Apple iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7 specs comparison

Apple’s first contender in the 7-inch tablet arena was announced earlier today in the form of the iPad Mini. Now let’s find out how it fares by doing a head-to-head spec comparison with a different 7-inch beast, the Google Nexus 7.

It is evident that both tablets have different strengths. The iPad Mini has a larger screen within 7-inch but the Nexus 7 has a higher resolution at 216 ppi, plus Gorilla Glass. For processing power, the Nexus 7 has a quad-core processor while the iPad Mini uses its older sibling’s dual-core A5 processor. The iPad Mini has a 5 megapixel rear camera while the Nexus 7 doesn’t one. Then there’s the RAM, physical and wireless connectivity and of course, the price. The iPad Mini starts with a $329 price tag for a 16GB WiFi-only model while the Nexus 7 has an 8GB and 16GB models with a price tag of $199 and $249, respectively. Not to mention that Google’s about to release a 32GB model soon and perhaps one with LTE connectivity.

Like most comparisons made between Apple and Android devices, it’s actually difficult to conclude which one is better. Both are different devices that use different platforms and ecosystems. Not to mention that we’re looking at hardware specs. For now, I’ll leave it up to you guys. iPad Mini or Nexus 7?

96 Comments on this Post

  1. para sa akin depende pa din kung saan mo gagamitin. Kung ang gagawin mo lang naman sa tablet ay net/casual games/at ebook reader.. hindi importante kung ano ang processor, kahit pa A20 yan o Octocore.. sayang lang sa pera.. hindi naman tayo yayaman dyan e.. sila sila lang din..

  2. iPad Mini looks good but still it is huge compared to Nexus 7 and half the price pa…

  3. IPad Mini – another boring device from Apple.

  4. What the hey hey? Guys, guys. Nakakainsulto na yung mga pagiinsulto niyo sa isa’t-isa. Di’ porket nag-Android, patay gutom na kaagad. At di’ porket nag-iOS not-wise na.

    It’s all because of preference. Mag kakaiba tayo ng needs, and magkakaiba ng devices to use. Like my Brother, Mom, and I:

    I use Android (HTC Desire HD, but I’m planning to get Google Nexus in future) because I love to root and optimize it, making it 120% better than it used to. It’s like a rough gem na ikaw pa mismo ang magpapasmooth. You have a hand at making it better, to personalize it.

    My Brother used Windows Phone (HTC Titan, an import from AT&T, and planning to get Nokia Lumia 920 next year) because he wanted smoothness and simplicity. Nothing goes wrong in a phone mostly made up of elegant fonts. But becuase it made up of fonts it is entirely smoother than both iOS and Android…and it just uses a single core. (Note: Both Desire HD and Titan has both the same processor line. Snapdragon. I O/C clock mine to 1.5Ghz to match Titan’s 1.5GHz…but the latter beats me in every corner) he doesn’t care about the lack of apps because he have a ASUS Transformer TF101. He said, “it’s a phone! Kung games lang din aatupagin mo, mag Tablet at Phone ka nalang. Sa Tablet ka mag-games dahil maraming battery mga Tablets.” Tama naman din siya, kasi malakas makaubos ng battery ang Apps. And that’s why I’m planning to get Google Nexus 7, to delegate tasks so my phone won’t ran out of juice more.

    My Mom uses iOS (iPhone, no plans on upgrading) because it’s much simpler to use, and things are not confusing. One button to push when you get lost, etc. It’s a refined gem.You buy it as it is, you use it as it is. Don’t expect more as it is tightly locked. My Mom just uses it for call and texts anyways. Apps doesn’t really matter. Browsing? Nah, sa laptop parin siya.

    Dad uses an Android, pero sa tingin ko mas bagay sa kanya yung iPhone. Nahihirapan siya sa Android eh. Too complex.

    So yeah, we have money too. Mom, Brother, Dad, and I are working. We can all buy iPhones if we want, for every year or change phones every month. Pero hindi siya practical eh. I just chose what I want and stick to it until the end of it’s life (why change phones when you have one that still perfectly works?). And di’ porket nag-iOS, tanga na, it’s simply how a users use their device. Don’t force opinions on other people.

    With that said, I’m going to buy Google Nexus 7 32Gb as soon as it hit shores. Keepin an eye to both eBay/Multiply. 16Gb was never enough, 32Gb I’ll go for. And buti nalang may Google Play Gift Cards na. I can actually buy apps now without risking my Credit Card. I want to support Apps and Developers. Maybe Music too.

    • good for you may money for you to change phones every month… wala kayong 3rd world problems?

    • I’m totally agree with you, it’s about the personal preference kung ano ang gadget na gusto mo. At the end of the day , what your gadgets are reflects to who you are.

