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Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors

Comparing the mini-tablets? Here are six reasons to embrace Google's latest 7-inch tablet.

Google Nexus 7, Chromecast: Visual Tour
Google Nexus 7, Chromecast: Visual Tour
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Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet, introduced on Wednesday, delivers significantly better performance than its predecessor and surpasses Apple's iPad Mini in several ways.

The new Nexus 7, known as "Razor," trades its white back for black. No longer two-tone, the 7-inch tablet might not reflect as much light as its first incarnation but it still outshines the competition, at least for the time being. In the coming months, Apple and other tablet makers are likely to respond. But for now, the new Nexus 7 deserves serious consideration if you're looking to buy a 7-inch tablet.

1. Screen
The best thing about the Nexus 7 Razor is its screen. The 7.02-inch 1920-pixel-by-1200-pixel HD display (323 ppi) looks great, provided you're viewing content prepared with a high-resolution screen in mind. It's ideal for gaming and video, thanks to its 16:9 aspect ratio, which is similar to the iPhone 5's. The iPad Mini has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which isn't optimal for HD video but works well for reading ebooks. The crispness of text on the Nexus 7 offers some compensation for its narrower pages.

[ Want more on the Nexus 7 Razor? Read Google Nexus 7 Heats Up Mini-Tablet Battle. ]

2. Price
The Nexus 7 starts at $229 for the 16-GB model. The 16-GB iPad Mini starts at $329, 43% more than the Nexus. Add 16 GB of additional memory to the Nexus and the cost rises to $269. Add 16 GB of additional memory to the iPad Mini and the cost rises to $429. If money is no object, buy both and donate your least favorite to a worthy cause. If money matters, the Nexus 7 is the clear winner.

3. Graphics/Processor
The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, which runs at 1.5 GHz, should outperform the older dual-core Apple A5 (1 GHz) in the iPad Mini, particularly with applications that take advantage of Open GL ES 3.0, a new addition to Android 4.3. Even so, outside of graphically demanding apps, processor power isn't everything.

4. Wireless Charging
Charging by cable is not a problem, but it can be a hassle. The Nexus 7 supports wireless charging, so you can put it down on an inductive charging pad and have it charge without attaching any cables. Wireless charging requires extra investment -- inductive charging pads range from $30 to $80 or so online. But you might find it worth the effort.

5. Android
Android 4.3 is the best version of Android yet. For iOS zealots, Android is not an option, particularly with iOS 7 promised in a few months. Personally, Android has grown on me, to the point that I'm content in either operating system. I still find many iOS apps more responsive than their Android versions and prefer the simpler iOS UI conventions, but the relative openness and customizability of Android appeals to me.

6. Google Play
Google Play offers a better purchase experience than Apple's iTunes Store, mainly because it works on the Web rather than in a separate application. Apple has really missed the boat by failing to allow customers to purchase iTunes content directly from the Web.

Beyond these features, the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini are more or less evenly matched. Both have 1.2-MP front-facing cameras and 5-MP rear-facing cameras. Both support Bluetooth 4.0. Both support dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n. Both claim about 10 hours of battery life. Both come with more or less the same sensors. Their respective weights differ by only a few grams. Really, it's hard to go wrong with either device.

If you're committed exclusively to Apple products, well, there's not much that can be said to convince you to venture outside Apple's walled garden. But if you're open to a great Android tablet at great price, take a look at Google's new Nexus 7.

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kmages570
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kmages570,
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7/27/2013 | 2:33:49 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
7. It has NFC
Juno.az
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Juno.az,
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7/27/2013 | 3:22:23 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
"Google Play offers a better purchase experience than Apple's iTunes Store"

Seriously? No mention of the malware infested apps?

Thomas Claburn, shame on you for taking Google's money to write this misleading trash. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't even write it. Google probably just sent you the copy for you to cut and paste.

Informationweek, I'm sure you can do better.
BradM799
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BradM799,
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7/27/2013 | 3:41:12 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
"More or less than same sensors"?

WTF????

