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Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs Apple iPad Mini specs comparison

We pit the budget tablets head to head
Thu Jul 25 2013, 11:15

INTERNET GIANT Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday, building on the success of the first Nexus 7 as it looks to further challenge the iPad in the competitive tablet market.

With a full HD screen, quad-core chip and the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the second Nexus 7 is certainly a decent upgrade compared to last year's Nexus 7 tablet. However, it remains to be seen whether the firm has done enough to compete against Apple's iPad Mini, which has overtaken Apple's full sized iPad in sales.

We decided to compare the two tablets' specifications head to head, to see which tablet comes out on top on paper.

Google Nexus 7 2 vs Apple iPad Mini

Measurements and weight
Google Nexus 7 2: 201x114x8.65, 290g
Apple iPad Mini: 200x135x7.2mm, 312g 

People shopping for a 7in tablet are doing so because they want a portable device, and both the Google Nexus 7 2 and iPad Mini are handbag friendly.

Although it's the newer, and smaller screened of the two, Google's Nexus 7 is slightly thicker than Apple's iPad Mini, measuring 8.65mm thick compared to 7.2mm. It is lighter, however, tipping the scales at 290g compared to Apple's 312g tablet. While this means that the iPad Mini wins in terms of measurements, despite its larger 7.9in screen, buyers are unlikely to notice much difference between the two, as both are compact and lightweight.

Apple's iPad Mini is also relatively lightweight despite being built predominantly from aluminium, while Google's second generation Nexus 7 is constructed entirely from plastic and 22g lighter.

Google Nexus 7 2: 7in 1920x1200 LCD display, 331ppi
Apple iPad Mini: 7.9in 1024x784 LED backlit IPS display, 162ppi

There's a clear winner here.

While Apple's iPad Mini features a larger 7.9in screen, its 1024x784 resolution is slightly disappointing. This is particularly disappointing given the full sized iPad's 2048x1536 Retina display, with speculation suggesting that Apple could be gearing up to launch a Retina display equipped iPad Mini 2.

Ipad Mini with Smart Cover IOS 6

However, for those who don't want to wait for Apple's next iPad announcement, Google's Nexus 7 2 could be a viable alternative with its better display, with Google touting its second tablet as the "highest resolution 7in tablet" available on the market thanks to its full HD 1920x1200 screen.

Although we're yet to physically see the Nexus 7 2 screen, it certainly crushes the iPad Mini screen on paper.

Next: Processor, software.


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