Top Tablets 2012: Apple iPad mini, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Google Nexus 7 tablet - best Android tablet so far
There were a number of new Android gadgets introduced in July 2012. But the most notable was the first Google tablet – Google Nexus 7. There were no new Windows and/or Apple iOS gadgets introduced in July and the announcement of Google Nexus 7 tablet became event number one of July.
The market of Android tablets is booming and Google decided to take a leadership by releasing their own Google Nexus 7 tablet. The tablet is very attractive for consumers due to a reasonable price, powerful quad core nVidia Tegra3 processor, high resolution 1200×800 pixels IPS display, built-in 1.2 megapixel camera and up to 10 hours battery life. And no surprise Google Nexus 7 tablet is running on the latest and greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Consumers quickly realized all the benefits of Google Nexus 7 tablet. The sales of the first Google tablets beat all expectations. Many of IT analysts position Google Nexus 7 as “the best tablet after Apple iPad”.
According to Google traditions the first new device running on the newest version of Android named Nexus. Google is carefully selecting the manufacturer of the new device among largest companies. This time Google selected ASUS for manufacturing Google Nexus 7 tablet.
Google Nexus 7 tablet was developed as a response to existing market leaders: Apple iPad 3 and Amazon Kindle Fire.
Consumers of Google Nexus 7 tablet should pay some attention on technical details of the device. Google Nexus 7 tablet comes in 2 models with 8GB and 16GB of internal memory respectively. There is no extension slot available and therefore 16GB model is preferred choice for the majority of consumers. Google Nexus 7 tablet does not support cellular networks and works with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC only.
The 4325 mAh battery of the device keep Google Nexus 7 tablet running up to 10 hours while away from the power outlet. This is a record for the majority of tablets in the market regardless of platforms. Such feature makes Google Nexus 7 tablet very useful device for travelers.
Amazon Kindle Fire 2 in response to Google Nexus 7
Amazon is developing next generation Kindle Fire 2 tablet in response to recent introduction of Google Nexus 7 tablet.
A few weeks ago Google introduced its first tablet – Google Nexus 7. Google Nexus 7 tablet features modern powerful components and latest Android operating system. In addition the tablet has an attractive price tag of $200. Google Nexus 7 tablet become one of the main competitors of popular low-cost Android-devices Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook.
Amazon Kindle Fire was introduced at the end of 2011 and quickly become popular due to the attractive design, convenient user interface and giant collection of digital content by Amazon. Since then Amazon is developing next generation of Kindle Fire tablets.
Some analysts believe that Amazon developing three new 7-inch Kindle Fire models and one model with 8.9-inch display. Such information based on the analysis of supply chain of components required for assembling the next generation of Amazon Kindle Fire.
Based on the analysis the following models are expected:
- 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 with the screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels and no camera. Release and manufacturing of this model expected in August;
- 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 with the screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels and built-in camera. Release and manufacturing of this model expected in August;
- 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 with the screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels, built-in camera and 4G support. Release and manufacturing of this model expected in August;
- 8.9-inch Kindle Fire 2 with the screen resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. Release and manufacturing of this model expected at the end of 2012.
According to above mentioned expectations Amazon Kindle Fire will remain the main competitor of Google Nexus 7 on 7-inch tablet market. Another powerful player Apple iPad mini may come later in October 2012.
If provided technical details are accurate then some models of Amazon Kindle Fire 2 may attract customers with 4G support and better resolution of 8.9-inch display. Amazon Kindle Fire 2 7-inch models display density expected to be 216 PPI – the same as Google Nexus 7 tablet has. Such resolution is quite competitive with the latest Apple iPad 3 264 PPI. The current generation of Amazon Kindle Fire has a value 170 PPI.
Currently there is no information about what processors will be used in next generation of Amazon Kindle Fire. The most analysts say that it could be either Texas Instruments OMAP or 4-core NVIDIA Tegra 3.
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Apple iPad 3 mini – competitors’ nightmare
There are more and more information about Apple iPad 3 mini tablet coming from anonymous sources. Apple iPad 3 mini tablet with 7 to 8 inches display expected to be released at the end of the 2012.
