Apple iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7: What's the Best Small Tablet?

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Tablet shoppers are thinking small, with slates that measure less than 9 inches expected to account for more than 66 percent of sales this year. And if you want a tablet you can take anywhere, the iPad mini and Nexus 7 are the two leading options. The latest Nexus 7 from Google packs a class-leading 1920 x 1200-pixel display and dual speakers into a much sleeker design.

On the other hand, the iPad mini is very portable given its larger 7.9-inch display, and there are more than 375,000 apps made for the device. To find out which small slate reigns supreme, we pit the iPad mini against the new Nexus 7 in 13 rounds of battle. Read on to find out which tablet takes home the crown.


While both small tablets feature familiar rectangles, the new Nexus 7 is nice and slim. Measuring 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches, the width is easier to hold with one hand than the iPad mini’s 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches. On the other hand, Apple squeezed a larger 7.9-inch screen into a thinner chassis. The front of the Nexus 7 has a lot of wasted space above and below the screen.


The Nexus 7 weighs less than the mini (10.24 vs. 1 ounces). However, when holding them both the difference is nearly imperceptible. The soft-touch plastic finish on the back of the Nexus 7 is nice, but the sexy aluminum unibody on the iPad mini gives it a more premium feel.

Winner: Apple iPad mini.
The easy-to-hold width of the Nexus 7 makes this a tough choice, but the build quality of the iPad mini puts it over the top.


While Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet sports a relatively low 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, Google’s 7-inch slate packs in a lot more pixels with its 1920 x 1200 display. That means you’re stuck with standard-definition content on the iPad mini, while the Nexus 7 can indulge in high-res goodness.

Google wins in the brightness category. We measured 531 lux, which is nearly 200 points above average and almost 100 points higher than the iPad mini’s 457 lux. Those numbers were proven out when looking at a 1920 x 1200 picture of a black cat. The spots of shine on the fur were much easier to see on the Nexus 7. 


In a side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 7 and iPad mini, we viewed a standard-definition trailer of “American Hustle.” The colors, particularly skin tones, appeared richer on the iPad mini, but we could make out more of Bradley Cooper’s curls on the Nexus 7.

When viewing on the iPad mini, we could see significantly more of the site in landscape mode than its competitor. But a 1920 x 1200-picture of a pink flower was richer, more detailed and brighter.

Winner: Google Nexus 7.
While we appreciate the larger size of the iPad mini’s display, the Nexus 7 wins because of its higher resolution and brightness.


The iPad mini’s dual speakers, placed on the bottom edge, sounded louder and richer than the Nexus 7’s dual speakers on the lower back and bar on the top back. We measured the decibel output at 13 inches (the distance from our nose to the screen) and recorded 73 decibel’s from the Nexus 7 compared to 83 on the iPad mini. To the human ear that’s a huge difference. 


During “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic at the Disco, the string plucks and bells rang out loud and crisp on the iPad mini, but we picked up some static on the Nexus 7. While listening to “Technologic” by Daft Punk we picked up a little bit of bass from the iPad mini, but it was totally lacking from the Nexus 7.

Plugging in headphones definitely increased the volume and quality of the audio on both tablets. However, the levels on the Nexus 7 with headphones in was so much louder we nearly blew out our eardrums at full volume.

Winner: Apple iPad mini. The quality, depth and volume of Apple’s tablet beats the Nexus 7.


The Nexus 7 is the first device to run Android 4.3, the latest version of Google's tablet and phone-based OS. But it’s not a complete overhaul. You're still presented with the same lock screen as Jelly Bean 4.2, which means you can unlock the Nexus 7 to the home screen or directly to Google Now, but not the camera or app of your choice. You can also launch separate profiles with app restrictions for kids, from the lock screen. 


Swiping drop-down from the top of the screen (from left edge to center of tablet) reveals the notification menu, while swiping down from the top right side displays the quick settings menu, which includes Brightness, Wi-Fi, Auto-Rotate and Airplane mode. The Back, Home and Menu buttons sit along the bottom.

