Editor's desk: Nexus 7 vs iPad mini, contests, iMore today, and the 'Peg

It's been a busy week here at iMore. iPhone 5 and iPad mini rumors have been heating up, my Google Nexus 7 tablet arrived, a bunch of apps were bought by big companies, a bunch more great apps weren't, and we've started doing a ton more videos and a ton more contests.

So let's get to it.


Only Nixon could go to China and only the editor-in-chief of iMore can pick up the new Google Nexus 7 tablet and tell you how it really compares the the iPad. The video above is just for fun, but check out my initial impressions via the link below, and I'll be following up on Monday with more. Stay tuned.

  • Google Nexus 7 vs. iPad 3, unboxing and first impressions -- from iMore!

iPad mini not iPod maxi

The Nexus 7 to me, so far, is more of a super iPod touch than a small iPad. And that the exact opposite of the approach I believe Apple is taking with the rumored iPad mini. It's an important distinction two. The iPhone and iPod touch branch of iOS, and the screen size that it's optimized for, are different in kind to the iPad branch. Look no further than the interface, and the apps, work on one compared to the other.

The iPad mini will use the iPad version of iOS, which means the iPad interface and iPad apps. It may not be as easy to do everything on a 7.x-inch screen as it is on a 9.7-inch, but it will be possible.

You can't run iPad apps on an iPhone or iPod touch. You'll be able to run iPad apps on an iPad mini.

It's an important distinction. It's why the iPod touch sounds like it will be sticking around. And it's why the iPad mini sounds like it's being launched to begin with.


Lots of stuff to be won this week on iMore, have you entered them all? (What, you don't want free stuff?)

  • Weekly Photo Contest: Gadgets!
  • Make your own Apple/Samsung apology
  • Win a Mobile Nations dream device of YOUR choice!
  • Twitter Treasure Hunt: Find, follow, and retweet your way to over $500 in prizes!

Daily Shows

We've launched a new, quasi-daily show -- iMore today. It's designed to bring you all the Apple news you need to know... in about 3 minutes. We're keeping it light and snarky for now, but would love to know what you think of it so far. Also, quite a few of you have asked for RSS and iTunes versions. At 3 min. long it seems a little brief for that, but if enough of you want it, we'll get it done. How about it?

Meanwhile, over on the weekly iMore Show, with Georgia away this week, Seth and I got our geek on about Apple vs Samsung, iOS vs. Android, and the iPad mini. Watch it below.


Next stop -- The Wall... er... 'Peg

I'm flying the Winnipeg, Manitoba -- you may know it as The Wall from the HBO show, Game of Thrones -- on Wednesday for a Mobile Nations Summit with my fellow editors-in-chief, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com, Phil Nickinson of AndroidCentral.com, and the newly full-time Daniel Rubino of WPCentral.com.

As anyone who's ever met Kevin knows, he puts the hy in hyper, so we'll be working around the clock, but there should be some time for at least one live Mobile Nations podcast, and some great phone-vs-phone and tablet-vs-tablet action.

Keep it locked on the whole Mobile Nations network. And keep some bail money ready for us, just in case. (Apparently, Manitoba Mounties don't play.)

See you on the other side.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.