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iPad mini 2 and its best alternatives

iPad mini 2 and its best alternatives
Ever since the first model's introduction, Apple has been selling iPads by the truckloads, and the latest models are likely to be in high demand as well. The iPad mini 2, in particular, is expected to land in the hands of millions of buyers once it is released. What makes Apple's smaller slate so sought after? Well, brand recognition and image aside, the iPad mini 2 is definitely shaping as one of the best small-sized tablets under the sun. It doesn't only look great. The iPad mini 2 has been blessed with a gorgeous Retina display, while the beefed up hardware under its hood makes the tablet just as capable as its larger sibling. 

But as is often the case with smartphones and tablets, there's a number of alternatives one should take into account before spending $400 on a second-gen iPad mini. And the best among them can be found right here, in the slideshow we've compiled below. 

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:14 10

1. Sainiwinchester (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


nothing beats ipad.....in tablet segment....././looking forward.....

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:16 18

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8831; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 10.1 (2014) > iPad Air

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:50 12

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Xperia Tablet Z > Ipad Air.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 04:01 1

26. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


In 10-inch range, there are many rivals for iPad Air. But I cannot see any tablet comparable with iPad mini!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 04:22 1

27. Diezparda (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Nexus 7 HD is good alternative, however iPad Mini is more powerfull compared to last year model my prediction it would consume iPad Air sales...

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:27 5

5. YuLeven (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 May 2013)


The iPad is a well built, beautiful and fast tablet. Plenty of that 'smothness' that everyone seems to go nuts after nowadays.

The constrained operating systems, bad aspect ratio for videos and having to use bloody iTunes for every single file transfer (not to mention having to spend hours converting videos) plus the hefty price hardly make it a no brainer for me.

Not to mention that having 7.9" of screen and being forced to do only one thing at once is quite boring, at least for me. I think Apple should implement some form of multitasking. After all, with all it's powerful apps and stuff, I still do a lot more on a Windows tablet, even though being forced to use the browser to counter the lack of apps on it.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:50

29. mc1191 (Posts: 36; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


No need for converting videos anymore. There are many apps out there that you can use by simply dragging and dropping files.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:19 3

15. taikucing (unregistered)


nothing beats ipad.... except some random Chinese tablets

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:39

24. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


u got that right..

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 12:30 2

19. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 657; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Xperia Z> ipad air
Nexus 7 (2013) $229 > iPad air & mini 2 ($ so much)

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 13:20

20. gixxerrider311 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


I totally agree with you, while Android and Windows are great platforms for productivity, in the tablet segment the iPad is the only tablet that provides a tablet like experience and the best for entertainment imo if I might add. It's sad that all these Android fanboys are close minded and can't admit that Apple is good in some of their products. I have an HTC One which I upgraded from an iPhone 4S (just got tired of the small display) but if I was to choose a tablet, the iPad Air or iPad Mini would definitely be my choice.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:15 7

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8831; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Nexus 7 (2013) and the G Pad are the only worthy options.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:18 3

4. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


iPad Mini 2 beats all.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:29 8

6. hmd74 (Posts: 377; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Nexus 7 for me :)

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:29

7. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Silly phone arena, the best tablets for the money are the $300-$400 ones with quad core baytrails.

Z3740D

No SSD but its 8"

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Venue-BELL8-1818BLK-8-Inch-Tablet/dp/B00FFVYV4K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382531055&sr=8-1&keywords=Dell+Venue+8+Pro

Has a SSD but its 10.1" convertible

http://www.amazon.com/Transformer-T100TA-C1-GR-10-1-Inch-Convertible-Touchscreen/dp/B00FFJ0HUE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382531107&sr=8-1&keywords=Z3740D

Just wait a little longer, these cpus are pretty new but they run it way better than the dual core atoms
did.

There are no benchmarks yet since no devices running android have one but
http://ark.intel.com/products/76759/

It should be more powerful in cpu than the ipad mini, if you want a better gpu you will have to find a tablet with a dedicated Power VR GPU.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:42 1

8. moslondon (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


What about hisense sero 7 pro???? It has great specs for $129 at walmart or even less on ebay.....

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:43 1

9. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


i'll rather have the venue 8 pro from dell even its not in the list

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:46

10. fistigons (Posts: 263; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


I guess there are no Windows 8.1 tablets worth buying.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:58 1

13. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


its kinda weird that PA put all android in the while Tim Cook bashes MS in his keynote

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:46

11. fistigons (Posts: 263; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


I guess there are no Windows 8.1 tablets worth buying.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:48

12. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


All windows 8 tablets can be updated to 8.1 for free if you were unaware of that.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:08

14. JRodrigues16 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


I have a nexus 7 (2013) and its the best thing i ever bought =))

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:10 1

16. PhoneCritic (Posts: 375; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Want to get the wife and yourself a gift for Christmas? You can either buy two Nexus 2013 for the price of 1 iPad mini 2. But, If you have the money then buying two iPad mini is right for you. However, If you are like most Americans who don't have the money and are looking to make your limited funds go further then I think the two Nexus 2013 option is for you.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:01

31. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Or two LG G Pad 8.3..

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 11:32

18. HarryWild (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


If I had to have tablet it would be an Apple iPad Mini Retina. The cost is only $150 more and you get better hardware and apps to go along with it! But I usually buy the top of the line model so in my case that would be $829.00!

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 18:28

21. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)


The price pretty much sealed the deal that I won't be getting the iPad mini 2. So what should I get the LG G Pad 8.3, Nexus 7 2013... I'm feeling a little overwhelmed! I like the 7-8in screen size, I want nothing lower than a quad-core processor (lag drives me crazy), and I really like the high ppi screens. I'm open to windows too. Any help is appreciated!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 18:00

30. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Lags drives everyone crazy..

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:38

22. madmikepr (Posts: 122; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


the only Ipad mini 2 beats is his predecessor :)
Nexus 7 The Best :)

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 15:23

23. nexus7Tegra3 (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Somehere want getting fcking ios device,much better if u bought nexus 7 2013 or nexus 5

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:40

25. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


The iPad mini 2 is pricy than the Nexus 7 2013 and LG G Pad 8.3 and more (maybe) powerful...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 05:40

28. Planterz (Posts: 989; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Hisense Sero 7 Pro (available at Wal*Mart in the USA). The specs are basically the same as the 2012 Nexus 7 (slightly better, actually), but adds microSD (up to 32GB), mini HDMI out, and rear-facing camera. Only $129.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 22:18

32. dorianb (Posts: 420; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


My only real beef is devices that haven't launched yet (FonePad & HP Slate) shouldn't be on this list. You don't have a FINAL product for comparison. It wouldn't hurt to have one (1) Windows device for the sake of variety.

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