iPad Mini vs Nexus 10: Which Is A Better Buy?

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There is a war going on this Christmas for the title of the best tablet. While it might make sense to compare two of the best, which are the Nexus 10 and the iPad 4 from Apple, in regards to the price tag battle then you have to compare the iPad Mini and the Nexus 10 as they do come in closer.

iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 10

So let’s have a look at the two base models of the tablets to see which is the best, and these are the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Mini, which will set you back $329 and the Nexus 10 of the same, which comes in at $399, which means it is $100 cheaper than you can get the base 4th gen iPad for and $70 more than what you would pay for the iPad Mini.

This means of course that you could get yourself a device that comes with a larger display of 10.1 inches, in comparison to the 7.9 inch display of the iPad Mini for only $70 more. The resolution also beats that of the iPad 4 mind you. the iPad Mini comes with the same specs and the resolution of the iPad 2, this was the last tablet from Apple before they introduced the Retina screen, which came with the 3rd gen model.

Apart from the screen size and price, two very important factors when picking a tablet, the next thing to look at its the software. The Nexus 10 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the iPad Mini iOS 6. Both are great OS’ however the iPad Mini and its App Store has more tablet-optimized apps available than Google’s Play Store. The Nexus 10 tries to make up for this with a feature-rich OS that boasts widgets, custom keyboards, ROMs, launchers and much more. Basically Android is the more flexible OS while iOS is more streamlined. iOS has more tablet optimized apps while the Play Store is still behind.

Lastly we come to battery life. Both tablets surprisingly boast identical battery life, on paper at least, meaning that they will both give you just over a day’s usage before scooting back to the charger.

So there you have it, a look at the price, screen, software and battery life of the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 10. So, which one’s for you?

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.