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iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7 revisited in visual review

We have just given you a specs clash between two of the hottest smartphones around with the Nexus 4 and Droid DNA. However, now it’s time to focus on the two of the hottest tablets on the market instead. We have another visual comparison between the Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini to show you now – giving you another chance to compare both devices before deciding which one to pick up during the 2012 Holiday sales.

It’s clear to see that the new 7-inch tablet range is starting to become a hot property with consumers. 10-inches is obviously nice for the duties that require a larger screen, but 7-inches is perfect for casual browsing and more importantly – perfect in terms of portability as well with a lightweight 7-inch tablet a lot more manageable than a 10-inch slugger.

Google were first to the 7-inch tablet wars with their Nexus 7 device – offering users the chance to preview Jelly Bean before any other device. Although Steve Jobs originally dismissed the idea of a 7-inch iPad, Apple has now decided that they are not going to let one of their biggest rivals steal all of the 7-inch thunder and almost out of nowhere, unleashed the iPad Mini along side the iPad 4 just a few months ago.

As a result, consumers now have to decide which device is better and it is ultimately going to come down to a preference on what OS you prefer between Android and iOS. Having said that, we are not one of the first to talk about the poor display quality on the iPad Mini, with Apple’s strange decision not to include a Retina Display on the iPad Mini – despite the fact that Apple’s device is over $100 more expensive than the $200 Nexus 7.

Display quality is essential on a tablet device as well, so we only presume that Apple may now regret the decision not to include a Retina Display, with consumers now starting to notice the difference in quality when zooming into portions of text on both devices.

If taking pictures on a tablet is as equally as important as display quality, then you may want to be reminded that the Nexus 7 does not have a rear camera, while the iPad Mini does – albeit a 1.2MP affair only. App store presence is also a key factor and the fact that the iPad Mini Apps are already optimized for the smaller display is another plus that you should take into consideration.

It’s hard to pick a direct winner as it does really come down to OS preference as we mentioned above. That said, price is usually the deciding factor in today’s world and the Nexus 7 is really hard to turn down at an unbelievable $200, for the specs and features offered.

Is the lack of a Retina Display on the iPad Mini a deal breaker for you?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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