Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs Apple iPad mini

Last year’s Google Nexus 7 really shook things up with its oh-so lovable price point, which showed us that cheap can actually translate to mighty great! In response, Apple opted to follow suit by bringing to market a smaller and more inexpensive version of its beloved tablet – the aptly named iPad mini. Without skipping a beat, Google brought its A-game yet again by introducing its updated model very recently, the 2013 version of the Google Nexus 7, which surprisingly enough continues the former’s affordable pricing – while getting a notable boost in the specs department. Looking at the big picture, one can argue that it kind of puts the iPad mini in a pickle.


Google could’ve gone the premium route too with its new Nexus 7, but they opted to continue with the modest and humble design that made the original likeable in the first place. Sure, the premium element is highly prevalent with the iPad mini’s skinny brushed aluminum frame, which undoubtedly also has the sturdier construction. On the flip side, though, we can’t help taking notice of the Nexus 7’s easy to handle feel, as it’s not as wide as its rival – enabling us to comfortably grip it with the hand. In contrast, we’re required to stretch our hand out just to hold onto the iPad mini! At the same time, the soft touch rubbery casing of the Nexus 7 really complements its modest design stature.


There’s a clear victor in this particular department, seeing that the Nexus 7 stands out immensely for its super sharp 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS-LCD panel – delivering a crazy pixel density of 323 ppi. By now, the iPad mini’s larger 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 IPS-LCD display looks remarkably dated, seeing that it lacks the clarity and meticulous detail of its rival. Seeing that the two share the same display technologies, they both benefit from the panels’ neutral color reproduction, good viewing angles, and strong brightness output – though, it looks as though the Nexus 7’s display is a smidgen brighter. Once the dust settles, there’s no arguing that the Nexus 7 is the clear champ!



1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Good to see PA picking a winner instead of saying iOS is easier to use and Android has many more features.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well thats two cool tablets but its not comparison of specs since both spot different OS but display is much better on nexus 7 bcuz higher resolution and ppi android vs iOS is personal preferance price is an other main factor so thats goes to nexus because its more cheaper with pure android and its tons of features and iOS for those people who invested in iTunes and other app offerings and those prefer simplicity I personally prefer nexus 7 beacause its suits me better one of the great in my opinion

4. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I get confused when people say invested in apple ecosystem or "iTunes"...what kind of investment we are talking here...please answer honestly!

10. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

It means people have paid money for apps or content that isn't transferable to another platform.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't have to think about this one... Nexus 7 all the way.

5. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

IPad mini is available everywhere, Apple store is top notch, their web store and customer support aka "consultant" in well trained American accent put any India source tech support to shame. Now...where the hell on earth apart from the USA can I find the new nexus 7?

6. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

You can't find it anywhere apart from USA because it just got released..moron...

7. hawkeye7

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Mind your language dude. He has rightly pointed out that Google is poor in rolling out global launch. Samsung and apple are way ahead. If google truly wants to topple apple in tablet space (which is very difficult) then at the least they have to make it available globally and let the people choose it. And FYI @Donbenie the nexus7 2012 version with cellular is still not available on play store India. And other wifi versions just came couple of months back. So before calling someone moron get your facts right.

13. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Agreed. I'd love to get one of these N7-2 without second heartbeat but the problem is play store here in my country is only limited to apps. So, with the limited supply coming in to our country, what retail stores, who gets a hold of these items first hand, does is they go on ultra asshole mode, crank up the prices way too high due to high demands and low supply. In short, there's no use of creating an awesome device if it's not gonna reach your consumers at all.

14. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Mind you even other country that playstore sells devices, there is no announcement when it will be released. I suppose the rest of the world doesn't contribute a cent in their planning to dominate tablet market. It's painful ..very painful, excruciatingly painful, and then the price differences. That's another story.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I wouldn't say Google is "behind" in the rolling out global launches part of things.. I would just say it's a different approach. Instead of just going and dropping them in every country at once, they literally roll it out area by area. This allows for less complaints/bugs about the same exact problem that may exist. instead of 1000000 users complaining of the same bug, they only get 1000 and they can fix it before the next area of the world can get it... making Google's support team's headache and the headaches of users smaller.

17. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The question to that is if Apple can do it, why not for Google? Even the other features of google like google music, books and movies on google play are still not available.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

N7 shoulda won this one.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And it did. Hardware puts iPad Mini to shame at $100-200 cheaper.

16. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

It did win!!! Clearly is the better tablet, BY FAR!! But P.A. was very low key about it. They moan about how good Apple's top tech is, but when they compare there low tech stuff with the best, they brush over it like its almost OK. That screen on the Apple sucks SH!T today, just like it did three years ago!!!!!! Like they didn't want to piss off Apple and there crappy chinese low spec, three years ago tech, tablet. Heck, even the Chinese no-name companies are making way better tablets than the iPad mini!!!

11. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

It's not really fair to compare a new tablet just released with one from many months ago, but well the 1st generation of nexus 7 is already better than the iPad mini. So of course the new nexus 7 is a lot better.

12. anugakarthik

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Hi guys i have purchased a google nexus 7 from mydeals,at low price try it now,good service by them

18. suyash1629

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

apple is just a dumb

19. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Waiting for old nexus 7 (2012) vs new nexus 7 (2013)

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