As Apple launches the iPad mini on Friday, the company will, for the first time in recent memory, be entering a crowded, well-established marketplace. Both Google and Amazon have been successfully selling 7-8-inch tablets for quite some time now.

We’ll never know just how well Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is selling, as they don’t release sales figures, but we do get a glimpse of Google’s Nexus 7 numbers this morning. And they’re pretty good. Asus’ CFO says they’re moving almost 1 million per month…

The Wall Street Journal (via The Next Web) reports:

“The 7-inch tablet has created a big buzz this year with its low starting price of US$199, but both Google and Asustek have been cagey about revealing actual sales figures.

Asustek executives gave the clearest indication yet, following the company’s third-quarter earnings conference on Tuesday.

“At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million,” Asustek Chief Financial Officer David Chang told The Wall Street Journal.”

While 1 million per month pales in comparison to Apple’s iPad numbers, it sold 14 million of them last quarter, it looks pretty good next to other competitors. RIM, for example, announced earlier this year that it had only sold 1M PlayBooks in its first 12 months.

But Google’s not going to rest on its laurels. Alongside other products, the Mountain View company unveiled a 3G version of its Nexus 7 on Monday. And it dropped the price of the 16GB Wi-Fi model of the tablet down to $199 — $130 cheaper than the iPad mini.

Apple has actually taken quite a bit of heat over the past week for pricing its smaller tablet at $329, but it hasn’t seemed to have affected sales. Though the company hasn’t released any figures yet, we do know that they sold out of all pre-order mini stock in 72 hours.

And all of this gets really get interesting when you consider that the holidays are just around the corner. Can the new iPad mini stall the Nexus 7’s sales climb? Or will consumers decide that Apple’s tablet isn’t worth the extra $100 bucks?

What do you think?

  • CollegiateLad

    These are pretty decent numbers. I’m not too surprised though, it’s the best Android tablet to date. RIMM on the other hand – good grief.

    • and still absolutely no match for even the old ipad2..lolll

  • Nexus 7 is not a bad tablet and it is really a competitor. And at that price, even Santa won’t consider the $329 iPad mini.

  • RarestName

    I think that most people will buy the Nexus over the iPad mini just because of the price. However, it’s unofficially proven that Nexus devices aren’t really that popular. So far, I’ve only seen one person use a Galaxy Nexus in public, and that was just a few days ago. There are also a no sights of people using the Nexus 7. However, the Galaxy Tabs and iPads are the common ones that I can see. I can see the Nexus devices becoming more popular in the coming months.

    • MagicDrumSticks

      So because YOU haven’t seen anyone using it, it’s “Unofficially proven” that nexus tablets aren’t popular?

      Youre not very smart.

      • RarestName

        There’s a reason why I said that it’s unofficial – it’s my personal opinion. And I did state that it will become more popular when more people are exposed to Nexus devices.

        Also, I said Nexus devices, not Nexus tablets.
        And youre ≠ you’re


      • mike toto

        do you put emulators on your devices homo

      • don’t be ignorant with the “homo” as an insult, jackass.

        there are many emulators i can put on my iPad, however i couldn’t care less about them.

        at my college i’ve seen ONE android tablet yet i’ve seen dozens of iPads. sales figures don’t lie…they pretty much back this observation up. all of my friends used to be on Android and i was the only one with an iPhone….now they ALL have iPhones. that’s how it often goes…people try to save money and buy an Android phone or tablet, end up not liking it, and go iPad/iPhone.

  • Apple iPad IS worth 100$ even 200$ more because it’s just better.
    But people will rather buy the Nexus because is cheaper…

    • MagicDrumSticks

      Explain how it’s better? Lower res screen and older tech. It uses an outdated iPad 2 processor which was 2 gens a go.

      You’re a fool if you would pay $200 more for something so inferior, but then again, sheep will bend over no matter what.

      • kevtan

        go fuck yourself..this is ios blog not an android blog. If u want to bash ios devices go to android website not here your android sheep.

      • CollegiateLad

        According to the reviews, even with the lower resolution screen and higher price point, it’s still easily the best 7 incher on the market. That’s really shocking and a testament to the Mini’s craftsmanship, ecosystem, and finesse of iOS. The old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’ seems to be the underlying theme here.

      • God I hate your attitude, all so negative, who’s the stubborn sheep now? Can you seriously read through your comments without thinking how much of a bitch you are?

      • MagicDrumSticks

        It’s not negative; it’s the truth and reason you think I’m a bitch is because you don’t have an answer.

        The mini is just a scam that apple is gojng I use to
        Sucker people into thinking its a new product.

        It’s rather ironic that everyone brags about the awesome retina (which they should, it’s a great display) but when apple didn’t put it on the mini and slapped an outrageous price on it, people are suddenly ok with it.

        Also, they are selling you an iPad 2 for $329. Though you will probably buy it anyway do there’s no point in me explaining.

      • Although i love apple, i am still realistic enough to think tht the iPad mini was’nt the best choice for a product by Apple. But then again, apple was pushed ito this because android tablets are sold by many other companies, thus to offer a more porable experience of smaller tablets, they had to release it. It is not for everyone, not all ‘sheep’ of apple. So no, not all like it, but some do. Even other companies have agreed it is not about specs, but experience.

