iPad Mini Vs Google Nexus 7 – Which One Is Better?

nexus 7 vs ipad mini

Apple iPad mini and Google Nexus 7 is the top choice this holiday season, most of the buyers needing a perfect budget tablet are looking for only these two tablets. Although these are not the only budget tablets in the market, but yes right now they are the only tablets that matter most. Now the most important question arises is, which one is the best in this category.
Well, comparing these two based on the specification is very hard. One has to use both the devices to appreciate their differences. No one became a clear winner in the market, as Apple already has dominated the tablet market so it is still dominating but these outstanding products from Google made even most loyal Apple customers to think about Nexus series tablets once. Let us see what both the devices have to offer to the consumer.

Design, Build, and Dimension

iPad Mini is as usual well designed like other Apple products, the aluminium case make it look like a sophisticated device. With the dimension of 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm, iPad Mini is thin and light that makes it more comfortable to hold while the Nexus 7 with the dimension of 198.5 x 120 x 10.5mm is a little thicker than iPad mini. If we consider the weight iPad mini is a little lighter than the Nexus 7, where iPad mini weighs 308g, the nexus 7 weighs 340g. With the pattern back Nexus 7 is somewhat easy to grip especially when you are on the move. Both the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini are well designed but as far as the the build quality is concerned iPad Mini has an edge over Nexus 7.

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For the Apple loyalist the display of iPad Mini will be a great disappointment as it doesn’t come with Retina display. iPad Mini has 7.9 inches LED backlit IPS display at a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with a pixel density of 163ppi. Due to absence of Retina display it will lack the contrast and sharpness. Google has an edge over here, as it comes with 7 inches LED backlit IPS LCD screen with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 216ppi. You will get perfect picture and video quality with vibrant colors and perfect sharpness and contrast with better viewing angle. Viewing anything on Nexus 7 in direct sunlight is a little bit disappointing. Based on technical metrics, the Nexus 7 should be a better tablet in terms of display.


The Apple iPad Mini tablet is powered by Apple’s A5 dual core 1GHz processor, it is the same CPU that powers the iPad 2. With it A5 processor you will be able to use any app flawlessly with ease, it makes the tablet quite responsive. The processor is fast and powerful enough to perform any high end task, you can play high end games without any lag and the iOS also performs buttery smooth.
Though the Apple iPad Mini is a very powerful device, Google has again challenged it by its quad core Tagera 3 processor with 1.3GHz Cortex-A9CPU and a ULP GeForce GPU. This powerful processor makes high end gaming experience a breeze, it can handle multi-tasking and graphics intensive games with equal ease. There is no doubt that Nexus 7 is a high performance device with respect to the iPad Mini, but still I don’t think you will have any problem to use any apps and games with iPad Mini.

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Operating System Features and Custamization

iPad Mini has Apple trademark mobile operating system iOS 6 which is the best operating system for Apple mobile devices. It brings thousands of apps with it that suits all types of tastes, it includes high end games, social media integration, movies and TV shows, there is nothing that it doesn’t offer to its users. Although it needs to improve its maps functionality.
Google Nexus 7 comes with the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system which is the best operating system for mobiles and tablet. Although Google Play is not as developed as the Apple’s App store, but it is growing quickly and it will surely give a tough competition to the Apple’s App store in near future.


As all variants of Apple iPad the iPad Mini also comes in three variants of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB where as the Nexus 7 comes with only 16GB and 32GB variants, so iPad Mini has an advantage and a better choice for those who needs more storage space. Since both the tablets don’t support external MicroSD cards so you will not be able to increase storage space. iPad Mini definitely has an edge over the nexus 7 here.


Google Nexus 7 has disappointed its users a lot here, the missing rear camera is a big disappointment here. It looks like they have provided camera only for video calling purpose. Nexus 7 comes with 1.2 Megapixels front camera only. Though the front camera is very good for video calling purpose.
The iPad Mini has a big advantage here because of its 5 Megapixels rear camera and 1.2 Megapixels front facing camera. The rear camera allows you to click pictures and capture HD videos. The front facing camera is very impressive for video calling. So iPad Mini is definitely a winner in this case.

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Battery Life

Both the devices have decent battery life, where the Nexus 7 provides 9-10 hours of heavy use in a single charge, the iPad Mini’s battery proves to be a better performer here. iPad Mini offers 10-12 hours of battery life when you put it into heavy uses.


When we compare both the tablets, no one leads with a big difference till now. Both the devices are going neck to neck but when it comes to the price, Nexus 7 takes a huge lead. Nexus 7 comes at starting price of $199 which is very less as compared to the price of iPad Mini which starts from $329. So you can see there is a huge gap of over $200 if we include shipping, taxes, and other charges.



Final Verdict

There is no doubt that Apple has been producing state of the art devices and iPad Mini is not an exception, as it is well built and sophisticated device with very comfortable Apple’s eco-system. But Nexus 7 would be a good choice for the users who like to customize their devices. With better display and powerful quad-core Tagera 3 processor and highly affordable price it attracts the Apple loyalists also.

Apple iPad Mini MD528LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) Asus Nexus 7 1B32 7-Inch 32 GB Tablet