Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina specs comparison vs Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina specs comparison vs Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3
Apple's tiny tablet just received a second edition, if you haven't heard, and we have to pit it against the fearless rivals on the other side, the Nexus 7 and LG G Pad 8.3 to gauge how it stands against some Android competition.

At first look the Android tablets are flawless, with 1920x1200 pixels displays, which in the case of the G Pad 8.3 return slightly lower pixel density because of the larger diagonal, yet plenty for a small slate. The G Pad 8.3 is the thinner, more premium slab, with metal back cover and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, which is reflected in the price, of course, as Google is not subsidizing this one - $350 vs $230 for the Nexus 7 munchkin.

So what's the iPad mini with Retina Display to offer against those two pretty boys, except the 400 000+ tablet-tailored apps that iOS has? Well, for starters, it is thinner than both the Nexus 7 and the G Pad 8.3. In fact, at 7.5mm, it is the third thinnest slate out there, period, behind only the first iPad mini and the Xperia Tablet Z. Now, we shouldn't forget that Apple achieved this with a body crafted out of aluminum, which makes it all the more impressive. As for power, well, there's plenty, since the mini with Retina is run by the first 64-bit mobile processor, Apple's venerable A7.

The kicker? That amazing 7.9" display carries the same resolution as the larger iPad. That's right, 2048x1356 pixels amounts to 326ppi pixel density, a record feat on a device that is basically all screen. Neither Nexus 7, nor the G Pad 8.3 can match this, but it's another question altogether if the premium design and the extra pixel density are worth the $399 starting price Apple is commanding for the iPad mini with Retina Display. Check out the specs comparison tablet below for the nitty-gritty and tell us what you think.

Apple iPad mini 2 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs LG G Pad 8.3

Display

Display size

7.9 inches
7.0 inches
8.3 inches

Resolution

2048 x 1536 pixels
1920 x 1200 pixels
1920 x 1200 pixels

Pixel density

324 ppi
323 ppi
273 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

71.82 %
62.32 %
72.80 %

Colors

16 777 216
 
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
300 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F2.4
Aperture size: F2.6

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, HDR, Face detection, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
 
HDR, Panorama, Voice activation, Night mode, Scenes, White balance presets, Self-timer, Geo tagging

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
 
 

Features

Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
 
 

Front

1.2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
1.3 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
 
 

Design

Dimensions

7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)
7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 inches (200 x 114 x 8.65 mm)
8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches (216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm)

Weight

12.03 oz (341 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
10.55 oz (299 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
11.92 oz (338 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

Processor

Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Quad-core, 1700 MHz

GPU

PowerVR G6430
Adreno 320
Yes

RAM

1 GB LPDDR3
2 GB
2 GB LPDDR2

Internal storage

128 GB
32 GB
16 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
 
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

OS

iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.2.2)

Battery

Capacity

6471 mAh
3950 mAh
4600 mAh

Stand-by time

 
 
29.5 days (708 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)

Video playback

 
9.00 hours
 

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 13, 17
 

UMTS

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
 

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
 

CDMA

800, 1900 MHz
 
 

Data

LTE, HSPA, UMTS
LTE, HSPA, UMTS
 

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

TV-out
SlimPort, TV-out
DLNA, SlimPort

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 829
$ 350
$ 350

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39 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd pick the N7 because of the price point. iPad Mini vs. G Pad? Mini hands down.

2. Sauce unregistered

And if prices hypothetically were the same, out of curiosity?

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

if price was the same i would be hard choice really, im in the android eco so have alot on money spent on apps and like the sync between my tablet and phone but the mini still has more tablet apps. if i wasnt stuck in the android eco and the 2 were priced the same i would probably opt for the mini 2.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

If a Ferreri and a Corolla were the same price I'd take the Corolla. What a dumb question.

9. Sauce unregistered

What a dumb analogy lmao. -1

11. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

While I am impressed they put the a7 processor in the mini Not so much the retina as it was a necessity, the price is higher to the point you may as well get the iPad air! Still the nexus 7 is still one of the best tablets you can buy for the price and I love it!

