Apple iPad Mini VS. Google Nexus 7 – Tech Specs Comparison


Two tablets that are going to hit it big this holiday season are the new Apple iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7.

Both of these devices are great tablets and it would be irresponsible not to do an Apple iPad Mini VS. Google Nexus 7 side by side comparison.

The iPad Mini sports an A5 dual-core processor, recycled from the iPhone 4S and now in the iPod Touch 5th Generation as well. This processor has proved to be speedy and could handle the power of more apps that the A6 chip can. The benefit of getting the Google Nexus 7 is the quad-core processor, giving you a bit more power to run processor-heavy applications and games.

Both tablets also come in a variety of storage sizes, while the iPad Mini does come in a 64GB model and the Google Nexus 7 will be released with a 32GB model, you will have to make the final decision on which device storage suits you best.

Going on to the screen resolution, the iPad Mini has 1024×768 vs. the Google Nexus 7′s 1280×800 resolution. Sure you get the higher resolution screen with the Nexus 7-inch screen, but even with the lower resolution, the iPad Mini has almost got an inch on the Nexus 7′s screen size. The best way to figure out which screen would fit best for you, is to either wait and hold both devices in hand, or watch the Apple Event Keynote for the iPad Mini VS. Nexus 7 comparison.

We were thinking of skipping over the camera specs, since taking photos with a tablet is silly, but it is important to know that while the Nexus 7 has a single front-facing, 1.2 MP VGA camera, the iPad Mini has that plus one on the back. The rear camera on the Mini is 5 MP, possibly recycled from the iPhone 4 with some adjustments. 5 MP Apple smartphone cameras still do the trick, but once again, why take photos with a tablet?

There are however, still some non-essential differences between the Apple iPad Mini VS. Google Nexus 7. The iPad Mini can be purchased to use of a 4G LTE network, while the Nexus 7 is strictly WiFi only. While the Nexus 7 has NFC built-it, most iOS users will be comfortable to sticking to PassBook for those other silly things. The iPad Mini sports the new Lightning dock connector, patented by Apple, and the Google Nexus 7 is still stuck with MicroUSB technology.

Not too much to complain about battery life where the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 also do well, bringing about 10 hours in each.

The iPad Mini starts at a base price of $329 for the 16GB, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for the 64GB with the WiFi+Cellular models being about $120 on top of each. The Nexus 7 unfortunately does not come with any sort of cellular network, but WiFi models are $199 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB, and $299 for the upcoming 32GB.

While this is an Apple-based blog, we encourage you to make the choice which is right for you and not get sunk in to Fanboyism, never a good habit. Both of these tablets should satisfy the average person’s needs, but it’s always good to do your research and make the best decision.

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  • Rafael

    if we’re going to compare from their pricing, for me nexus 7 is more powerful. but if we compare just side by side without knowing the pricing of these two gagdets. apple’s ipad mini will surely win. :) )
    nexus 7 only wins on the processor and the resolution.

    • Thom

      You just said that the Nexus 7 is cheaper, faster, and the screen looks better. I don’t think you can honestly qualify those wins with “only.”