Apple iPad Mini Or Google's Nexus 7? Which One Should You Invest In? ~ Hackinthus

Friday, October 26, 2012

Apple iPad Mini Or Google's Nexus 7? Which One Should You Invest In?

Apple iPad mini has been finally reveled their mini tablet, The iPad mini. With its smaller size and cheaper price tag, we are expecting it to well in the market in the upcoming holiday season. But, iPad mini is not alone. One of its major competitor in the market will be none other than, Google's Nexus 7. 

image credit : apple

image credit : Google

Now, if you are an iGuy(Apple Lover) or Droid-boy(Android Lover), selecting one of these gadgets is very simple. But for those who are confused as to which one to buy as to achieve maximum utilization for their money, we are there to help you! :-)

Lets start of with the specifications of the two : 
                             image credit : apple

Starting with the all new Apple iPad mini, it features : 

  • 7.9-inch IPS display with 1024x768 resolution (163 ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Apple Dual-Core A5 processor 
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage
  • 5MP iSight camera/FaceTime HD Camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 16.3-watt battery
  • 512 MB of RAM
image credit: Asus

Talking about Google's Nexus 7, it features :
  • 7-inch IPS HD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (216 ppi)
  • 1GHz Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
  • 16GB/32GB(might be announced on 29th October)
  • No Rear Camera/1.3MP Front-Facing Camera
  • 4325 mAh Battery
  • 1GB of RAM
  • NFC
Now if you compare, the main part where iPad leads over the Nexus 7 is it's LTE feature. It means you can insert sim and browse so that you don't have to rely on Wi-Fi connectivity in order to use internet. You also get a huge storage option in iPad mini(upto 64 GB) whereas Nexus 7 is only available in a 16 GB variant as on current date. iPad mini also has front as well as rear camera whereas on Nexus 7 you only get a front facing camera.
Seems like iPad is winning all the way... but WAIT!! It's NEXUS 7 man!! 


Talking about Software part, iPad mini comes up with iOS 6 and Nexus 7 with the very latest Android JellyBean 4.1.2. Personally, I feel iOS is very simple and straight forward with limited customization which I feel is perfect for a tablet(not for a smartphone). But if you really like playing around with widget and wants to have a different look on your home screen every 2-3 days, iOS is not for you. Android JellyBean offers a variety of customization and you will always have one or the other widget waiting for you in the market to play around with. You also get 'Google Now' on Nexus 7 which is your virtual voice assistant on Android, like Siri. Unfortunately,  Apple iPad mini lacks Siri.   
Talking about the battery life, Google's Nexus 7 boasts up 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing and 300 hours of standby. Apple claims that the iPad mini will get 10 hours of battery life and the company says that it will pull down up to 10 hours of surfing the web over Wi-Fi or watching videos and 9 hours over cellular data.

Lets have a look at the pricing of these two gadgets, 

  • Google's Nexus 7 16GB : $249

  • iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi Only -$329
  • iPad mini 32GB Wi-Fi Only – $429
  • iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi Only – $529
  • And, the 4G LTE models.

  • iPad mini 16GB 4G LTE – $459
  • iPad mini 32GB 4G LTE – $559
  • iPad mini 64GB 4G LTE – $659

Now, Apple iPad mini or Google's Nexus 7?
Well, If you are more hardware specific you should definitely go for the Apple iPad mini but if you are software specific, Nexus 7 is the one for you. It all comes up-to what you prefer for your gadget. Think and invest so that you don't regret.

Let us know what you feel after reading this article via comments. 

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