Google Nexus 7 is one of the answers to the Apple iPad Mini 2, which came out in November 2013 to extend its domination in the tablet segment.
Even though there have been several competitors for the iPad Mini 2 over the years, it is seen that the Nexus 7 offers the best amongst the lot.
The Nexus 7 aims at taking the iPad Mini 2 by featuring a 7 inch display as its name suggests. This display may be slightly smaller than the 7.9 inch one on the iPad Mini 2, but it is comparable in terms of resolution. Both devices come with the same technology behind the display – IPS panel coupled with LED backlight technology.
The design, however, has been a strong point for the iPad range over the years. The Nexus 7 attempts to overthrow it by featuring a build quality that is second to none. Many would go on to say that this device is the best in the segment, apart from the iPad. It may not be the thinnest in the market, but at just 290 g for the Wi-Fi only version, it is extremely light. The iPad Mini 2, meanwhile, is much heavier, at almost 350 g for the version with Wi-Fi and 3G support.
Since the iPad Mini 2 does not support an external memory card, Apple provides a lot of alternatives in terms of internal memory. The base version starts with just 16 GB of internal storage, while one can spec up the device with as much as 128 GB of storage. In contrast, the Nexus 7 offers only two alternatives – 16 and 32 GB of internal memory. Since it does not support external memory cards, this may be viewed as a disadvantage.
The Nexus 7 was first promoted as a cheap tablet, but the specifications of the device suggest otherwise – especially in the processor department. Google provides this device with a quad core 1.5 GHz processor from Snapdragon. This, coupled with the Adreno 320 GPU, makes it lightning fast at handling the 4.4.3 KitKat version of the android operating system. One will not be able to tell the difference between the user experience of this tablet, when compared to the higher end android tablets. This is partly because the stock android does not use many resources, while this specific KitKat version has been tuned towards working in lower specification models.
The iPad Mini 2 uses the same A7 processor found in phones like the iPhone 5S. It is a dual core 1.3 GHz unit, which is supported by PowerVR G6430 GPU. This is a quad core GPU unit, which will be entrusted with the task of running the latest iOS 8. The device originally came with the iOS 7.1.1, but it is expected to receive the iOS 8. Wireless charging is an advantage found on the Nexus 7 and it is not present on the iPad Mini 2, which starts at around $370 for the base versions.
Nexus 7, meanwhile, starts at just $195 for the 16 GB version.
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