Wondering whether to get that Nexus 7 or the new iPad mini this Christmas? When both tablets are compared, each is a slick and fun handheld device, but, both illustrate once again that you get what you pay for. The Nexus has somewhat of an edge on power and is cheaper. On the other hand, Apple device users might prefer to stick with an iPad mini that has all the extra features of its "big brother," the iPad 4.
The Nexus 7
Google’s Nexus 7 is a seven-inch Android-powered tablet that is almost three inches shorter but about one-third the price of the large sized Apple iPad 4. Again, in a classic example of “you get what you pay for,” comparing the Nexus 7 to the iPad 4 is probably not a totally fair comparison. Looking at the Nexus 7 for a variety of reasons -- power, screen resolution, ability to sync apps and files (just about everything) would result in the iPad (larger screen model) being the “heavyweight champion.”
Enter the iPad 5 mini…
Apple has recently expanded into the smaller sized tablet market with its iPad 5 mini. It is comparable (slightly larger) in size than the Google Nexus 7 (7.9 inches vs. 7 inches). Again, it outstrips the Nexus 7 in its maximum storage capacity (64GB vs. 16GB), but with a somewhat lower screen resolution (162 ppi vs. 216 ppi). It weighs slightly less (10.9 oz. vs. 12 oz.) and has cellular phone connectivity (Nexus 7 does not). Battery time for both models is around 10 hours.
Size matters, but the iPad mini’s price is still bigger.
Nexus 7’s smallest capacity (8GB) price is about $200. The smallest capacity Apple iPad mini 16GB (Wi-Fi) is around $330. Apple’s 16GB LTE (the iPhone wireless communication standard) is a hefty $459. At the high end, the iPad mini 64GB (LTE) is $659, compared to the Nexus 7 16GB model costing about $249.
Consumers might like the smaller platform, but…
Both the Android and Apple systems are heavily populated with good multimedia, gaming and productivity apps. However, since the iPad mini is a smaller and only slightly underpowered version of its big brother iPad 4, Apple products users might prefer the “slick synchronism” between all Apple devices and software are better off paying extra and going with either size iPad.