The Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini are two small tablets that lots of people are confused over. If you’re caught between the two, you need to know that it comes down to a choice between Android and iOS, mainly. Aside from battery, price and display.
iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7
If you have $329 to splash around, then go for the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which is a bit more portable than the Retina iPad 4. The Nexus 7 has lots of customisation room, and costs $199 for the Wi-Fi option, so a bit less harsh on the wallet. Both tablets are fast, and have sharp screen, so which is best for you?
Design: Apple leads, obviously, as the iPad Mini is the best looking of a good-looking bunch. The Nexus 7 is pretty good-looking too, with slender lines and a touchsoft plastic back, but it still can’t quite compete with Apple.
Screen: The Google Nexus 7 should, with its higher ppi, beat the screen on the iPad Mini, but Google and Asus have cut one too many corners in manufacture and the display’s calibration is a bit off. The colours aren’t as good as on the iPad Mini despite it having 216ppi compared to the Mini’s 163ppi. Text also looks sharper on the iPad Mini, and contrast and colours are clearer. Photos and videos also look much better on the iPad Mini’s bigger screen.
Price: Smaller budgets will prefer the Nexus 7, as the only tablets in its price range are the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD. Google keeps prices low to draw in the customers, whereas Apple goes all out with design and build quality. The iPad bunch is known for its amazing design and software, but the Nexus 7 is $129 cheaper. The 3G Nexus 7 is $299, and the iPad Mini LTE is $459, there’s quite a difference.
Performance: On performance and OS, it’s between Android 4.1 and iOS. The Nexus 7 has Project Butter, which makes apps run smoother. When the Nexus 7 bumped up to Android 4.2, however, it slowed down a bit.
Software: The Nexus 7’s customisation options, like its app shortcuts, various home screens and custom ROMs make this tablet a winner. iOS just doesn’t give you these options.
Hardware: The Nexus 7 has a 1.2GHz quad-core chip, whereas the iPad Mini has a dual-core A5 chip, like the iPad 2. Geekbench found that the Nexus 7 is twice the speed of the iPad Mini, but as the A5 chip has enough oomph to run iOS, alongside a world-class GPU, who cares? The Nexus 7 wins in chips, but the iPad Mini’s GPU brings the Mini up very close indeed.
Tablets are all about apps, though, so the Mini wins over, as it has loads more tablet-optimised apps in the App Store than the Nexus 7 has in Google Play. So, you’ll have to decide what means more – software or apps.
Battery: Both these tablets have good batteries, the Nexus 7 giving 8.5 hours and the iPad Mini 10 hours, meaning a win for the iPad Mini.
Conclusion: These tablets are pretty equal, so OS preference, price and LTE will be important factors.