The Nexus 7 Vs iPad Mini 2

For a long time, the iPad Mini was the only contender in the midsize tablet range with no clear competitor in view. The Nexus 7 though seems to be the first of its kind capable of dealing a knockout blow to the iPad Mini 2, yet to be announced. So how does this new entrant fair against the reigning champion and its upgrade?

Let’s first check out the makers of these two brilliant gizmos. To start with Google and Apple both have been working day and night to make their latest offerings the market winners but Google was first to the blocks with its early release with Apple lagging behind. Did this really make a difference? Actually not much, since timing isn’t as critical as the offering itself. Let’s get started with our in-depth comparison.

Display

With the new Nexus 7, it is a IPS display 10 finger 7 inch LCD screen with a nascent resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels and 178 degree viewing. The iPad Mini 2 is also touted to have a similar 7 inch HD display with a greater clarity than the existing Mini. We have to give it to the Nexus 7 for its IPS display screen.

Processer And Power

iPad and Nexus 7

The Google offering has a S4 Snapdragon 1.5GHz CPU with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM while the Mini 2 looks like it will harbor a A6X chipset within (reportedly a dual core) a better GPU and a higher RAM. Looks like, the iPad Mini wins it hands down here.

Storage

With 16GB of internal memory, the Nexus looks like it isn’t willing to provide a microSD slot any time soon. With the Mini 2 there are lot more options available. Some say it may even get a 128GB version for business users. Naturally, consumers will be spoilt for choice in the iPad selection. Again the winner here is the iPad Mini 2.

Camera

5MP rear facing and 1.2MP rear facing camera from Google in its Nexus 7 might just tempt customers who want something with better image and video capacity. The current Mini from Apple though already comes with 5MP rear facing camera that can record videos at 1080p and a front 1.2MP with 720p recording ability. It is safe to say the iPad Mini 2 will report a better hardware than this and hence it wins once again.

Firmware

iPad Mini 2 is going to use the iOS 7 that has already been updated six times and will get a final update before the Mini 2 is launched. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 will provide the latest 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, which is currently exclusive to the Nexus 7. No clear winner here as one actually has to try the interfaces out before rating them.

Availability

With the Nexus 7 already released, Google and Asus are ahead in this respect as opposed to Apple. No certain news on Apple’s unveiling leaves us believing that it ought to happen sometime in the last quarter of 2013. Naturally, just based on availability, we would give it to the Nexus 7.

Final Verdict

How do you compare a product already in the market and another not yet available? Honestly one can’t provide a subjective comparison other than trying to make head and tail meet from speculations. Nevertheless, it might be wise to wait for the iPad Mini 2 to come out before actually deciding on either but those who can’t wait won’t really feel cheated with the Nexus 7. It is a good offering at a decent price – go for it!

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