Anyone who wants a small tablet could choose between the Apple iPad Mini or the Google Nexus 7. Both of the tablets are good so when it comes to the crunch it could be down to whether you want Android or you prefer iOS. Of course you will also have to take into account such things as the price, the display and the battery life.
If you want to pay out around $329 then you can get the 16GB version of the Wi-Fi Apple iPad Mini. This is cheaper than paying out for the full sized iPad and it is easier to carry around with you. However if you prefer to customise your tablet then you might want to take a look at the Google Nexus 7 and you can get the W-Fi version for just $199. This could be the best tablet if you are on a budget. Both of the tablets are fast and they both have a screen that is sharp of IPS.
The Google Nexus 7 is the perfect choice for those on a budget and the only other tablets close to it are the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD. Google likes to keep the price down on their tablets and this helps to draw in customers. Apple of course likes their high profits and they are known for building products to high quality. With this in mind the iPad cannot be beat. If you choose the Google Nexus 7 you could save yourself around $129. The Google Nexus 7 3G comes with a price tag of $299, while you can expect to pay around $459 if you choose the LTE version.
The Apple iPad Mini tablet is the best for looks, but the LG Nexus 4 does happen to give it competition. The back has been designed in soft touch plastic and the tablet is slender. It does come in heavier that the Apple iPad Mini and it doesn’t have the classy looks of the Apple tablet and so the Apple iPad Mini is the winner.
The Google Nexus 7 display beats the one on the Apple iPad Mini thanks to it having ppi that is higher. Google along with Asus cut corners and due to this the calibration is off. Colours on the tablet are not as good as those on the Apple iPad Mini. The Google Nexus 7 has 216ppi and there is 163ppi on the Apple iPad Mini. The text looks sharper on the Apple iPad Mini, the colours are better and the contrast is too. Photos and videos do look better on the screen as it is bigger.
For performance and OS you have the choice of Android 4.1 or iOS. The Google Nexus 7 has Project Butter, which ensures that things run along very smoothly. The Google Nexus 4 did get updated to Jelly Bean 4.2 and this has seen the device slow down a little, however this is something that Google will remedy.
The Google Nexus 7 hardware comes out on top as it has a quad core at 1.7GHz. The Apple iPad Mini has the dual core processor of Apple which is the A5 and this is the same as what is in the Apple iPad 2. Tests from Geekbench said that the Google Nexus 7 happens to have twice the speed of the Apple iPad Mini, but the processor does manage to run iOS very well and it comes with a GPU that is said to be world class.
For its processor the Google Nexus 7 is the winner, but Apple wins for the GPU. The Google Nexus 7 has to win for customisation of apps, more than one homescreen and the fact that you can get custom ROMS, something which iOS cannot compete with.
Both of the tablets are only as good as the apps they have and the Apple iPad Mini wins here as there are more apps to choose from than what you can get with the Google Play Store. Therefore when choosing, you would have to go for apps or for software.
Both tablets have a decent battery life and you can get around 8.5 hours with the Google Nexus and up to 10 hours from the Apple iPad Mini. This means that it wins.
The tablets are matched evenly and the best for you would be a choice between iOS or Android. The choice would also be whether you wanted LTE and how much you can afford to pay out.