Switching apps on the Nexus 7 is as easy as pressing the Recent Apps button and selecting the live thumbnail of the open app. For now, iOS 7 presents only static icons when you double press the Home button.

You can still add all sorts of widgets, including Bookmarks, Flipboard, Gmail, Google Play Music and more on Android. As you download more apps, such as Spotify, you’ll be able to add widgets for those.

The iPad mini currently runs the same iOS 6 software and has the same interface as the regular iPad. You'll find the familiar home screens with app icon shortcuts, along with a launcher bar down below that accommodates up to five of your favorites. The UI is as intuitive as ever, but it's also getting a little boring compared with the Nexus 7. Fortunately, iOS 7 will add such features as a Control Center for tweaking settings and improved multitasking.


Winner: Google Nexus 7.
Android allows much more freedom in customizing the look and feel of your tablet and (at least for now) offers much quicker access to important settings. Plus, with profile support, the Nexus 7 makes things easier on families.

Parental Controls

Preventing your child from accidentally ordering a car on eBay is a real and serious concern. With the introduction of Android 4.3, Nexus 7 owners get access to User Profiles that allow an entire family to share a tablet safely and easily. By going into the Settings, parents can set a PIN or pattern to unlock the master profile. This is where you can set a Restricted Profile that prevents kids from accessing specific apps and content. Some apps, such as Email and Gmail, are not supported in this mode at all. The Google Play store is also disabled here, so your tech-savvy kids can’t download more apps.


In iOS on the iPad mini you can set up Restrictions in the Settings menu, where you can allow or not allow access to specific apps. This menu is very limited, though. You’ll find only Safari, Camera, FaceTime, iTunes, iBookstore, Twitter, Facebook and Siri. You also can’t create separate profiles, so, if you share your device you have to go in and switch the restrictions on and off each time you hand-off the device.

There are some specific settings that you can tweak in iOS.

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You can restrict the type of content (explicit movies, TV shows, apps, music) a child accesses by various rating systems. You can also prevent access to features such as podcasts, library sharing, in-app purchases, location services and multiplayer games.

Winner: Google Nexus 7.
Being able to have separate profiles for separate family members makes sharing a tablet so much easier.


Although we had to stretch our thumbs slightly, typing on the iPad mini's keyboard in portrait mode was fast and accurate. We typed email replies with ease. You can also switch to a split keyboard with a swipe. One thing you do not get is tactile feedback.

If you tap the microphone icon, you can dictate instead of type on the mini. The device successfully recognized our phrase, "My name is Anna Attkisson and I’m speaking as quickly as I can to see if you can keep up with me iPad mini." Apple’s device even spelled our name right. However, the mini heard “She was the saddest little thing you’d ever seen” as “She was this absolutely need ever seen.”


Sadly, you do have to be online to use voice typing on the iPad mini, which is not the case with the Nexus 7. Plus, because the Nexus 7's voice typing works offline, you can dictate faster. Google’s Nexus 7 understood more of our phrases than the iPad mini, but interpreted “Anna” as “an app to send”.

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The stock Android keyboard looks familiar, but Google has taken some cues from third-party options in terms of features. The keyboard supports Swype-style gesture typing, and we appreciate that floating previews appear above what you’re swiping over. We also like the current-word completion capability and next-word suggestions. Overall, typing was swift and accurate

Winner: Google Nexus 7.
You get trace typing, next-word prediction and offline voice typing. No contest.

Siri vs Google Now/Voice Search

Apple’s personal assistant, Siri, can help you with a remarkable number of things, assuming she’s connected to the Internet. For instance, Siri can set reminders, help you make dinner reservations via OpenTable, search the Web, give directions, tell you the weather, open apps, play music, send messages and even tell jokes (sort of). However, there is no central repository for Siri’s knowledge or a place to quickly glance at the information she has pulled up for you recently, as with Google Now. Also, Siri can’t translate phrases into other languages.


