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[T]he iPad still makes a far more compelling total package (hardware, software, store). But at 9.7 inches, youíll never fit that puppy into your breast pocket. If something smaller and lighter and far less expensive appeals to you, youíll be thrilled by the Nexus 7, even if you have to wait awhile before you can find everything you want to read, watch and play on it.
ďAfter testing the Nexus 7 for a couple of weeks, I consider it the best Android tablet Iíve used. Itís a serious alternative to both Appleís larger $499 iPad and to a more direct rival: Amazonís $199, Android-based, 7-inch Kindle Fire. I prefer the Nexus 7 to 7-inch models from Google partners like Samsung, whose comparable product costs $250.Ē
Having used a 7-inch tablet for the past week, I now see it as an absolute no-brainer that Apple has to make an iPad with this form factor as well. Of course, such rumors have been swirling for a while ó and now the smoke seems too thick for there not to be a fire. Itís coming ó but when it does, Apple will find itself in a position it hasnít been in for some time: being a second-mover to a good product already on the market
If Apple decides to build one it will certainly start a war that is for sure. However, consider this, Google is making very little or no profit per unit, is Apple willing to do that? Think about how much that retina display cost and all that jazz, can a $200 price point cover all that? I find it hard to believe it can because look how much an iPod touch cost with a smaller form factor. But hey if Apple wants to go to war im all for it because competition brings good things.