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Why Does the iPad mini Cost More Than Other 7-Inch Tablets? [Rumor]

Many Apple fans were shocked by the $329 iPad mini price tag. Mostly because analysts predicted Apple would price the new tablet around $250 to $300 in order to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. Phil Schiller defended the $329 price claiming shoppers will pay a little more for quality.

"The iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category. The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices," Schiller told Reuters

iPad mini

But why did Apple really price the iPad mini higher than all the other 7-inch Android tablets on the market? According to the DigiTimes, the markup had nothing to do with "quality", but had to do with problems manufacturing the touch screen.

Is the iPad mini Worth Buying?

First time tablet buyers who are wondering if it's worth spending $329 to $659 on Apple's first 7.9-inch iPad, will probably want to consider why they want a tablet in the first place. Amazon kicked off the 7-inch tablet craze by introducing the Kindle Fire in 2011. The Kindle Fire didn't "kill" the iPad as some had predicted, but its decent sales did prove there was a market for smaller affordable devices. Google deciding to launch the $200 Nexus 7 earlier this year is what many believed led Apple to launch the iPad mini. It was widely believed Apple would crush the competition by pricing its own 7-inch iPad to compete with both the newly released Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, however its steeper $329 price tag and disappointing screen resolution have left some people scratching their heads. But what tablet is the better buy?

iPad mini

The Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are glorified eReaders, and I don't mean that as an insult. The tablets are sold at cost to push more content through Google Play and Amazon's App Store. The Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are geared towards people who want to watch movies or read books on the go, not tech addicts or users looking for a complete tablet experience. Buyers on a budget who are shopping for their first tablet may want to consider sticking with the more affordably priced Android tablets. Buyers who were hoping to get the full Apple experience for a more affordable price may want to consider the iPad mini, or grab an iPad 2 before they disappear. If size is your concern, and not dollars, then the iPad mini is a great choice.

Internal Apple Email Reveals Steve Jobs was 'Receptive' to 7-Inch iPad

Senior Vice President of iOS Scott Forstall took the stand during Apple and Samsung's latest patent dispute. During cross examination by Samsung counsel Kevin Johnson, Forstall was shown a 2011 email sent by Eddy Cue. According to Cue, Steve Jobs was "receptive" to the 7-inch tablet idea after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

iPad Mini Rumors

Jobs called 7-inch tablets "useless" and said they would be "dead on arrival" in 2010. However, the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 have proven there is a market for smaller, more affordable tablets.

Nexus 7 Sales Prove There is a Demand for Smaller Affordable Tablets

Google's Nexus 7 tablet is already selling out at major US retailers like Gamestop, Staples and Sam's Club. GameStop told Reuters that it ran "through its first two allocations of the tablet" on Friday, and the device is currently out of stock on the Sam's Club and Staples' websites.

Google Tablet

Google unveiled the 7-inch tablet at its 2012 keynote in San Francisco, California at the end of June. The search engine giant hopes that the new tablet will help it better compete against Apple and Amazon.com by boosting sales of its online content. Even though recent rumors have suggested Apple is also working on their own 7-inch slate, some proponents claim they will never release the rumored "iPad mini" since there is a lack of demand for smaller tablets. However, early sales of the Nexus 7 seem to suggest otherwise.

iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7

Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg claim that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper iPad to compete with Google's $200 Galaxy Nexus tablet. Original iPad mini rumors stated that Apple was planning to launch a 7.85-inch iPad to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, but according to “people familiar with the matter” Apple has its sights set on both Google and Amazon.

iPad Mini Rumors

According to reports, Apple has told component suppliers "to prepare for mass production of the smaller tablet." Bloomberg's unnamed sources said the tablet will probably cost around $200 and be launched this October, the same month Apple is expected to announce their new iPhone.

Google+ for the iPad Unveiled at Google I/O

Google has made a lot of big announcements at its Google I/O 2012 keynote currently being held in San Francisco, California. Some of the highlights include: The new Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), a cool looking media streaming sphere called the Nexus Q, and the pricey Project Glass ($1,500). Google also announced that Google+ is getting a tablet makeover.

iPad Applications

The app has been optimized for Android tablets and the iPad. Google+ now features a new navigation system, Hangout video chats, and easily-tappable actions like +1 and comment. The app will also take full advantage of the new iPad's Retina display. Android users get the update today, while iPad users will have to wait a little longer.

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