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Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7

Apple did as many expected it would and announced an iPad Mini. We've pulled together the specification of Apple’s pint-sized iPad to compare it to Google's Nexus 7 tablet. Here's our Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 tablet comparison review. Updated on 24/10/12. See also: Apple iPad mini review. See also: new Nexus 7 (2013) review: the best Android tablet.

The iPad Mini has only just been revealed so this comparison is based on the specifications alone. To see what we really think of the iPad Mini check back for a full review soon. In the meantime enjoy this comparison and take a look at our iPad Mini preview.

The iPad Mini is a rival to the Nexus 7 because of its size. You could argue Apple created the iPad Mini deliberately to do so. Whether it did or not, here's how the iPad Mini stacks up against the Nexus 7.

See also: Google Nexus 7 tablet vs Apple iPad comparison review.

See also: is the Nexus 7 a good deal?

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Price

Google set a new benchmark price for budget tablets when it launched the Nexus 7. It starts at £159 for an 8GB model with a 16GB model costing £199. The price of the iPad Mini was one the most debated and unknown elements of the tablet.

We didn’t think Apple would go as low as Google, and it didn’t. The cheapest iPad Mini costs £269 for the 16GB model. This puts it at £70 more than the equivalent Nexus 7. However, a spanner may be thrown into the works since Google is expected to replace the 16GB model with a 32GB version for the same price.

See also: iPad Mini price in UK.

Google Nexus 7

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Dimensions

With similar sized screens, the two tablets are of a similar size and weight. The Nexus 7 is smaller at 120 x 199mm compared to 135 x 200mm. The width is the main difference here.

However, as we predicted Apple made the iPad Mini thinner and lighter than the Nexus 7's 10.5mm and 340g. The iPad Mini measures in at 7.2mm and 308g for the Wi-Fi only model. The Wi-Fi and 4G model is an additional 4g heavier.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Screen

There was no surprise to discover that the iPad Mini has a 7.9in display. This is a little larger than the 7in screen found on the Nexus 7.

Google's Nexus 7 uses an 800 x 1280 resolution and as we predicted, the iPad Mini uses a 1024 x 768 resolution matching that of the original iPad and iPad 2 but on a smaller screen. This makes the aspect ratio 4:3 like all previous iPads compared to 16:10.

The iPad Mini doesn’t have as detailed a screen as the Nexus 7 - its pixel density is 163ppi compared to 216ppi.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Processor

Google's Nexus 7 is equipped with an nVidia Tegra 3, a quad-core chip along with a 12-core GPU. The iPad Mini is equipped with Apple's A5 dual-core processor which was used in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. In the latter the chip is clocked at 1GHz.

Going by the processor specs, the Nexus 7 is more competent but the software the processor has to run is key to the performance.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Storage

As we mentioned earlier, Google has opted for only 16GB and 32GB models with the Nexus 7. The iPad Mini sticks to traditional Apple storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

One thing the tablets have in common is a lack of a microSD for memory expansion.

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Cameras

Google's Nexus 7 tablet has just a front facing camera rated at 1.2Mp, but the iPad Mini has more on offer with a 5Mp rear facing iSight camera and a 1.2Mp front facing FaceTime HD webcam.

Apple iPad Mini black slate

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Connectivity

One big difference in connectivity is that the iPad Mini will use Apple's new Lightning connector brought into play with the iPhone 5. Google's Nexus 7 uses Micro-USB common to Android smartphones and tablets.

As you would expect the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on-board, although Apple’s tablet is dual-band and the firm is touting faster speeds via channel bonding. However, if it bothers you, the iPad Mini doesn’t have a near-field communications (NFC) chip like Google's tablet does.

There's no 3G model of the Nexus 7, although one is rumoured to be on its way. Apple offers a Wi-Fi and cellular model of the iPad Mini which, in the UK, supports 3G and 4G LTE frequencies.

Apple iPad Mini Lightning connector

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Software

Software is an area where these tablets differ greatly. The iPad Mini will runs on Apple's own iOS 6 (with Siri) while the Nexus 7 tablet runs Google's latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read our individual reviews of each for more details

Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7: Battery

The Nexus 7 has a 16Wh battery promising 10 hours of battery life when browsing the web over Wi-Fi. The situation with the iPad Mini is almost identical with Apple claiming 10 hours battery life surfing the web over Wi-Fi thanks to its 16.3Wh battery.

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Google Nexus 7: Specs

  • Screen resolution: 1280x800
  • Screen size: 7in
  • Display technology: IPS (In-Plane Switching)
  • Touch screen: Capacitive
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Messaging capabilities: E-mail
  • Microsoft Exchange support: Yes
  • Attachment editing: Yes
  • Attachment viewing: Yes
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Battery life (as tested): 9hours
  • Processor speed: 1.3GHz
  • Processor type: Quad core
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Application store: Yes
  • Internal storage: 16GB
  • Wired Terminals / Ports: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
  • A2DP Bluetooth: Yes
  • Wireless technology supported: Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11a, Wireless
  • 2.11b, Wireless 802.11g