Anyone looking for a small tablet has two great choices that stand out. This is the Google Nexus 7 with Android and the iPad Mini with iOS 6. Which is the best of two depends on who is asked, however one thing you have to bear in mind is the price and value for money.
iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: best bang for the buck vs best tablet
In the past people have looked at the display, processing speed and OS to pick between competing tablets. However what is often missed out when making a comparison is the price tag and whether or not the tablet is good value for money. Consumer’s today care about the cost and getting the best value for money. The Google Nexus is in the price range of $199 and when there is a tablet below $200 this drastically affects the sales volume and more so with Android tablets.
So when choosing a tablet, one of the first things you need to ask yourself is what your budget is. You will then know whether the iPad Mini or the Nexus 7 is the best for you.
At the Google Play Store the current prices for the Nexus 7 are $199 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, $249 for the 32GB Wi-Fi, and $299 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi and cellular.
The AppleSstore offers the iPad Mini for $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi, $429 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi and $529 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi and cellular data.
Of course there are other pricing options due to the fact that Apple does offer all of the tablets in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with cellular data. Apple also has a 64GB version in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and cellular. Google only goes up to 32GB with their tablet, so we are not talking about the iPad Mini in 64GB.
So take into account is the fact that the iPad Mini 16GB with Wi-Fi will set you back $130 more than the equivalent Nexus 7 tablet. So you have to ask yourself whether you want to spend this much more for the iPad Mini and the Apple name. This is all about price and value for money.
If you want the 32GB version in Wi-Fi then there is a cost difference of a whopping $180. So again you need to decide if you are willing to spend $180 more.
The 32GB Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini with Wi-Fi and cellular is another choice you have to make and here the price difference is a staggering $260.
Both of the tablets are great and of course there is the Android Jelly Bean and iOS 6 debate to consider too. However there is no getting away from the fact that the iPad Mini will cost you 65% to 87% more than you would pay for the Nexus 7. So if you are contemplating spending this money, just what does the iPad Mini offer for the extra cash, that the Nexus 7 doesn’t? One of the biggest differences is the dramatic difference in the colour saturation of the display.
The iPad Mini, when held close to the eyes does take on a more pixelated looks. From the resolution perspective the Nexus 7 appears to be the best. However as you don’t hold the tablet up to the face and this isn’t noticeable from a difference, there is no worry here.
Otherwise, on the iPad Mini you will get a crisp and bright display that is better than the Nexus 7. The web pages are easier to read and are cleaner. Images are brighter and everything seems to jump off the display. This isn’t so with the Nexus 7. So it seems that you do actually get what you pay for and if you can afford it.
Next, while Android does offer deeper customisation as it is more robust than iOS 6, when it comes to tablets apps is the more important factor. And here, the iPad Mini stands out as it has more table optimized apps.
So for the extra dough, you basically get a better display and more apps to choose from. Given that these are two of the biggest things when it comes to a tablet, it may be enough for many to splurge on the extra dough.