The smaller tab from Apple is finally out. Here is a short comparison of Apple iPad Mini Vs Google Nexus 7 specs and features
Apple has finally entered the small tablet segment with its iPad Mini. The company has unveiled its long-awaited small tablet at its October 23 press meet in California. The tablet comes with many great features, even if they don’t meet the expectations of fans. Alas, it doesn’t come with a Retina display, an A6 chipset and a low price as was being predicted by various sources.
Anyway, iPad Mini is going to be a threat to other small tablets especially Google’s Nexus 7. Here we go for a deep comparison between the gadgets. Nexus 7 has been there for a while and it comes with a quad core processor and a small price of $199.
Form Factor: First of all, we have to realize that iPad Mini is a 7.9-in device and Nexus 7 comes with a 7-inch display. With those screen sizes, the new iPad is surely the most pocket-friendlier and portable tablet, because it measures in at 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm and weighs only at 312grams. Its Google competitor, though a smaller tablet, has the dimensions of 198.5 x 120 x 10.5mm and it has a comparatively bulky body that weighs 340g.
Display Screen: The fourth-gen iPad sports a 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD touchscreen that offers a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels at 162ppi. It is frustrating that Apple hasn’t utilized its Retina display technology in the device. That is why the Asus-built Nexus 7 has a clear edge over the mini iPad in display. The Google tablet has a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display that packs 800 x 1280 pixels at a rather better 216ppi.
Processor, RAM: Apple has designed its small iPad with a 1GHz dual core Cortex-A9 CPU that has an A5 chip. The device further slots in a PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphical processor and 512MB of RAM like the second-gen iPad. The Nexus 7, at the same time, is a quad core tablet. Well, with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core (1.3 GHz Cortex-A9) CPU, it is the first tab to sport the high speed processing unit. The device further gets its power from an ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB of RAM.
Storage: iPad Mini comes in three memory options; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB like the latest iPhones. Following Steve Jobs’ mantra against all ‘expandables,’ the tablet doesn’t have a facility for memory expansion. The Nexus 7, however, comes only in two rather smaller memory versions; 8GB and 16GB. It is now rumored that Google and Asus are working to build a 32GB version for the tablet in order to meet the huge demand from customers for large physical memory.
Software: Nexus 7 is the first device to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is now one of the key Andorid tablets the market has. The new software introduces many stunning features like better processor performance, voice based search, proximal communication and more. The new iPad is surely to run on iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s mobile firmware that was debuted on iPhone 5.
Camera: Apple has integrated a 5MP iSight autofocus rear camera with its small iPad. It will let you shoot video at 1080p quality. But, the Google tablet drops a rear camera, while both the machines have 1.2MP 720p front snappers for video chatting.
Data Connectivity: The mini iPad has both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE versions. The Wi-Fi version will just come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, while the LTE version is to feature GPRS, EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSUPA and LTE. Both devices have Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR and one USB 2.0. The Nexus 7 currently has only a Wi-Fi version, which offers NFC apart from Bluetooth. A 3G/4G version of the tablet is expected by rumors.
Price, Availability: This is an area that gives a big advantage for the Google tablet. Its 8GB base version comes for just $199, while the 16GB is priced at $249. Meanwhile, Apple has priced its mini iPad bigger. The device’s 16GB lower end model is to come for $329, 32GB for $429 and 64GB for $529. The 4G LTE version will add an extra of $130 for each model.