There are a number of 7-inch tablets currently available on the market. The most notable are Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook tablet, recently introduced Google Nexus 7 and expected Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android tablets. These Android tablets are very functional and have a reasonable price starting from $199.
Apple remains the leader in the tablet sales with a share of around 60% of the market. However, the company is experiencing a constant pressure from competitors that introduce modern, technologically advanced and very competitive solutions. For example, Google Nexus 7 tablet comes with a 4-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 7-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The price of the model starts from $200.
So how Apple iPad mini is going to compete? There are several reasons to believe that release of Apple iPad 3 mini is going to be successful. First of all Apple has branded large retail network of 360 stores. Potential customers could have a real experience and examine Apple iPad 3 mini tablets in stores. There are also more than 200 thousands applications already developed and available to Apple iPad consumers. We should also take into account the fact that Apple is one of the largest customers of Asian suppliers. Therefore the company will enjoy the best possible prices on required components.
Amazon and Google do not have any profit on sells of their tablets Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. They are making money on selling the content. Apple could easily compete with them in terms of price and still make money on selling not only content but tablets. However consumers should not expect such premier features as Retina display with Apple iPad 3 mini. The expectation on display resolution is 1024×768 pixels.
Google Nexus 7 tablet
A new budget tablet by Google is coming and expected to be presented soon at the Google I/O. The name of the tablet is Nexus 7. It comes with 7-inch IPS matrix display with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. Google Nexus 7 Tablet is powered by a quad-processor 1.3 GHz processor, has a gigabyte of RAM, built-in 1.2 megapixels camera and could run on battery for up to 9 hours. It will run on Android Jelly Bean operating system and have pre-installed Google Wallet software.
Google Nexus 7 will be manufactured by ASUS and available in two versions with eight and sixteen gigabytes of internal memory and the price of $199 and $249 respectively.
Google Nexus 7 will be a direct competitor to Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.
Apple iPad 3 updated model ?
There are some rumors in regards of Apple intention to release updated Apple iPad 3 tablet model with 9.7-inch touch screen display. The current generation of Apple iPad 3 tablet has been released a few months ago. Apple iPad3 tablet came with famous high resolution 2048 × 1536 pixels Retina display, powered by 2-core Apple A5X processor and 4-core graphic controller. There were also rear 5 megapixels camera, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 adapters, GPS receiver and a number of sensors.
The updated model of Apple iPad 3 tablet expected to come with a new type of touch screen display based on indium gallium zinc oxide IGZO panel technology Such displays have a high resolution and a low power consumption. In addition, they have a large viewing angle and good colors. IGZO panel technology should help with even thinner tablet design and longer battery time. The updated Apple iPad 3 expected to be introduced at the end of summer 2012.
According to some forecasts sales of tablets could reach 119 million units in 2012 while Apple iPad 3 share of total sales may reach 72%.
Amazon Kindle Fire 2 – Next Generation Amazon Tablet
Amazon introduced Kindle Fire tablet in September last year. Since then the tablet become very popular and it is currently number one Android tablet on the market. Amazon plans to introduce second generation of Kindle Fire, this time on the special event at the end of July 2012.
There are some changes coming with Amazon Kindle Fire 2. In particular the resolution of 7-inch display will be increased to 1280×800 pixels. Most likely Kindle Fire 2 will be introduced at a special event on July 31 this year. The most of technical details of Amazon Kindle Fire 2 are not disclosed. However Amazon Kindle Fire 2 could come with the built-in camera and additional buttons for voice control. The price on the new model is not expected to change and will remain $199. The price for the current model of AmazonKindle Fire will drop to $149.
The main competitors of Amazon Kindle Fire 2 on 7-inch Android tablet market are well known Barnes & Noble models as well as recently introduced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Google Nexus 7 tablets manufactured by ASUS.
There are also rumors about the announcement of new generation of electronic book readers along with Amazon Kindle Fire 2. Updated version of the Kindle Touch expected to come with built-in backlight display following to the recently released Barnes & Noble book reader with similar functionality.
Google Nexus 7-inch tablet by ASUS coming in June?
