It is on record that Apple’s Steve Jobs scoffed at 7-inch tablets, insisting that there was no place for them. Hear him on the subject:
“The current crop of seven-inch tablets are going to be DOA–dead on arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small and increase the size next year, thereby abandoning both customers and developers who jumped on the seven-inch bandwagon with an orphaned product.”
Jobs was wrong, as devices like the Nexus 7 and amazon Kindle have done quite well in the market.
After Jobs’ passing, rumours of a 7-inch iPad have been floating about, and speculations of a budget iPad tablet went rife. Well, Apple has finally announced details of the iPad Mini. Isn’t it just like apple to treat something with disdain, then do a complete u-turn at a later date and adopt that very thing? The iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch display and is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor. Well, 7.9 inches isn’t exactly 7 inches, so maybe…. just maybe.
The iPad Mini is here. The question now is: Do budget Android tablets have anything to be afraid of?
Starting at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, there is no way that the iPad mini is a threat to a Nexus 7, for example, which starts at $199. Besides the Nexus 7, there are other budget Android tablets available in the market. The iPad Mini is not budget. Simple. It is another expensive tablet for Apple fans who cannot afford the iPad or who have been secretly longing for Jobs to eat his words and give them a smaller iPad. I am happy for them. Everybody gets what they want.
In the meantime, the budget tablet market still firmly belongs to Android.