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

Thu Jul 25 2013, 11:15

Processor
Google Nexus 7 2: Quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
Apple iPad Mini: Dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor

The Google Nexus 7 2 might be billed as a 'budget' tablet, but the device has a high-end processor, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The Apple iPad Mini, on the other hand, features a lesser dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor.

While we're yet to put the Google Nexus 7 to the test, its quad-core processor should make for all-round slick performance, especially given its upgraded 2GB of RAM. However, due to the large number of different sized Android devices on the market, it remains to be seen whether app performance will be as smooth as it is on the iPad Mini.

Software
Google Nexus 7 2: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Apple iPad Mini: iOS 6

It's always tricky comparing an Android tablet against an iOS device when it comes to software, as most people will already have picked their favourite.

Google Nexus 7 2 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The second generation Google Nexus 7 is the first device to feature Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, although as it's quite a small update there's not much for users to get excited about. New features include multi-user support with restricted profiles, which is good for parents whose kids are fans of in-app purchases.

With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean onboard, the Google Nexus 7 is also much more customisable than the Apple iPad, with users given the ability to add custom widgets, live wallpapers and so on.

However, while some will prefer Android to iOS, Apple's mobile operating system offers a much simpler, stripped down experience possibly better suited to those new to the tablet market. It's also better when it comes to applications, offering more big-name titles and more applications overall.

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