Accessing Siri is as simple as tapping the home button and starting to talk. In our experience, Siri understood our voice every time. Her jokes were fairly lame -- “What did one iPhones say to the other iPhone...hmmm, I used to know that one” -- but otherwise she was very helpful. Unlike Google Now, you can use Siri to look up movie times and by tickets.

Google approaches voice control a slightly different way, building Google Now into its Search App. Among other things, Google Now can tell you sports scores, the weather forecast, offer directions, set reminders, show your calendar, translate words and help with currency conversion.

You can access Google Now by touching the home button and dragging up to the word Google. Simply say Google or touch the microphone icon to activate the voice recognition. We found the voice recognition flawless, but Google’s voice assistant has no personality and is not as fully-functional as Siri. For instance, Google Now could not update our social networks, except Google+.


We tested both services for their contextual knowledge, and both fared well. For example, when asked “How did the Yankees do?” followed by “How about the Mets,” we got the most recent score on both devices.

Winner: Apple iPad mini.
Google Now is a bit faster and anticipates your needs, but Apple’s personal assistant is more versatile.


Being first and commanding more market share means more developers are on board with Apple’s App Store. That’s particularly true in the vast array of apps made for iOS tablets (375,000 and counting).

The Google Play store is improving (more than 1 million apps overall), but many choices are still just supersized phone apps. In fact, one report from Canalys says that Android tablets have only 52 of the 100 top App Store apps. With the latest version of the Play store, there is a new tablet section, where you can see highlighted apps that feature tablet support. There are 85 selections to browse through, most of which are games. However, that doesn’t mean those are the only tablet apps on Android, and that number is growing.


Facebook, for instance, is tailor made for tablets, and does not appear on that page. In fact, we prefer the Android Facebook experience to iOS because your friends appear in a swipeable menu that comes in from the right when you’re on the Nexus 7. While this feature exists on the iPhone app, it doesn’t appear in the iPad mini version. Wikipedia, which didn’t have an iPad app a year ago, looks identical on both OSes. CW TV was identical on both tablets. Twitter and LinkedIn look better on the iPad mini; on Android these apps are merely enlarged phone versions.

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Both app stores offer intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interfaces with top lists, categories and recommendations based on your previous downloads. And both stores stock just about any app you could want.

However, Apple does still have a few desirable exclusives such as Paper, Digg News and Twitter Music. All of these exclusives can now be found in a special tab called “Only on the App Store.”

Winner: Apple iPad mini.
Until Google can up its tablet app count significantly and get more developers on board for tablet optimized apps, the iPad mini wins.


You can get Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle and several other third-party providers through the Apple and Google app stores, but each of these device makers also have their own digital stores. Both Apple and Google offer games, podcasts, books, magazines, movies and TV shows, and music. You can rent or buy movies and TV shows, and the selection of all of this content is comparable on both tablets. Likewise, prices and selection of music is comparable. But the two stores are different.

When it comes to e-books, you’re best off downloading Amazon’s Kindle app. Apple would be a runner-up, and Google our last choice. From among the New York Times list of the 15 best-selling e-books, Amazon had all 15 and almost always offered the lowest prices of all three. Apple matched Amazon’s price on 11 of the 15 titles, while Google only matched five. In fact, in a couple of cases, prices were significantly higher on Google Play. “Ender’s Game,” for instance, will cost you $7.59 on Google Play, $3.99 on iBooks and $3.49 on Kindle. Similarly, “The English Girl” by Daniel Silva goes for $11.99 on Kindle and iBooks, but $15.29 on Google Play.

We found the same list of Oscar-winning movies on iTunes and Google Play. From among Neilsen’s top 10 timeshifted TV shows of 2012, iTunes had one more (Mad Men) than Google Play. Similarly, only one of the Alliance of Audited Media’s top digital magazine’s couldn’t be found on Google Play (National Geographic).


The Nexus 7 is among the first devices to get Google Play Games, which allows multiplayer fun with your friends and offers social discovery of games through Google+. This is Google’s answer to Apple’s Game Center that works similarly.

