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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: Best Of The Best Is…

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Two of the best small tablets in the market place at the moment are the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7. Therefore if you are looking for a small tablet you could have a struggle on your hands in choosing between the two tablets, and iOS or Android. Of course there is much more than the OS to choose from and you have to take into account the life of the battery, the display and of course how much the device’s cost.

iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 comparison

If you want the iPad Mini you would have to spend $329 if you want the Wi-Fi 16GB version, which is very portable and it costs less than the iPad 4 with Retina screen. The Nexus 7 on the other hand is customisable and if you are on a budget it is the more affordable option at $199 for the Wi-Fi tablet. Both tablets are fast and they both have displays of IPS which are sharp. So which should you go out and buy?

The Google Nexus 7 is great when it comes to price and value and the only other tablets that could compete with it are the Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD. Google keeps the price tag of their tablets down to try and get customers away from Apple. Apple of course is known to focus on build quality along with profit margins. The iPad is known to have the best design and software. Let’s take a look at the different aspects of each tablet.

Price: You could save yourself $129 if you bought the Nexus 7 and of course those on a budget will appreciate this. The Nexus 7 3G will set you back $299, while the iPad Mini LTE version will cost $459. This means that the clear winner here has to be the Nexus 7.

Design: When it comes down to design and quality, Apple cannot be beaten for this and the iPad Mini it. In fact it happens to be the best looking tablet in the whole iPad range. It is light and thin and the back has been designed in aluminium. The Nexus 7 does however put a good fight up as it too comes with superb looks. The tablets back is designed in soft plastic and the tablet doesn’t look chunky. However the iPad Mini is lighter and it has that luxurious look. The winner here has to be the iPad Mini.

Screen: When it comes to the display the Nexus 7 should outclass the iPad Mini as it comes with a higher ppi, or so we thought. Both of the displays are IPS. Google along with Asus however have allowed some things to slide and one of them has resulted in the calibration of the screen of the tablet being off. Reviews on the internet have pointed out that the Nexus 7 comes with colours less rich, even with it having the large numbers in the specs sheet. The tablet comes with 216ppi compared to the iPad Mini, which has 163ppi. When you read text on the display of the iPad Mini it is sharper however and it does have better colours and contrast, which are richer. Photos on the iPad Mini do look better, along with videos, thanks to it having the larger display.

OS: When it comes down to OS you are choosing between Android 4.2 which comes with Project Butter and iOS 6.

In regards to software the Nexus 7 and Android offer plenty of customisation and so wins. Android is the more customisable over iOS 6 as it has more widgets and greater flexibility thanks to custom launchers, keyboards, ROMs and more. None of this is possible with iOS 6 and the iPad Mini.

Tablets of course use apps and when it comes to apps, the iPad Mini stands out as the winner, thanks to it having more apps optimised for tablets in the App Store than the Nexus 7 has in the Google Play Store, it gets points for this. So in this respect it is a draw given that the Nexus 7 wins on the software front while the iPad Mini with apps.

Hardware: The Googe Nexus 7 is packed with solid hardware and it stands out as the winner thanks to its quad core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The iPad Mini has the same processor that Apple used in the iPad 2, which is the A5 dual core. Geekbench tests revealed that the Nexus 7 is the fastest tablet, having almost twice the speed of the iPad Mini.

Battery life: When it comes to the batteries both of the tablets are great and you should get around 8.5 hours life from the Google Nexus 7 and about 10 hours with the Mini iPad. The winner here is the iPad Mini of course.

Both tablets are pretty well matched and so the choice will perhaps come down to whether you want Android Jelly Bean or iOS 6. Of course the cost will also play a part as will whether you need LTE.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.