Tablets put the power of computers in the palm of your hand. Great for music, books, games, checking email, Web browsing and even typing documents, tablets can be convenient, empowering devices. Apple’s iPad dominated the tablet market for years, holding 90 percent of the market share in 2011. Android tablets such as the HP Slate have gained traction over the years, though, making it ever-more important to research different tablets before making a purchasing decision. Apple offers the full iPad and the smaller iPad Mini. HP’s tablet, the Slate 7, falls under the iPad Mini’s weight class, making these two tablets a fair comparison.
The iPad screen totals a 9.7-inch display, but the iPad Mini’s screen comes in closer the the class of the HP Slate with a 7.9-inch display. With a 7-inch display, the HP Slate 7, like the iPad Mini, aims to be a smaller and even more portable tablet in comparison to 10-inch tablets.
Both the iPad Mini and the HP Slate 7 come with front and rear cameras. The front-facing cameras (which face the user) of each respective tablet offer photo and video options. The iPad’s front camera offers 1.2MP photos and video in 720p high-definition. The Slate, in comparison, offers VGA-quality photo and video from the front camera.
The rear camera of the iPad Mini takes photos with a 5MP camera, giving you greater photo quality than the front camera. The HP Slate’s rear camera is capable of 3MP shots, and cannot take video.
The iPad Mini and HP Slate 7 both sport processors with dual-core chips. The iPad Mini’s A5 processor is the same processor as the one in the iPad 2, a 10-inch tablet. This processor offers a 1-GHz clock speed. The HP Slate 7’s processor, the ARM Cortex-A9, punches in at a 1.6-GHz clock speed.
The iPad Mini and the HP Slate 7 vary widely in price points. The iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16GB hard drive. From there, the Mini will cost either $429 or $529 for the 32GB or 64GB models, respectively. The HP Slate 7, on the other hand, costs nearly half the price. At $169, the Slate fits in to the price range of many other Android tablets of similar size and power.
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