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Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

Placing their brightness level to the automatic setting, combined with our normal usage, and strictly connected via Wi-Fi, the iPad mini is the one that delivers the longer battery life. Although the Google Nexus 7 establishes a commendable mark of a single day, Apple’s offering continues to chug along well into the next day – delivering a total tally of 1 ½ days on a single charge.


Value is something that’s profoundly in the minds of consumers, especially in this unpredictable economy we’re in right now. At $200, there’s clearly a ton of value found with the Google Nexus 7, while at the same time, it’s wonderful to know that it’s not going to drain your pockets entirely. Frankly, its design pales in comparison to the premium nature of the iPad mini, but it’s actually sporting some impressive hardware under the hood – like it’s higher resolution display and quad-core processor. In addition, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience has the edge over iOS 6 over on the iPad mini.

So why would anyone side with the $330 priced iPad mini? As we’ve made it obvious already, its premium design and construction is in a league of its own – blowing away what the Nexus 7 has to show. On top of that, there’s a rear camera that some people will find beneficial in those unpredictable moments when something needs to be captured. And even though the software experience doesn’t match the level found with its rival in some aspects, it’s both effective and functional in keeping us productive at the same level.

Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 Video Comparison:


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posted on 09 Nov 2012, 06:34 43

1. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

OS alone is enough for me to decide. Nexus 7 is the clear winner.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 06:39 33

2. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

I did not even need the review to judge which tablet is better. Just scrolled down to comment that the Nexus 7 wins...

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 06:55 23

4. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Basically after reading the review its clear that the Nexus 7 owns the ipad mini!
And as for ipad being premium construction if there was a tablet made of diamond with an OS I didnt like and bad software optimizations I wouldn't pay a dime for it! Even if construction is of titanium I aint going to hit a home run with my tablet!
So people who tend to buy premium products for the feel and not the use are basically superficial and probably dont use the product that much...its all about satisfying their egostate and showing off...which is quite shallow. Apple isnt the Boogeyman Brand it used to be so if you're carrrying an ipad it doesn't give you a premium standing in society anyomre...so the purpose of premium construction is defeated!

Nexus 7 on the other hand offers you just the irght package...with a decent enough coonstruction not meant for playing baseball with your tablet, awesome hardware specs and a much more refined bug-free OS and software optiizations...and all this at a godd enough price point to suit your pocket. Now that's VALUE TO THE CUSTOMER :)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 12:16 6

23. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Ipad mini looks so much better. Fandroids can enjoy their cheap, malware infected OS on an even cheaper looking tablet. Nexu

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 16:10 11

25. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

We also enjoy another thing you sheepple don't have: brains!

It's clear the N7 slaughters the mini but yet again, PA reviewers refuse to admit it. It's like every single time the clear winner is another brand, they resort to saying the idevice holds its own because it looks pretty. Come up with a new line, that one's getting old.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 00:23 2

32. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

That's the only argument you can make for the iPad mini over the Nexus 7, looks. Looks and design is subjective. Why do you say the Nexus 7 is cheap, just because it's not made of the same material as a can of coke? If you watch reviews on youtube, the consensus is that the Nexus 7 actually feels better in the hand than the iPad mini. Just because something isn't aluminum and doesn't have an Apple on it doesn't make it cheap.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 01:37 2

38. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Nexus 7 may have a high res display but the ipad mini has at least 70% more color saturation. Nexus 7s app selection can't even compare with the one offered by the mini. Nexus 7 browser is LAGGY specially in the google image viewer for tablets. Ipad mini simply offers the better browsing experience. Ipad minis screen is much larger than the nexus 7, ipad mini is much thinner and much lighter than ur cheap nexus 7. Android apps have a sick UI which looks very cheap(few of them have good UIS but as I said- few? Ipad mini also has the better front facing camera and an iSight camera at the back for great pictures and 1080p video recording. Ipad 3 has the same iSight camera as my iPad 3 and I can assure you that that camera takes awesome pics and great videos. Ipad mini is better built and even though it has an A5 dual core, it runs smoother than nexus 7. Android 4.1 is smooth but not as smooth as ios. In benchmarks it has been proven that the A5 offers better GPU performance so it has better gaming. You see I have many arguments. Nexus 7 is great but not perfect and the same can be said for the iPad Mini.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 03:01 4

39. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

App selection is such a joke. The Nexus 7 can use any android apps. The iPad has to have a separate app developed for them since it can't run iPhone apps. Nexus 7 has over 700K apps vs. 250K for IOS. While it's true that some apps are not optimized for "tablet", that's not the fault of the device, that's the developer not updating their app, which they will as tablets for android gets more popular. Reviews keeps saying IOS has such great app selection but what app is on IOS that is not on android? Thinner doesn't mean better, the Nexus 7 is better to hold in the hand, so for me that's a plus for Nexus 7 over the iPad mini. The camera is useless on tablets, who takes pictures with a tablet? That's what a phone is for. Benchmarks doesn't mean much. iPad will always run better since the IOS is just a grid of icons where Android is more like a computer. I don't care what you buy, that's up to you. My only problem with you is that you keep insisting that the Nexus 7 is cheap and you haven't said anything valid in that regard. People are biased with the apple design. All their product is the same basic design. It just seems like reviewers prefer aluminum over other materials. But that is subjective, you can't say something is better just because it's made of aluminum.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 04:24 2

41. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

An ipad can run any iPhone app in expanded form and your tablet is cheap and ugly.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 12:35 5

47. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

You're bitter cause you wasted money on an inferior device. It's okay, at least you're cool since you have an Apple logo.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:14 1

50. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

hmm...i don't know if anybody told you, but it's all subjective buddy from aesthetics to hardware.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 22:37

58. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

Kronic keeps bashing the Nexus 7 saying it's ugly and cheap and I'm saying that it's all subjective. Has staring at a grid of icons all day and using apps that's the same thing as a website hindered your ability to read?

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 03:10 2

40. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

And if you are curious what apps android has that ios doesn't, research these:

Groove IP - allows you to make free calls using google voice.

OverSkreen - web browser that you can resize and multitask with just like on a regular computer

Lilipad - instant messenger that you can resize and multitask with just like a regular computer

IOS is such an outdated OS. It's basically just an app drawer, a grid of icons. Android allows you to multitask just like a regular computer. I can watch a movie, browse the internet, and chat with someone on Gtalk all at the same time. Does IOS have an app for that? I don't think so. So when people say IOS has more apps selection it's for things like flashlight apps that no one even uses.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:23 1

51. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

that's fine. those apps aren't even necessary...but try ordering food from Chipotle (which is much more useful in my opinion) using the same app that's available for iOS & let me know when you find it. i would never use or care to use those apps you just mentioned. those apps are just revisions of functions that already available to any smart phone. that's the problem w/android fans...they focus on the most irrelevant functions & try to pass it off as superior software. i don't get it.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 07:19 2

52. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

How is true multitasking an irrelevant function? There are plenty of apps on android that allows you to order food from Chipotle. Just go to the Play store and search the term Chipotle.

But you definitely don't get it. You think an app like Chipotle is more useful than apps that allow you to multitask even though it's the same function as just going to the website?

I think you've been indoctrinated by Steve Job and you don't have any sense of reason and logic.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:24 5

62. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Where did you get that percentage for screen saturation? I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that's exaggerated by a LOT.

The browser is laggy? On page 2 of the comparison it says that *both* tablets have "peppy page loads, fluid navigational controls, and proper rendering"

Now, I haven't used a lot of apps from Google Play, but the ones I have used usually take advantage of the Holo UI in ICS and look very good honestly.

How does the Mini have a better front camera? Aren't they both 1.2 MP 720p capable? MP aren't everything, but on that small of a scale that's most of what matters.

The vast majority of people do NOT care about back cameras on tablets. They hold very little purpose and make you look like an idiot when you take pictures with them. Front cameras are much more convenient on tablets.

Yes, the iPad mini is smooth, but the Nexus 7 is just as smooth as iOS on the mini just because A5 < Tegra 3; but then you have to add the responsiveness Project Butter brings and Nexus 7 > iPad mini in terms of fluidity. You have to take into consideration that iOS has slow transition effects and animations that make it seem smoother than it really is, meanwhile Jelly Bean is fast all around and responds almost instantly.

