This question will be on plenty of consumer minds when the iPad mini officially launches on Nov. 2. It’s basically everything we expected (thanks leaks!), with the Lightning connector, 7.9-inch display and iPad 2 guts running the show. In comparison to the $500 price of the normal sized iPad, $329 for the base iPad mini is a great entry point. But when you consider the Kindle Fire HD 7 and Nexus 7 are both $200, a pretty substantial disparity arises. Apple’s premium is still in tact, and they’ll likely sell a ton of units despite cheaper options being available. But will it ultimately prove to be as successful as its larger brother?