Google after its unexpected entrance into the World of Android several years before has now been able to give an open challenge to long a time show stopper – Apple, with its new Nexus 7. Apple announced its iPad mini yesterday on an event and will release it to user from Nov 2nd, meanwhile the Google Nexus tablet has proved immensely popular since its launch a few months ago running the latest Android OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
We thought we’d take a head to head look at the Apple iPad mini vs. Google Nexus 7 and we really think that the price difference could decide which tablet comes out top, this is the case of iOS vs. Android, price vs. price and with other several specs.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Price
Google’s Nexus 7 costs £159 for the 8GB version, and £199 for the 16GB version. However, a 32GB version at the same £199 price point is hotly tipped to be launching soon, and would be well worth holding out for. The price of the iPad Mini was one the most debated and unknown elements of the tablet.
We didn’t think Apple would go as low as Google, and it didn’t. In the UK the iPad Mini Wi-Fi will sell for £269 for the 16GB model, £349 for the 32GB model and £429 for the 64GB model. Pop £100 onto the end of each of those prices if you want a version with a 4G connection. However, they’re not on sale yet; pre-orders open on October 26, with Wi-Fi models shipping by November 2nd. Those with cellular connections will follow a fortnight later.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Dimensions
With similar sized screens, the two tablets are of a similar size and weight. The Nexus 7 is smaller at 120 x 199mm compared to 135 x 200mm iPad mini. The width is the main difference here.
However, as we predicted Apple made the iPad Mini thinner and lighter than the Nexus 7’s 10.5mm and 340g. The iPad Mini measures in at 7.2mm and 308g for the Wi-Fi only model. The Wi-Fi and 4G model is an additional 4g heavier.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Screen
The iPad Mini doesn’t feature a Retina Display, as seen on the iPad 3, but instead opts for a 7.9-inch 1024×768 screen. In other words, it features the same resolution as the iPad 2, but with a smaller screen, which should make for a better image than the older tablet.
The Nexus 7 boasts a 7-inch 1280×800 screen, which should give a great picture – on paper. However, some critics have noted that the Nexus 7 isn’t ideal for outdoor viewing due to glare.
When compared side-by-side, the Nexus 7 has the sharper screen thanks to a pixel density of 216PPI, while the iPad Mini has 163PPI. But there’s more to a great screen than pixel-cramming, with glare, viewing angles and the type of display all being a factor.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Processor
Google’s Nexus 7 is equipped with an nVidia Tegra 3, a quad-core chip along with a 12-core GPU. The iPad Mini is equipped with Apple’s A5 dual-core processor which was used in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. In the latter the chip is clocked at 1GHz.
Going by the processor specs, the Nexus 7 is more competent but the software the processor has to run is key to the performance.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Storage
The iPad Mini starts at 16GBs of storage, ranging up to 64GBs, with expandable storage not being an option.
The Nexus 7 starts at 8GBs but is also available in a 16GB version, however, news reports have circulated that the 8GB version will be retired and a 32GB model will be introduced.
The Nexus 7 has no microSD expansion option either, a baffling move on the part of Google, considering that external storage is one of the platform’s selling points.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Cameras
While Apple iPad mini comes with both front and rear cameras of 1.2MP and 5MP respectively, Nexus 7 just comes with a front facing camera of 1.2MP.Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has just a front facing camera rated at 1.2Mp, but the iPad Mini has more on offer with a 5Mp rear facing iSight camera and a 2Mp front facing FaceTime HD webcam.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Connectivity
One big difference in connectivity is that the iPad Mini will use Apple’s new Lightning connector brought into play with the iPhone 5. Google’s Nexus 7 uses Micro-USB common to Android smartphones and tablets.
As you would expect the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on-board, although Apple’s tablet is dual-band and the firm is touting faster speeds via channel bonding. However, if it bothers you, the iPad Mini doesn’t have a near-field communications (NFC) chip like Google’s tablet does.
There’s no 3G model of the Nexus 7, although one is rumoured to be on its way. Apple offers a Wi-Fi and cellular model of the iPad Mini which, in the UK, supports 3G and 4G LTE frequencies.
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Software
Software is an area where these tablets differ greatly. The iPad Mini will runs on Apple’s own iOS 6 (with Siri) while the Nexus 7 tablet runs Google’s latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read our individual reviews of each for more details
Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Battery
The Nexus 7 has a 16Wh battery promising 10 hours of battery life when browsing the web over Wi-Fi. The situation with the iPad Mini is almost identical with Apple claiming 10 hours battery life surfing the web over Wi-Fi thanks to its 16.3Wh battery.