The Nexus-7 has a GPS in it. This is a huge difference between the iPad Mini @ $329 vs. Nexus-7

At a coffee shop and you discover a used bookstore across town? Viola! Turn by turn voice navigation will get you there on the Nexus-7 (yes, Google will cache the maps so you don't need 3G or 4G connectivity).

There are so many purposes for the GPS that make the Nexus-7 the clear, and undisputed, when you put the side-by-side up.

Don't gloss over the GPS by saying "more or less the same sensors". It makes you look like an Apple stooge.
AnangT698
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AnangT698,
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7/27/2013 | 5:17:03 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
Before you buy a Google Nexus 7.2,You should see the first video The following Google Nexus 7.2 review.Here will be

tested for greatness and abilities possessed of this tablet

>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
pwclimber
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pwclimber,
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7/27/2013 | 8:09:32 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
I was about to say the same. The reason I got the original N7 instead of an iPad Mini was the GPS and downloadable (offline) maps. That means when I'm out hiking or driving in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell reception, the N7 tells me exactly where I am, provided I think ahead and download the map.

The absence of any mention of GPS and downloadable maps is a common, glaring error in so many N7 reviews.
DionG189
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DionG189,
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7/27/2013 | 8:46:11 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
I have the original 7, nothing worth moving to the new 7. sill when you compare it to the ipad mini, nexus still doesn't have a chance. the games are better with way more choice for ios then android, and the same games for android that are on ios underperform on android. bundle in all the viruses that come with android, and how easy it is to write a program to share all your information.... that keeps me from making any android device my main device. ill say android hardware is freggin awesome... to bad not so much on the software side... i've been hoping since my first android device back in 2009 that they would make the software better. now as a developer I understand why there aren't great apps on android, the user base generally wont buy apps anywhere near as much ios users, and are even less likely to click on ads then ios users also. its not uncommon for ios developers to make a few grand a month from sales, and maybe 100 bucks if there lucky in the first month of there android release. and tanks further from there... I think this will be the biggest reason android will never compete with ios.... that and all the insecure easily hacked os that is android.... if they ever fix that huge gaping whole in security, perhaps that would jump start people moving to android. cause the hardware is awesome in the higher end devices.
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detonate,
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7/27/2013 | 10:06:19 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
Data already shows that Android phones outsell IOS phones. Android tablets are trending to take the #1 spot from Apple. Viruses on Android devices have already been addressed. Google has implemented security checks in the Play Store. In a similar case, people have made the same argument about viruses, etc. on Windows yet it still dominates the Mac OS. Unless the person was foolish enough to download shady apps on their Android device, there was no reason for concern. Users that "follow the crowd" will make the move from IOS to Android. Some of these users will be those who are likely to buy apps or click on sponsors. Many apps on IOS are or soon will be on the Android OS since it generates additional revenue (Why sell to only half the crowd? Business 101). And lastly, Java is becoming an extremely popular language and will lure developers to Android. It can be used more broadly than IOS's Objective-C. So despite this security hole you mentioned, Android's growth has been strong in both cell phones and tablets.

BTW, IOS has had its fair share of problems too such as the pass code override.
Juno.az
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Juno.az,
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7/28/2013 | 12:26:57 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
NFC, the greatest technology nobody uses.
Juno.az
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Juno.az,
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7/28/2013 | 12:35:52 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
Who cares if Android outsells iOS. More people buy hamburger than steak. I prefer steak. More people buy Chevrolet than Mercedes. I think you get my point.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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7/28/2013 | 1:38:27 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
I think its notable that many important measures of Android success haven't kept pace with the platform's market share. In terms of Web usage and advertising revenue, iOS is still ahead by a pretty wide margin. And most developer surveys I've seen still rank iOS as the most profitable platform. When it comes to the value of an ecosystem, market share is a good indicator-- but these others, in which Apple still has the lead, are important too. Android undercuts Apple's pricing, which leads to higher adoption-- but a lot of what makes an ecosystem derives from what users do after that. All that said, the Nexus looks like the best value among mini-tablets, as I noted in an article earlier this week.
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