On the few multiplayer enabled games on Play you can sign up to play a complete stranger. In “Riptide GP 2,” one of the games that has enabled the new feature, we didn’t see the other player or his rider. But we did get notified that the game was over after he had won.

Apple’s Game Center, by comparison offers very similar functionality in a stale design. With the introduction of iOS 7, Apple’s Game Center will get a full redesign, removing the previous skeuomorphic look.

MORE: 10 Best Entertainment Apps for Tablets

In addition to letting users upload music to the cloud, Google Play Music offers unlimited on-demand streaming from the Nexus 7 for $8 per month. You can also create custom radio stations, and get contextual music recommendations.

Apple’s iTunes Radio is not yet available. When it is available for download this fall, you’ll be able to sign up for an annual subscription to iTunes Match for $24.99. With both, you will be able to store all your music in iCloud, plus you’ll get ad-free customizable radio. iTunes Radio will also let you create a wish list of songs to buy from iTunes later.

Winner: Apple iPad mini.
It’s a close call on this round, because both Apple and Google offer very similar types of content. While Google wins on music, for now, books are more expensive on Google Play, and iTunes offers a minutely better selection of movies and TV shows.


The iPad mini uses the same A5 dual-core processor that powers the the iPad 2, so you should expect fluid (but not blazing) performance. Alternatively, the Nexus 7 comes packing a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and a 400-MHz Adreno 320 GPU.

To gauge the performance of these two tablets, we ran Geekbench 2, which measures the processor and memory performance. The iPad mini with LTE scored a paltry 761 (on Wi-Fi only model the score was 753) compared to the Nexus 7’s score of 2,678. That’s more than three-times faster. It’s also worth noting how much faster the category average is at 2,328.


We got an even more clear picture of overall performance when we ran the Passmark app, which evaluates everything from CPU and disk performance to memory and 2D and 3D graphics. The Nexus 7 scored 3418 versus 1967 for the iPad mini.


When measuring graphics performance using the GFXBench app’s test for T-Rex HD Offscreen Fixed timestep, we watched an animated scene of a T-Rex chasing someone riding a motorbike through the jungle. The Nexus 7 once again stomped all over the iPad mini running at 16 fps versus 3.4 fps.

The Nexus 7 won again on the Web-based Sunspider 1.0 Jbench 2avaScript test, where we were looking for the lower score of the two tablets. Google’s 7-inch tablet scored 1147.3 milliseconds, and the iPad mini lagged behind with a score of 5541.7 ms.

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For everyday usage, the Nexus 7 generally proved more snappy. Opening “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” took 34 seconds on the iPad mini and 27 on the Nexus 7. The cameras loaded nearly simultaneously and keyboards appeared just as quickly on both, but opening email was faster on the Nexus 7.

When it comes to storage space, neither device offers expandable storage. Both come in 16GB and 32GB models, so, in that at least, there’s a tie.

Winner: Google Nexus 7.
From benchmarks to everyday use, Google’s 7-inch slate simply proved faster and more responsive.

Camera and Camcorder

Apple includes a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-MP front camera on the iPad mini. Google’s Nexus 7 packs cameras on the front and back that support identical megapixels. And both tablets can shoot 1080p video.

There aren’t any real settings to tweak on the iPad mini’s camera. It’s simply point and shoot. We do wish the camera on the iPad mini supported the same Panorama mode as the iPhone 5 and latest iPod touch. You don't get an HDR mode, either. But you do get built-in image stabilization, thanks to the A5 chip.

The camera app on the Google Nexus 7 does offer more settings, including the ability to change the resolution, white balance, scene mode and exposure. Sadly, the only way to change these settings is to use both hands, because the buttons are in the middle of the screen. Also, you can't back out of menus incrementally, so if you're in a sub-sub menu, you have to start all over from the beginning if you want to change something else.

We do love the Photo Sphere feature, which takes Panorama mode to a whole new level. You can take a hemispherical image in a few easy steps.

