Apple announced the iPad Mini at a special event in San Jose, California on Tuesday evening (23 October 2012).
Unfortunately, Amazon’s content ecosystem that the Kindle Fire depends on is not available in South Africa, nor is the device itself available through an official distribution channel.
For this reason it is excluded from the comparison below.
The Nexus 7 is available through Asus’ South African distribution channel at a recommended retail price of R2,999 for the 16GB model. It is Wi-Fi only and the cheaper 8GB model has not yet been announced locally.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has been available in South Africa for somewhat longer than the Nexus 7 and the model with both Wi-Fi and 3G support sells for R4,789 from Samsung SA’s own online store.
|Specifications||iPad Mini||Nexus 7||Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0|
|Operating System||iOS 6||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Display||7.9-inch 1024×768 IPS||7″ WXGA (1280×800) IPS||7″ WVGA (1024×600) PLS|
|Front camera||1.2MP||1.2 MP||VGA (0.3MP)|
|Storage, internal||16/32/64GB||16 GB||16GB|
|Storage, expandable||None||None||microSD (32GB)|
|Dimensions||200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm||198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm||193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm|
|Weight||308g (Wi-Fi) / 312g (LTE)||340g||345g|
|Chipset||Apple A5||Nvidia Tegra 3||TI OMAP 4430|
|Processor||Dual-core||1.2GHz quad-core||1GHz dual core|
|Mobile data||HSPA+ and LTE||None||21 Mbps HSPA+|
|US price||$329 for 16GB (Wi-Fi only)
$459 for 16GB (LTE)
|$199 for 8GB
$249 for 16GB
|$199 for 8GB (W-Fi only)|
|SA price||Unannounced||R3,000 for 16GB||R4,789 for 16GB (3G)|
|* Samsung pricing from their own online store|