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Amazon Uses Homepage to Take a Shot at iPad Mini

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The gloves are off.

Apple's iPad mini competes with Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet and Google's Nexus 7 in terms of size. However, Apple's iPad mini is quite a bit more expensive and Amazon doesn't want anyone visiting its site to forget that the Kindle Fire HD offers more bang for your buck.

The etail giant's homepage has been displaying the image below for the last 48 hours. The side-by-side comparison of the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad mini is complemented by a quote from technology news blog Gizmodo highlighting the fact that the iPad mini has fewer pixels than the other 7-inch tablets.

 

" [... ] your 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than the competing 7-inch tablets! You’re cramming a worse screen in there, charging more and accusing others of compromise? Ballsy."

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said that the company would never make a 7-inch slate (the iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display). "We would not make a 7-inch tablet. We don't think they're good products," he said recently, adding that the iPad mini is "in a whole different league" compared to competing devices.

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    fandroid , October 31, 2012 2:02 PM
    DSpiderI has 30% moar pixals????Ahem.... 1280x800 vs 1024x768.Yup. Seems legit.

    Yes its called math. 1024000 pixels - 786432 pixels = 237568 pixels

    237568/786432 = 30.2%

    You're welcome.
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    safcmanfr , October 31, 2012 1:45 PM
    Michael13579It's news because it made you read the article and comment on it. Stupid me too.



    anything that educates the masses that Apple's overpriced, underspeced products are not worth the money is worth mentioning on news sites imo - the greater exposure the better
  • 13 Hide
    fuzzion , October 31, 2012 3:24 PM
    Dont make fun of Apple. They might sue you.
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    friskiest , October 31, 2012 1:10 PM
    No 7" iPad, hmmm,. according to Conan, there should be more iPads on the way.
    Just watch

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    friskiest , October 31, 2012 1:12 PM
    http://mashable.com/2012/10/30/conan-ipad-mini-mega/
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    friskiest , October 31, 2012 1:12 PM
    friskiestNo 7" iPad, hmmm,. according to Conan, there should be more iPads on the way.Just watch

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    Anonymous , October 31, 2012 1:28 PM
    It's news because it made you read the article and comment on it. Stupid me too.
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    safcmanfr , October 31, 2012 1:45 PM
    Michael13579It's news because it made you read the article and comment on it. Stupid me too.



    anything that educates the masses that Apple's overpriced, underspeced products are not worth the money is worth mentioning on news sites imo - the greater exposure the better
  • 29 Hide
    fandroid , October 31, 2012 2:02 PM
    DSpiderI has 30% moar pixals????Ahem.... 1280x800 vs 1024x768.Yup. Seems legit.

    Yes its called math. 1024000 pixels - 786432 pixels = 237568 pixels

    237568/786432 = 30.2%

    You're welcome.
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    velocityg4 , October 31, 2012 2:45 PM
    Amazon should also mention 512MB RAM. Basically Apple neutered the iPad Mini to justify the iPad 4 price. All they did was pair an iPad 2 with a smaller screen and a better camera. Amazon should mention this as well.

    Given that the iPad mini is much larger than the iPhone 5 it should be able to have equal specs to it not worse. It should at least be equal to an iPad 3 in every respect.

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    toxteth , October 31, 2012 2:47 PM
    "he said recently, adding that the iPad mini is "in a whole different league" compared to competing devices."...

    He certainly got that right, but not quite in the way he meant it...it's in a lower league of its own.
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    hunterizer , October 31, 2012 2:55 PM
    It is weird but if you compare pixels from nexus 10 vs ipad 4 you get the same 30,2% advantage from kindle vs ipadmini
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 31, 2012 3:10 PM
    ipad mini has mono speakers? I haven't bother reading specs on apple's website, but that's just lame.
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    fuzzion , October 31, 2012 3:24 PM
    Dont make fun of Apple. They might sue you.
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    christarp , October 31, 2012 4:13 PM
    Don't forget the ads! I love me some ads that you can't get rid of!
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    alidan , October 31, 2012 4:20 PM
    jupiter optimus maximusipad mini has mono speakers? I haven't bother reading specs on apple's website, but that's just lame.


    no one who cares about quality uses the built in speakers, its a nice feature, but when 20$ earbuds beat out the speakers, nomater what you put in them, i cant justify spending much money on it... stereo is just a marketing bullet point in this case.
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    beardguy , October 31, 2012 7:14 PM
    christarpDon't forget the ads! I love me some ads that you can't get rid of!


    ^Fail ...

    A new update allows you to turn off the "users also bought" recommendations. As for the lock screen ads, you can get rid of them for $15. So yes, you can turn them off.

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    svdb , October 31, 2012 7:27 PM
    When all you do is basically making different sizes of the same thing, it just means you're running out of new ideas.
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    eklipz330 , October 31, 2012 8:31 PM
    jupiter optimus maximusipad mini has mono speakers? I haven't bother reading specs on apple's website, but that's just lame.

    no its stereo apparently. i dont think its front facing like the nexus 10
    alidanno one who cares about quality uses the built in speakers, its a nice feature, but when 20$ earbuds beat out the speakers, nomater what you put in them, i cant justify spending much money on it... stereo is just a marketing bullet point in this case.
    really, no one? sounds like youre just trying to take as hit on apple for unjust reasons. i care about speakers. when im on my bed, id rather hear from speakers than put on headphones. now what?
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    glasssplinter , October 31, 2012 10:11 PM
    In reading some other articles regarding the whole thing one can only come to the conclusion that crapple users are the biggest bunch of blind followers. ipad screen is "retina" and everyone says how good it looks and how much better it is than anything else. crapple users are suddenly hd fanatics and compare every other tablet that doesn't have "retina" quality display as being terrible. ipad mini comes out with a terrible screen and suddenly they don't care because it looks okay anyway and you don't need hd on a device this small. Suddenly screen resolution is no longer important because some crapple PR said so. Glad I'm smarter than these sheep.
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    whoobydo , October 31, 2012 10:25 PM
    I agree that the iPad mini is overpriced and that the specs are not competitive. That being said though, the App store does offer a big incentive that cannot be built into a product. I like Amazon as a company and I hope that the Kindle fire builds momentum, but quality control on apps is almost a must to ensure an optimal user-experience. Amazon might just be the company to match wits with Apple.
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