iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7

2/4/2013 9:02:28 AM

Apple’s iPad set the standard for 10in tablets, so how does its pint-sized mini fare against the best of the smaller-screen tablets?

Google’s taken a hit on the pricing of its Nexus 7, hoping to encourage take-up of the Android platform and content sales. We never expected Apple to match that price with its iPad mini, which costs $165 more than the Nexus 7 at the same 16GB capacity.

Description: iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is the smaller tablet at 120x199mm versus 135x200mm, but the mini is both thinner and lighter: the Nexus 7 is I0.5mrr and 340g; the iPad mini measures 7.2mm and weighs in at 308g.

Given this slightly larger chassis, it’s no surprise to find a larger 7.9in screen on the mini. Its 1024x768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio matches that of the iPad 2, whereas the 7in Google panel offers a higher resolution of 1280x800 pixels. This results in a 216ppi pixel pitch for Google’s tablet; 163ppi for the mini.

In our testing the Nexus 7 was also the faster of the two tablets, with its quad-core nVidia Tegra 3 chip able to offer more oomph than the iPad mini’s I GHz Apple A5 du al-core processor.

Description: In our testing the Nexus 7 was also the faster of the two tablets.

In our testing the Nexus 7 was also the faster of the two tablets.

Neither tablet accepts removable memory cards to boost the internal storage capacity, although the iPad mini offers a 64GB option where the Nexus 7 maxes out at 32GB.

Google’s Nexus 7 has a front-facing 1.2Mp camera; the iPad mini matches this and gets one up with a 5Mp rear-facing iSight camera.

The iPad mini is charged through Apple’s new Lightning connector, introduced with the iPhone 5, while the Nexus 7 takes universal Micro USB. Both have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity onboard, although Apples table: is dual-band and the firm is touting faster speeds via channel bonding. The Nexus 7, meanwhile, adds NFC to the spec sheet. Mobile 3G connectivity is an option for both tablets, and the mini also supports 4G LTE in the UK.

Description: The iPad mini

The iPad mini

The major difference between these two tablets is the software they run - that’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for the Nexus 7, and iOS 6.0 for the mini. You can read our reviews of each on pages 10 and 12 respectively.

With similar battery packs inside, expect both tablets to last around 10 hours when surfing the web.


Google Nexus 7

iPad Mini





7” HD (1280x800,216ppi

7.9” (1024x768, 163ppi)


Tegra 3 (quad-core)

A5 (dual-core)








1.2MP front camera

5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera


10 hours of web surfing

10 hours of web surfing








7.81” x 4.72” x 0.41”

7.87” x 5.3” x 0.28”





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