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Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs. Apple iPad Mini

Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs. Apple iPad Mini
Ravi Mandalia

We compared the recently released Nexus 7 with the Apple iPad Mini and it seems that Google has done its homework on this one.

Google released the successor to its original Nexus 7 and from the looks of it the tablet may very well be the best you can get for that price in the 7-inch segment. We compare the Nexus 7 with Apple’s iPad Mini to see how they stack up against each other.

Design

Google has done away with the leathery-feel back and instead opted for a plastic finish. The tablet weighs 290 grams – making it lighter than the iPad Mini which weighs 308 grams. The Nexus 7 is thinner, has a thin bazel, full HD 7-inch 1080p display (the highest you can get in a tablet in this segment). If we take iPad Mini the first thing you would notice right of the bat is Apple’s superiority in design. The all-metal body of the tablet gives it a distinctive look. However, it seems that the design of the iPad Mini doesn’t reflect Apple’s actual capability in making stuff that stands out. The 7.9-inch display of the iPad Mini is bigger than that of the new Nexus 7 but, the screen resolution of 1,024×768 takes the game away from it. We will be going with Nexus 7 on this one.


Nexus 7 (1) – iPad Mini (0)

User Interface

Google has loaded the latest Nexus 7 with its pure Jelly Bean Android 4.3, which comes with multiple user support and ability to configure restrictive profiles for family members is something that makes it stand out. You do get the other Android standard features such as widget customizations, creation of folders on the home screen as well as the dock, notifications, etc. Apple’s iPad Mini on the other hand is loaded with iOS 6, which according to many analysts and users is the easiest mobile operating system till date. You have the notifications, which are not that extensive as compared to Android, different home button functions, among other standard iOS features. Home screen customization apart from folder creation and grouping of icons makes this operating system a lot less appealing as compared to the Android 4.3. We will be going with Nexus 7 on this one again.

Nexus 7 (2) – iPad Mini (0)

Features

Both Google and Apple have fit their respective tablets with Wi-fi, Bluetooth and 4G LTE connectivity options but storage spec is where they differ. While Apple released the iPad Mini with 16, 32 and 64GB storage options, Google decided to go for just two versions – 16 and 32GB. None of the companies have put in any expandable storage option – understandable from Apple’s past tablets but, an Android tablet without a microSD card slot is a bit surprising.

Google Now is great in terms of functionality and the accuracy with which it recognizes voice commands is commendable. Google is the king of the maps world and Apple maps still suck. The new Nexus 7 packs a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Gesture typing, Android beam, wireless video streaming using Chromecast, surround sound equipped speakers and wireless charging gives the Nexus 7 a lot of edge over the iPad Mini.

Apple’s dual-core A5 processor powers the iPad Mini which isn’t the best processor in the market today. Siri is definitely a big positive for Apple but, that alone wouldn’t take Cupertino to the finish line. You can stream contents from your iPad Mini to your television set but, only if you are having a TV connected to Apple TV. Despite the fact the Apple has the most number of tablet-dedicated apps, there is much more to features than just apps and a pretty voice assistant.

And yet again we vote for Google’s tablet.

Nexus 7 (3) – iPad Mini (0)

Multimedia experience

The new Nexus 7 has a big advantage here thanks to its full HD 1080p resolution screen whereas the iPad Mini lags a bit when it to video quality. Both companies have a lot of stuff in their respective multimedia offering but, Apple has the edge when it comes to exclusive content.

Nexus 7 browsing experience is great even without flash and Chrome comes in with lot many features that support a refreshing browsing experience. iPad Mini comes with Safari but, you can install the Chrome browser on the iPad Mini as well to have the same experience as in Nexus 7.

In terms of camera, both the tablets have the same configuration – a rear 5-megapixel camera and a front facing camera. The rear cameras in both the tablets are capable of capturing 1080p videos.
Considering that multimedia is all about screen, we would go with Google on this one and give the Nexus 7 another point here.

Nexus 7 (4) – iPad Mini (0)

Battery

The original nexus 7 had a battery life of 10 hours – one of the longest in the Android tablet segment – on a video stress test but, iPad Mini has an edge here with 11.9 hours of battery life in the same video stress test. We would definitely have to give this one to Apple.

Nexus 7 (4) – iPad Mini (1)

Pricing

Pricing of the tablets vary depend on the region you are in but, if you consider the overall pricing structure, the new Nexus 7 is cheaper by $100 to $210 depending upon the model you go for based on storage and connectivity options.

Nexus 7 (5) – iPad Mini (1)

Verdict

With great many features such as 1080p display, gesture typing, NFC support, surround sound speakers, wireless charging and above all pricing, the new Nexus 7 has definitely a great edge over the iPad Mini.