In this post, we have delved how does Apple iPad Mini stack up against Barnes & Noble NOOK HD, as they both are packed nearly with the same Display size, but comes at different prices. This comparison is based on the Specs alone as iPad Mini and Nook HD has just been announced.
Apple iPad Mini vs Barnes & Noble NOOK HD: Design and Display
The iPad Mini comes with an entirely new form factor. iPad Mini got a beautiful 7.85-inches display with 1024x780px. resolution at 163ppi and looks more like a shrunk down version of third generation iPad. The back panel of iPad Mini is made up of the same light-weight Aluminium material of iPad 3 that gives you a premium look and feel. iPad Mini weighs just 308gm, which is 53% lighter than iPad 3, and has 7.2mm thickness that’s 23% slimmer than iPad 3, making it more suitable and comfortable for long day-to-day use. iPad Mini design overall sounds very appealing and pleasant.
Barnes & Noble e-reader tablet NOOK HD, on the other hand, is a Customized Android Operating System powered Tablet which sports a smaller display size of 7-inches with 1440×900 px. resolution at 243ppi. The back panel of NOOK HD is made up of a rubberized material, which feels like a slack grip while holding in hands. NOOK HD is easier to hold in the hand. The back panel is, however more prone to scratches. Nook HD’s got 11mm thickness and weighs 315gm, both parameters are slightly more than iPad Mini.
iPad Mini’s resolution and pixel density at current price is a big disappointment not only in this case but also if we compare iPad Mini with Nook HD/HD+, Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7, however, it’s lighter and much slimmer than Nook HD. Nook HD’s sharper display, definitely gets an advantage here for higher screen resolution and pixel density.
Apple iPad Mini vs Barnes & Noble NOOK HD: Processor and RAM
Both tablets features a dual core chip. Nook HD sports a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4470 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, while iPad Mini features home-made A5 dual core processor clocked at 1GHz. If you are really worried with the clock figures of iPad mini, so I’m worried too. In terms of RAM, Nook HD smacks iPad Mini twice as hard. Nook HD features a whopping RAM capacity of 1GB, while iPad Mini packs just 512MB RAM.
Apple iPad Mini vs Barnes & Noble NOOK HD: Connectivity
As for Connectivity, iPad Mini definitely gives you better options – Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, but this combination could cost you up to $659. Nook HD, however only features Wi-Fi.
Apple iPad Mini vs Barnes & Noble NOOK HD: Capacity, Price and Availability
Apple iPad Mini price is considerably more than Nook HD. iPad Mini price per various capacities is given below:
Wi-Fi (pre-order available from today, in stores from November 2)
- 16GB for $329
- 32GB for $429
- 64GB for $529
Wi-Fi + Cellular (expect by mid-November)
- 16GB for $459
- 32GB for $559
- 64GB for $659
The 8GB Nook HD goes for $199 and 16GB for $229. Available in “Snow” and “Smoke” colors, Nook HD is up for pre-order now and the release date is set to November 8.
Though Nook HD costs very less and beats iPad Mini’s display and processing power, it’s hard to recommend over iPad Mini. The reason is pretty simple: iPad Mini comes with iOS Operating System for which Apple offers a dedicated App Store with over 275,000 tablet-optimized apps. Barnes & Noble’s App ecosystem is far from that of Apple or even, Amazon. Nook HD is equipped with customized ICS Android OS and optimized specially as an e-reader. Since, the OS is curated, Nook HD doesn’t support all Apps from Android, it only supports those Apps which are specially developed.