iPad mini vs Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD: size comparison

iPad mini vs Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD: size comparison
The iPad mini, which, by the way, was unveiled yesterday (if you somehow haven't noticed), comes to answer the prayers of users who desperately need a tablet, but find the powerful 10-inchers to be a bit of an overkill. Well, obviously, there have been some more compact offerings around lately, like the Kindle Fire or the Nexus 7, but iPad mini is a different breed of tablet. It's got an exquisite design and a rich content ecosystem that are unrivaled by anything else currently on the market.

Indeed, when the Nexus 7 came out with its powerful hardware and affordable price tag, everyone liked it for being such a well-balanced offering, but now that the iPad mini is here, it seems like the rules of the game are to change once again. Still, the iPad mini does come with a slightly larger display at 7.9", compared to the 7" screens of its closest competition, the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD. Does that put it in a different class? Does it make it considerably bigger than its rivals?

If you don't have the three devices in front of you, it can be really difficult to say. Sure, we have the exact dimensions of all three, but that doesn't help much, does it? That's why we put this image together. It's an accurate representation of the size differences between the iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD 7". Now that we can have a clear view of all three tablets next to each other, it looks like the iPad mini isn't substantially bigger than the other two. It's actually just a tad higher and even narrower than the Kindle Fire HD. The Nexus 7 is definitely the narrowest of three, though. When it comes to thinness, however, the iPad mini is the unprecedented leader at just 7.2 mm. Both other tablets are more than 3 mm thicker. Along with this impressive engineering achievement, the iPad mini is also lighter than the other two, despite the fact that it's made of aluminum, while the other two are made of plastic.

There are certain pros and cons to all three form-factors, though it goes without saying the Apple has once again trumped the competition as far as overall design goes. At least, we got to see that the mini won't be so much bigger than its closest competition, despite its bigger screen.

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34 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

nexus 7 ftw bad for apple to compare it to there ipad mini in the conference yesterday talk about douche bags.

5. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why? How can they POSSIBLY be "douche bags" for comparing their product do the closest... competitor??

11. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Exactly. That's what every business does. Pepsi/coke duhhh

13. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Also isn't that what android users sit on PA all day and do? Compare android to iOS/bash iOS? And u call apple a D-bag wowwwwwww!!!

18. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You should have seen how Phil Schiller was owing androids ass. He pointed out something very important-the best UI in apps and User experience is only available on ios. Also nexus 7 soft buttons eat up a hell lot of real estate.

21. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

You what biggest fail was, you have an option to hide the software keys if you go full screen browser mode. So stfu until u know what your talking about.

26. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

"You what biggest fail was"...maybe you should STFU, and learn to type complete sentences.

30. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Haha it still has less display area.

19. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Apple should have compared it to the Goopad mini, due out in November for $99. Running Android Jelly Bean... Go Goopad!!! China is making it with better Specs.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you know 7.9 is bigger than 7? DID YOU!?!?!?

23. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I find funny that they mention that the iPad mini has a bigger screen but they don't mention the lower resolution..

31. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The bigger the screen, the further away your face is therefore low resolution doesn't mean everything is gonna be pixelated. The resolution is decent. N7 might have better PPI but the screen technology used is cheap TFT vs Good quality IPS for ipad mini

32. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Learn your facts, the Nexus 7 has an IPS display. Just google Nexus 7 for god sake.

3. Aeires unregistered

Throttle it back, Ray. Normally I don't call out how many articles of "x" are released but this is a bit too much. Everything we needed to know was posted here: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPad-mini-vs-Google-Nexus-7-vs-Amazon-Kindle-Fire-HD-specs-comparison_id35821 Along with all the other articles posted about this exact same subject yesterday.

6. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I have to agree

10. jimjam unregistered

I actually liked this post

17. prms111

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

so i like ur name..........hahahaa

4. quikjim

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Wow!, Sounds like ray is a little partial to his apple juice. "rich content ecosystem that are unrivaled by anything else currently on the market." ? really???? "Apple has once again trumped the competition as far as overall design goes" ???

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Boy do I hate reading crap. Rich eco system? you mean the ability to subscribe to some magazine not yet on Google Play is worth forgoing The Quad core + HD+ cash saved on a Nexus 7? trumped the competition as far as overall design goes? Pretty desperate to say something positive there. So Instead of getting A cheaper, more powerful, better OS (my opinion) tablet, you are spending more to get a rear camera and continue your subscription to some random magazine?

14. jimjam unregistered

You can spin it in many different ways. Get used to the fact that they both are good for different reasons. One suits you one suits him. End of story - we all can be happy without saying we have the best. Ipad mini has a larger screen, is lighter and thinner, better quality materials and probably build, wider range of apps (yes there are lots of bad ones but ios still has more quality apps), rear camera, more accessories available, Cellular available, 32gb and 64gb available, 2 different colors available. Nexus is cheaper, better processor, more customizable os, has file managers, wider range of videos supported,widgets etc, thinner and smaller, most of the apps ios has, isn't tied to itunes, uses non proprietory connectors.

15. jimjam unregistered

All this stupid android and ios fighting. I have an android phone and plan to get an ipad mini. I can have the best of both worlds while everyone else can fight it out which half is best while I can have the whole package.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I get the iPad's classy, subtle, shiny, in your face design philosophy, but I also get the solid, calm, understated, industrial visual presence of the Nexus. So, saying one trumps the other is IMO unprofessional..they are designed almost perfectly (Nexus ) and perfectly (iPad )for what they need to represent.

8. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Where is the Galaxy Tab 7.7? That would make a good comparison with the iPad mini.

12. prms111

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

next article from same guy with blind support for ipad mini and this is again a real bull****

16. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

chrapple is dead and irrelevant. they are just using up what little innovation they have. what success they had died with jobby jobs. if i were to buy a tablet today, go with android or win 8, talk about innovation. they are revamping the whole ecosysytem of technology at home.

20. Cyberchum

Posts: 1063; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Phonearena writers are disappointment to journalism. They shouldn't be fanboys so as to write unbaised articles but i guess, it is the norm now 'cos i've been to CNET (the least ashamed), THEVerge, Engadget and i must say, it is common with them all. Whoever will choose iOS over Android, WP8 or even Symbian ain't ready for smartphone experience. Why use a launcher when you can have the real dea?

22. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

So just cuz there is a more "comfortable" ipad now, apple is the best again Ray? LOL the ecoysytem is still as much of a "trap" as it was before and IOS is still as restricted as its ever been! fan boyism of apple fans is so mind blowing its a shame

24. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

haha, the real competion is coming in a few days, then you'll see what real innovation is...

25. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I don't understand why PA has such a hardon for Apples glorious design.. sure it's nice.. but honestly, it's getting old and boring as hell. This article does nothing to mention the pluses of the Nexus.. My dad just texted me wanting to know if it would be cool to buy my daughters iPad mini's for Xmas. I said, lets save some $$ and get faster, better resolution and easier to use (no iTunes) with the Nexus7. DONE!

27. LouisMariano

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Whenever it comes to apple products (which i love) this website whether it be talking about a review or just commenting on news and or releases, never has a negative thing to say about any apple products EVER... Im beginning to think Apple pays this website to ensure that said website writes about them in only glowing and positive terms and conditions

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