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Now that the iPad mini is official, the inevitable comparison between itself and its arch-rival, Google Nexus 7, will definitely pop in different parts of the blogosphere. It has been months that we have been holding our money for the Nexus 7 just to give way for what Apple could possibly offer with its junior iPad. And now the big question boils down to which outperforms which. Check out what I have to say after I pit the two 7-inchers against each other.

Specs
iPad mini
Google Nexus 7


Screen
7.9-inch
7-inch


LED-backlit IPS
IPS display


163 PPI
216 PPI





Processor
Dual Core Apple A5
1.2GHz quad-core, NVIDIA Tegra 3





Connectivity
LTE, WiFi @ 2.4GHz and 5GHz
WiFi, Rumored Cellular Connectivity


 No NFC
 NFC-enabled

Camera
Back
Back: None


5-megapixel



1080p video







Front
Front


FaceTime HD
1.2 MP





Video
1080p HD video recording
None





Ports
Lightning connector, 3.5mm audio
micro USB,



3.5mm audio





Storage
16GB/32GB/64GB flash storage
8GB, 16GB, 32GB (rumored)


non-expandable
non-expandable

Memory
512MB RAM
1GB RAM





Virtual Assistant
Siri
Google Now





Weight
308g
340g





Dimensions
7.2mm thick
10.45mm thick





Operating System
iOS 6
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)





Battery
10 hours
4,325mAh (up to 8 hours)





Pricing
$329 (16GB WiFi)
$199 (8GB)


$459 (16GB LTE)
$249 (16GB)


$429 (32GB)



$559 (32GB LTE)



$519 (64GB)



$659 (64GB LTE)




Hardware

Personally, the first thing that I would consider in choosing a tablet is the hardware itself. And even being an Apple user, I would definitely agree that the Nexus 7 is the unanimous winner. The latest iPad mini only uses the old 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 chip from iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Nexus 7 is the faster worker with 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A9 paired with the NVIDIA ULP GPU.

Another vital point is the RAM itself. The miniature iPad only has 512MB of RAM compared to the 1GB RAM of Google’s tablet. Nexus 7 also grabs positive reviews with its textured rubber-ish back design. And iPad mini took its design with the iPhone 5 – sleek and classy with aluminum finish.

Display

When we talk about the display, the iPad mini has a 35% more real estate compared to the Nexus 7. But when we talk about sharpness, the latter outperforms the miniature iPad’s 163PPI with its 216PPI. And to dig in deeper, the iPad mini’s bigger screen only offers 1024 x 768 resolution while the Nexus 7 has 1280 x 800 display resolution.

Camera

Talking about the camera, Google designed the Nexus 7 without a rear snapper because they believe that it is not ideal to take pictures using a tablet so they just affixed a 1.2MP front-facing camera on the device. Apple believes otherwise, they treated the iPad mini with the same iSight camera that they’ve used with its bigger breathren. Yes, that’s 5MP rear shooter and 1.2MP Facetime camera. So if you oppose in the ideas of Google, then for sure you have the heart for iPad mini.

Price and Availability

As for the price, Nexus 7 is the runaway winner. The base unit starts with $199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB. iPad mini, on the otherhand, starts with $249 for 16GB. A rumored 32GB of Nexus 7 will sell for $249 once released so I think you’re holding your money for that.

iOS vs Android

And then there goes the platform, Apple’s iOS ecosystem offers a wide-range of compatible apps for tablet compared to Android. So when we are talking about platform optimization, iPad mini will surely have better support from iOS.

Summary
To sum up, hardware, clearer display and value-for-money goes to Google Nexus 7. Camera, app optimization and bigger display goes to iPad mini. Basing on my preferences, I would go for the Google Nexus 7. And as for you my dear readers, the cards are open. It’s up for you to choose the device that will fit in your needs and preferences.

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