The Google Nexus 7 along with the Apple iPad Mini are two of the best devices and when choosing it comes down to whether you want Android and iOS. Of course there does happen to be more between choosing than just this and you have to consider the display, price and hardware.
If you want to $329 you can get the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Mini. This handset is the easiest to carry and it does come cheaper than the Retina iPad 4. The Google Nexus 7 has plenty of customisation, and you can get it $199 for the Wi-Fi only version, this device could be the best choice for anyone on a tight budget. All are fast devices and they have sharp IPS display. But which of these happens to be best?
If you are on a small budget you could choose the Google Nexus 7, about the only tablets that fall in this price are the Nook HD along with the Kindle Fire HD. Google does keep their prices down to attract customers, while Apple always takes their profit margins into account and of course the build quality. The iPad is very well known for the software and superb design; however you are able to save yourself as much as $129 if you choose the Google Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 3G comes in at $299, while the LTE iPad Mini is around $459, and this means that it cannot be beaten for price. When it comes to the design Apple is out in front, the Apple iPad Mini does happen to be best looking of the Apple tablets to date. The Nexus 7 however is not bad looking in itself, though, and it does provide Apple with competition, thanks to the touch soft plastic back along with the slender looks. The device is heavier than the iPad mini, and it has a classier look and this means that is loses out to Apple.
For the display the Google Nexus 7 should be better than the iPad Mini thanks to it coming with a higher ppi, however Google and Asus did allow things to slide in order to save money when it came to production and so the calibration of the screen is not the best. The colours on the Nexus 7 do not looks as rich as they do on the iPad Mini, even with the large numbers. The Nexus 7 comes with 216ppi, while the iPad Mini has 163ppi. Text does look sharper when viewing it on the iPad Mini, along with the contrast and colours being sharper too. The larger screen on the iPad Mini does make photos and videos so much better.
For performance and the operating system then it has to be between iOS and Android 4.1. The Google Nexus 7 comes with Project Butter and this means that is runs smooth. However, when the Google Nexus 7 was updated to Android 4.2, it did get much slower, however this is something that will be fixed very soon hopefully.
For hardware the Nexus 7 is the winner with a 1.2GHz quad-core chip, while the iPad Mini comes with the dual-core A5 chip, which happens to be the same as the one found in the iPad 2. Geekbench did say that the Nexus 7 has twice the speed of the iPad Mini, but the Mini’s processor comes with enough power to ensure that the iOS runs well, and of course the world-leading GPU is superb.
The Nexus 7 is the winner for the processor; however the Apple iPad Mini GPU does get some points back for Apple.
The Google Nexus 7 is the winner when it comes down to customisation, thanks to the app shortcuts, multiple home screens and the fact that there are custom ROMs. iOS cannot compete with this.
Tablets are based on the apps, and therefore the iPad Mini is the winner here. It does have access to a lot of apps that are optimised for tablets in the App Store than the Nexus 7 can get in the Google Play Store. So you would have to make the choice between apps or software.
Both have decent batteries, as you will get up to 8.5 hours from the Google Nexus 7 and you will get 10 hours from the Apple iPad Mini. This means that the Apple iPad is the winner.
The devices are well-matched and the best for you will be down to OS preference, cost and the fact of whether you want LTE or not.