During its first years of existence, the iPad has been the undisputed leader of the tablet market. However, other manufacturers today, also grabbing a significant share of sales with equivalent quality devices. According to Gartner, in 2013 the iPad (both the iPad Mini and the iPad Air) accounted for 36% of sales, while Samsung and Asus were 19% and 5.6%, respectively, and other manufacturers accounted 31% of the market, confirming its high fragmentation. But the iPad with its quality justifies this percentage or there is a good part of the impulse brand and inertia its leadership? Then it highlights the features of leading small and medium-sized tablets.
In terms of hardware and software, the tablets of the competition from Apple, based mostly on the Android operating system, the proposed rival company’s bitten apple, but with nuances and always according to the range to be analyzed. The ratio of quality and price, however, lean towards Android models, allowing very competitive purchase tablets at a lower cost Apple models.
Among the small tablets, i.e., those located between 7 and 8.3 inches, highlight the Retina iPad Mini, the Google Nexus 7 or HDX Kindle Fire 7 “and exponents, sales leaders and popular models.
The Retina iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch screen with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, which translates into 326 pixels per inch. It weighs 331 grams. The processor is a 64-bit A7 rear camera possesses five megapixel maximum resolutions, video recording capabilities up to 1080p. It is available in models 16, 32, 64 or 128 gigabytes of storage, wifi connectivity or WiFi / 3G / 4G. The price of the cheapest version is 389 euros. Apple also has a model with a screen with a lower resolution 1024 by 768 pixels and 163 pixels per inch-in amount from 289 euros, depending on the storage capacity.
Meanwhile, the Google Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus for Google tablet has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 and 323 pixels per inch. In this aspect loses to the iPad Mini with Retina, but gains from the model with basic screen. It weighs 290 grams, slightly less than the iPad Mini. The processor is quad-core with a 1.5-gigahertz frequency and the camera of 5 megapixels, with capability to record 1080 p video.. The available models are 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage and WiFi or WiFi / 3G / 4G connectivity with a starting price from 229 euros. Although its features do not match the Apple model potential or screen, the level is good and affordable cost.
HDX Kindle Fire 7″ is another of the most competitive models in this subcategory. This 7 inch tablet has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, with 322 pixels per inch, a weight of 303 grams and a quad-core processor that has a processing frequency of 2.2 gigahertz. This tablet has no rear camera and another with a front of a megapixel, and ability to record video up to 720p. The models are sold in 8, 16 and 32 gigabytes of storage with free wifi. The amount is based on the 229 euros for the cheaper model. The price is competitive, but their capabilities are somewhat limited compared to the other two tablets. Yet, it is ideal for consumers of digital products from Amazon store.
In the category of tablets in size between 8.9 and 10.1 inches, is new product of Apple, Google or Amazon. One of the most interesting iPad in this segment is the iPad Air. This tablet has a screen size of 9.7 inches and a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, with 264 pixels per inch. Weighing 459 grams, A7 has a 64-bit processor and a rear five megapixel camera maximum resolution, 1080p video recording. The models available are 16, 32, 64 or 128 gigabytes of storage, with free wifi or wifi / 3G / 4G.
The Google Nexus 10 has a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and 300 pixels per inch. The tablet weight is 603 grams and has a dual core processor at 1.7 gigahertz and a rear five-megapixel camera for high resolution video recording at 1080p. The available models are 16 or 32 gigabytes wifi connectivity. The amount of the 16-gigabyte model is 399 euros, excellent value for money compared to Apple, although its weight seems excessive.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ has a 8.9 inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and 339 pixels per inch, the highest density of the three screens compared. The weight is 374 grams, very light, and features quad-core processor 2.2 gigahertz. The rear camera is eight megapixels maximum resolution, video recording capabilities up to 1080p. It is available in designs of 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes wifi connectivity. The cost of the least expensive model is 379 euros, very competitive.