Nexus 7 is undoubtedly currently the best available Android tablet one could get under $200 but we cannot help but imagine where would the Nexus 7 stand when compared to the yet to be released Apple iPad Mini.
Design And Body Build
Since we don’t have any leak or even a rumor which indicates the design and body build of the next generation iPad Mini, we can’t really judge it. As for the Nexus 7 tablet, its dimensions are 196.7x133x7.9mm and weighs about 340g. The Nexus 7, has not been compromised much on build quality for price. However, the tablet’s physical features and the feel which it gives on holding it easily gives away that the Nexus 7 has been built and designed by ASUS.
In fact, according to Richard Goodwin from KnowYourMobile’s, the Nexus 7 “feels solid” and “does not look, feel or seem like a budget tablet.”
Winner: Unfair to decide before Apple iPad Mini launch date.
Nexus 7, as understood by its name, features a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display. The display is capable of multi-touch and comes with gorilla glass technology. The Nexus 7 display offers a resolution of 1280×800 pixel complemented by a pixel density of 216ppi. iPad Mini on the other hand might be a little disappointing than its predecessor in terms of display.
If rumors are to be believed then the iPad mini will not feature the Retina display technology on its 7.85 inch display and will simply have a resolution of 1024X768 pixels. Although its sharpness will be very much comparable to that of the new iPad but it just won’t be able to beat the new iPad without the Retina display. Experts believe that Apple must have taken this step in order to control the cost of the iPad Mini.
Winner: Nexus 7
Nexus 7 comes with a Nvidia Tegra 3 1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 processor complemented by ULP GeForce GPU. The Nexus 7 is undoubtedly smooth and does not lag at all, however, like all other quad core devices, Nexus 7 also heats up a lot but since it hasn’t been much time since the introduction of quad core processors in hand held devices, it will be too soon to say if the extra heat has any effect on the overall life or experience of the device.
There haven’t been any rumors or leaks about the iPad Mini’s tech specs specially when the processor is concerned but keeping in mind that Apple is trying for iPad Mini to be a budget tablet, experts are guessing that the iPad Mini will most probably feature a dual core processor with CPU speed somewhere falling near the upper side of 1GHz.
Winner: Nexus 7
Both the tablets are a little disappointing in terms of storage. The Google Nexus 7 comes in two variants featuring 8/16 GB of internal memory respectively and with the RAM being 1 GB in size. Apple iPad Mini on the other hand, will also come in similar storage options, however, it is not clear that what amount of RAM which the iPad Mini will feature. Surprisingly, both the devices don’t have a microSD card slot.
Android vs iOS war has being going on since the very beginning, both the OS’s handle multitasking flawlessly, both are pretty smooth and more or less have almost the same number of applications. While Nexus 7 already comes with the latest version of Android available, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the iPad Mini will most probably come with iOS6 right out of the box.
Both Nexus 7 and iPad Mini are tablets considered to be in the ‘budget’ category and frankly speaking, it is quite tough deciding which one to opt for. But after giving it many thoughts we found the Nexus 7 to be more appealing at the moment. That’s mainly because of the Nexus 7 quad core processor and, the iPad Mini specifications and features still being a mystery.