Google Nexus 7  vs Apple iPad iPad mini 

Released July, 2012

Google Nexus 7

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Google Nexus 7
8.6 Out of 10
Rounding things out, it obliterates its competition by donning a super skinny (0.41” thick) frame and lightweight (11.99 oz) feel in the hand.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2012)
VS
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 5
Front view of Apple iPad iPad mini
8.2 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 7 vs iPad mini

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, androidpolice.com, reviews.cnet.com and 3 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Google Nexus 7 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  based on its graphics and reviews.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Google Nexus 7 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 7 vs iPad iPad mini

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 7
2,282

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 7
1,371 ms
iPad iPad mini
1,426 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Nexus 7
12.5 fps
iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Nexus 7
39.8 fps
iPad iPad mini
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Much faster graphics 12.5 fps vs 3.4 fps Around 3.8x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Lighter 340 g vs 589 g More than 40% lighter
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.1) vs No Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (iOS 5) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Sharper screen 215 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Jul, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Higher resolution front camera 1.9 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 6.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Side view of Apple iPad iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad iPad mini

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More processing power 4,072 vs 2,282 Around 80% better passmark score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Significantly longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 7.5 hour 70% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a rear camera 0.92 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Bigger screen 7.8" vs 7" More than 10% bigger screen
Better performance per dollar 3.97 pt/$ vs 1.17 pt/$ Around 3.5x better performance per dollar

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 7  vs iPad iPad mini 

8.0
8.3
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad iPad mini

9.0
8.0
Display quality is good, with a sharp image and commendable (if not searing) top brightness.
Nexus 7

8.8
9.0
But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.
iPad iPad mini

9.0
6.0
Turn the Google Nexus 10 over and you'll find a big speaker at the top, along with the main 5 megapixel camera lens, which is also capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps.
Nexus 7

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Nexus 7  vs
iPad iPad mini 
Size 7" 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 215 ppi 163 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Nexus 7  vs
iPad iPad mini 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.9 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera None 0.92 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB None
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 340 g 589 g
Size 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 7.5 hour 12.75 hour
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