Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple iPad mini before event

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 22, 2012

When it comes to the Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple iPad mini we don’t know the official specs for the latter device, which is thanks to Apple keeping everything under wraps until tomorrows event when the official iPad mini features will see an announcement. The Nexus 7 tablet is a completely different story, and we don’t have to rely on rumors for the Nexus 7 specs.

Meet the Google Nexus 7 – you can expect a 7-inch 1280×800 display with 216PPI, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, NFC, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and 9-10 hours of battery life depending on the tasks you’re doing during that time. The enhancements made with Corning glass are pretty impressive and help a lot with resisting scratches, and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is delivered right out of the box. The image below displays the key Nexus 7 specs, so feel free to take a look if you need a refresh.

Nexus 7 vs. Apple iPad mini – we’ve included a video below this article that takes a look at Google’s Nexus 7 and compares the known specs with the rumors we’ve been hearing about iPad mini. This might be a strange comparison considering nothing has been announced from Apple just yet, but most people that follow Apple news know there’s a track record for certain rumors to continually repeat and the majority of times they end up being part of the final product.

We know a few things about the iPad mini before the event tomorrow, which is thanks to the repeating rumors from different sources, and of course some very credible sources with insiders confirming the same iPad mini features. It is worth pointing out that not even Apple has confirmed there will be an iPad mini at tomorrow’s event, but the whole world expects it anyway. See the video below and let us know if the creator did a good job of comparing both 7-inch tablets at this stage.

Screen and size – The latest Apple rumors point to the iPad mini being just 7.3mm thick with a 7.85-inch screen, which is thinner than Google’s Nexus 7 but larger thanks to the bigger display. Some potential iPad mini buyers aren’t happy that the new iPad could be so close in screen size to the current model, and would prefer a 7-inch display like many of the Android tablets feature. The iPad mini should include a ratio of 4:3 with a resolution of 1024×768.

Nexus 7 vs. iPad mini price – there has been a number of leaks surrounding the iPad mini price and some conflict with each other, although the consensus right now is that Apple will never make a price near $200 for the smaller iPad, which is thanks to leaked inventory listings and costs being almost that figure. We know the official Nexus 7 starting price is $199, although it looks like the iPad mini could start at a much higher $329, which would mean the iPad mini would not compete on price and Apple would instead be pushing its popular image in a hope that fans ignore the higher price.

We’ve also included a second video below that talks about the possibility of the iPad mini helping to threaten movie theaters, which is thanks to a change in the way we are watching movies on a weekly basis. Take a look at the videos below and then let us know if you’ve already made up your mind, or if you’ll wait until after the iPad mini event before deciding the winner?

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  • bfreesun

    I have an iPad 3 and was looking forward to a more portable iPad mini but the size determined by the aspect ratio makes it a no no for me. My Nexus7 fits nicely into jacket pockets and will remain my carry everywhere tablet

  • DeeDawg62

    That Nexus video was soooo painful to watch! OMG! Boring! It took him 13 minutes and he said absolutely nothing we didn’t already know. He just couldn’t keep his hands still either!

  • Danny Dodge

    I prefer the iPad 3 to the Nexus 7, only marginally though. But the iPad mini seems stupid to me and I’d say a Nexus tablet would urinate all over it.

    Windows 8 tablets will be here soon and they are gonna be all the rage.

  • Stephen LeMaitre

    Nexus for the win.

    Not only is the price lower, but it has a higher resolution at a smaller (more desirable) size. In addition, within days of the Apple event, Google is set to release a Nexus with twice the memory for the same price.

    Additionally, Android > iOS, as most people end up discovering when they have practice with both of them.

    The real downside to the Nexus is App availability… given raw numbers, the App Store beats Google Play hands down.

    Personally, I believe the Nexus will outsell the iPad Mini, and this will help Google Play expand greatly.

    This may well be the Apple Killer people have been looking for since the iPhone was first released.

    • I would not say Android > iOS. I think they both have their positives and negatives. I have used both, and I like both. But both have things that irritate me. It really depends on how you judge an OS on which one is better.

      I do agree the App Store beats Google Play for now. I also believe Google Play is better than it used to be, and will continue to get better.

      I was actually looking forward to getting the new iPad mini, as I have been wanting a tablet smaller than the iPad. But after looking at the prices, I think a $249 32GB Nexus 7 will be hard to beat. As long as I can run my banking app on it and deposit checks (using the front facing camera), I will be buying the Nexus 7.

      Price definitely is the differentiator for me. If the 32 GB mini came within $100, I would probably have to think about it a bit. But it looks like it’s going to be almost $200 more, and that makes it a no-brainer.