Whom Will the iPad Mini Hurt the Most?

Most investors, including Fool contributor Evan Niu, are stacking up Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) new iPad Mini against the two leading 7-inch tablet competitors -- Amazon.com's (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) Kindle Fire HD and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) Nexus 7, both of which start at $199. These two tablets certainly may stand to lose some sales to the iPad Mini, but Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu believes Microsoft  (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) Windows 8 devices may be the main rivals. Wu maintains that since the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 are much cheaper, they're in a different device category, while the iPad Mini's pricing puts it right up against Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

It's been a frustrating path for Microsoft investors, who've watched the company fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is looking to make a splash in this booming market. In this brand-new premium report on Microsoft, our analyst explains that while the opportunity is huge, the challenges are many. He's also providing regular updates as key events occur, so make sure to claim a copy of this report now by clicking here.


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  • Report this Comment On November 06, 2012, at 7:33 AM, billchristophusa wrote:

    The Mini-iPad & new Nexus 7 aren't the only new models out this week-- the Novo 7 Flame 32GB also just launched - which offers a pretty impressive 7 Inch tablet priced at $189 at a site called TabletSprint - - The Novo 7 Flame Android tablet has a "cool factor" and is sleek and compact, offers a 1280x800 High Resolution screen, Dual Core CPU, 32GB Memory, MicroSD portable storage, an HDMI connection to your TV with full 1080p (HD) that's great for movie downloads, a 5 megapixel Rear Camera with AF & LED Flash and a 2 MP webcam; Plus great connection -- Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, and options for 3G. The tablet is made by Ainol Electronics, which received a "Best Tablet of the Year" award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012 - Two other models are also being released and both are 10-inch tablets with high resolution screens; one offers most features as above, with a Dual Core CPU and a 1280x800 display for $220; and a similar model that features a powerful Quad Core with a 1920x1200 Liquid Crystal display (like Apple's Retina screen) for $270. All offer pretty nice specs and pricing and one of the first online sites to offer this new product line is Tablet Sprint -- which also offers something pretty exciting with each table, an option for a free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling in the U.S. --Definitely worth checking out and comparing--

  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2013, at 12:29 PM, TMFBWItime wrote:

    Evan, what are your thoughts on Power Corporation of Canada?

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