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Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7



Worried about missing out on the opportunity of snapping that candid shot? Well, it’s nice that we’re able to launch their respective camera apps right from their lock screens. Looking at the two interfaces, we’re not too surprised to find that they’re basic and devoid of any meaningful manual controls. On the iPad mini, we’re given options such as an HDR photo and a square shot mode. In comparison, there isn’t much either on the Nexus 7, seeing that we’re presented with a panoramic and Photosphere modes – while being given a few options to modify white balance and exposure in its settings menu.

Interestingly, they’re both outfitted with 5-megapixel auto-focus cameras that feature f2.4 aperture lens and 1080p video recording. The numbers might be the same, but the results are slightly different. To tell you the truth, there’s little differentiating the two with shots that are taken outdoors where lighting is prevalent. Details are okay with the two, but the photos from the Nexus 7 seem to have a profound over-sharpening tone. Meanwhile, depending on the angle, the iPad mini is more susceptible to casting a saturated tone with its color reproduction. And finally, it seems as though that the Nexus 7 is more equipped at taking macro shots.

Under lower lighting situations, we naturally see a diminished look with their qualities, but the Nexus 7 seems to be riddled with more noise – thus, softening its tone more than the iPad mini. The shots might be brighter with the Nexus 7, which seems to be caused by its longer exposure, but the downside is that it’s prone to blurring and more noise. At the same time, the Nexus 7 has a noticeably cooler color preproduction – whereas it’s warmer with the iPad mini. It’s not like the iPad mini takes better shots under lower lighting, but the results from the Nexus 7 sometimes appear too painted-like.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 3.2
No data
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 4.2
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It’s a close race with their still image qualities, but the iPad mini with Retina Display is better at capturing 1080p videos. For starters, the iPad mini’s quality is just crisper, less prone to artifacting when panning, and has the clearer audio recording. Under lower lighting situations, again the iPad mini comes to the rescue by dishing up the video that’s brighter and more detailed – at the expense of more noise though. Despite that, it just looks better than the dark and mushy visuals put out by the Nexus 7.


With their respective photo galleries, the Nexus 7 provides us with a deeper set of editing tools that give us better control. Indeed, the two have several color effects to choose from to liven up our shots, but we like how we can manually adjust brightness, contrast, colors, and much more with the Nexus 7.

Brandishing new music players, they don’t differ much with their functions and presentations. Quite frankly, we’d go to as much as saying that they’re a bit conventional. Now, due to the placement of the Nexus 7’s dual speakers, its volume output is a smidgen below the iPad mini – so it doesn’t have nearly the same commanding presence.

Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7
Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7
Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7
Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7

Music player of the Apple iPad mini 2

The Google Play Music app of the Nexus 7 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7
The Google Play Music app of the Nexus 7 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7
The Google Play Music app of the Nexus 7 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7
The Google Play Music app of the Nexus 7 - Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7

The Google Play Music app of the Nexus 7

Size is probably the differentiating factor for some people when it comes to watching high-def videos, but honestly, the size here is almost negligible. Therefore, that’s why we can side with both of them in this category, as their sharp displays help to keep us entertained. However, it’s worth pointing out that getting videos is an easier process with the Nexus 7, since it’s pretty much a copy and paste kind of thing – whereas with the iPad mini, videos require some conversion before being properly played.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 0.97
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 0.47
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 74
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 69.2
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posted on 26 Nov 2013, 06:15 5

1. hung2900 (Posts: 962; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

I love Android OS but 7 inch is too small.
8-9 inch is the best

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 07:09 3

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Then you have the LG G pad, 8.3 inches and a price not too far for the N7.
In fact if I would have knownw about it I would have bought it instead of the N7.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 07:13

5. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)

I wonder why PA did not include the G Pad 8.3 in this comparison. If there will be a comparison between the Mini 2 and the G Pad 8.3 in the future, then my apologies.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 08:19

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

You may want to prepare your apology. PA likes to do multiple comparos. The N7/iMini is just the first of many comparos of smaller form factor tablets.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 10:01

9. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I agree that 7 is too small. I think 8 - is too small too.

9.4 to 9.7 is ideal for me. Too bad the tablet z didn't stick to the 9.4 of the tablet s.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 12:15

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i think that the 8.2" of the Motorola Xyboard was the sweet spot for me because it was still sizeable while not having that width problem they talked about with the Mini in the comparison and it could also fit in a back pocket.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 16:49

13. hung2900 (Posts: 962; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

For ones get used to 7 inch, then they can move to 8 inch.
I'm using Nook HD+9 inch, and it's worth any penny. I'm planning to upgrade to Kindle HDX, but if Nook still continues to sell tablets I will buy a Nook HD+ successor. 9 inch is so sweet that my fingers are at the middle back of the tablet when holding, so even its weight is more than 500g but I still feel more comfortable than 478g iPad Air

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 23:16 3

14. xperiance (Posts: 44; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)

G pad is an excellent tablet......but with a huge problem...lg is terrible when it comes to software updates..……

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 10:59

17. DanielBeaver (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 May 2012)

Intriguing, I'll have to look into the G Pad 8.3. I really do think the mini is the perfect size for a tablet, and I was waiting for Android manufacturers to copy it.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:38 1

19. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Um, the world doesn't revolve around Apple. There have been plenty of Android tablets around the same size. Galaxy Tab 7.7, Toshiba Excite 7.8 or 7.9, Motorola Xyboard 8.2, and I am sure there are plenty others in Asia somewhere. The Tab 7.7 and Excite are made out of metal too.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 17:58

23. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I think 7" is perfect but on googles tablets its not really 7" as some is taken up by the on screen buttons and status bar hence I think if they increase the size to a 7.5” with similar bezels than I would be happy. That way even with on screen buttons you still would get at least 7” usable screen. The nexus 7 even the original IMO is perfect size in terms of weight and size and being able to hold it in 1 hand comfortably. I can currently hold the nexus 7 from just the lower bottom corner without any issues. Size is all personal so there isn't really going f to ever be the perfect size for all. I wouldn't complain if it was 8" as long as they keep it quite small and light. Hopefully with the new immersive mode in KitKat, more apps will eventually use it so this on screen issue of mine wont be an issue in the future.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 21:54

30. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

The design of the iPad mini and the regular iPad is a much better design than that of Android. The iPad mini has a whole lot more screen space than the skinny narrow Nexus and most of the other androids.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 06:55

31. Furbal (Posts: 1058; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Hopefully LG can keep up on updates for the G pad and the next iteration of the Dell Venue 8 may be worthwhile.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 10:43

34. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

The G Pad already has a GPE version. Cheers, everybody.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 06:18

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The Mini 2 is nice but badly overpriced. At $300 I'd CONSIDER getting it over the now-$200 N7'13, still you can do a lot of things with your saved $100, say put it next to your currect phone sale price and get the Nexus 5, and you have two of the best devices out there and still resources to buy nice things for your family.

Otherwise credit to Apple for keeping the iPad's build quality, thin light design and including the retina display and fast A7 chip. It's just that at 7-8", iOS's tablet app advantage is not really an advantage, so is there a reason you should still go with the $400 product?

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 06:47 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

If the Mini was priced at $279 or $299, that would be a different story. N7 takes this one because of the price point.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 09:35 1

8. LordDavon (Posts: 136; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)

I've got a Nexus 7 2013 32GB and iPad Mini w/Retina 64GB. Love them both, but they are both unique in their uses. I carry the iPad Mini with me to work, and the Nexus is my home tablet. Gaming gets a nod to both, but I do like the iPad a little bit better since it has Infinity Blade III and XCom.

Honestly, I would hate to live in a world where I would have to choose between the two. I'm just glad that I didn't have to. :-)

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 08:24

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Yup. Pricing is the hurdle for the mini. KK combined with the N7s hardware specs and price make for a very compelling value proposition. There is just too much of a price gap that is increasingly harder to overcome for Apple.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 10:03

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The screen more so that the price is the major issue here. The better screen on the Nexus 7 really makes it a tough sell.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 12:16

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you guys should've updated the Google Search app on your N7.
it brought the GEL to mine when i updated.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 06:37

15. chemhaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 04 May 2012)

The iPad mini is a sexy device, but I can't stand iOS, but it's what's inside that counts so I'll choose the Nexus over it.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 08:02

16. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

These comparison pictures really demonstrate how much more useful the iPad Mini screen is in comparison to the unusually long and skinny Nexus 7 screen. As the above poster said, it's what's inside that counts.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:40

20. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Not at all. The Mini is too fat width wise. The long and skinny Nexus 7 is similar to the long and skinny iphone 5. Works just as well for a tablet, especially when browsers like Dolphin have auto text reflow. For everything else, just put in in landscape.....

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 02:11

25. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

I choose not to compromise on that front. I don't need a device with a screen designed for watching video when I don't watch video on that device.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:04

18. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

I like the width of the mini. Most android tablets are too narrow for my liking.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 16:52 1

21. carlosquiroz (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

So, Ipad mini is best on almost everything but it's not picked the best because of the price? Lame

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 14:44 1

28. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

Ipad mini is equal on almost everything except the quirky OS and the cringe-inducing 4:3 aspect ratio. Both are subjective however, and I'm sure there's a market for the mini just like there was for that gawdawful LG phablet. The fact that you can get two N7's for the price of one mini is impossible to overcome for any neutral, unbiased consumer. The good news for your Apple people is that the boutique market for iAnything continues to be a strong, though ever-smaller niche percentage of the phone or tablet market. The N7 is starting to look like a high-end tablet with competition from the lower-end selling for $59 for a dual-core unit with an inferior screen. But people don't see brands like Samsung, LG and Motorola as cheap knock-offs, so soon their minds will associate a quality tablet as being in the $200 range for a small and $300 for a larger tablet, and that will send the iPad packing to the same market share the phones now enjoy. Remember, the growing demand for tablets is in the Pacific rim and third world, and the vast majority of those folks are extremely price conscious.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 08:00

22. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

The iPad mini is more expensive , but well worth thatm extra money.

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 16:19

24. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

I'm shocked that PA actually declared a winner at all, let alone picked the Nexus 7. Are the winds of change blowing for PA? ;)

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:23

29. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

I bought the Nexus 7 for media consumption because of the wide screen. Android is so laggy even with KitKat compared to the iPad it just drives me crazy. The widgets just make it sooo much slower. I only have Gmail and weatherbug widgets but they are slooow to load. It feels like the quad core Nexus is running on one core.
Lack of apps, slow real world speed and awkward shape for anything but videos keep me from using the Nexus for anything else.

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