Anyone looking for a small tablet will know that two of the best options right now are the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini. As both are superb choices you might find it a problem choosing between the two of them.
iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7
In the end you will choose based on whether you want Android Jelly Bean or you want iOS 6. Other things that will also be weighted include the battery life of the tablet, the price and the display, however it is still the OS that will play the biggest part.
The iPad Mini is $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. This is the most portable of iPads and it comes with a price tag that is a lot lower than that of the iPad 4 with the Retina display. The Nexus 7 on the other hands is suitable for those who want solid hardware at an extremely low price. It comes with a price tag of just $199 for the Wi-Fi only version.
If you consider best to be the value and price then the Nexus 7 would win. The only tablets that are able to compete with its price are the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD. Google have managed to keep the price tag down and they hope that this will drag in consumers from Apple. Apple on the other hand focuses on build quality and their profits and the iPad Mini does have the more premium look to it and a price tag to suit.
The Nexus 7 would save you $129 and for those who have to watch their money, this could be the deciding factor. The Nexus 7 3G comes with the price of $299, while the LTE version of the iPad Mini will cost you $459. Due to this the winner would have to be the Nexus 7.
When it comes down to design and quality, Apple is hard to beat. The iPad Mini does happen to be one of the best looking tablets in the entire iPad range. It has a design of aluminium and the tablet is very light and thin. The Google Nexus 7 also has superb looks and its design is one of soft plastic that surprisingly doesn’t look chunky. The iPad Mini comes with a luxury high end look to it and it is very light and therefore when it comes to build and design, it remains the winner.
The screen on the Nexus 7 has a higher ppi and therefore it may be better than the display on the iPad Mini. Both screens are IPS but Google did allow things to slide somewhat and due to this the calibration of the screen is off. The colours on the display of the Nexus 7 are not as rich as those on the iPad Mini, despite it looking good on paper. The tablet has 216ppi while the iPad Mini has 163ppi. The text looks to be sharper on the iPad Mini and the screen seems to have colours and contrast that are the best and which are richer. When you look at videos and photos on the iPad Mini they are better than on the Nexus 7. This is thanks to the device having the larger display.
The operating systems on the tablets are iOS 6 and Jelly Bean 4.2. The Nexus 7 has Android and this offers customisation and plenty of it and it therefore is the winner from a software standpoint. Android offers widgets and it is the most flexible OS, with custom launchers, ROMs, keyboards and much more. None of this is available on iOS 6 and the iPad Mini.
In regards to apps the iPad Mini stands out thanks to it having more apps that have been optimised for tablets and which you can easily get in the App Store. There are more apps than what you can get in the Google Play Store for the Nexus 7.
So the iPad Mini is the winner when it comes to the apps and the Nexus 7 wins for the software.
The Nexus 7 tablet is jam packed with powerful hardware, one of which is the quad core processor and this has been clocked at 1.2GHz. The iPad Mini has the Apple processor, which is in the iPad 2, this is the dual core A5. The Nexus 7 came out on top in Geekbench tests as it was twice as powerful as the iPad Mini.
Both of the devices have great battery life. You should get around 7 hours with the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini will offer up to 10 hours. Due to this the iPad Mini has to be the winner.
Both of the tablets are actually well matched and basically the choice between the two will come down to whether you want Android or you prefer iOS 6. Of course you do have to take into account your budget and just how important LTE is on your tablet also.