Apple iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: Petite Frame, Heavy Blows

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Anyone looking to purchase a small tablet may be considering the Apple iPad Mini or the Google Nexus 7. The choice between the two will not be easy and it could come down to choosing between iOS 6 and Android Jelly Bean, along with the battery size, display and the price tag.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7

The Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi version at 16GB will cost around $329 and this is less than what you would have to pay out for the Apple iPad 4 with its Retina display. If you want the Wi-Fi version of the Google Nexus 7 it will cost you $199 and it offers plenty of customisation. Both of the devices have IPS displays and fast chips, so it’s not easy choosing between the two.

In regards to the price the only competition for the Google Nexus 7 is the Kindle Fire HD, along with the Nook HD. Google want to keep costs down so that they can entice customers from Apple. Apple however also makes sure they offer excellent design, software and build quality with their devices.

In the category of design the Apple iPad Mini comes out on top as it is a stunning tablet that is thin and light and it has the aluminium back. However on saying this, the Google Nexus 7 is slender and the back is soft touch. It isn’t as light as the Apple iPad Mini and the Mini does feel the more expensive of the tablets, so Apple wins.

The Apple iPad Mini is more costly than the Google Nexus 7, you can save $129 with the Google tablet. The 3G Google Nexus 7 is $299, while the LTE Apple iPad Mini will cost you $459. This means that the Google Nexus 7 wins. When it comes down to the OS you have to choose between iOS 6 and Jelly Bean 4.2, which comes with Project Butter.

Hardware wise the Google Nexus 7 has a quad core processor and hardware that is solid. The Apple iPad Mini comes with the chip from the Apple iPad 2, which is the A5 dual core. Geekbench did tests that revealed the Google Nexus 7 is twice as fast as the Apple ipad Mini.

The Google Nexus 7 is the winner in regards to the ppi. Both tablets offer displays that are IPS, however Google did strip too much from the budget for the display, as the screen has calibration that is off. The colours on the Google Nexus 7 look bland, despite the device having 216ppi compared to the 163ppi of the Apple iPad Mini. The Mini has the larger display which makes videos and photos look better.

If you want customisation then it would have to be the Android tablet. Android allows you to change ROMs, add launchers, keyboards, and it has widgets. This means that Android wins over iOS 6 here.

Tablets have to run apps that are optimised and the Apple iPad Mini offers hundreds of thousands of these. The Google Nexus 7 cannot compare with this, however it does have better software and so this makes it a draw.

You should get around 8.5 hours of battery from the Google Nexus 7 and with the Apple iPad Mini this is around 10, so the Apple tablet wins by just a small bit.

Both of the tablets are very equal and there is not much to choose from. Basically which OS you prefer will determine which of the tablets is the best for you. Secondary factors you also have to consider are whether you need LTE and the size of your budget.

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