    • “And buti nalang may Google Play Gift Cards na” … bro, I’ve got bad news for you on this one. Google Play credit will not work on Google accounts tied with PH credit cards. You need a US-based Google account, with US credit cards enrolled, to use this.

      Heck, don’t take my word for it. Check it out here -> (click on ‘Redeem it here’)

  5. Device Comparison: ios vs android
    CPU: blah-blah vs blah-blah
    Display blah-blah vs blah-blah
    RAM: blah-blah vs blah-blah
    etc, etc
    Device management: itunes vs drag and drop

    ^The only spec that really matters to me. I have to pay 80$ more to use that P.O.S. software called itunes? No thanks! The only apple devices I have left are an ipad 1 and a 5-yr old macbook. The former is still being used by my 5-yr old son and latter is booted up when I need to sync movies on my ipad for my 5-yr old son. Haven’t had itunes on any of my windows machines since I sold my ol’ iphone 3g. I’m not sure if it was an issue with windows or itunes, but despite setting it not to check for updates, it kept on asking me if i wanted to a) update itunes, b)install safari and c) install quicktime. I don’t use safari, i don’t use quicktime, and if I had the choice then, I wouldn’t use itunes. Especially after discovering that if you replace your motherboard and do a fresh install, you have to sync ALL your music and videos all over again. I mean, WTF?! Now with an android device, I HAVE THE CHOICE to not use any program except the basic windows explorer to manage my device!

    That said, I wouldn’t mind buying an apple device if ever they decide to do away with itunes completely. I’m pretty much brand agnostic. But for now, I’m with android as they offer the best in terms of flexibility and ease of use.

  6. I have only one thing to say. You are stupid if you say that the winner is the mini!

  7. I go for Nexus 7 if you are a tech guy, pero kung fashion ang hilig mo, mag Ipad mini ka na lang… ^_^

  8. Ang ipad mini prang si Anne Curtis…
    Ang Nexus 7 prang si Christine Reyes…

    Kanino ka?

  9. kimkae77

    Christine Reyes syempre, c”)

  10. Please stop comparing gadgets to women. Hindi materyal na bagay ang ang mga babae (o lalaki) para paglaruan.

  11. nexus7 fot me coz iPad mini is the same spec with ipad2..

  12. We use ipad and android tablet but mas gusto naming gamitin ang ipad kasi pag dating sa keypad winner ang ipad at naaarange namin ang mga icon sa home screen di tulad ng adroid magulo.
    Hindi rin kami nagsasawang gamitin ang ipad, sa adroid boring habang tumatagal.mas flexible lang ang andriod sa connectivity kasi pwede akong magstream ng movie sa ipad galing sa android.

  13. Iba iba nman po kasi pananaw naten pagdating sa gadget :) saka kaya po siguro nasabe nyo na boring sa andriod kasi every month madame po bago nilalabas na andriod..pero kung alam nyo lang po ang gamit ng andriod..very useful

  14. ipad mini vs nexus 7

    I’m buying the ipad mini, I don’t like the IOS because its programs are limited to itself unlike the android but nexus 7 doesn’t have the rear camera I need…so sad

  15. wildfire69

    I want both ipad mini 64gb and nexus 7 32gb for my movies and tv series viewing And some free games for the play store, ipad mini for the fluid user
    Experience, games look good, magazines and comics looked awesome at the 4:3 aspect ratio. The app department has the ipad mini in a great advantage for those who have experience it.
    I’m an android galaxy y gamer but last October I won an ipad 2 16gb from a raffle at SMB Oktoberfest.
    I was blown way the fluid experience from iOS and the games, uploaded mp4 movies 1080p and it rocked my world, thou now there’s no movies in my ipad because there’s no more space in this tiny 16gb storage hence I wished for a 64gb ipad mini, the mini is a shrunken ipad 2 but with better camera and a little better battery life than the 10 hours of the ipad 2. Buying apps is more secure in the Apple App Store, I’m yet to test the google play store, but I’m using my credit card with apple AppStore and no problem since October.
    Nexus 7 a better hardware tablet than the mini less the tablet optimized apps, movies will look great bec of the 16×9 screen, It can use USB drives and will wait for the 3G version due 1st quarter next year.
    There’s no versus between this two devices, but if I have to choose, budget wise it’s the nexus 7.
    But having the iOS experience, tablet optimized games and apps, knowing all my 1000 plus mp4 1080p and 720p movies will play on the mini. I might use the credit card for the ipad mini at 26k for the 64gb wifi version, I’m just waiting for my wife’s approval. If this push thru it will be a happy Christmas for me while I wait for the nexus 7 32gb 3G or a 64gb version.

    Btw, the ipad 2 is locked in my wife’s clutches, so I want my own, and the form factor of the mini fits my active lifestyle.

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