Google Nexus 7  vs Apple 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
There's no sign of judder or slow down, just silky smooth transitions, which is impressive as even the quad core Google Nexus 7 has the occasional hiccup but in our time with the Nexus 10 it performed almost flawlessly.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8.1 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 7 vs iPad mini


Processing power and speed

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iPad mini
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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iPad mini
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Google Nexus 7 

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

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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nexus 7
iPad mini

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 mini

geekbench Processor and memory performance

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iPad mini

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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iPad mini

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

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

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Nexus 7
12.5 fps
iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Nexus 7
39.8 fps
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
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (iOS) 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
Better performance per dollar 1.09 pt/$ vs 0.68 pt/$ More than 60% better performance per dollar
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Side view of Apple iPad mini

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Much better overall performance 750 vs 336 Around 2.2x better geekbench score
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 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
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
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.9 mm Around 20% thinner
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 2.2x smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 7  vs iPad mini 

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 mini

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 mini

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


8.5 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz


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


Nexus 7  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 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 1.2 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP


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 308 g
Size 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 7.5 hour 12.75 hour
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