Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad Mini – FIGHT!

Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad Mini – FIGHT!

They’re tablets, they’re small and they’re both vying for your hard-earned cash – so how do they shape up on the specs front?

Google has just revealed the second generation of the Nexus 7 tablet,
and it has the iPad Mini firmly in its crosshairs. So how do the two
7(ish)-inchers square up when it comes to specs, design and software?

Build quality

The iPad Mini is a gloriously well-made product, its aluminium and
glass body exuding solidity when you hold it in your mitt. It’s thin and
lightweight (a mere 308g ), and the bezel surrounding the screen is
tiny. The plastic-dominated Google Nexus 7 doesn’t give the impression
of being quite so solid or “premium” a product, but it does feel better
in your hand than the Mini. It’s lighter, thinner and narrower than the
previous Nexus 7, but retains a similarly soft-touch, slightly rubbery

Winner: iPad Mini


The original Nexus 7, with a 7in screen and 1280 x 800 resolution,
already had the beating of the iPad Mini with its 1024 x 768 7.9in
display – at least when it comes to pixel density and sharpness – and
Google has upped its game with the second-gen Nexus 7. The new model has
a 7in 1920 x 1200 display, giving it a pixel density of 323ppi to the
iPad Mini’s 162ppi. The performance has been boosted too: it’s now able
to display 30 percent more colours.

Screen – iPad Mini

iPad Mini, however, does have a far larger screen, with around 30
percent extra space. And its colour reproduction and contrast are
excellent. The extra screen real estate does, in our opinion, make for a
better tablet app experience – while the Nexus 7’s size (barely bigger
than a phablet) makes it better for media consumption (videos, ebooks

Winner: Nexus 7

Processing power

The new Nexus 7 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at its
heart, accompanied by 2GB of RAM. The iPad Mini has an Apple-made
dual-core A5 chip with 512MB of RAM.

While we haven’t given the Nexus 7 a proper test yet, judging from its
load-out it’ll offer markedly faster performance than the iPad Mini. And
given that the latter is almost a year old, that’s unsurprising. It’ll
be interesting to see how the next iPad Mini (possibly being unveiled in
September) holds up against the new Nexus 7.

Winner: Nexus 7

Operating system

There was a time when Android couldn’t touch iOS in the usability
stakes, but that’s no longer the case. With Jelly Bean, Google’s OS has
finally reached a place where it can be talked about in the same breath
as Apple’s: a smooth, crisp and lag-free interface. The new Nexus 7
comes with Android 4.3 (in fact it’s the first device to do so), which
sports slightly more polish as well as a handful of new features,
parental controls (you can prevent profiles accessing certain apps and
making in-app purchases). Being a Nexus device, the OS is devoid of any
third-party embellishments – it’s pure Google, and a slicker experience
for it.

OS – Google Nexus 7 2 Android

6 is on board the iPad Mini, and it’s moved beyond its early issues
(chiefly Maps, which you thankfully no longer have to use) to become
just as intuitive and polished as previous versions. It’s more of a
walled garden, more tightly controlled than Android, but for some that’s
preferable. iOS has the better range of available apps too, especially
when it comes to those designed specifically for tablets. And iOS 7, the
biggest change in terms of visual design from a version of the OS yet,
is just around the corner.

Winner: iPad Mini


While the original Nexus 7 was pretty pathetic in the snapper stakes,
the new model has a 5MP camera on the rear and a 1.2MP camera on the
front for Google Hangouts. The iPad Mini has the exact same setup.
Without in-depth testing we can’t make a call on which is the better
when it comes to delivering image quality, but the differences are
likely to be fairly small.

Winner: Draw


The iPad Mini is available with just Wi-Fi, or in a “Wi-Fi + Cellular”
version that offers on-the-go Internet access at HSPA, HSPA+ and
DC-HSDPA speeds (that’s faster than standard 3G, but not as fast as
LTE’s “true” 4G). The new Nexus 7 is available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/LTE
modes, making it the better choice for mobile Internet.

Winner: Nexus 7

Initial Verdict

Looking at the specs and pricing, the new Nexus 7 edges it in this
contest. It’s far cheaper than the iPad Mini, especially as you move up
the range; it features more processing power; it offers real 4G support;
its screen is significantly sharper.

Initial verdict – Nexus 7 2

iPad Mini has screen size and build quality in its favour, as well as
iOS and access to a better range of tablet-tailored apps. It holds
plenty of appeal for those who want to do more than just read ebooks,
watch videos and browse the web – but that doesn’t seem enough to
justify the price disparity.

We’re calling this a narrow victory for the new Google Nexus 7. Your move, Apple.


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