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Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD specs comparison

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Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD specs comparison
We have been hearing about a smaller, cheaper iPad since last fall, and the rumors really reached a tipping point this summer, until we finally got to today's unveiling

Analysts and pundits were saying that Apple would never go downmarket, but Cupertino proved them wrong, occupying the last niche where Android tablet were roaming unabated in one fell swoop.

Since the iPad mini is aimed directly at those affordable 7-inchers powered by Google's mobile OS, we decided to pit it against the two that embody the idea for the 7" Android slate universe - the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD - that are both sold at cost or subsidized to gain market share quickly against a competitor than launches with 275,000 tablet-oriented apps behind its back from the get-go. 

Have a look at the specs sheet below, and tell us what you think about the chances of the newest member of the iPad family to put a dent in their sales numbers and win the hearts and minds of the consumer. 

Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD specs comparison










DESIGN


Device typeTabletTabletTablet
OSiOS (6)Android (4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.1)Android (4.0)
Dimensions7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm)7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 (198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm)7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 (193 x 137 x 10.3 mm)
Weight11.01 oz (312 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (116 g)
11.99 oz (340 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (116 g)
13.9 oz (395 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (116 g)
Colors Black, White Black
DISPLAY


Physical size7.9 inches7.00 inches7 inches
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels1280 x 800 pixels1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density
162 ppi216 ppi216 ppi
Technology
IPS LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
BATTERY


Stand-by time 12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
 
Video playback 10.00 hours9.00 hours 
Capacity 4325 mAh 
TypeLi - PolymerLi - Polymer 
HARDWARE


System chip
Apple A5NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30LTI OMAP4460
Processor
Dual coreQuad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX543
ULP GeForce @ 416MHzPowerVR SGX540 @ 384 MHz
System memory
 -1024 MB RAM / DDR3 (1333 MHz)1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / DDR2 / 16384 MB ROM
Built-in storage16 GB8 GB12.6 GB
CAMERA


Camera5 megapixels, Immobile  
Aperture sizeF2.4  
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Geo tagging  
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)  
FeaturesVideo calling, Digital image stabilizationVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixelsYes1.3 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)  
TECHNOLOGY






Positioning
A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningGPSWi-Fi positioning
Navigation Yes 
CONNECTIVITY


Bluetooth4.03.0Yes
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz
USBYesUSB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectorProprietarymicroUSBmicroUSB
FeaturesUSB chargingUSB Host 
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
HDMI  Micro HDMI (Type D)
Charging connectorProprietarymicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherComputer sync, OTA syncNFC, Computer sync, OTA syncComputer sync, OTA sync
AVAILABILITY


Officially announced23 Oct 201227 Jun 201206 Sep 2012
Scheduled release
02 Nov 2012 (Official)  
SHOPPING INFORMATION






MSRP price               $329                $199              $199

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posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:15 62

1. Savage (unregistered)


Nexus 7. Who's with me?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:18 20

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Already enjoy mine ;3

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:42 17

22. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Its almost been out for 6 months and the n7 is still the 7" champ. My n7 is the best $200 I've spent on a gadger, ever.

Btw lol at the ipad minis 162ppi. Nice try apple.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:44 4

26. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


my moms with you! HAH, that was sooo LOL!!!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:45 11

28. Aeires (unregistered)


Not only ppi, but overall resolution, and 4x3 ratio. Introductory Apple specs, you'll see the rest in version 2.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:57 5

33. blingblingthing (Posts: 559; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I am not with you.
Signed,
Uninformed Apple Fan # 2008472.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:14 2

41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


NeXus 7 all the way

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:40 2

44. deuel_18 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


i thought Apple claims its good retina display?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:14 1

45. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Then iPad Mini, then Kindle Fire.
I just don't like the Fire. Imo, the skin on it makes it worse than iOS.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:03

54. prakesh (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


of course nexus7,

ipad mini is just ips lcd lower ppi with a high price

oh cmmon apple u must be kidding? wheres your retina display?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:01

57. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No that myth just got busted :D

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 21:15

62. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


had it for a while - ipad mini would be a waste of money...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 23:19

65. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Apple Mini is a first gen product -- it took Apple 3 tries to get retina display on the iPad. This should be common knowledge (for the rest of us).

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 23:20

66. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


All the news surrounding the Apple Mini make it clear it would NOT have retina display since it's a first generation product. Apple and it's OEMs need to go through a learning curve.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 01:41

67. saiki4116 (Posts: 400; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


if they make high res display...developers wiil have a new headache...they already headache for updating their apps to iphone5...The thing is Apple will be effected in Long Term,if they didnt adopt responsive design like Android...How long they can double the resolution and avoid that longstanding problem...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:21 1

3. husfus (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Take me

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:24 1

4. RicNP (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I don't like most Apple products but the display aspect ratio seems perfect to me for a 7" tablet.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:36 4

13. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


Sarcasm, right? please? i'm just assuming your making fun of the display, since you said 7" when it's 7.9"... right?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:42 2

24. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


so wouldnt it be considered more of an 8 inch tablet?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:50 1

30. RicNP (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I really like that aspect ratio and when I say aspect ratio I mean it literally. I know the size of the screen is 7.9" but that's not the point I'm trying to make.

In other words, I wish the Nexus 7 screen was a bit wider.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:25 6

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Nexus 7 ,32 GB with 3G for 249 ....epic deal over that iPad 2/1/2

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:25 1

6. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


iMini actually looks very much like the nexus 7, just wider.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:28 9

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


IPad mini - this is what happens when yo momma sits on a iPod touch 5

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:30

8. syedzain (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Ok guys Enjoy ur nexus with NO camera ..... Lol.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:33 6

9. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You looking for a tablet with camera? See other features you have in Nexus..

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:35 5

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


With no rear can? Lol enjoy your iPad with low ress no NFC no USB hosting and last years specks

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:35 4

12. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


ugh. cameras on tablets are the worst idea ever

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:37 1

14. syedzain (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


yes u are right...
coz ipad mini has bluetooth 4.0 , 720p HD front Facing camera, LTE 4G , 16 gb Capacity , Wifi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz , 10 hours of battery life, lighter ,,, wow nexus sure is great not having these specs..

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:38

15. syedzain (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


hahahaah I can understand ur idea to make apple down.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:39 1

16. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


The extra $129 you pay for an iPad Mini are essential for a camera...which I'm sure the whole of PhoneArena including fanboys agree that its not worth that much. And let's not forget that it's not even good quality for such a big price jump.

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