Google Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini: Best Tablet For You Is…

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If you are in the market for a small tablet then two tablets that stand out are the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini, which comes with iOS 6. Which is the best for you would depend on how much you want to spend, what you consider to be value for money and what you generally want out of a tablet.

Google Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini

When comparing tablets, people tend to look at the display, the OS and the processing speed. Reviewers don’t usually compare the price tag or whether the tablet is considered to be good value for money. However the majority of consumers today do care a great deal about the cost of the device as much as what it offers given the drastic differences in price tags that we’ve been seeing with equally as powerful tablets.

The Google Nexus 7 at the Google Play Store, costs $199 if you want the 16GB Wi-Fi version, the 32GB Wi-Fi is $249 and the 32GB with Wi-Fi and cellular will cost $299.

The Apple Store offers the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Mini for $329, the 16GB Wi-Fi version is $429 and the 32GB with Wi-Fi is $429. The 32GB with Wi-Fi and Cellular data is $529.

There are other prices for tablets, as Apple typically offers them in choices of Wi-Fi only and Cellular and Wi-Fi. Google’s maximum is 32GB, and therefore we have not compared the 64GB version of the Apple iPad Mini.

Anyone wanting the Wi-Fi version of the 32GB tablets will see there is a difference of $180 between the prices of the two. Therefore you do have to work out if you would be willing to spend the difference, which is large. The 32GB version of the Google Nexus 7 and the Wi-Fi iPad Mini with cellular is something else that you have to consider. The difference in price here is a huge $260.

Next up is the display. Here you will find that one of the main differences is the colour saturation. The Apple iPad Mini does look more pixelated, as the Google Nexus 7 has the best resolution. On the other hand as tablets are not held up to the face, there is not a great deal of difference.

The Apple iPad Mini offers a bright clear display and this is better than the one of the Google Nexus 7. Web pages are easier to read and they do look cleaner. The images do appear to be brighter and they do seem to jump off the page. This is something that is not seen on the Google Nexus 7 despite it packing more pixels. You could therefore say that you only get what you pay for.

Android does come with better customisation however and it is considered to be the more robust software over iOS 6. At the same time in regards to tablet apps, the Apple iPad Mini is the winner as it has plenty of apps to choose from in the App Store.

So looking at all the different points, this means that if you can afford to spend the extra dough and go for the iPad Mini then you would get a screen that is better and you would have a broader selection of tablet-optimized apps. However if its more customizable software and a smaller price tag that you are after then the Google Nexus 7 is your best bet.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.