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Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 2 comparison review

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A key battle in the small tablet market is the iPad mini vs Nexus 7. Well Google has announced the Nexus 7 2 so we see how it compares to the iPad mini in our comparison review.

Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 2

A key battle in the small tablet market is the iPad mini vs Nexus 7. Well Google has announced the Nexus 7 2 so we see how it compares to the iPad mini in our comparison review. See also: new Nexus 7 (2013) review: the best Android tablet.

Google has called this year's Nexus 7 simply the 'new Nexus 7' but from here on out we'll be calling it the Nexus 7 2. See also: Google unveils new Nexus 7 2 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

We've pulled together the price and specification of the iPad mini and Nexus 7 2, put them under the microscope and compared them with each other. We haven't seen the Nexus 7 2 in the flesh yet but watch out for a review soon.

Before you hit the comments section, we realise that the iPad mini is a few months older than the new Nexus 7 2. So when the iPad mini 2 eventually tips up, we'll compare it to the Nexus 7 2.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Price

Unlike Apple's usual pricing policy, Google has upped the cost of the Nexus 7 2 compared with the original. It's £40 more but still cheaper that the equivalent iPad mini models. Note that the price gap is much larger at 32GB compared to 16GB.

See also: iPad Mini price in UK.

 

Apple iPad mini

Google Nexus 7 2

16GB Wi-Fi only

£269

£199

32GB Wi-Fi only

£349

£239

64GB Wi-Fi only

£429

n/a

16GB Wi-Fi + 4G

£369

n/a

32GB Wi-Fi + 4G

£449

£299

64GB Wi-Fi + 4G

£529

n/a

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Dimensions

Stand these two tablets next to each other and they are exactly the same height. However, the Nexus 7 2 is a fair amount smaller in width which will make it easier to hold with one hand.

Google's tablet is a little lighter than its fruit flavoured rival but the iPad mini is thinner. It's swings and roundabouts here. See also: Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 comparison review.

 

Dimensions

Thickness

Weight

Apple iPad mini

135 x 200mm

7.2mm

308g (312g 4G)

Google Nexus 7 2

114 x 200mm

8.65mm

290g (299g 4G)

Google Nexus 7 2 tablet

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Screen

Screen sizes remain the same as previous (7.9in and 7in) but the Nexus 7 2 resolution has been increased from 1280x800 to 1920x1200. The iPad mini has an iPad 2 matching res of 1024x768.

Crunch the numbers and it’s a big win for the Nexus 7 2 here. It's got almost double the pixel density of the iPad mini at 323ppi against 163ppi.

 

Size

Resolution

Pixel Density

Apple iPad mini

7.9in

1024x768

163ppi

Google Nexus 7 2

7in

1920x1200

323ppi

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2:  Processor and memory

A specs upgrade means the Nexus 7 2 beats the iPad mini on processor and memory, on paper at least (we'll benchmark the Nexus when we get one). It's got a faster chip with twice as many cores plus four times the amount of RAM.

 

Processor speed

Cores

RAM

Apple iPad mini

1GHz

Dual-core

512MB

Google Nexus 7 2

1.5GHz

Quad-core

2GB

iPad mini

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Storage

Ignoring price points, the iPad mini still has an advantage when it comes to storage. This is down to the fact that Apple offers a 64GB model while Google has stuck with a maximum of 32GB.

Neither tablet has a microSD for memory expansion so you'll need to pick your capacity wisely.

 

Storage options

microSD slot

Apple iPad mini

16/32/64GB

No

Google Nexus 7 2

16/32GB

No

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Cameras

Things are a dead heat when it comes to photography equipment. Both tablets have a 5Mp rear camera and a 1.2Mp front camera. You should look elsewhere for key differentiators.

 

Rear Camera

Front Camera

Video (rear/front)

Apple iPad mini

5Mp

1.2Mp

1080p/720p

Google Nexus 7 2

5Mp

1.2Mp

1080p/720p

Google Nexus 7 2 tablet rear camera

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Connectivity

Connectivity is largely the same between the iPad mini and Nexus 7 2 with each having dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for 4G LTE. They have different physical connectors but this is no big deal. What the Nexus 7 2 has up its sleeve is NFC and wireless charging.

 

Apple iPad mini

Google Nexus 7 2

Dual-band Wi-Fi

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth 4.0

Yes

Yes

4G LTE

Yes

Yes

3.5mm headphone

Yes

Yes

NFC

No

Yes

Wireless charging

No

Yes

Port

Lightning

microUSB

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Software

We probably don't need to tell you that the iPad mini runs iOS 6 and the Nexus 7 2 comes with a new version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean. See also: Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean release date and new features.

The two are quite different you if you don't know which one you favour then we suggest you check each one out to decide which suits your needs better.

Apple iPad mini iOS 6

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 2: Battery

Despite a drop in battery capacity compared the original, Google says the Nexus 7 2 will last an extra hour. Both are tied with up to 10 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi but the iPad mini will last an extra hour if you're watching video.

 

Battery size

Video Playback

Web browsing

Apple iPad mini

4400mAh

10 hours

10 hours

Google Nexus 7 2

3950mAh

9 hours

10 hours

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With a better specification for a cheaper price, the Nexus 7 2 beats the iPad mini for us on paper. We're sure the iPad mini 2 will give it a run for its money though.


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