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  (Source: ibtimes.com)
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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RE: comparing apples to nexus
By TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2013 6:24:19 PM , Rating: 1
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Better App support (not by a huge margin)


Whatever gap there is in phone app quality is even wider in tablets. The difference in the quality of tablet optimized applications for iOS is substantial, not even close. I know several people who own Android phones (GS3, Nexus 4) but still keep an iPad or have switched back to one because the loss of applications was too much. If all they did were basic things like web/email/Netflix then it'd be a different story.

That said, while I like the form factor of the iPad mini I absolutely hate its display. Perhaps it'll be worth looking at when they double its resolution, but right now I don't much care for it or its price.

It actually seems like that's why the price is that high to begin with, so they can keep it the same when its display and SoC are upgraded to support 2048x1536


RE: comparing apples to nexus
By menting on 1/17/2013 10:46:31 PM , Rating: 2
i know people with the exact opposite case. Depends on what apps you use I guess.


RE: comparing apples to nexus
By TakinYourPoints on 1/18/2013 4:25:24 AM , Rating: 2
Android tablet and iPhone? Seems an odd pairing given that apps are even more vital with tablets, but I get it if they went with a Kindle HD or Nexus 7 based on price. $200 is a good price and the Nexus 7 is good hardware.


RE: comparing apples to nexus
By retrospooty on 1/18/2013 9:18:19 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, amazingly enough people think differently than you and place priorities on different things.

Personally, I wouldn't buy any of Apple's current lineup, because on all fronts, I can get more product and more features for less money. That may change, you never know what Apple might release, but looking at the current lineup, not a single product has equal features to an Android counterpart.


RE: comparing apples to nexus
By TakinYourPoints on 1/19/2013 6:13:21 AM , Rating: 2
Not equal, no, Apple's tablets are quite superior.

Best apps, best hardware. If all you do is email and watch some video then yeah, $200 is a good price for a cheap Android tablet, but by no means is it objectively better. Its like saying that a Nintendo Wii (Super Mario Galaxy notwithstanding) is superior to other consoles for being cheap.


By TakinYourPoints on 1/19/2013 6:15:38 AM , Rating: 2
Like, the app market for Android tablets are a joke in comparison.

Seeing posts from Android users asking why they don't get all the good apps is like when I hear the same from Linux users.

/forehead smack


RE: comparing apples to nexus
By retrospooty on 1/19/2013 8:35:54 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, apps are a bit better on Apple. Not news. Like I said, even with an apps advantage on a tablet, you can get more bang for your buck.


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