The iPad with Retina Display obviously features a sharper screen than its predecessor and -- with the new A7 CPU -- likely faster performance as well. However, will it be enough to compete with a new generation of awesome small tablets?
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Google Nexus 7 (2013)
The 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 is one of the best small tablets around. Fast, with an incredibly bright screen, the iPad Mini Retina will have its work cut out for it if it plans to compete. OK, I know it plans to compete; just attempting to add a bit of drama to this tale.
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
The best media ecosystem around gets a refined interface, upgraded screen resolution, and performance that outpaces any small tablet before it. If media (videos, music, and books) is your thing, this is the tablet you'll want to look at first.