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Apple Ipad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD head to head review

We take a critical look at Apple, Google and Amazon's small tablets
Mon Nov 19 2012, 14:23

THOUGH APPLE WAS THE FIRST to enter the 10in tablet market, it daudled at bringing out a 7in Ipad.

Because of this it lost a lot of ground to competitors Google and Amazon, which both released their Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD tablets weeks if not months before Apple even announced its Ipad Mini.

Still, now that Ipad Mini is out, we have to concede that it is a very nice device. The question now is, is the Ipad Mini good enough to lure people away from its more established Android competition? 

Design and build
Visually all three devices are about as different as tablets can be, featuring radically different dimensions, weights and designs.

Of the three we found the Ipad Mini to be the most visually pleasing. Measuring 200x135x7.2mm, the Ipad Mini is by far the thinnest, making the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD with their 197x120x10.5mm and 193x137x10.3mm measurements look positively fat.

iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD side

The Ipad Mini's visual allure is aided by the fact that, unlike the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, Apple's new tablet's chassis is made of metal, featuring a curved aluminium casing and flat back. The use of metal makes the Ipad Mini feel plusher than the Nexus and Kindle, which other than their Gorilla Glass coated screens are both made nearly entirely of plastic.

Even though the Ipad Mini features a durable metal casing, it's not the heaviest of the three. In fact, the Ipad Mini is the lightest, weighing a modest 308g. This makes the Ipad Mini far more comfortable in the hand than the heavier Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, which weigh 340g and 395g, respectively.

 

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