iPad Mini vs the New Nexus 7

August 26, 2013

Google introduced an upgraded variation of the popular Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday, adding a greater resolution display and much better processor, while still keeping the rate at a cost effective $229. The gadget will be showing up in the near future which means that it’ll virtually right away begin fighting other tablets on the marketplace including Apple’s existing 7-inch iPad, the iPad mini. Right here, we check it out at how the iPad mini stacks up against the new Nexus 7 2 in regards to hardware, software, pricing and more.


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Display Screen

The new Nexus 7 has a 1,920×1,200-pixel 16:10 7-inch display, whereas the iPad Mini has a bigger 4:3, 7.9-inch display at just 1,024 ×768 pixels. The iPad Mini’s display was larger and much better than the original Nexus 7, however the brand-new Nexus 7 has the clear edge today – although color quality, brightness, and seeing angles have yet to be determined.

Build Quality

The Nexus 7 2 has a comparable design to its predecessor, with an all-glass front and a mottled back cover which feels soft and comfortable to hold, though this version is ever so a little slimmer and lighter than ins 2012′ model. It looks great, however it can’t compete with the iPad Mini which really is a thing of charm, probably in fact the best looking gadget Apple have actually ever made. Essentially it looks like a larger iPad Touch. It’s the same premium build quality as the iPad 4 but it’s a lot thinner and lighter.


While the original Nexus 7 didn’t sport a rear camera, the brand-new Nexus 7 2 does without a doubt have a 5MP camera which puts it on par with the iPad mini and its 5MP iSight camera that it sports in the front.

Like the iPad mini, the Nexus 7 2 camera must be good, but owners ought to not anticipate photos to come out like they’d if shot with a current-generation smartphone like the iPhone 5 or Nexus 4. Images and video will be good but they’ll be nothing to write house about.

As for the front-facing cameras, the Nexus 7 2 will have a 1.9 MP camera while the iPad mini makes use of a 1.2 MP camera and supports 720p HD video. Both will be great and both will be able to produce high quality video chats, the primary function of any gadgets front-facing camera.


The 2013 Nexus 7 has a 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Adreno 320 graphics, plus 2GB of RAM. Eric Franklin mentions that these graphics match the Samsung Galaxy S4′s, but the processing power is not really as impressive as an Nvidia Tegra 4 could be. In regards to gaming graphics, the Nexus 7 can have a huge edge, thanks to being OpenGL ES 3.0 capable, which includes a lot of additional graphics results to games.

The iPad Mini’s processor is an A5, with performance much like that of the fourth-gen iPod Touch and iPad 2. In other words: it’s a capable but older processor. And, it’s just 512MB of RAM.

Operating System and Apps

The iPad Mini presently runs iOS 6 but will get iOS 7 ability this fall, and it runs the specific same apps and functions as the bigger Retina iPad, minus the Retina Screen. The Nexus 7 comes ready with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a new version of Android with a couple of added tweaks like multi-user setups, which also enables Bluetooth Smart, the low-energy Bluetooth element.

The iPad Mini already has Bluetooth 4.0, and iOS 7 is stated to enable much better support for Bluetooth add-ons like game controllers and health monitors.

Apple has more tablet-optimized apps on the whole than Google, as well as a bigger selection of games, but Google is making strides in games on Google Play.

Battery life, Memory and Connectivity

The Nexus 7 2 has a 3950 mAh battery efficient in approximately 9 hours of video playback, 10 hours of web surfing or 300 hours of standby. The iPad Mini has a bigger 4490 mAh battery, though with the larger display the actual battery life is likely to be similar to that of the Nexus 7 2.

The Nexus 7 2 has either 16GB or 32GB of built in memory however there’s no micro SD card slot. The iPad Mini comes in an option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and again has no micro SD card slot.

In terms of connectivity choices the Nexus 7 2 has Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. The iPad Mini supports the exact same connectivity options other than NFC, which is missing.


In lots of ways these two tablets are quite comparable. They’ve similar camera capabilities, similar battery lives and similar connection options. Of course, purchasing a tablet is not really everything about specs. Individuals should think about the ecosystem offered to them on a specific device– specifically when it comes to available media material.

The new Nexus 7 not only provides a much better screen, processor, and bells and whistles, however it stays less expensive across the board than October 2012 iPad Mini.

The iPad Mini has a physically bigger screen and the exact same wireless/camera capability, and has number of tablet-specific apps, as well as it supports media playback from essentially every service on the marketplace. Besides, Apple’s next iPads – and perhaps a brand-new iPad Mini – could only be a number of months away.