We took the the streets of New York City to test out these two similar cameras. On shots of flowers, the Nexus 7 captured more realistic, colorful and detailed photos than the iPad mini. It also snapped a sharper picture of the Empire State Building taken from a distance.


When we headed back inside, the colors on the iPad mini popped more, until we turned off the lights. In a low-light situation we could hardly make out any detail using the mini. However, the Nexus 7’s low-light shots were much more grainy looking.


We took selfies using the two tablets’ 1.2-MP front cameras. The iPad mini’s skin tones were brighter and more accurate. On the Nexus 7 we looked dull and lifeless, by comparison.

Lastly, we shot 1080p video of New York City traffic on both tablets. The iPad mini’s video didn’t shake as much, but it was grainy looking compared to the Nexus 7.

Winner: Google Nexus 7.
While it’s not super easy to alter settings on the camera, the Nexus 7 snapped sharper and more colorful photos outdoors. Video was cNexusrisper on Google’s tablet, too.

Battery Life


On the LAPTOP Battery Test (continuous Web surfing via Wi-Fi at 40 percent brightness), the 3950 mAh battery in the Nexus 7 lasted 8 hours and 26 minutes. That’s impressive; about 1:20 longer than the category average and an hour longer than the original Nexus 7.

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However, on the same test, the iPad mini lasted an epic 10 hours and 33 minutes. Plus, over LTE the mini still lasted longer than average at 8:16.

Winner:  Apple iPad Mini.
The endurance is simply better.


For a reasonable $39, you can outfit your iPad mini in one of six Smart Cover options that magnetically attach to the tablet. Smart Covers can prop up the slate. Apple also sells a number of Lightning adapters, including a USB Camera adapter and an SD Card Camera Reader (both $29), as well as a VGA and Digital AV Adapter (both $49).


Google doesn’t currently sell any accessories for the Nexus 7, but a sleeve for the tablet is listed as Coming Soon for $29.99. Many third-party accessories are sold online, but many more add-ons are available for the iPad mini. The range varies from keyboard cases and camera connection kits to speaker docks, car docks and more.

Winner: Apple iPad mini.
There are simply more accessories available for the iPad mini that add functionality and style.

Overall Winner: Apple iPad mini


This was a very tight race, but the 7.9-inch iPad mini squeaks out the victory by a score of 7 rounds to 6. Apple’s small tablet offers a more premium design, superior audio quality, a more helpful voice controlled assistant and a better selection of apps tailor-made for tablet use. Plus, you get longer battery life and a broader array of accessories. And with iOS 7 around the corner, iPad mini owners will soon be able to multitask and tweak settings more easily.

However, for those on a budget, the $229 Google Nexus 7 is an excellent choice. For $100 less than the iPad mini, you get a brighter and higher resolution display, blazingly-fast performance, a better keyboard and a superior camera. Families will very much appreciate the Nexus 7’s ability to support multiple profiles and approve apps for their children to use.

While it’s a close call, the Apple’s iPad mini brings home the winner’s cup for the best small tablet around.


Author Bio
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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  • neha verma Says:

    Hello Anna such a nice blog that contains difference between Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. Good keep it up.

  • Ed Says:

    You ipad haters really need to look at the overall package. A sharper screen is great, but 0.9 inches in a 4:3 ratio gives you 35% more screen area to prod your fingers at. In addition, the colours are more vibrant, so watching movies is arguably better and the App Store is not only more populated, but also of a higher quality. If you ask me, this review is perfectly accurate.

  • Joe Joe Says:

    Don't forget Nexus 7 can be rooted and is encouraged; therefor it wins amongst the creative minds out there.

  • Simran Dhillon Says:

    This review is so crap it doesn't even tell me how thin they are GOSH

  • Disancanted Says:

    Ha-ha-ha, oh gosh are you serious? No no no no, tell me, for real?
    Is this a sort of experiment?

  • Anthony Says:

    Very poorly written.

