Ipad mini verses Google Nexus 7December 7, 2012 # 1:49 am # Computer and Notebook # No Comment
In the battle of the tablets, the iPad used to have no real rivals. But competitors have finally launched new products and taken market share from Apple, not by tackling the iPad head on but by taking an indirect route into consumers’ homes.The Google Nexus 7 is the frontrunner of the rivals, with high-tech components and a low price point giving it appeal at the lower end of the market. With a seven-inch screen, it is also more practical and portable than the full-size iPad.However, with the arrival of the iPad Mini it is clear that Apple is going to try to tempt customers in the same market segment as Google.
So if you are looking for a tablet in the seven-inch size category, should you opt for the Google Nexus 7 or the Apple iPad Mini?
The Google Nexus 7 has a seven-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280×800, which gives it high-definition status. It has a quad-core processor with a 1.3GHz clock speed, matched with a healthy 1GB of RAM and between 8 and 32GB of storage space. Wi-Fi connectivity is available on all models and Google is about to introduce a 3G-ready iteration. A single camera mounted on the front of the Nexus 7 allows you to recover video, capture 1.2 megapixel images and also make video calls to others with compatible applications.
The Apple iPad Mini boasts a 7.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1024×768 and a 4:3 aspect ratio. This is basically identical to the screens found on the first and second generation iPads, albeit on a smaller scale.The resolution is a little lower than that of the Nexus 7, yet both look lacking when compared to Apple’s Retina Display on the iPad 4. The iPad Mini is powered by a dual-core A5 processor which has the same capabilities as 2011′s iPad 2. A front-facing camera on the iPad Mini allows you to chat via FaceTime, while a five-megapixel camera on the rear can also record HD video and take good-quality stills.
Apple is typically cagy about the specifications of its devices and in fact doing a like-for-like comparison of the hardware components of Apple and Android tablet PCs is somewhat unhelpful. However, the Nexus 7 looks stronger on paper thanks to its powerful processor and higher-resolution display. While the iPad Mini gives you a little more onscreen space, it has fewer pixels to work with, even if the fact that its display is similar to that of previous iPads means that apps and content can fit with no modification.
The Nexus 7 is powered by Google’s latest Android operating system and because it is an own-brand product it is generally going to be updated to the most current version as soon as it is available. At the moment that is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which has a tablet-friendly interface and a great number of customisation options available to users.Android devices can be used to download apps and stream content from the Google Play service, which has hundreds of thousands of programs and many rentable media files. Everything runs smoothly, with the hardware making quick work of multitasking and other functions.
The iPad Mini features the iOS 6 platform and again you should expect regular and consistent updates. Apple’s software is a lot more locked-down than Android, which means that you cannot really make many modifications to the interface. In fact, the homescreen is largely identical to that seen on the original iPhone back in 2007. Under the surface there are plenty of changes, with the iPad Mini getting the voice-controlled digital-assistant software Siri to help users manipulate the tablet with spoken phrases rather than touch-based inputs.Meanwhile the App Store remains one of the largest of its kind, with lots of high-quality third-party programs on offer. Whatever your thoughts, both of these tablets offer a high-quality experience and buyers will not be disappointed with either.