      • 1337lolzorz

        Ur wrong deuche bag

      • functionality is typical apple silky smooth and it has access to itunes and all 700,000 of the app store apps.. case closed..

    • kevtan

      so true,in fact I have a very bad experience with android with my samsung galaxy s 2 and nexus 7. I merely bought the nexus 7 which is said to have zero lag and yet still the apps crash very often compared to my iphone 4 which is already 2 year old device and the apps crash very seldom. This is a TRUE experience not lie.

      • this is the same experience i’ve had with Android. it’s buggy, laggy, freezy, crashy…it’s just inferior, from my experience. people can tout it as the best all they want but i’ll stick with my Apple products which i KNOW are better…and i know this from ownership, usage, experience. so Android sheep…f*ck off before you even bother saying anything.

    • most folks want the apple but cant afford it..

      • MagicDrumSticks

        This is not true at all. Apple really isn’t that expensive when talking about absolute price, but lately, the VALUE is what sucks.

  • I’ve never seen an android tablet outside of a store.

    • MagicDrumSticks

      Probably because your head is in your ass anywhere outside the store

      • kevtan

        watch out, we got a badass over here lol..

      • CollegiateLad


      • e-gangster in the

      • mike toto

        do you play with your magic drumsticks with your mother

      • is all of this bravery and attitude you are displaying being shown from your mom’s basement? it’s clear you are a little basement troll.

    • kevtan

      of course because they only use it for rooting and never use it outside a store.

    • and the ones in the store are gathering dust…lol its sad

  • kevtan

    Regretted after bought this device always laggy and unresponsive even though it is already quad core and ipad 2 is still better zero lag at all, really wonder why fandroid always said ios is shit even though it is very smooth and the apps are more polished.

    • MagicDrumSticks

      Actually there’s no lag I jelly bean or this tablet. But then again you probably wouldn’t know because you never bought it.

      iOS devices lag all the time too. Install iOS 6 on a 3GS and see what I mean. Heck even the iPad 2 lags from time to time.

      The iPad 3 lagged in games with high powered graphics.

      iPhone 4 lags when using maps.

      The list goes on. Sorry to burst your bubble, stupid fanboy.

      • kevtan

        iPad 3 and iPhone 4 lag????loooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll………..
        If u have never used it before then don’t lie.
        I think u are the one who still haven’t tested how lag it is on nexus 7 stupid fanboy.

      • kevtan

        Stupid android fanboy will never admit if there is a lag on android until they die..

      • MagicDrumSticks

        There is no lag in jellybean due to project butter. Yes, there was lag on all the previous versions. Android 2.0+ sucked.

        I don’t favor android, I think windows phone is a great platform with a lot of potential.

        iOS is good too, but it’s users are by FAR the most arrogant. That’s why I come here and lay it out how it is.

        Cry more if
        You don’t like it.

      • 1337lolzorz

        IOS 6 on 3GS??? That’s the example you used, seriously?? You’re comparing a 3 year old phone. But hey, let’s compare the Galaxy S1 and how it no longer supports any damn OS now. Galaxy S3 STILL doesn’t have jelly bean, never the less the older devices. So it’s pretty amazing that the 3GS still gets updated and supported. You are truely a fagdroid.

      • mike toto

        you could get things done right and go out and get laid or u can sit in your mothers basement fat virgin and rooting a android and brag how cooler you r than someone with a apple product

      • MagicDrumSticks

        I like how you just assume I’m a kid like you. Infact my two boys are probably your age. I guess that takes care of the virgin issue.

        And yes, I like to post on here; though I find it ironic that you would call me a basement loser when you yourself are taking the time to post a response to insult me.

      • mike toto

        do you and your buddies sit in the basement and touch phones together

      • this comment clearly proves you have NO clue what you are talking about. you can’t compare a 3 year old phone and it’s inability to run an os that is larger and more complicated that requires newer tech to work. grab your ears and pull your head out of your ass.

        i’ve seen more than enough videos and reviews online of 4.1 and it IS laggy, crashy, buggy, shitty. just like every other version of Android has been. i also have personal experience and ownership of Android so DO know what i am talking about.

        stick with your free, or highly discounted, plastic fantastic garbage that you feel is superior. get out of your mom’s basement and see the world around you.

        if you want quality you get Apple products. if you can’t afford quality you get Android products.

      • todd

        how come u made fun of someone else using the basement card you used it too does that make you a basement troll jackass

      • when did i make fun of someone for using the basement card? i think you might be a bit confused, jackass. my comment several posts above was at mike toto for using “homo” as an insult. see what a fool you make of yourself when you bitch just to bitch?

  • And sales figures are only going to go up thanks to iPad Minis price, read about how Kindle had huge increase in sales after iPad Mini announcement.

    • CollegiateLad

      That’s what they ‘claimed’!! Too bad it can’t be verified.

  • PEOPLE WERE ONLY buying those BS devices cause there was not apple de3vice available in the category….lol and we all know this

  • Kurt

    can you use the same apps that the 10.1 inch tablets can? it looks like such a nice device. i really like the back too

  • iamnotfan

    Court in UK tells Apple to change statement on Samsung case.