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Japan's largest business daily Nikkei said that the Nexus 7 is taking over mainly because of price

Apple's iPad is notorious for being king of the tablets, but in Japan, this may no longer be the case.

Market research firm BCN conducted a survey in Japan last December to see what the tablet market share was looking like. Out of 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan, the iPad had 40.1 percent of the market while Google's Nexus 7 claimed 44.4 percent.

Japan's largest business daily Nikkei said that the Nexus 7 is taking over mainly because of price. The Nexus 7 costs $199 USD while the cheapest iPad -- the iPad mini -- is $329 USD. Both the Nexus 7 and iPad mini are 7-inch tablets.

However, the report did note that some stores in Japan have run out of the iPad mini, which may have affected the results a bit.

The iPad mini features a 7.85-inch display, 1024x768 resolution, Dual-core A5 processor, Lightning connector, 5 MP rear-facing camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 720p HD video, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options, 10-hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and 4G LTE availability. The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB version, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for the 64GB.

Google's Nexus 7 is a tablet made by ASUS. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, and packs various features like a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, NFC, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, GPS and 16GB/32GB versions. The 16GB version starts at $199 while the 32GB runs $249.99.

Source: CNET

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iPad mini is 8-inch
By PrinceGaz on 1/17/2013 1:22:14 PM , Rating: 3
Both the Nexus 7 and iPad mini are 7-inch tablets.


The iPad mini features a 7.85-inch display

Which by my reckoning makes the iPad mini an 8-inch tablet. A very overpriced 8-inch tablet, but an 8-inch tablet nonetheless.

Given that the iPod touch is now a 4-inch tablet (was 3.5-inch), they need something like an iPad micro with a 6-inch screen to fill the obvious gap in the range.

RE: iPad mini is 8-inch
By theapparition on 1/17/2013 1:38:11 PM , Rating: 2

Is it that far of a stretch to say they are both in the 7 inch range.

RE: iPad mini is 8-inch
By Fleeb on 1/17/2013 4:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
To his credit, Apple does not want to admit the iPad Mini is a 7 inch tablet.

RE: iPad mini is 8-inch
By Bateluer on 1/17/2013 11:11:58 PM , Rating: 4
Well, yes, since Apple does not consider the iPad Mini a 7in tablet. They're steadfast against calling it a 7in tablet due to earlier gospel from Jobs. I wonder when they'll start considering the Gospel of Jobs 'Old Testament'?

Also, the Nexus 7 actually runs Android 4.2.1 now, not 4.1. :P

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