Two mighty tablets in the small category battle it out, the Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini!
Anyone who is considering buying a tablet in the small range may be comparing the iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7. Both of the tablets are great and so choosing may be difficult. You would have to bear in mind 4 things when choosing – there is the OS, battery life, cost and the display.
You get 16GB of storage for the iPad Mini with the cost of $329 and the tablet is easy to use and carry around. The Google Nexus 7 comes with the price of $199 if you want the Wi-Fi; while the Android OS offers more customisation than iOS as well. Both of the tablets are superb and they have IPS displays that are very sharp. But which tablet might be the best for you?
Those on a budget may wish to go for the Google Nexus 7. The Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD are the only other top brand name tablets within the same price range. Google does offer subsidies on their devices and Apple charges premium prices for their products, hence the huge price gap. The iPad Mini has a more upmarket design to it, but you could save $129 if you go for the Google Nexus 7. The Google Nexus 7 3G will cost you $299 and the iPad Mini LTE will set you back $459.
The iPad Mini beats the Google Nexus 7 for design. However the Nexus 7 has a back that is soft to the touch and it is slender too. It does have more weight to it than the iPad Mini though.
The Google Nexus 7 should come out on top for the screen thanks to it having a ppi that is higher. This would have been the case if Asus and Google had not cut corners, which left the calibration of the screen questionable. Therefore the colours on the iPad Mini are just as good despite the specs sheet suggesting otherwise. The iPad Mini has 163ppi and the Google Nexus 7 comes with 216ppi mind you. But the text is equally as sharpe on the iPad Mini and colours, plus contrast, are the same for both tablets. As a bonus bonus is the fact that the screen is larger on the iPad Mini and this is better for viewing videos and photos.
For OS the choices are between Android and iOS. You get Project Butter with the Google Nexus 7, which gives a very fluid effect when launching apps, browsing screens and executing other tasks. This was once something that the iPad was only capable of. The Nexus 7 was updated to Android 4.2.2 recently however it has somewhat slowed down the performance. This is something that Google should remedy.
There is a quad core processor of 1.2GHz with the Google Nexus 7, while in the iPad Mini there is the A5 processor, this happens to be the same one as in the iPad 2. The Google Nexus 7 is twice as fast as the iPad Mini in benchmarks, however it has plenty of speed to run iOS and it comes with a GPU that is superb so during usage there is no noticeable speed advantage.
Nevertheless the Nexus 7 wins over the iPad Mini for processing, however it is has the best GPU to help make it up when it comes to real-world usage.
Anyone who wants to customise their devices would be better off choosing the Google Nexus 7 thanks to the fact that Android supports custom launchers, keyboards, widgets, ROMs and more. This is something that you would not be able to get with the iPad Mini and its grid of icons.
Tablets are also about apps though and this is where the iPad Mini stands out as it offers more tablet optimized apps than the Play Store. Given that there are limited iOS products out there, iOS developers are more free to making sure their apps appear ‘polished’ across the board. With Android there are some sacrifices that app developers make to ensure maximum compatibility with the hundreds of Android tablets out there. Therefore you would have to choose between the more flexible OS or the more polished apps.
The batteries on both tablets are good and you may be able to get up to 8.5 hours out of the Nexus 7 and 10 from the iPad Mini.
As you might have realised by now, both tablets are evenly matched and it may come down to whether you want Android or iOS, if you need LTE and your budget.