iPad Mini 2 Vs 2013 Nexus 7 gaming examination

By Alan Ng - Dec 13, 2013

It’s clear that if you want to pick up the best 7-inch tablet on the market today, two considerations that have to be made are the Nexus 7 2013 model and the iPad Mini with Retina Display. We have looked at these devices in detail before, but now we want to focus in on how both tablets handle gaming performance.

You’ll be pleased to know that both tablets offer superior performance when it comes to downloading games from the Google Play Store or iOS store. The Nexus 7 2013 model features a quad-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with 2GB of RAM, while the iPad Mini 2 is running on the Apple A7 chip which is thought to comprise of a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU setup.

Graphics on the Nexus 7 2013 are handled by the quad-core Adreno 320 setup, while Apple are more secretive about the iPad Mini 2 GPU – although rumors suggest it could be using a PowerVR G6430 system. On paper you may say that the Nexus 7 already has the advantage in performance, but the iPad Mini 2 can hold its own too with any demanding app thrown at it.

To give you an idea of how games compare between the two tablets, we have picked out a relevant video for you. This video features the T-Rex HD test, which is one of the best graphical benchmark demos to test how good the GPU really is on the respective tablet.

Riptide GP plays flawless on iPad Mini 2

Riptide GP plays flawless on iPad Mini 2

In another video, you’ll see more commercial games such as Riptide Gp being tested on both devices – skip to the 5.15 mark to see the gaming part of the clip.

With all this said and done though, the Nexus 7 2013 is a lot cheaper than the iPad Mini with Retina, at just $230 compared to Apple’s asking price of $399 for the Mini 2.

Do you think the Nexus 7 2013 is unbeatable for games because it is also excellently priced on the market? Give us your thoughts on this below.

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