Analysts: Nexus 7 No Competition for iPad

| News

Google unveiled its Nexus 7, a 7-inch Android-based tablet, on Wednesday, and analysts are saying its no threat to Apple’s iPad — even with its US$199 price point. Instead, the tablet competes with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and the 7-inch iPad, which doesn’t even exist.

“Essentially, we believe the Nexus 7 is more of a competitor with the Kindle Fire, rather than the iPad,” said Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets.

He also thinks Apple may be planning to release a smaller version of the current iPad with a 7-inch screen.

Google's Nexus 7 tabletGoogle’s Nexus 7 tablet

“We believe an ‘iPad Mini’ could be released this September at a price point of $250- $300, providing a more cost competitive product for Apple and opening up a new market segment,” he said, according to Barrons. “The resolution (1280-800) of the Nexus 7 does not compare to the new iPad (2048-1536) with Retina display, while the new tablet is only available in Wi-Fi versus 4G and Wi-Fi for the iPad.”

J. Gold Associates analyst Jack Gold backed up the idea that the Nexus 7 is more a threat to Amazon than Apple, according to Computerworld. “Nexus 7 is more than a Kindle Fire competitor, but certainly no iPad killer” he said.

He also sees Google’s move into the tablet space as a decision to compete in the market as a whole, and not as a direct attack on the Kindle Fire. The fact that the Kindle Fire also costs $199 and has a 7-inch screen, however, means consumers may look at both devices before choosing — assuming they aren’t interested in an iPad.

By announcing its tablet now with a ship date in a few weeks, Google may be trying to get a head start on Apple. Rumors have been claiming a 7-inch iPad is in the works to supplement the 9.7-inch model, and should Apple actually release the smaller device both Amazon and Google will likely have some serious competition on their hands.

Sign Up for the Newsletter

Join the TMO Express Daily Newsletter to get the latest Mac headlines in your e-mail every weekday.

Comments

mjkphoto

A Mac-centric “online magazine” reports the Nexus-7 no threat to the iPad. What a surprise!

Let the spin begin.

What a joke.

dlstarr7

A Mac-centric “online magazine” reports on a new product from a major technology company that could compete with an Apple product using non-mac-centric sources as sources.

I think we know who is starting the ‘spin’ here.

geoduck

mjkphoto:
You should read the article from earlier today Spec Comparison Now iPad v. Nexus7 v. Kindle Fire v. Surface
It’s a very fair comparison and ends with this

In short, Google has hit a home run with the Nexus 7. If it can manufacture them in high enough quantities?remember that Asus is the actual maker of this device?it will sell a ton of them.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

?Essentially, we believe the Nexus 7 is more of a competitor with the Kindle Fire, rather than the iPad,? said Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets.

Good job Mr. Analyst! That solves the whole market outcome less than 24 hours after it was announced. Maybe everyone should just go home now. With prescience like that, you could take your game to predicting when the sun will rise and set or when the next artificial valuation bubble will wreck the whole economy!

RonMacGuy

Good job Mr. Analyst! That solves the whole market outcome less than 24 hours after it was announced. Maybe everyone should just go home now. With prescience like that, you could take your game to predicting when the sun will rise and set or when the next artificial valuation bubble will wreck the whole economy!

Wow, somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!!

Drink some coffee Brad and try to relax!!  Actually, it’s late morning for you now, isn’t it?  Go grab a nice lunch!!

grin

RonMacGuy

A Mac-centric ?online magazine? reports the Nexus-7 no threat to the iPad. What a surprise!

Let the spin begin.

Don’t look at it as spin.  Look at it as a pretty safe way to predict, given the history of so-called iPad ‘killers’.

5” Dell Streak - Failure
7” Samsung Galaxy Tab - Failure
Motorola Xoom - Failure
New Samsung Galaxy Tab - Failure
RIM Blackberry Playbook - Failure
Vizio Via Tab - Failure
Toshiba Thrive - Failure
Asus garbage - Failure
Notion Ink - Failure
HP TouchPad - Failure
100 different ultra-low-cost tablets - Failure
Kindle Fire - Limited success, but declining and mostly irrelevant now

Based on this, if I were an analyst I would for sure be betting on the failure side of the new google nexus.

paikinho

This device will sell millions. It offers alot of power for its cost and most people cannot afford the kind of power this will offer at 400-700 dollars.

Americas median household income hovers somewhere around 45K before taxes. After all regular expenses, a $200 piece of the modern american pie will find appeal. That is why free android phones have done so well. Millions of folks can get in the game who otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

Log-in to comment