Seven-inch tablets* are so, so hot right now. Google's Nexus 7 was a surprise best-seller over the summer, and Amazon and Barnes & Noble both have 7-inchers with excellent high-definition screens for $199. With Tuesday's introduction of the iPad Mini, Apple, too has sprinted into the arena, leaving buyers of small tablets with some big decisions this winter.

*Before we go further: No, Apple's screen isn't exactly seven inches, like those on the tablets of Google, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble; it is 7.85 inches, a little larger than the screens offered by its competitors (a fact Apple pointed out by taunting the Nexus 7's relatively-small screen real estate during the event). So it's not technically a 7-inch tablet, if you're being precise.

It is, however, a handheld tablet, and it seems poised to compete against the new Kindle Fire, NOOK, and Nexus 7.

So, how do these smaller slates compare, aside from display size? Well, we've got all the tech specs below for your perusal. Which one will you opt for? Who has the big advantage, the killer feature, the most seductive pitch? Check out our chart below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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*The Google Play Store has over 600,000 apps, all of which can be run on the Nexus 7; Google has not announced how many are optimized for the tablet, however.

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    SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks displays the new iPad mini after it was unveiled during an Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. The iPad mini is Apple's smaller 7.9 inch version of the iPad tablet. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23: The new iPad mini is displayed after its unveiling at the Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. The iPad mini is Apple's smaller 7.9 inch version of the iPad tablet. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23: The new iPad mini is displayed after its unveiling at the Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. The iPad mini is Apple's smaller 7.9 inch version of the iPad tablet. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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