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Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Which One Is Actually Worth Your Money?

If you read my last opinion on the iPad Mini, you’ll understand that this guy does not have a chance in the budget or 7-inch tablet market. I want to love the iPad Mini so much, I really do, but I just can’t. Apple has created way too many mediocre attempts on there most recent devices, and it is appalling to see that a once great and innovative company take a nose dive since their original success in 2007 with the first true smartphone that we have known as the iPhone. Apple just announced their iPad Mini yesterday during the severely limited event. Everyone though Apple would be taking the 7-inch or “budget” tablet market by storm. Priced at the way it is, and considering it is nearly the same as the iPad 3 or upcoming iPad 4, it’s not going to be taking a market by storm (aside from Apple’s followers).

All of that said, Google’s Nexus 7 may be one of the most powerful 7-inch tablets available on the market for an extremely low price set at $199. Can Apple’s $329 iPad Mini best it? I highly doubt it as the “best” iPad Mini you can get sits at $659 if you want both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. You may argue that you are also paying for the experience, and that is somewhat true, but again I ask you, how is this supposed to compete with the Nexus 7 if it is priced so high? I mean, the best Nexus 7 you can get is only $50 more than the lesser version. It sits at $249 as opposed to Apple’s minimal version sitting at $329.

In terms of hardware, the iPad Mini is running the older A5 processor while the Nexus 7 is clocked at 1.2GHz on NVIDIA’s quad core Tegra 3 CPU which in benchmark tests, was a whole lot better than Apple’s iPad 3 A5X processor chip. It amazes me that Apple thinks that they are going to be able to compete with such a device on older technology that is also for some reason more expensive. Android and iOS are entirely different operating systems and should be treated as such. You can’t really compare the two, which is why I put such a focus on the hardware. As I mentioned in my last opinion about the iPad Mini, it is ridiculous that Apple thinks that they are going to be able to compete with the likes of the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDs and even Nook HDs when the iPad Mini is so much more expensive.

I can say right now that the Nexus 7 is more bang for your buck, especially if you wait until the Google Playground event concludes. What has been said is that they will be releasing a 32GB model of the Nexus 7 priced at a mere $249. The iPad Mini is priced at $429 for their 32GB version, which as you can imagine is basically going to be identical to the Nexus 7 in terms of hardware if not worse. Please tell me how this is really something worth dumping your money into? The ever-expanding Google experience is something worth investing in for a whopping $200 difference.

I really don’t want to hate on Apple, but the pricing differences between the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini is huge. Consumers need to start demanding that they produce better devices than their latest inept attempts.

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  1. I don’t know where your info, but as of august the android market was only 25,000 apps short of apples 700,000 available apps. 75% of android apps are free, while 40% of apples are. Sure there might be a few more “low quality” apps on android, but there is a high quality replacement for 95% of apples quality apps. There are also plenty of games that push the dual and quad core processors of tablets. So unless I’m using it for only email, it is under powered compared to its competition. I’m typing this on a nexus 7 and have had no complaints at all. Its not restrictive in any way, and anyone with half a brain knows apple builds restrictiveness into both its hardware and software. Get your facts straight.Also, writer of the article, it could use a proof read…my comment as well, but as I said, I’m on a tablet.

  2. Its not that its underpowered, because its really not, no one will ever need more than what the a5 can do for quite some time, simply because there are no apps that push that limit yet, especially with the ipad 2 resolution. And when it comes to buying a tablet or phone, the specs are only half the purchase, one doesn’t buy a tablet if they don’t first put some consideration into the services provided; the apple app store is better than anything else out there, no one even comes close to it. I agree, the ipad mini is over priced, but the competing app stores are very underwhelming and have been for years (aka growth has been and will continue to be slow). So the purchase of another tablet, although at first may seem very wise, has been and will continue to be regretted as they discover the restricted nature of apple’s competition.

  3. As Stevie would have said:

    Why in the WORLD is this thing so overprice for what you Get? And what is all this nonsense about it being a 7″ tablet. It is properly an 8″ or my name isn’t Stevie Wonder.

  4. The ipad mini is going to fail with any literate person who can read specs or anyone who is not in love with apple and is genuinly looking for a good device… My 2¢

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