There were some rumors in regards of Google plans to release a 7-inch tablet under Nexus brand. Recently some details came out. According to the ASUS representative the company plans to release for Google 7-inch tablets powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
The cost of the gadget expected to be in the range of $ 150-250. Most likely Google announce Nexus 7-inch tablet manufactured by ASUS at the end of June on Google I/O conference. Usually Google announce new products of the company on such events.
Technical details of Google Nexus 7-inch tablet was not disclosed but expected to be very competitive and put a pressure on direct competitors such as Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 in terms of price, power and value of the device.
Is 7-inch iPad mini going to be as successful as previous Apple tablets?
According to “The Telegraph” Apple plans to release a 7-inch version of the iPad - iPad mini – in October 2012.
The following details were shared by Apple iMore blog.
Apple iPad mini will have the same screen resolution 2048×1536 as the new Apple iPad 3 and will be priced at $ 200 – $ 250. The “iPad mini” is going to be almost identical to Apple IPad 3 except the size of the screen. Sales of Apple 7-inch iPad mini will start in October 2012. iMore often writes news about the corporation Apple, which are subsequently confirmed.
Apple has already introduced three versions of iPad tablets. All of them were equipped with 9.7-inch screens. 7-inch iPad mini may become a powerful competitor of the popular Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon and other Android tablets.
The former head and founder of Apple Steve Jobs said some time in the past that the Tablet PCs with screen sizes of 7 inches will look like “depressing version of an existing iPad». According to him such products may not bring any benefits to the company.
Is 7-inch Apple iPad mini going to be as successful as previous Apple tablets? Good question. Apple has built a loyal customer community by engineering superior products that often become very popular. On other hand Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Android tablets are pretty powerful competitors of Apple iPad mini and have their own fun clubs. In addition Amazon is the leader in the world of digital content such as books, movies and music
Best selling Android tablets – Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first tablet running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform and competing on tablets market with popular Amazon Kindle Fire in terms of price, quality and performance.
Amazon Kindle Fire was designed as a simple and highly specialized tablet for the delivery of the digital content from Amazon stores. The price of Amazon Kindle Fire is 199$. It is the cheapest tablet of such class available in the market. Samsung offers Galaxy Tab 2 with built-in cameras and memory expansion slot for 249$. There are no either cameras or memory extension slot available on Amazon tablet. Amazon Kindle Fire main functionality is concentrated on easy and reliable access to books, music, video and other digital content of Amazon stores.
The brand Kindle associates with Amazon and books and therefore triggers expectations of superior quality and easy to use functionality for reading books. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 does not provide comparable functionality and quality of reading books. Amazon Kindle Fire screen is much better calibrated and provide reach reading experience through multiple color tones, font sizes and types as well as built-in thesaurus capabilities. Many of such features and capabilities are not provided by Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Others are either generic or require installation of additional Android applications. Therefore reading books on Amazon Kindle Fire is more enjoyable and comfortable.
One of the advantage of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is expandable memory. 8 GB of internal memory of Kindle Fire is enough only for books but not for movies and music Kindle Fire users can keep their content on Amazon cloud but sometimes local storage is more convenient.
Kindle Fire has access to a large collection of Amazon digital content including downloadable and streaming television programs and movies. Premium account holders have access to thousands of movies and TVs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 does not have any built-in media player and Android platform currently does not offer one either. However Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 consumers could install flash player and watch videos through the web browser. Samsung does not provide any digital content for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 customers at the moment. Amazon Cloud Player app for Android is free and provides the access and opportunity to buy the music from Amazon cloud. User interface of the player of Samsung Galaxy 2 tablet is very similar to Kindle player but Amazon’s interface is more clear and easier to use. In respect of the music the main advantage of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is expandable to 40 GB local memory storing much more music locally than Kindle capable.
Per our opinion Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has some advantages and disadvantages comparing to Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon Kindle Fire is focused on delivery of Amazon’s digital content and has significant advantages in this area. Amazon tablet is much more convenient for reading books, watching movies and listening music On other hand Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is running on latest Android platform and comes with two cameras, GPS, expandable memory and Bluetooth. Such features are not available in Amazon Kindle Fire.
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