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Nexus 7 (2013) Vs. iPad Mini: Which is Better?

The release of Google’s latest tablet recently sparked renewed interest in the 7 inch tablet market. The Nexus 7 (2013) is an upgrade to last year’s model that now comes with superior hardware specs and surpasses its predecessor in almost all aspects. But how well does this new device stack up against Apple’s iPad Mini? Let’s compare both devices.

nexus 7 vs ipad mini

Display

The iPad Mini has a larger display (7.9 inches) compared to the Nexus 7 (7.02 inches). Despite having a size advantage it is the Nexus that has the better display with its resolution of 1920×1200 at 323ppi compared to the Mini’s 1024×768 at 163ppi. The Nexus is a great device for playing games and watching HD movies since it has a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Mini on the other hand only has a 4:3 aspect ratio that’s not great for watching HD videos however is perfect for reading ebooks.

Processor

The Nexus 7 uses 1.5Ghz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro that should outperform the outdated 1 GHz Dual-core A5 used by the Mini.

Price

In terms of affordability it is the Nexus 7 that is much cheaper. Prices for the Nexus 7 start at $229 for the 16 GB model with the 32 GB priced at $269. The 16 GB iPad Mini starts at $329 with the 32 GB model priced at $429.

Software

What is probably the biggest difference between these two devices is that the Nexus 7 runs on android while the iPad Mini runs on iOS. It’s difficult to compare both systems since it all boils down to which one a person prefers to use. An Android user will immediately chooser the Android OS while an apple user will most likely choose iOS.

Quick Comparison

Nexus 7 (2013)

  • Screen Size: 7.02-inches
  • Resolution and Pixel Density: 1920×1200, 32
  • Processor Speed: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5Ghz
  • Battery Life: Up to 9 hours active use
  • Storage Space: 16 or 32GB
  • Camera: 1.2MP front, 5MP rear
  • Price: $229 16GB, $269 32GB, $349 32GB LTE
  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • LTE Option: Yes, via Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T

iPad Mini

  • Screen Size: 7.9-inches
  • Resolution and Pixel Density: 1024×768, 163ppi
  • Processor Speed: Dual-core A5
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
  • Storage Space: 16, 32 or 64GB
  • Camera: 1.2MP front, 5MP rear
  • Price: WiFi: $329 16GB, $429 32GB, $529 64GB LTE$459 16GB, $559 32GB, $659 64GB
  • OS: iOS 6 (iOS 7)
  • LTE Option: Yes, via AT&T, Verizon and Sprint

If you are looking for a small sized tablet at an affordable price then the latest Nexus 7 device is definitely worth considering since it has better hardware specs.