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iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown

Apple iPad Mini versus Google Nexus 7 sets up the tablet battle we've all been waiting for. We see who has the goods to come out on top.

iPad Mini Tablet: Visual Tour
iPad Mini Tablet: Visual Tour
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Can't decide which small tablet is the best buy? Let's look at the top two contenders, the Apple iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7. Either one is a solid pick, but each has pros and cons, to be sure. Let's look at what the two tablets have in common and what sets them apart.

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Form

Does size matter? It might for some, but these two combatants are pretty close when it comes to size and weight. The iPad Mini measures 7.87 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches and the Nexus 7 measures 7.81 x 4.82 x 0.41 inches. The length and width are nearly the same, but in terms of percentages, the thickness is nowhere close. The iPad Mini is 7.2mm thick and the Nexus 7 is about 31% thicker at 10.42mm. The iPad Mini weighs 10.9 ounces (308 grams) and the Nexus 7 weighs 12 ounces (340 grams). The Nexus 7 is about 10% heavier. The iPad Mini is slightly thinner and lighter, but taller and wider. Advantage: iPad Mini.

Display

The iPad Mini's display measures 7.9 inches and has 1024 x 768 pixels for a pixels-per-inch density of 163. The Nexus 7's display measures 7 inches and has 1280 x 800 pixels for a pixels-per-inch density of 216. The iPad Mini's display has a 4:3 aspect ratio and the Nexus 7 has a 15:9 aspect ratio. The iPad Mini has more viewable real estate, but the Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution screen. Advantage: Nexus 7.

Power/Memory

Apple's 1-GHz dual-core A5 chip powers the iPad Mini. It is (probably) mated to 512 MB of RAM. The Nexus 7 uses Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip with four cores operating at 1.3 GHz each. The Nexus 7 has 1 GB of RAM. The iPad Mini boasts 10 hours of battery life, as does the Nexus 7. Advantage: Draw.

Cameras

The iPad Mini has a 5-megapixel iSight camera. It can also capture video at 1080p HD. The front camera shoots 1.2-megapixel images and can capture 720HD video for FaceTime chats. The Nexus 7 does not have a rear camera, but it's front camera also shoots 1.2-megapixel images and captures 720p HD video. Advantage: iPad Mini.

Wireless

The iPad Mini comes in two versions -- one that only has Wi-Fi and one that pairs Wi-Fi with one of three different LTE networks. LTE 4G, of course, lets the iPad Mini surf the Web wherever AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless provides network access. The Nexus 7 only has Wi-Fi, no 3G or 4G. That means it can only be used to browse the Web within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Advantage: iPad Mini.

Storage

The iPad Mini comes in three different storage configurations: 16 GB, 32 GB and 62 GB. Right now, the Nexus 7 comes in two storage configurations: 8 GB or 16 GB. This is expected to change as soon as October 29, when Google announces new Nexus gear. For now, however, Advantage: iPad Mini.

Apps

The iPad Mini has access to 275,000 dedicated tablet applications in the App Store. That's a lot of apps. The Nexus 7 can use most apps in the Google Play Store, but the vast majority of them are not optimized for the tablet form factor and may offer a less-refined experience. Advantage: Draw.

Price

The iPad Mini starts at $329, but ranges all the way up to $659 depending on options. The $329 option provides 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi (no 4G). The Nexus 7 costs $199 for the 8-GB version and $249 for the 16-GB version. Advantage: Nexus 7.

Sum

Based on these criteria, the iPad Mini comes out ahead of the Nexus 7 in terms of specs. But the price difference is significant enough that it's hard to call a clear winner. Whichever of these two tablets you might pick, both will provide a solid Web-browsing and app-running experience.

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ANON1237837896902
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ANON1237837896902,
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11/14/2012 | 3:38:07 AM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
Ok, except that is not entirely true. The iPad 2 and iPad Mini mop the floor with nexus 7 in graphics performance and most web benchmarks. The artificial CPU GeekBench gives the Nexus 7 the advantage but the superior GPU performance of the iPad makes it feel snappier in every day tasks and gives it a real world advantage in gaming and web browsing.

On the other side I'd like to see how you come up with a Draw in Apps when there are hundreds of Android tablet optimized Apps and hundreds of thousands for the ipad mini?
motorhead
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11/2/2012 | 2:45:30 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
The Nexus 7 has more power, more ram, a better display and a better price!
astromensch
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astromensch,
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10/31/2012 | 3:14:44 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
The truth is, you don't know what you're talking about. If you've been around motherboards and video cards, you would know that Asus makes a superior product. The build quality of the Nexus 7 is every bit as good as the iPad, especially considering the price difference. Wipe the apple fanaticism off your mouth.
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10/30/2012 | 3:31:39 AM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
This review, in almost this exact form is on at least 2 other sites. Copy and past and change the words around a bit. Are they smoking crack? Since when does a 1GHz dual core and 512 MB of ram VS a 1.3 GHz quad core with 1GB of ram equal a draw? When you are in Apple's pocket. The Nexus 7 is nearly twice as fast and can handle more apps running at the same time without choking. They are both really cool. The mini is thinner, lighter, wider, easier to use for some, a slam dunk for apple lovers, and can be bought with a cellular plan and larger hard drive, but don't play people for suckers and try to gloss over the hardware superiority of the Asus.
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dwong94502,
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10/29/2012 | 9:43:55 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
Huh! This comparison is like Kia vs BMW and said both cars have same body length and width with same 200 horse power engine. The truth is Nexus is a cheap plastic toy made by Asus. The difference in build quality and user experience is day and night. Google just reselling a cheap tablet, just like Amazon has been doing. Neither company has the technology or knowledge to build a high quality tablet. That's the truth!
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ANON1243461068737,
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10/29/2012 | 7:49:48 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
How come the power/memory a draw. From what I see it is a Nexus 7 winner.
ANON1243461068737
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ANON1243461068737,
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10/29/2012 | 7:47:00 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
Would you think Samsung should sue Apple over 7" tablet, as a design infringement. Apple claimed they will never go to 7" tablets when Samsung released them. Just a thought.
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10/28/2012 | 11:43:11 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
Do you seriously think "Power/Memory" is a draw? Very great thinking Mr.Einstein.
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10/28/2012 | 10:09:37 PM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
How considerate of Apple to use standard connectors for the charger and ear phones. Enjoy being bilked out of more money without any options?
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Metro12,
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10/28/2012 | 9:05:20 AM
re: iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
Except that some have already tested the N7 vs the iPad 3, and the N7 has beaten the iPad. Since the Mini has lesser specs than the iPad 3, one would expect it to do even worse. So, advantage N7. (See techradar and itPro for the tests)

As for the apps, yes I agree that the iPad Mini should get the edge here. But, in terms of storage, the writer of the article is wrong. N7 not only will be getting a 32gb option in just a few days, but it supports the attachment of virtually any USB device, including huge external hard drives. Definitely an advantage for N7.

Net result is that N7 is the winner.
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