As for gaming and GPU power; yes, the A5 does tend to beat out the Tegra 3 in terms of GPU. However, both are still very respectable and bring stable frame rates and similar real-life performance.

Also, I like the look of the Nexus 7 more than the iPad mini. Yes, it is made out of better materials, but the overall shape takes that advantage away. The Nexus 7 has a much better form factor for tablets of this range. The tiny bezel on the iPad mini looks a bit odd to me as well.

Yes, both are great tablets, but your arguments are pretty much null. These tablets bring a similar experience when compared, so it really comes down to form factor and OS preference, so (for me) that goes to the Nexus 7 just because of the narrower shape and Android experience.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 18:48

49. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

I just logged in to thumb down your ignorant comment.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 03:42

72. pratikpatra (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)

& ya fandroids are just so desperate!!they dunno have any work accept masturbating in the name of APPLE!!& ya nexus is something like a DILDO....

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 19:47

28. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Kindle fire HD is MY choice, and any other smart person with a grade of 98.0 IN MATH!!!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:36

66. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Which math? Pre-Algebra?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 10:34

74. batman888 (Posts: 37; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)

but the OS is powered by the hardware so ipad mini is the clear winner

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 06:51 20

3. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Look at the OS. Nexus 7 is clearly win

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:02 1

17. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

I had a different opinion until Android Jelly Bean. It shows that unjailbroken iOS' restrictions left it to stagnate and update only in hardware, while Google's open-minded, geeky "all-open" philisophy turned out to be the winner in the long term.

Actually, the iPad mini offers the slightly better hardware; while also the inferior software, only with iTunes and App Store to be mentioned as the better content sources by now.
It should be mentioned that i missed the form factor comparison, 3:4 8 inches just is not the same as 16:9 7 inch, each has its benefits.

Well, i would go for the Nexus 7, as you can't do much wrong with 199 dollars for an Google-branded High-end device. At the same price point i would... Nah, can't decide.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 06:58 3

5. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Another win for the iPad!

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:57 4

12. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

iPad Mini in features and hardware but Maxi in the price how can win against the best value tablet out there?

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 17:04 2

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 25056; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

U know it.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 00:25 5

33. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

Another win for the Nexus 7! Also for me since I'm $130 richer than people who bought the iPad mini. Criticize the Nexus 7 all you want. I'm enjoying my extra money.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:10 12

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

No contest really. Both are nice pieces but only one costs as much a 7" tablet is worth.

Do your family a favor, buy a Nexus 7 and spend the rest on a day with them.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:18 10

8. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Better specs better is cheaper... nexus 7 please .

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:39 7

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

in my honest opinion... ipad mini does looks good...but not worth its price! even though its not HD or retina, in comparison to the pics above, it shows how beautiful its screen is!!!

but still not worth the $330! in my opinion the best 7" tablet will be either the nexus 7 or the BlackBerry Playbook (specially that it is now at $149 for the 16Gb!) or even the amazon kindle fire HD

i really made a conclusion to all the apple products that apple make! if they announce something "new" the first generation is not worthy--- in case if you're just a techie guy, not a die hard apple fan. i mean look at the original iPad and iPhone?! both are pricier than its competition! but they are underpowered! no camera and a lot of good stuff that a smartphone(in iPhone's case) already offers that time, but the capacitive multitouch is a good add on though!

so buying iPad mini at price $330 is a suicide! if you're just a tech fan but you want a 7" tablet, better buy nexus 7 the best android tablet to offer but no rear facing camera if you want to have one (in my case i want rear facing camera) or galacy or any other 7" android tablet that will give you portability and if you want semi iOS ecosystem...im pretty sure most of the iOS titles are available in the google play! ,Playbook(updgradable to BB10 and the ability to run android apps are its selling point and i mean only for $149?! its a bargain!), orkindle fire HD, as an e-reader!

but if you want the 7.9" of iPad min, better wait for next year coz im pretty sure they'll announce a retina/HD version of the iPad mini!

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