Since the late 2012 release of Apple’s iPad Mini, many have praised the 7 inch tablet as the one to beat. As we approach the fall of 2013, Google’s new Nexus 7 makes it look beaten. While Samsung has emerged as Apples’ fierce competitor…Google stepped it up and could quite possibly leave both in the dust with the birth of this 16GB Wi Fi only model with a price difference of $100. Now who wouldn’t want an extra “buck” in their pocket?
While many believe that the price tag on the iPad mini is well deserved due to its offerings…a side by side comparison of Google’s New Nexus 7 and the iPad tells a different story. Both models offer 16GB Wi-Fi and although the cost difference is an advantage for the Nexus, it still has Apple beat in the following:
Although various iGadgets sport high resolution displays…the Apple ipad isn’t one of them.
The new Nexus 7 rubs the iPad Mini’s biggest weakness offering a 7.02-inch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution at 323 ppi compared to the ipads appalling 1024×768 resolution at 163ppi. While it might be challenging to see the difference between the iPad Mini’s display and, say, the one on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3, the new Nexus 7 clearly stands apart.
Apple rests its entire platform on the A5 chip (which clocks in at 1 GHz) with 512 MB of ram while the Nexus 7 uses a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and has 2GB. Another added bonus is that All Nexus 7 models have GPS capabilities built in while the entry-level iPad Mini relies on Wi-Fi to get location data. The only common thread in both gadgets is that they sport 5-megapixel cameras in the rear and 1.2-megapixel cameras in the front.
the Nexus 7 has the iPad Mini beat in the weight category as well (its 0.04 pounds lighter), but the iPad Mini is a bit thinner (by 1.45 millimeters). The two gadgets share the same height at 7.87 inches but the Nexus 7 is narrower, making the Nexus 7 incredibly comfortable to hold, even with one hand spread out across its back.
Other little things
The Nexus 7 supports wireless charging and has SlimPort capabilities. (Unlike the iPad Mini, where there aren’t any proprietary Lightning connectors involved.) And the Battery life is almost identical with maybe a one hour difference between the two.
Until now, Apple managed to keep the competition at bay, but the Nexus 7 leaps above and beyond the iPad Mini. And for all you Apple loyalist that cry “there is redemption coming!” it is rumored that there will be a lack of significant upgrades on iPad Mini until sometime 2014. With all the competition in the 7-8 inch market and the upcoming holiday season wish lists pointing to a new tablet King…the sitting Apple mini may go rotten.