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iPad Mini announced by Apple, but is it a direct competitor to the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD tablets?

The iPad Mini is a 7" tablet that will hope to convert people over from the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, but is it a change you should make?

After months of rumours, rumours, and more rumours, the iPad Mini is finally here. Alongside the new MacBook Pro, the iPad Mini took centre stage in Apple’s event yesterday. So what does the iPad Mini contain that the best of the Android tablets should worry about? Well truth be told, not a lot.

The iPad Mini sizes up at 7.9-inches, which is noticeably bigger than both the Nexus 7 and Fire HD tablets. For those who were hoping to see the same retina display that featured in the full-size compatriot, would be left disappointed with the 1024×768 offering that has been implemented here. What we can’t fault Apple for, however, is their overall build quality. The iPad Mini is encased in an aluminium shell, which should be far more stable than the questionable plastic casing on the Nexus 7.

The question on everyone’s lips is whether or not the iPad Mini can compete on price with the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD? Again, the answer has to be no. Prices start for the iPad Mini at £269 for the 16GB WiFi model, with prices getting fairly steep after that. The usual 32GB model will retail for £329 and the 64GB version for £429, both are WiFi only. For those looking to get 3G on the smaller iPad, you’ll need to shell out £369 for the 16GB version, £429 for the 32GB version, and a mammoth £529 for the 64GB model.

With Google hopefully announcing the new Nexus 10 tablet next week, alongside an updated Nexus 7 with 3G or 32GB internal storage, we reckon you should hold fire before paying out for a new tablet before the christmas rush begins.