America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilisation in between. - Oscar Wilde
That said the Ipad Mini isn't flawless. Testing the device we found that the Ipad Mini is prone to picking up marks and scratches. Even putting it safely within a bag containing no sharp objects the black version of the Ipad Mini still managed to pick up a blemish.
While the Nexus 7 isn't perfect, with its metal finished outer lining also being fairly prone to chipping, the Ipad Mini is worse, with its finish proving downright delicate by comparison.
Winner: Ipad Mini.
A final perk of the Ipad Mini's design is its diminutive bezel. The Ipad Mini's screen is as close to the edge as we've ever seen on a tablet. This means that despite being in the same size bracket as the Nexus and Kindle, the Ipad Mini has a larger 7.9in display.
Despite being larger, the Ipad Mini's display isn't as pleasant to look at as the Nexus 7's and Kindle Fire's smaller 7in screens.
Unlike the Iphone 5 and new 10in Ipad, the Ipad Mini doesn't feature Retina display technology. Instead the Ipad Mini has a usable, albeit slightly disappointing 7.9in 1,024x768 resolution, 168ppi display.
While legible, the screen isn't anywhere near as good as the Nexus 7's and Kindle Fire HD's similar 7in 1,280x800 HD, 216ppi displays.
Choosing between the Nexus 7's and the Kindle Fire HD's displays is more difficult. With their identical specifications they match each other for performance. Though with prolonged use, we have to admit that the Nexus 7's screen is slightly brighter and as such, give it this round.
Winner: Nexus 7.
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