If you are looking for a small tablet you might have your eye on the Google Nexus 7 or the Apple iPad Mini. Both of these are superb choices and in the end it could be a matter of choosing iOS or Android. But then you do have to consider the battery life along with the price of the two.
You might want the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad Mini if you want to spend $329. This smaller tablet is the easiest to carry around in the iPad range and beats the portability of the iPad 4 with the retina display. However if you like to be able to customise your device then you would be better off with the Google Nexus 7. You can get your hands on this for $199 for the Wi-Fi version. This is a great choice if money is tight and it is great value for money. Both of the small tablets offer displays that are great.
If you want the best design then you could choose the Apple iPad Mini. This is not to say that the Google Nexus 7 isn’t good looking, as it is. This is thanks to the soft touch back and the tablet is slender. But it doesn’t have enough to beat the Apple iPad Mini.
The Google Nexus 7 comes with ppi that is higher and it should beat the Apple tablet, however corners had been cut and the calibration of the display is off. The Apple iPad Mini is the best for reading text as it is clearer and it comes with better contrast. Photos and videos look superb on the display of the Apple iPad Mini, which is larger.
Anyone who is watching money may wish to go with the Google Nexus 7. The only other tablets to come under the same price are the Kindle Fire HD along with the Nook HD. Google likes to keep down their prices, while Apple like their profits and they do like making products that are high quality. Software and design are better with the Apple tablet and their integration is seamless.
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Jelly Bean while the Apple iPhone 5 comes with iOS6.1. Project Butter is seen on the Google Nexus 7 and this means that all apps run very smoothly. The device has been updated to Jelly Bean 4.2, but this slowed it down and it is something that Google will have to look into to fix.
The Google Nexus 7 gives plenty of customisation to users as they can add shortcuts to apps and have more than one home screen. Custom ROMs could also be added. This is something that is not possible with the iOS tablets.
The Google Nexus 7 runs on a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, while the Apple iPad Mini has a dual core processor, the A5. This is slower but it does come with enough power for the tablet. The Google Nexus 7 does win for the processor, while it is the Apple iPad Mini that is the winner for the GPU.
As tablets rely on apps the Apple iPad Mini has to come out on top as it have more apps that have been optimised for tablets than what is available in the Google Play Store.
The Google Nexus 7 comes with a battery that should provide around 8.5 hours of use and the Apple iPad Mini will provide around 10 hours.
Both of the tablets are evenly matched and so your choice could be down to iOS or Android. Of course your choice could also be based on the cost of the tablet and if you need LTE.