The new Nexus 7 is 16% narrower than the iPad Mini, but this means that it is a little bit thicker. The narrower build helps the 2nd generation Nexus 7 to tip the scales at 6% lighter than the iPad Mini. But if you look at weight relative to the surface area, the iPad Mini actually comes on at 8% lighter. So it is possible that the iPad Mini will in a sense feel lighter in your hand. Like the original version, the new Nexus 7 sports a plastic construction. The updated model does skip on the rear view packing of the 2012 model, though this one has a matte finish. The iPad Mini is made of Apple’s excellent anodized aluminum which is the clear winner here.
The iPad Mini’s display has a decidedly low resolution for a tablet measuring only 1024×768. That doesn’t mean that the display looks bad, but it pales in comparison with the Nexus 7’s 1920×1200 resolution, which allows for full 1080p video.
One thing to consider though is the size. The iPad Mini is 7.9 inches, whereas the Nexus 7 is 7 inches, which is measured across the diagonal. So actually the Nexus 7 offers you 26% less screen real estate than the iPad Mini. But the biggest difference will be in sharpness where the Nexus 7 has a huge advantage, offering 323 PPI which blows the iPad Mini’s 162 PPI right out of the water.
In the newer device, Google’s Nexus device packs beefier internals on paper, a Quad-core 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. General Snappiness of both OS’s is very comparable, but when it comes to opening Apps and Gaming, the new Nexus 7 is the clear winner. When it comes to storage, the only difference is the iPad Mini has a 64GB option, but neither tablet has a microSD slot for additional storage. Camera wise, both offer the exact same resolution and are decent enough for tablet use i.e, 5MP – Rear and 1.2MP Front facing.
There are a few things which Nexus 7 has over the iPad mini which is wireless charging and NFC. The Nexus 7 is running Android in its latest version which is 4.3 and since the tablet is straight from Google, it will always be the first to get updates. But this is the same for Apple. One thing that we have to keep in mind is that iPAd mini was released in November 2012, so Apple would be releasing a fresh version, so we are really comparing last year’s hardware with this year’s hardware.
The iPad Mini has been the top of the pile in small firm tablets since it was launched last year. But its older processor and low resolution display are starting to become outdated, especially at 329$ which is just hard to justify especially when the new Nexus 7 comes out at 229$ which is 100$ cheaper.