Do you think the Nokia N1 Android tablet resembles Apple's iPad mini too much?

Do you think the Nokia N1 Android tablet resembles Apple's iPad mini too much?
Nokia - the Finnish company that remained intact after it sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft - yesterday announced its very first Android tablet: the N1. The slate is definitely intriguing, as it offers high-end features for only $250, while running Android 5.0 Lollipop customized with Nokia’s homemade Z launcher.

But there’s one thing that some people have noticed: the N1 seems to resemble the iPad mini a lot, and some web publications are even calling it an iPad mini clone. Of course, the N1 resembles the iPad mini first and foremost because it sports exactly the same display (a 7.9-inch one with 1536 x 2048 pixels and a 4:3 aspect ratio), and has almost the same size - although Nokia’s slate is a tad thinner than Apple’s device. Another thing that the two tablets have I common is the rear camera’s position - as you can see in the slideshow below.

We want to know what you - our readers - think: is the N1 too much of an iPad mini wannabe? And, if so, does that bother you? Vote in the poll bellow, and don’t hesitate to use the comments section if you have more to say about this.

Is the Nokia N1 resembling the iPad mini too much?

Yes, I see the resemblance, but it doesn't bother me
Yes, the resemblance is obvious, and it kind of bothers me
What resemblance? I don't see it!

Related phones

  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 5300 mAh
iPad mini 3
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6350 mAh



1. TechKnowledge

Posts: 55; Member since: May 05, 2013

The fact that the pictures are labeled "N1on the left, iPad mini 3 on the right" says it all. Obviously the two devices are indistinguishable.

3. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Only difference is the home button

27. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

and the huge price difference

34. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Apple tax ofcourse.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think the front looks slightly more different than the back/bottom/sides Cause the iPad's front is flat, the N1's sides are rounded to the front, and there's no physical button on the N1 The back/bottom/sides is worse IMO Same placement for the camera, headphone jack, power button, volume buttons, speakers and nokia logo instead of iPad, usb instead of lightning

13. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Nokia tablet made by Foxconn (or Foxconn just uses Nokia brand?) ...all machines are set up for iPad 3 mini, workers know how to glue it together - so less work for them to produce it :)

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The aluminum casing alone already has different shape than the iPad mini's. So... they actually had to produce different casing.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yes, I see the resemblance It won't bother me if its released world wide But if its limited to China/Eastern Europe, then it would be bother me since it would mean people can't buy it Nokia should have take some hints from HTC, Nvidia and Samsung to make it look more different (e.g. front facing speakers and a stylus)

4. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I think some anti-Apple fans should be asshamed for screaming how iPad mini design is so boring, unninspiring and aggain the same and how reduced side bezels are a joke, back in 2012. Now welcome in the future, suddenly many tablets have reduced side bezzels, some of them really cumbersome-ly implemented (galaxy tab S10,5) and nobody is screaming how terrible, boring and Apple like those are and how nobody should buy them.

9. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Why on earth should we be ashamed? Just because other companies emulate the look doesn't make it the slightest bit better! In fact it makes it worse, since Apple have been trendsetting a bad design...!

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Okay, the first thing you need to realise is that when most people say its design is boring it's not because they see it that way or they'd even want a change -- all they want is attention. With that being said, this is not new. Come on, we've seen countless other brands do this with their notebooks that either closely resemble the MBA or the Pro *cough Chromebooks cough* and everyone seems to be doing fine. I believe this is somewhat a double standard since Nokia is widely recognized for creating unique hardware, which I totally understand.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have a Tab S and it looks nothing like an iPad. It has smaller bezel due to having a larger display. Apple's bezels are huge even on the latest iPhones. Everyone has been saying the bezels on these devices needs to be smaller. Apple certainly was not the first to do this. In fact they were one of the last.

6. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It's practically the samething just two different brand names. If you look closely there's a little difference as well. Truth is it does look like the iPad mini. NOKIA COPIED THE IPAD MINI #IFANBOYSATTACK

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nokia can do better than this. They have the skills to do something original.

12. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

There's only so much they can do this time around. They have licensed their brand to a manufacturer, meaning Nokia isn't a hardware manufacturer anymore but the least they could have done is to ask for a design change lest they pull the plug off the deal but who knows

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

actually it's a mix of the iphone 6 and the ipad mini to me but it's not bothering me anyway

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

It's thought-provoking that the ex-Nokia employees at Jolla have managed to come up with just the design that Nokia should have used for the N1. Maybe they ought to get back together again...

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, I see the resemblance, but it doesn't bother me.

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I really wish Nokia could have convinced Foxconn to make the design a little more original. New Nokia needs a fresh design language.

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It looks very much like the ipad mini,it is an ipad mini wannabe...but it doesn't bother me because it's good to have an inexpensive alternative to the ipad mini. Even apple shouldn't worry about it because they don't have any customers in the $250 market and also because nokia is not as popular as it used to be.

17. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is not good, Jonathan Ives is really pissed right now and Apple will soon take it to court.

26. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

That's probably the reason it's being released in China where copying is okay. Now if they released it anywhere outside Asia I would say apple would Sue them for what little they have.

18. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

It takes couple years to realise behind success of samung, should have sit next to Apple during the exam Nokia :)

19. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Looks like Nokia wants to compete with Xiaomi, which one is more similar to iPad? Nokia has done it again, Last time Nokia done it with N9, which is the root of all Lumia design that is also resemble the design of iPod.

20. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

looks almost same but I'll go for N1 anytimes anyday

21. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

what about the 4th option: "Yes, I see the resemblance, and it pleases me that Apple will not like this"

22. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

i love iPad mini design, it's simple, thin, light but exclusive unlike galaxy tab s. As consumer i'm happy to have more option because i prefer android os over ios.

24. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

rectangular object with a front of glass? it is a 4x3 ratio. can not look any different than it is. minus the button. the thicker front aluminum bezel. plus the higher quality specs inside. the nokia is a nice tablet.

25. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Both are made by Foxconn, what do you expect???

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All I can say is......WOWWWW Nokia!

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