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

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


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

Physical size7.9 inches7.00 inches7 inches
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels1280 x 800 pixels1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density
162 ppi216 ppi216 ppi

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 

System chip
Apple A5NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30LTI OMAP4460
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

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)  

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

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
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

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

MSRP price               $329                $199              $199



1. Savage unregistered

Nexus 7. Who's with me?

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Already enjoy mine ;3

22. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

28. Aeires unregistered

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

44. deuel_18

Posts: 54; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

i thought Apple claims its good retina display?

57. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

No that myth just got busted :D

65. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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).

66. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

26. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

33. blingblingthing

Posts: 912; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

NeXus 7 all the way

45. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

54. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 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?

67. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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...

62. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

3. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Take me

4. RicNP

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

13. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

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

24. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

30. RicNP

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

6. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

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

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

8. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

9. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

14. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 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..

20. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Umm the Nexus 7 has a higher resolution screen and NFC all for a much lower price. Not to mention all its other advantages.

46. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

The Nexus 7 has Bluetooth, long battery life, and a front facing camera, too. It also has a better display with higher ppi and the A5 can't even compare to the Tegra 3. Before the A6, I didn't really think Apple did so great in the hardware department. However, they've really stepped up their game recently with the Retina Macbooks, iPhone 5, and iPad 4th gen. You have to admit though, the Mini is disappointing and doesn't hold a candle to the Nexus 7 in any factor including cost. Do your research. :)

51. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

How about a quad core processor to start with? What is the point of having all those specs if your processor (your main piece of hardware lacking firepower) is ancient history..

53. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I have a 250gb hard drive on my tablet so that's slams your 16gb. There are better tablets for less money out there

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