12. Sauce unregistered

Right on. I have yet to buy a nexus 7. Looking forward to it. Will be buying my girl the Air for christmas.

32. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

But the is prices are NOT the same, so whats your point, Saucy? The prices are a everyday fact; you should try to live in the reality of life and not your fantasy island made up life!

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

For 500$ i wouldnt spend that kind of money on tablet. Prefer NEXUS 7

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The last time I check the nexus 7 was a tablet.

24. samalematina

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

i think you're missing the point made by InpectorGadget80. He said he wouldn't spend 500$ on a tablet this size. He'd rather spend less and get tablet like N7.

14. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I like the N7 but I would spend the extra money and go with the Mini. The huge selection of tablet apps, design, reliability, and build quality would be worth the extra money IMO.

3. md227a

Posts: 222; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Nor worth the extra price over the nexus, unless you have other apple products to use it with. Nexus 7 plus chrome cast best pairing!

4. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Nah, LG GPAD for me. Specs Doesn't matter. Anyways why is the price not shown for the GPAD?

5. Santi_Santi unregistered

Serious winner here. N7(2013)

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

G Pad here too. Micro-sd slot, premium build, right size. Nexus 7 is a close second, but its just too close to the size of my phone.

27. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Maybe the price point is the winning factor?

13. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wait, Did the reviewer just say "The kicker? That amazing 7.9" display carries the same resolution as the larger iPad. That's right, 2048 x1356 pixels amounts to 326ppi pixel density, a record feat on a device that is basically all screen. Neither Nexus 7, nor the G Pad 8.3 can match this, " using the same IPS screen tech the iPad min gives you 324 pixels ( as the chart shows) and The Nexus 7 323 pixels? Is the difference of 1 pixel clearly make the iPad mini the winner or would you take the price point as the winning factor? I don't want to start any flame war her but isn't the reviewer being a bit bias here.

15. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

When its apple, yes.

16. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Boggles the mind. I can't understand why such a statement would be said as it is misleading to a buyer because it seems that the reviewer is saying the pixel density on the mini blows away the Nexus 7 2013 when the spec sheets clearly show their even. Phone arena is being contradictory again. (now on the processor front that's a different story and the mini is the winner- even thought 1gb of ram won't help much in taking advantage of the 64 bit processor) IMO- the mini just caught up to the Nexus 7. its a good and expected upgrade.

28. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Maybe the price point is the winning factor? srry up there...^_^

33. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

If you can see a 1 pixel difference, you should take off your suit and let everyone know your Superman! There is no difference in the PPI between the Mini and N7, other than the writers stupid statement, which is incredible to even read; how much did Apple PAY him to point out that really dumb insignificant difference! What a joke, a 1 PPI difference! Only an idiot would harp on a point like that; it shows what a knob the writer is! Both screens are great, period!

35. Helion333

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

ipad mini has a larger screen...so the ipadhas 326ppi on a 7.9 screen while the nexus has 324ppi on a 7 screen(lower ppi on a smaller screen that's a pretty huge difference)

17. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Just state the facts. This tablet is on par with the rest, nothing special or life-changing. The simple fact that you're bragging about the screen (Which is 3ppi better than the N7) and about the thinness (Then point out how it's 3rd) are clearly you being biased. I'm just not going to read any more articles. Just looking at the numbers from now on in your reviews. This site is way too much like Engadget. Even Phandroid is not biased and will give Apple its props where it is deserved (and it's an Android site). 1GB of RAM is not enough for a power user... Just saying.

18. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and a power user isnt going to use a Tablet.

21. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Are you be facetious or was this a serious statement?

19. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

324 over 323 ppi pretty big difference huh? and then to be labelled as unmatched.

22. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Amazing...haha! Meanwhile the Nexus 7 is a whole mm thicker, yet it has NFC and built-in wireless charging!

23. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I own the Nexus 7 2013 yeah great tablet but still can't beat IPad mini 2 with superior hardware, better screen and better apps plus there's no big A"£$$ bezel.

25. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

I prefer the Nexus 7 2013 and LG G Pad 8.3 because of the price... But the iPad mini 2's 128GB storage..FREAKING BIG!

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