  • Zach Crocker Says:

    Obviously, Anna has no idea what she is talking about, the NEXUS does not have 2gb of RAM, no way. The first week I got the NEXUS (after I already had the iPad) the screen on the nexus would not display. As I was opening it up to fix the cheap tablet, the Label on the computer CLEARLY said 1gb of RAM, NOT TWO. And really, my iPad mini is much more fluid and smooth, like when bring up the keyboard or opening a hardware application, or for example, when switching between home screens really fast, the nexus freezes (glitches up) and just jumps there, and the iPad is neat and has cool animations when it does things, the nexus uses up all of it's Random Access Memory running all of that background crap, like backgrounds that move and weather animations that continuously run, it may run, but it runs fidgety, just buy the iPad with much better sound. Not to mention how the iPad comes in a 64gb and NEXUS only 32gb, our genius Anna only said the iPad comes in 32gb, no it comes in 64gb too. Making the iPad much better for Work, School, Music, Movies, Business, and the iPad has a better keyboard for typing. The only thing the NEXUS has is a Game, but of course... Its an ASUS, talk about World of Warcraft or some crap like that, I hate that stuff, I respect the people who do, but you would never catch me; I still personally don't notice a difference.

  • Col Says:

    We have both devices in our household and I consider the Nexus to be significantly better than the iPad Mini. I do think that the review was fair and with only minor exceptions would agree with each round result, however the outcome was flawed by applying equal weighting to each.

    The fact that there's a wider eco system of accessories for the iPad or it has better voice control are not equal to performance or display, both of which are enough make my Nexus shine the brightest. Weighting should be established at the outset, not forgetting cost as a factor too.

    I have never found the need to run a tablet continuously for 8hrs straight until the battery is drained. A real world test is a mixed bag of activity and standby. I can typically get more than 3.5 days out of my Nexus with average use. It surprises me how little drain there is when it's sleeping. The iPad Mini lasts a good deal less with the same use.

    Not a bad review, but could have been better.

  • Brian Says:

    What about SD slots? An ipad 32 gig is a lot more that a nexus 7 that you can put a 32 gig card in.

    What about other hardware Features HDMI out ect.

    The only real advantage is the APP store and that will be going away very soon.

  • Davide Says:

    Price should be on more element of measurement and judgement in the table.

    The battery duration should be compared to the size and weight of the tablet. It is obvious that a larger device can fit a larger battery (and the larger dispaly does not consume much more)

  • Bob Bunting Says:

    For me at least, two other biggies (which haven't been mentioned in the article) are NFC and USB OTG....and surprise, surprise, Apple is nowhere near adding those to any of their products.

    One other thing that I might add is automation (or lack thereof, when it comes to the iPad), and this kinda ties in to both NFC and open-source apps such as Tasker and Automagic (to name just two) which Apple will never allow (due to their close-to-the-heart, closed-source O/S).

    GN7 wins hands down.

    Nobody questioned why the author hasn't posted one, single comment to defend herself?

    Greased palms perhaps?

  • Sam Says:

    What a laughable comparison. Accessories is a valid category but price isn't?? And you've somehow decided that all these categories are equal, so even though the mini is running 3 year old hardware it's alright because Siri can tell jokes...

  • Christian Says:

    I dont understand how Apple won this comparison....Nexus 7 has the better screen, better processer, better camera, better keyboard....and interface is just a matter of opinion. of course the mini is going to have better battery life due to it not having all the best qualities of the Nexus 7. who cares about the sound, i use earphones most of the time anyway. And nexus 7 had better quality with the earphones lol how did apple win this?? i guess the slower, not as good camera, not as good screen and not as good keyboard mini takes it all. this is funny!

  • Anthony Says:

    What a disgustingly biased and poor review. Seriously this author is a joke and it is evident that most people think the same way.

  • Ed Says:

    All you imbeciles criticising this review could not be more wrong. He compared the abilities of the two tablets, and mentioned the price at the end. Also the iPad mini clearly won and i would rather spend 100$ more for something that would last me a flight and keep me entertained rather than save 100$ and look at a nice screen with nothing useful on it, im talking mainly apps. Also the nexus would die half way over the ocean!!

