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Google’s iPad Mini Killer Has a Super Screen

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Posted on Jul 26, 2013

The Verge got its hands on Google’s new Nexus 7 Tablet, and reviewer David Pierce concludes that outside of Apple’s content ecosystem, “the Nexus 7 is a better tablet than the iPad mini.”

The main reason is the “incredible screen,” which has roughly double the pixel density (the number of pixels per inch) of the Mini. The display is so good, Pierce writes, “I’d put this screen up against anything from the iPad to the Nexus 10. It has bright, vivid colors without being oversaturated; the viewing angles are ridiculous; and text, photos, and 1080p Netflix looks incredible. Even the Google Play magazines, which are just shoddy PDFs of Esquire and Better Homes and Gardens, are completely readable at their tiny default sizes.”

And Google’s take on a tiny tablet costs $100 less than Apple’s at the entry level. A 16GB Wi-Fi-only Nexus 7 goes for $229, compared with the iPad Mini with the same storage and antennas for $329. At the 32GB, LTE-capable level, the difference is even more pronounced, with the Nexus tablet costing $210 less—and unlocked, to boot—than the iPad Mini.

Apple’s product excels in other departments. Most importantly, you’ll find more content, games in particular, on Apple’s ecosystem.

That said, it’s nice to see that the tablet for the rest of us has a screen worthy of the best of us.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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