Price: $199 (16GB, WiFI) $249 (32GB, WiFi) $299 (32GB, WiFi, HSPA+, AT&T)
Description: You'd probably want the 32GB version ($249) rather than the basic unit, but the middle of Google's three sizes of Nexus matches up nicely with Apple's own competitor in the 7-inch weight class. With the latest version of Android, a quad-core Nvidia processor, WiFi, Bluetooth and a front-facing camera for video chat, the Nexus has higher resolution than the iPad Mini, comparable performance and a lower price. The unavoidable connections to Google's Play and other online businesses may be too close for some, however.
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