Anyone in the market for a small tablet could be considering the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini. Both are great, which makes choosing difficult. It could come down to whether you want iOS or Android in the end. Of course the price and battery life do have to be taken into account alongside other little differences as well. Let’s take a gander.
If you have $329 to spend you could consider the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad Mini. This is a great deal easier to carry with you than the iPad 4 with the retina display. If you want to be able to customise your tablets though you would need to choose the Google Nexus 7, this comes with a cost of $199 for the Wi-Fi version. If you are watching your money this is cheaper and it does offer great value for your money as it doesn’t skimp on features. Both of the tablets have great displays.
For design the Apple iPad Mini happens to be the best. However that is not to say that the Google Nexus 7 is ugly, it is slender and it comes with a back that is soft to the touch. However it doesn’t quite beat the Apple iPad Mini though.
The Google Nexus 7 has the higher ppi and this means that it should come out on top of the display of the Apple iPad Mini. However Asus did cut some corners and the result of this is seen in the display calibration being off. Text looks clearer on the Apple iPad Mini and the colour, along with contrast is also better despite what the specs sheet would suggest. Photos look great, along with videos and the screen is also larger on the Apple iPad Mini.
If you are on a tight budget then the Google Nexus 7 could be the best choice. The only tablets that are in the similar price range are the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD. Google do their best to keep prices low as they know that this attracts customers. Apple however are all about making profit and producing high quality products which buyers are expected to pay a premium for. Apple makes sure that the software and design are both great and integration of this is seamless.
When it comes to performance and the OS then it’s all about iOS 6 and Android Jelly Bean. The Google Nexus 7 runs Project Butter, which makes sure that apps run very smoothly. However when the Google Nexus 7 was updated to Jelly Bean 4.2 it slowed down. This should be something that Google will fix.
The Google Nexus 7 offers deep customisation and you have the choice of adding app shortcuts and using multiple home screens. Users are even able to put a custom ROM onto their device. You cannot get any of this when you have iOS devices.
The Google Nexus 7 has the quad core 1.2 GHz processor and the Apple iPad Mini works on the A5 dual core processor. While this is the slower of the two it does have more than enough power for iOS. The Google Nexus 7 wins for the processor while the Apple iPad Mini that takes first place for the GPU.
Apps are what make a tablet and the winner here has to be the Apple iPad Mini. The tablet has more apps which have been optimised for use on tablets than what can be found in the Google Play Store for the Nexus 7.
The Google Nexus 7 has a battery that would last around 8.5 hours, while with the Apple iPad Mini gives around 10 hours.
Both of the tablets are pretty well matched and this means that it would be down to which of the operating systems you prefer, iOS or Android? You may also decide on the price and whether you have to have LTE.