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Google Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini: Here’s How To Pick

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With the launch of the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 from Google, choosing a new tablet may have just gotten harder. So which of these two small tablets should you go for?

Google Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini

The iPad Mini comes with a 1GHz A5 processor, the same as the one in the iPad 2, and it has 512MB of RAM. The Nexus 7 is more powerful thanks to the 1.2GHz Tegra 3 processor, which is quad core, and it has 1GB of RAM.

The Google Nexus 7 has a display of 7 inches and 216ppi with a screen of 1280 x 800. The iPad Mini has a display of 7.9 inches at 1024 x 768 and 163ppi. This means that it doesn’t have the Retina display like the iPad 3 or iPad 4.

The Nexus 7 comes in 16GB and 32GB, but it lacks SD card support. The iPad Mini comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and it too lacks SD card support.

The iPad Mini measures 200mm x 134.7mm x 7.2mm, with a weight of 312 grams on the Wi-Fi and cellular model, while the Nexus 7 32GB weighs 340 grams and measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm.

The iPad Mini is ahead when it comes to cameras as it has a 5 megapixel on the back, along with a 1.2 megapixel on the front. The Nexus 7 meanwhile comes with a 1.2 megapixel camera and no back camera.

The iPad Mini runs on iOS 6 out of the box, with the update to iOS 6.0.1 already rolled out. The Nexus 7 has Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 and there will be Android 4.2 coming before the month is up.

The iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16GB version, while the Nexus 7 is $199. However if you want the Wi-Fi and cellular 32GB version of the Nexus 7, this is $299, while the 32GB iPad Mini is $559.

Bottom line

Both tablets are great buys; however the most suitable for you depends on what it is you want out of a tablet and whether you currently own an iOS device. If you do have an iOS device then the iPad Mini will perhaps be your choice. If you are going on the price tag then the Nexus 7 would come out on top, however it doesn’t have as many apps that have been optimised for tablets as the iPad Mini has. Then there are the smaller things to take into consideration such as whether you plan on using the tablet for navigation (the Nexus 7 has Google Maps and GPS while the iPad Mini has neither).

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