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Nexus 7 vs iPad mini :What makes the difference?

Nexus 7 vs iPad miniThe iPad Mini is here, so let’s have look at this new piece of technology from Apple compared to one of its Android counterparts the Nexus 7. Of course, important factors such as style, taste or ecosystem in a dry “Specs Comparison” items are not included. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see where the journey goes as far as comparing the systems and hardware of the device.

If you are looking for dry specs then check online as there are literally thousands of contrasting opinions on how the style and taste of the two tablet devices compare. Of course, you cannot evaluate a device only using its technical data. The feel of the device, the usability and personal taste play a decisive role, but sadly this article cannot dictate your personal preference–it can only give you the cold facts.

Nexus 7 vs iPad mini Comparison:

The operating system

Nexus 7 uses Android 4.1 whilst the iPad mini uses iOS 6.


You are going to find different prices for each item depending on factors like you buy online, country you buy from, and the time during the year. Suffice it to say that in general, the iPad mini is the more expensive of the two–often being more than $100+ more expensive than the Nexus 7.


The Nexus 7 is 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm and the iPad mini is 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm.

The total weight of the tablets

The Nexus 7 is 340g whilst the iPad mini is only 308g (grams).

The internal memory capacity

With Nexus 7 you can have 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of memory. With the iPad mini the memory numbers are the same as their standard lines with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of NAND Flash storage.

The random access memory capacity

The Nexus has 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM where as the iPad mini has 512MB of RAM

The tablet display

The Nexus 7 has and LED Backlight IPS. The screen size is 17.8 cm, which is 7 inches. The resolution stands at 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi). The iPad mini also has an LED backlight and a 7.9 “multi-touch display. It uses IPS technology in a 4:3 format and has a size of 20.1cm in a diagonal direction. It has a resolution 1,024 x 768 pixels (ppi 163).

RF Modules

The Nexus 7 has Wi-Fi 3.0 b / g / n, Bluetooth and NFC. The iPad mini has Wi-Fi b / g / n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), LTE and Bluetooth 4.0.

The graphics capacity

The Nexus 7 has NVIDIA GeForce ULP 12 core GPU with 416 Mhz. The iPad mini has a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 central processor that has a PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics processor.

The Camera

The Nexus 7 has a 1.3 MP front camera. The iPad mini has a 5 MP as its main camera, as well as a 1.2 MP HD front camera.

The battery

The Nexus 7 battery runs at 4325 mAh where as the iPad mini runs at 4440mAh, which is better than the iPad 2 but not as good as iPad 4th gen.


The Nexus 7 has GPS, Accelerometer, gyroscope and Magnetometer. The iPad mini has 3-axis gyro, Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, Digital compass, UMTS variant with Assisted GPS and GLONAS.

The iPad mini is more expensive and is not ideal as a starter tablet. It is however, more portable than the Nexus 7. The iPad mini also weighs more and is thinner, so it is easier to hold. The iPad mini cannot hope to compete with the iPad 4, but then it was not really designed to be a competitor to the more advanced machine. The iPad mini was designed to be a smaller version of the iPad 2. This may be why the Nexus 7 beats the iPad mini in a few respects, because the Nexus 7 is competing with a technology from the iPad 2 era. The Nexus 7 may not measure up so well to more modern versions of the standard-sized iPad.

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