  • Loren Says:

    Please do a comparison of the NEW iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 ll, once the Mini hits the market place. Both the new tablets should be great spec wise. If I used a tablet for hours each day, I would say once they go retina display for Mini, I would consider it if within a hundred bucks or so. Let's see how the pricing goes. I have a Nexus 7, which was $199 and use it lightly, so that fills the need for now. Seem to find a smartphone and a desktop monitor for home use, more useful. Maybe I should have tried a full sized iPad? But really, I do like viewing my 27" monitor over a 10" screen... at least for now :)

  • BigSurf Says:

    More apps is not a not good a reason. No one needs all that crap.

    I get better battery life with my Nexus 7 2013 and its size feels much better in my hand.

    Moko makes a great case that cost $10.99 (not $30) that turns it on when opened; and can be used as a stand and comes in great colors.

    Price is a major factor.

    You failed to review the slim port HDMI functions on Nexus 7 2013.

    All you need is a USB 2.0 Female to Micro USB Male On-The-Go Cable Adapter and you can use micro SDHC flashcard readers and have all your books or movies with you on a few micro SDHC cards.

    Better price, performance, display, and interface means Nexus 7 2013 wins by a landslide.

  • DC Says:

    I dont really put a lot of stock into comparisons of this nature. My one question is how does type of materials used completely define build quality?

  • kobedoe Says:

    What a silly comparison...

    It was more or less asking questions like; Which tablet has the nice apple logo on it? Mini or Nexus?

    Duh, of course the Mini won this comparison. This was basically saying the design of the tablet is worth as much as its CPU, RAM, and overall performance...

    The app store comparison is silly too because that has nothing to do with which tablet is better. Thats a plus for itunes, but not the Mini.

    But if we talking about itunes vs google play... Apple products MUST use Itunes. Androids users have the option NOT to use Google play, and still get full functionality of your product. Why use a watered down app all day when I can just use the freaking internet. IMO, Android wins that debate for the simple fact that I am not restricted to any way in regards to how I want to use my product.

  • nbourbaki Says:

    When it comes to storage space, neither device offers expandable storage. Both come in 16GB and 32GB models, so, in that at least, there’s a tie.

    No mention that the iPad Mini also comes in 64GB which is not an option for the Nexus. I travel for work every week and 32GB doesn't hold enough video and music for my purposes.

  • Ipsum Says:

    what a surprise, once again Laptop chooses an inferior Apple product over an Android product. Probably because Mr. Spoonauer wants to be in Tim Cook's back pocket!

  • Earl Diasanta Says:

    I do not want to be biased, but who the adds accessories to compare products? Replace accessories with Pricing ....Nexus 7 wins!

  • Anna Attkisson, LAPTOP Managing Editor Says:

    We considered making the price its own round. However, we ultimately decided to devote time in the verdict to that point. People who's sole deciding factor is price have likely already made up their mind. Also, had we added it as a round, the tie would ultimately have leaned in the iPad mini's favor anyway for the superiority in other rounds that made a big difference.

  • Ronny Says:

    I think the I-pad should win because an Apple a day keeps the doctor away.

    Nexus wins by far in the performance and display category. For most of us main criterias when buying a tablet.

  • Matt Says:

    So performance, display, and interface are better on the nexus 7. Yet a very subjective, metal versus plastic argument (which honestly I must be in the minority thinking cheaper, lighter, and softer plastic is better than metal) puts the ipad ahead.the app selection is worth noting, Google needs to catch up, although with a million apps, you're bound to find something worthwhile.

  • Andrew Says:

    I bought an iPad Mini and returned to the store after a week of extensive use, and then bought a Nexus 7 (mostly because it was $100 cheaper). My overall experience is that they are equally good tablets. The Nexus is way cheaper. If I spend the extra $100 on upgrades and accessories, there is no contest about it - the Nexus wins hands down. Of course, if money is no object, the decision is a lot closer.

