The iPad Mini was released at the beginning of this month and is expected to top plenty of kids’ Christmas wish lists. However, many other tablets have also been released in the past few weeks and are ready to put up a good challenge.
Which tablet should you buy this Christmas? Here, we give you the run down on the new iPad Mini and its main rivals.
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This latest release from Apple is the cheapest iPad to date at just £269 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, but ranges up to £529 for the 64GB Wi-Fi & cellular. The device is a third smaller than the standard iPads but this also means it’s half the weight. You can currently save up to 50% on top gadgets with Asda Direct promotional codes.
• Screen size: 7.9 inches
• Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels at 163ppi
• Weight: 309g
• Cameras: Rear 5MP camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera
• Battery life: 10 hours
• Operating system: iOS6
Pros: High quality software and access to iTunes App Store
Cons: No expandable storage and out-dated screen quality
Despite the iPad Mini being rumoured for a long time Apple managed to annoy many previous customers who had only recently purchased an older iPad model. If you’re looking to upgrade but don’t think you can afford it, take a look at our Gadget 4 Everyone new discount codes. Using these codes you could get a £5 bonus when you trade-in an iPad!
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• Screen size: 7 inches
• Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels @ 216ppii
• Weight: 340g
• Cameras: 1.2MP front-facing camera
• Battery life: 8 hours
• Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Pros: Sharp and crisp screen
Cons: Play Store not as robust as App Store
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Due to the incredible success of the e-book reader, Amazon has decided to branch out into LCD tablet computers and so has recently launched the Kindle Fire HD. Amazon is hoping that its users will buy its content so be prepared to see plenty of ads and calls to action enticing you to buy. The basic model of the Kindle Fire HD retails for the same as the Nexus 7, £159. With our new Amazon discount codes, you can save up to 70% on your order!
• Screen size: 7 inches
• Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
• Weight: 395g
• Cameras: None
• Battery life: up to 11 hours
• Operating system: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) – modified
Pros: Easy access to Amazon products
Cons: Modified version of Android
Although the Kindle Fire HD is a budget friendly tablet, it’s really only suitable to serious Amazon fans as it lacks features found on other Android tablets and has a heavy focus on buying from Amazon.
The iPad Mini is a fantastic buy for Apple fans that can’t afford a full-size iPad but there are quite a few features that will niggle away at true fanboys.
The Nexus 7 is definitely the all-round winner, not only is it much cheaper than the iPad Mini, but it also runs the latest version of Android and has a super-speedy processor.
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By Jemma Porter, 12th November 2012