Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs. Apple iPad Mini: Specs Compared

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Editors' Note: If you're looking for how the new iPad mini with Retina display (aka iPad mini 2) stacks up against the Nexus 7 (2013), we have the details on how their specs compare

With a starting price $100 lower than iPad mini, a high-res screen and the brand new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is well-positioned to take on Apple's small slate. But just how well does Google's 7-inch, $229 tablet compare to the 8-inch, $329 iPad mini?

The latest Nexus 7 sports a sharper 1920 x 1200-pixel display, which blows away the Apple iPad mini's 1024 x 768 resolution. However, the iPad mini offers a slightly larger display, at 7.9 inches vs. 7 inches.While the original Nexus 7 had no rear-camera at all, the new model matches the iPad mini pixel-for-pixel with a 5-MP back-facing sensor. Both tablets also have 1.2-MP front cameras.

True to the rumors, the next-generation Nexus 7 comes with a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM , Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and an Adreno 320 graphics card. Apple's iPad mini packs just 512MB of RAM to go with its proprietary Apple A5 processor. 

The new Nexus 7  measures 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches, which is almost an inch thinner than the iPad mini's 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches. The 10.22-ounce Nexus 7 is also lighter than the larger-screened iPad mini that weighs 11 ounces.

While both the Google Play and App Store offerings are closer these days than ever before, Apple boasts more than 375,000 tablet-specific apps. Google doesn't provide a specific count, we know that many leading apps are still optimized for phone screens only. The iPad also has a number of exclusive titles, including Dark Sky and "Infinity Blade 2".

The new Nexus 7 comes predictably preloaded with Google apps such as Search, Gmail, Chrome, Talk, Maps, Street View, YouTube and Google Play. The iPad mini is packed with a broader array of Apple apps such as Safari, Mail, Messages, FaceTime, iTunes, App Store, Apple Maps, Music and Newsstand. 

To do performance comparisons you'll have to stay tuned for our hands-on test results. But based on the pure specs, these two tablets are fairly close. Which will you buy? 

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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5 comments
  • Rohit Says:

    Wrong comparison it should be compared with iPad mini retina display with a7processor and double battery life.never the less the nexus is ugly badly designed product compared to ipad mini. Plus if you carry it people just look at you and think you are poor just like when you carry a samsung phone

  • Rohit Says:

    Wrong comparison it should be compared with iPad mini rentina display with a7processor and double battery life.never the less the nexus is ugly badly designed product compared to ipad mini. Plus if you carry it people just look at you and think you are poor just like when you carry a samsung phone

  • John C. E. Tucker Says:

    I think that your statement that the two tablets are "fairly close" is contradicted by the specs that you yourself list; for example, RAM in the Nexus is four times that of the miniPad, processing speed in the Nexus is 1.5 times that of the miniPad, the pixel density is almost double in the Nexus, and in the WiFi models there is no GPS in the miniPad, not to mention the cost difference. These tablets are worlds apart!

  • Chad Says:

    The ipad isn't .3" and neither is the nexus. iPad is .28" and the Nexus is .34"

  • Derek Schindhelm Says:

    You're incorrect about the weight. The new Nexus7 weighs 50 grams less than the old one coming in at 290g (this is on the spec sheet in the play store). That makes it 10.2 ounces, which is .8 less than the iPad mini's.

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