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Head-To-Head: iPad Mini Vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD Vs. Google Nexus 7

The iPad mini takes direct aim at both the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD in the 7-inch tablet space. Here's how the three compare.

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Form Factor

iPad mini: 0.28 inches thick; 0.68 pounds
Google Nexus 7: 0.4 inches thick; 0.75 pounds
Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 0.4 inches thick; 0.87 pounds

Despite its bigger screen size, the iPad mini is both lighter and thinner than the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. At just 0.28 inches thick and 0.68 pounds, Apple's new tablet has officially raised the "thin-and-light" bar.

But, as noted by NPR reporter Laura Sydell, who got some hands-on time with the iPad mini this week, the device's super-lightweight form factor might make it more susceptible to breaks and cracks.

"When I picked up the iPad mini I almost tossed it over my shoulder because I'd been using a lot more strength than I needed to lift it. At .68 pounds it's actually half the weight of the larger iPad," Sydell wrote. "But it felt lighter, as if I was lifting a large cracker and at 7.2 mm it's about as thin as some crackers. The new iPad mini actually seemed delicate to me, as if I might break it."

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