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Nokia N1: iPad Mini Copy or Not? You Decide

News by Luke Jones on Thursday November 20, 2014.

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We previewed Nokia's new N1 tablet earlier in the week and like everybody else in the tech press were instantly drawn to how much the device looks like Apple's iPad Mini, a slate that it is a direct competitor to.

Of course, there are only so many tablet designs blah, blah, blah, but however you cut it, the N1 is uncanny in its Apple homage. We have become accustomed to companies copying Apple's all-conquering slate, but never thought we would see Nokia to such a faithful pastiche of iPad. Aside from the obvious comparisons the result of the N1 is that it is just a very good addition to the Android tablet ranks, and at $250 it is a very interesting device.

So, without further ado we are asking you good readers to drop a comment whether you think Nokia's N1 is too similar to Apple's iPad Mini. Let us know below and in the meantime here is a recap of what we had to say about the N1:

The design is high end and premium, but it apes the iPad Mini almost to a level of pastiche. The N1 comes with an anodized aluminium design, a rear plate that features the same camera, buttons, and headphone jack placement as the iPad, and even the same dual speaker grills at the bottom of the device. Nokia has even had a stab at copying the look of the Lightning connector, but actually this is for a reason and it is a welcome addition. The Nokia N1 is one of the first products with a reversible USB, meaning you can plug it in either way. While the similarities from every angle are uncanny, the Nokia N1 is actually thinner and lighter than Apple's slate.

There are some other differences, albeit minor. For example, there are no chamfered edges, no Home Button, and oddly no Apple logo. For some reason Nokia seems to have taken inspiration from Apple wholesale because the company offers the same color options, has a new case that looks suspiciously like the Smart Case, and to top it off the webpage for the N1 looks like Apple's own webpage.

Yes, it is hard to move away from the Apple comparisons, which is kind of sad because the N1 should stand on its own as a fantastic tablet. However, even the 2048 x 1536 resolution is the same as the Mini, while other specs include 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Nokia's N1 also has an 8-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 5-megapixel version at the front.

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