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.
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.
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.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7 - Camera and Multimedia