Choosing a tablet may have just gotten more complicated than ever thanks to the launch of the iPad Mini and the fact that Google have announced the new Nexus 7. So which is the better of the two, the iPad Mini or the Nexus 7?
iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7
The iPad Mini uses the A5 1GHz processor that is in the iPad 2, and it comes with 500MB of RAM. The Nexus 7 beats this as it has the Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM.
For the display the Nexus 7 has a 7 inch screen which has a resolution of 1280 x 800 at 216ppi. The iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch display of 1024 x 768 and 163ppi. That’s right, it isn’t a Retina Display.
You can get the Nexus 7 in 16GB or 32GB and there is no SD card for expansion. The iPad Mini comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and no option for SD card either.
The iPad Mini comes in at 200mm x 134.7mm x 7.2mm and weighs 312 grams, if you buy the Wi-Fi and cellular model. The Nexus 7 32GB is 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm, with a weight of 340 grams.
The iPad Mini wins when it comes to cameras as it has a 5 megapixel camera on the back and on the front a 1.2 megapixel. The Nexus 7 has a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front and no camera on the back.
The iPad Mini runs on iOS 6 and there is an update soon to iOS 6.0.1. The Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1.2 and Google have announced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which the Nexus will get very soon.
When it comes to price, the iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16GB version and the Nexus 7 is $199. If you want the 32GB Wi-Fi and cellular version of the Nexus 7 then you will have to pay out $299, in comparison to the 32GB iPad Mini which is $559.
Which of the two tablets would be the most suitable for you would depend on whether you already have an iOS device currently or not. If so then the iPad Mini would win you over. However if you are basing your purchase on cost alone then the Nexus 7 would win despite not having as many tablet optimized apps as the iPad Mini.