In line with all of the recent speculation regarding the rumored “iPad Mini,” one developer decided to see how such a device would stack up against other popular tablets.

What you see above is a comparison between the screen sizes of various slates, including the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7, the current iPad, and the purported iPad Mini…

As you can see, the argument could be made that a 7.85-inch iPad would be much closer to an 8-inch tablet than a 7-inch one. And you can see the size difference in the graphic, which shows that a smaller iPad would still be almost 40% larger than both the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.

It would certainly take some getting used to, but it seems like most apps would be fairly usable on an 8-inch display. Although, at that size, you have to imagine that Apple would pitch such a device more for content consumption, rather than creation. But that’s a whole different argument.

If you want to see the 7.85-inch screen size in action, we ran a post earlier today showing you how to view app mockups on your current iPad to get an idea of what the smaller display would look and feel like.

At this time, most of the “evidence” suggests that if we do see a smaller tablet from Apple this year, it’ll turn up sometime in the fall with a 1024 x 768 display and a price tag between $199 and $249.

Would you buy one?

[Trojan Kitten via Daring Fireball]

  • jose castro

    sweet i guess

  • I’ll still want it…

  • Not bad

  • SimonReidy

    At that size and cheaper price I’d rather a Nexus 7. I think the 16:10 screen is a better aspect ratio than 4×3, once a tablet is that small. Better for holding in one hand, movies and reading.

    It’s an interesting comparison though as it shows a mini would certainly work at 1024×768. However again I’d rather 1280×800 like the Nexus 7 for a clearer screen and a widscreen ratio which not only has superior dpi, but would deliver approx 20% more active pixels when watching widescreen movies (not as many pixels wasted on black bars).