Nexus 7 32GB provides iPad Mini competition

By Alan Ng - Oct 24, 2012

Now that Apple has finally announced their worst kept secret with the iPad Mini, consumers will probably be either jumping on board straight from pre-order day, or looking for an instant alternative due to the rather costly $329 price tag that comes attached with Apple’s new tablet.

One such tablet that is gaining a lot of interest is the elusive Nexus 7 32GB, which somehow managed to sneak through Google’s labs, into a Staples retailer and into the hands of one very lucky consumer indeed who paid $249 for a 32GB model. The bit we already know is that Google will officially start selling the device on October 29, but will consumers still want to buy one after Apple’s iPad mini unveiling over the last 24 hours?

There should be no reason why you shouldn’t still buy the Nexus 7 over the iPad Mini, as Google’s device still trumps the smaller iPad in a collection of areas, we haven’t even got on to the margin in price either. For starters, Apple are still not putting a quad-core processor on this thing, as Phil Schiller confirmed that the iPad Mini will ship with a dual-core A5 processor only – the Nexus 7 32GB will have a Tegra 3 quad-core processor on board.

Elsewhere, Apple has opted against putting a Retina Display on the new smaller iPad, instead preferring a display resolution of 1024×768 at 163ppi. In comparison, the Nexus 7 may be smaller in size with an 7-inch display compared to the iPad Mini with a 7.9-inch screen, but it makes up for that with a higher resolution of 1280 x 800 with a ppi of 216.

There’s further disappointment in the RAM department for prospective buyers as well, as the iPad Mini will only ship with 512MB of RAM, compared to the Nexus 7 which has 1GB out of the box. If you are asking for our opinion on whether the Nexus 7 32GB model will compete with Apple’s new iPad which goes on sale on November 2nd, we would say that it definitely does and is even arguably a lot better on paper.

It’s an iPad though and a smaller model no doubt looks very nice in the hand indeed. Let us know if you plan to pick up the 32GB Nexus 7 for $249, or pick up a 16GB iPad Mini for $329.

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  • Asima

    Apple price tag with those shortcomings compared to Nexus 7 is ridiculous. I will not buy ipad with the price given Nexus 7 is out there with better specs. However, having said that, I’ve had both iphone and Google Nexus phone and iphone, in terms of durability in both software and hardware outweighs the phone. However, with the better specs and better price tag above, I will definitely buy Nexus 7!

  • Ahh.. Its written in a wise manner, Sarcasm at its Best.. We Know Nexus is Better but still we do not want to say it, Although you can compare everything that Ipad Stand Nowhere, But still..What do you think !!

  • alan

    I love my present 16gb Nexus7 (with all the v quick moves I could make on it, and also fits in my jeans pocket)! I’ll pass it to my excited wife (who has a largely domesticated iPad), and trade up to the 32gb version without hesitation. Its touted $249 price over Apple’s $329 for a lousy 16gb is a no brainer. I can do a lot on Nexus7 without an Apple ecosystem.

  • p-niiice

    Why is it arguably better? It’s better, no bones about it.

  • Gary McCray

    As predicted Apple introduced the 16 gb IPad Mini for $329.00 with hundred
    dollar price increments for each size larger.

    The Mini also as predicted is a carbon copy of the IPad 2 only smaller with a low
    1024 x 768 resolution display and an improved camera.

    At this pricing the Mini is very non-competitive with the $200.00 16 gb and
    $250.00 32 gb Amazon HD Fire and the to be released on October 29th equivalent
    Google Nexus 7 tablets which also have considerably higher (HD) resolution
    screens and excellent software support.

    It does not seem that the Mini is going to be a strong influence in the 7″ tablet market.

    On the other hand, the “Even Newer” Generation 4 full sized IPad features a considerable improvement in performance over the now old “New” IPad and also has it’s excellent “Retina” ultra high resolution display.

    Even at $170.00 more, the full sized 4th generation IPad represents a much better value than the Mini in all configurations.

    Realistically if you want an IPad (and can afford one) get a Gen 4 IPad, otherwise get a Fire HD or a Nexus 7. (Skip the Mini).

  • Without a doubt getting the 32GB Nexus 7.
    It’s too good for the price. Google is hitting all the right buttons: Getting rid of the 8GB, putting the 16GB it its place and putting the 32GB at only $250? Incredible. Totally worth it. Apple failed with the Mini. Oh! And why upgrade the 3rd gen iPad?? Stupid….

  • Apple messed up with the iPad Mini. Nexus blows it out of the water. Apple needs to step it up and stop releasing products just for the sake of releasing them.

  • kodemunkey

    I’ve got an iPad 2 already…don’t really want to shell out another $329 for a smaller version of the same device. After trying out a Nexus 7 at Staples, I’m going to buy the 32GB as soon as it hits stores!

  • Scott

    Definitely opened my eyes. Apparently the iPad mini seems a bit sluggish when browsing through menus and various apps. The 1GB RAM Nexus model sounds very slick. I won’t be grabbing an iPad mini until they include a Retina display. Until then, Nexus 7 32GB sounds a decent option.

  • Radite

    Definitely leaning towards the Nexus 7 32. Apple’s ecosystem snobbery adds to my interest in the Nexus. I believe the 7″ size will become wildly popular for its ease of portability, storage.