iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7

With a killer combo of performance, price and portability, the Nexus 7 dominates the 7inch battlefield!

Google Nexus 7 Specs
Display: 7″ IPS LCD, 1280×800 (216PPI)
OS: Android 4.2 JellyBean
CPU: Quad-Core Tegra 3 @1.3GHz
Camera: 1.2MP, 720p [front]
Connectivity: WiFi, 3.5mm, NFC, microUSB
Battery: 10hrs

Asus once again delivers with a solidly made slate, with a solid finish and rubberised back so you can carry it in your bag without too many worries about scratches. The bezel is slightly larger than on the iPad Mini and the Nexus as a whole is taller than the Fire HD. On th inside however, the Nexus 7 houses a quad-core Tegra 3 beast that fires up even the most demanding Adnroid apps, plus a 1280×800 screen to deliver any HD blockbusters in super-sharp colour and clarity.

The 216PPI also ensures that high-res images and text are displayed with razor sharp edges and texting and emailing even though the Fire HD handles movies slightly better. Software wise, it’s all good news though – the native Android Jelly Bean is the most up-do-date version on any tablet currently available and is sure to be kept up-do-date with future patches imminent. This means the Nexus 7 has full run of the Google Play store and will delight gamers who can noe enjoy the more crunchier titles in the TegraZone.

And finally there’s the price! Depending on where you buy it from, the Nexus retails for about R 3200 – or almost half of the iPad Mini and at similar prices to the Fire HD, but without any of the latters restrictions! So while the iPad Mini is still a better tab overall, the Nexus 7 is the tab that we would buy in a heartbeat.

The Verdict

At just slightly over R3 000, the Nexus 7 is the tablet for the people! Make sure you get your hands on one for 2013.

Whilst the Nexus 7 scrapped the rear facing camera to keep costs down, its front 1.2MP camera is better than the Kindle Fire HD’s and is definitely more than enough for video calls.

The Nexus 7 runs the latest version of Android Jelly Bean and since it belongs to Google’s flagship Nexus range of devices will always be first to get new updates.

If the lack of 3G was pushing you towards the iPad Mini, its worth noting that the Nexus 7 is now also available in a – slightly more expensive – HSPA+ version.

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  1. Romano Fourie says:

    iPad mini is way better

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