Anyone looking for a small tablet may well be choosing between the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini. If you are deciding between the two handsets then it may come down to whether you want iOS or you prefer Android. Then of course there is the screen, battery life and the cost of the device to consider.
If you want to pay out around $329 you could go for the 16GB version of the Wi-Fi iPad Mini. This is cheaper than the Apple iPad 4 with retina display and it is easier to carry around. The Google Nexus 7 however is known for customisation and you can get the Wi-Fi version for $199. This could be the best choice if you are on a budget. Both are fast tablets and they are IPS displays that are sharp. But which is the best of these two tablets?
If you are on a tight budget then you might want to choose the Google Nexus 7. The only other devices that come with this price are the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD. Google try to keep down their prices to draw in customers. Apple on the other hand sticks with profit margins and they are known for their build quality. The Apple iPad is known for having a design that is superlative and great software. But if you choose to go for the Google Nexus 7 you could save as much as $129. The Google Nexus 7 3G comes with a price tag of $299, while the Apple iPad Mini has a price tag of $459 for the LTE version.
When it comes to their design it will always be the Apple iPad Mini that stands out. The LG Nexus 7 comes with good looks and it offer Apple competition thanks to the soft plastic on the back and the lines that are very slender. The tablet is heavier than the Apple iPad Mini and it looks less classy, so Apple has to win here.
The display of the Google Nexus 7 does beat that of the Apple iPad Mini thanks to it having more ppi. However Asus along with Google allowed things to slide and the calibration of the display could be better. The colours of the Google Nexus 7 are not as rich as what the Apple iPad Mini offer. The Google Nexus 7 has 216ppi, while the Apple iPad Mini comes with 163ppi. The text looks a lot sharper on the Apple iPad Mini along with colours and contrast being sharper too. The display is larger and photos and video look better on the Apple iPad Mini.
In regards to performance and the operating system you have to choose between Android 4.1 and iOS6.1. The Google Nexus 7 comes with Project Butter and apps run smoothly. The Nexus 7 however has been updated to Android 4.2 and due to this is slowed down. This should soon be remedied.
The Google Nexus 7 is the winner when it comes to hardware as it has the quad core 1.2GHz processor. The Apple iPad Mini comes with the A5 dual core, which is same as on the Apple iPad 2. In tests at Geekbench they put the Google Nexus 7 as being twice the speed of the Apple iPad Mini, however it did have a chip that runs iOS very well and this is combined with a GPU that is world class.
The Google Nexus 7 wins for its processor, however the GPU of the Apple iPad Mini does work in favour of Apple. When it comes to software the Google Nexus 7 is ahead thanks to customisation, it has app shortcuts, more than one home screen and custom ROMs. This is something that iOS cannot match.
When it comes to tablets it is all about their apps and the Apple iPad Mini wins here as it has more than Google Play Store offers. So you would have to compromise over apps and software here.
Both of the tablets have batteries that are decent. You should get around 8.5 hours from the Google Nexus 7, while the Apple iPhone 5 gives around 10 hours. This means that the Apple iPhone 5 is just ahead and wins.
In conclusion both of the tablets are pretty evenly matched and so it will come down to whether you want iOS or Android? Secondarily, it would also depend on how much you want to pay out for a tablet and if you really need LTE.