  • daryl Says:

    FYI, in the article you rated the nexus 7 keyboard the winner, but the checklist lists the iPad as the winner?

  • warren mosler Says:

    battery life should be checked at equal brightness, not equal % of brightness

  • Navanski Says:

    I can't believe I wasted 10 minutes of my life reading such a meaningless comparison.

  • Chris Says:

    Wtf? The nexus has won the keyboard battle and so it should 7 to 6 for its favor, 8 to 6 if you include the price.
    Someone fix this as son as possible!
    Hopefully it was a honest mistake and the result wasnt predetermined, by fixing that now, you might restore some of your credibility...

  • autumn Says:

    The price for the best nexus 7 is 280... an ipad mini is 659

  • God Says:

    WTF, the result is the usual Apple FUD AMD mis-information.
    As example, the 'keyboard' item is a Nexus7 win but the final table shows it as an iPad 'win'.(?!?!)

  • Dueling Glove (The Infamous0 Says:

    Ipad? Really? SMDH

  • ashleyhope Says:

    One other impressive new tablet is the Icoo 8 ($185) which launched this week and is the first 8-inch Android tablet with an HD 1280x800 screen -- previously, all 8-inch tablets have been sporting a low resolution 1024 x 768 display -- the first to offer the new Icoo 8 model is T ab l e t S p r i n t-- and the 8" size is almost as compact as a 7" tablet but offers 40% more screen space to play with, which makes quite a difference in user experience and the key reason Apple choose this size format. It offers a RK3188-A9/Mali-400 Quad Core processor and also offers one of the largest battery capacities of any compact tablet - with a 5500 mAh battery. It features MicroSD storage, 16GB Memory, HDMI, MicroSD Memory card, a 2 MegaPixel webcam and 5 Megapixel rear camera, and a durable metal rear frame. Google Play is preinstalled and it works with the new ChromeCast adapter for wireless streaming... worth reviewing.

  • HT Says:

    As noted by other reviewiers , this is an astonsinglly biased reveiw. For those that read the introduction and jump to the conclusion, the winner is the ipad mini, for those that have the patience to read the review and have a mind of their own the winner is the Nexus 7. The primary specs in ANY tablet are the screen and the processor. Google Wins here!, in terms of ephemera, Mini wins and finally, in terms of disinformation ,This review Wins!

  • kled Says:

    this comparison is so remarkable and so honest compared to some other i have seen this far,, there are two mistakes in the summary table but the mistakes checks itself in the final score so i can't complain.

  • vincent Says:

    How much Apple payed you for this review???

  • Arman Says:

    Seriouly?. You use decible level to compare sound based on where speakers are located and completely eliminate price comparison?. Price is the deciding factor for two tablets that compete neck to neck. And you say siri is better because of what again???

  • Sarish Durka Says:

    Well said. Google Nexus 7 is up and coming but not there yet. I don't understand why people are so surprised that the mini won over nexus 7. IPad Mini is just so much more intuitive for the average user.i have both and love both. But if I had to choose one for a trip, I would pickup the iPad Mini. All my Indian friends love the iPad over Nexus. Even though us Indiana love to be cheap!!

  • Loren Says:

    The NEW iPad Mini is not out yet. I have an older Nexus 7, and it is great for the price. On the list is Keyboard, which you have checked wrong at a win for iPad -- really should be Nexus and thus a tie -- When all is said and done, you must wait to see what the new iPad Mini is like and how much it costs. If they have Retina display, then it will be a draw and will depend on which apps are needed and which ecosystem you go with. If you have an iPhone and Mac, may as well go iPad too. I have a Mac Mini, Nexus7 and Nexus4, but when or should I say if I go iPhone, I may change the tablet too. Don't use the tablet much.

  • James Redmond Says:

    No comparison on price in the table. That should be one of the main categories, not a discussion point at the end.

    You have apps and cotent separately?

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