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New iPad Mini Retina vs. Nexus 7

Prospective tablet buyers have many choices this holiday season in the mini tablet market. Two of the bigger players in this space are Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) new iPad mini and Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Nexus 7. With tablet sales expected to reach all-time highs, what should both tablet buyers and tech investors know?

Eric Bleeker cautions about iPad mini supply chain issues but thinks Apple's ecosystem is a competitive advantage. While there is a rather large price difference between the two units, $170, Apple's ecosystem has been introduced to prospective buyers through other products -- mainly the iPod touch and the iPhone.

Evan Niu weighs in on the Nexus 7. IDC reported respectable sales figures for Asus, the manufacturer of Google's tablet. It appears its $230 price point has allowed Google to acquire market share. However, Apple still provides the best tablet experience with nearly 500 thousand iPad optimized apps -- a number Google falls far short of.

Jamal Carnette cautions investors of initial third-party estimates due to Apple's supply chain constraints.

In today's episode of Tech Teardown, Jamal Carnette talks tablets with Eric Bleeker, CFA and Evan Niu, CFA.

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  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 12:28 PM, slapppy wrote:

    Regarding that Android gaining so much market...

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 1:08 PM, johnestromjr wrote:

    ScamAzon with a P/E of 1300+? That is not a sound investment so why is TMF pushing it. Beware

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 7:54 PM, iphonerulez wrote:

    It always comes down to price. Most consumers don't want to pay the price to own a Retina iPad Mini. They always seem to prefer the cheaper product which in this case is the Nexus 7. Most consumers see no advantage of having an expensive tablet because they're always trying to save money for more important things. Whenever I see these reviews it always ends with. "But I can get a Nexus 7 which is just as good as an iPad Mini for a lot less money." End of story.

    Although you won't find as many fools saying, "I can get a Toyota Prius for half the price of a Porsche Boxster and the Prius even has better gas mileage." Tech reviewers always make stupid comparisons as soon as the price of an Apple product comes into play.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 8:17 PM, neamakri wrote:

    " Apple still provides the best tablet experience with nearly 500 thousand iPad optimized apps"

    Well excuuuuse me! Show me someone who has 10,000 apps and uses them. I bet there is no such person. Therefore more than 10,000 apps is useless. Who thinks there are 500,000 things you can do with an ipad? Not I. If YOU think so, make a list of 1,000 unique things to do with an ipad. Now make 499 more lists, all unique...

    Sorry but when you get gaga over 500,000 apps, you have completely lost touch with reality. Stop counting already.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 10:01 PM, wjcoffman wrote:

    Doesn't the quantity of apps ensure a higher likelihood of there being a few that you can use more than you'll load all 500K on your device?

  • Report this Comment On November 19, 2013, at 8:13 PM, TMFJCar wrote:


    Bingo... Thanks for understanding.

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