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With the iPad mini release only two days away, the focus on pricing for smaller tablets is something you might want to pay attention to, especially if you’re in the market for a device but don’t want to break the bank to get one. The Google Nexus 7 has proven to be a solid tablet, and now you can get it with 32GB of storage, while the 8GB Acer Iconia Tab A110 is an alternative worth a look, too.
The Nexus 7 32GB comes hot off the heels of the 8GB (now discontinued) and the 16GB models that launched in the summer. The Google-designed and Asus-manufactured tablet is a mix of aesthetics, good specs and affordable pricing. Consider that right now, Future Shop has the 32GB model for $269.99 — just $30 more than the 16GB model.
You likely already know that the 7-inch form factor makes this very portable and easy to take just about anywhere. I have the 16GB model and was reading old comic book PDFs and eBooks on it, while also watching shows I copied over, and games I downloaded from Google Play. Battery life is solid (though it can drop while sleeping) and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a steady improvement from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Also, good thing Google didn’t pack this with bloatware.
Now, you don’t get a rear camera, nor a memory card slot, so the internal storage is all you have to work with. The Nexus 7 is also pretty robust in performance, but it does sometimes have its bugs. Still, the positives outweigh the negatives by a wide margin, and don’t be surprised if you discover new things you can do or usage cases for this tablet. It has a habit of doing that.
Meanwhile, the Acer Iconia Tab A110 is just $199.99 and comes with some impressive specs. The Nvidia Tegra 3 processor is quad-core, you get Android Jelly Bean, a 7-inch display with good 1024 x 600 resolution (not quite HD, but close) and a microSD slot to expand the 8GB internal storage up to another 32GB.
Like the Nexus 7, there’s no rear camera, but you do get an HDMI output to playback content on a TV, as well as DLNA support for wirelessly streaming to compatible devices. This isn’t meant to be a tablet that has it all, more like just the essentials most consumers would feel they need for a 7-inch tablet. If you are looking to get the Iconia A110, invest in a 16GB or 32GB microSD card. It will change the way you use this tablet considerably. You can find 16GB ones for as low as $24.99 at Future Shop.
The 7-inch form factor is alive and well in the tablet category, and if you’re looking for portability at a price you can afford, these two are pretty good places to start.
The Google-created Nexus 7 32GB tablet is everything you expect it to be and more. The 7-inch Corning glass display features a high resolution that's perfect for HD video and gaming. A 10-hour battery life means you're in for the long haul. And new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean works alongside an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to deliver unsurpassed performance.
The long-awaited Google-created Nexus 7 tablet has arrived and it's everything you expected it to be and more. The 7-inch Corning glass display features a high resolution that's perfect for HD video and gaming. A 10-hour battery life means you're in for the long haul. And new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean works alongside an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to deliver unsurpassed performance.
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 packs impressive specs like a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and amazing battery live into a compact 7-inch tablet with a brilliant screen resolution. Inside is the new Android Jelly Bean OS which, through an awesomely-intuitive interface, gives you access to thousands of great apps. It's also equipped with Bluetooth, a memory card slot, DLNA, and more.