As of late the news has been all about Google. Where is Apple? I hear crickets in their corner. It has been about Google’s Chromecast, which sold out, and their new Nexus 7. Is Apple Sleeping on the job? I know they’re working on a rumored iPad Mini with Retina display. A rumored smaller cheaper iPhone, but when will they tell the public about these devices?
Google has beat Apple at its own Retina-display-thumping game. Meet the Nexus 7, the eye-popping 323-pixels-per-inch wonder. Not only do you great display you get a lower price than what the current iPad mini. What will the Retina display version of the mini cost?
Here’s the deal: If you can find most of the apps, you need on Google’s Play Store and would like a small tablet with the highest resolution display on any tablet to date (higher than the 9.7-inch Retina iPad and way higher than the iPad Mini), then the second-generation Nexus 7 may be a good choice.
Well, Google, Asus (you know the guys who manufactured it), and Japan Display Inc. have managed, for the first time, to slap a smartphone-density display on a small tablet. Without getting too technical, the second-gen Nexus 7 uses a display technology (called low-temperature polysilicon) from Japan Display that has been used, to date, only on phones like, ironically, Apple’s iPhone 5 (which has a pixel density of 326, just slightly more than the new Nexus 7).
Maybe, more ironically, Apple is considering the same technology for a future Mini Retina, according to Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch. When that Mini would appear ranges from sometime in October to early next year. Analysts have said that the 7-inch 1,920×1,200 display on the Nexus 7 may be the upper size limit for Japan Display’s ultra-high-resolution technology, at the moment. In other words, JDI’s tech is not quite ready to scale up to the larger 7.9-inch screen on the Mini.
Whatever the case, you can pick up the new Nexus 7 for $230 at some Best Buy stores as of Friday. That’s about $100 less than Apple’s cheapest Mini but with a much better screen and a faster (quad-core) processor. That’s a really tough hardware/price proposition for Apple to beat. Apple has its work cut out.
If you’ve read some of my other articles, I’m not a fan of Apple products. I don’t really know why, maybe I just haven’t used them enough? If you want to change my mind send me an iPhone or iPad, and I’ll see what all the craze is all about. For the meantime, I feel that, Google not only purchasing companies and coming out with the new Nexus 7, and Chromecast, they still want to be the world’s best and largest company in the world when it comes to apps and tech. No longer are they just about searching for something they are ones that are making something.
If you have a Chromecast, I’m glad, but for those who have to wait for the next batch, Google has ended there Netflix promotion to go along with it. “Overwhelming demand,” said Google. Sorry to disappoint.
Let me know what you think; has Google caught Apple sleeping or is Apple gearing up to blow Google out of the water?
Forrest L. Rawls