Apple’s iPad Mini 3 vs Google’s Nexus 7: A Brief Comparison

In the 21st century, it seems like there is a certain amount of mobility lost when carrying around some of the best tablets to date. Whether it be out of an Android or ISO camp, a 10-inch screen or a larger mobile device, it isn’t very mobile. Keeping this idea in mind, Apple and Google have decided to miniaturize their tablets to something more ‘pocket sized’ to make up for this. In this article we will be reviewing a number of things such as: Size, Ergonomics, Hardware, Performance, and Software.

This is your Apple iPad Mini 3 vs the Google Nexus 7 Shootout.

Size.

The first thing to consider when looking at size is the ‘Pocket Test’. Personally speaking, I find that both the Apple iPad 3 mini and the Google Nexus 7 fit properly in the back pocket. However, this does not mean I would feel secure sitting down with or going running with them in my pockets, but when walking I find it fine.

Both tablets offer a very good screen size with the Google Nexus 7 at 7-inches and the iPad Mini 3 at 8-inches. Both of them will be able to fit inside a purse or pockets, proving to be extremely mobile. This makes them more mobile than their predecessors, The iPad Air 2 and the Nexus 9.

Ergonomics.

Apple – iPad Mini 3
These two tablets both have been designed in completely different ways, with the iPad Mini 3 still keeping the same aspect ratio of 4:3, Where as the Nexus 7 has been made narrow and has gone with a more widescreen format.

Apple has tried to make everything more compact without you’re hands getting confused at which button you’re pressing. The volume control can be found on the right edge of the Mini and the power button can be found at the top. The back of the Mini is branded with the apple logo, which is placed right in the center. The device has a very nice solid metal back case which warps around the edge to meet up with the screen at the front, and the camera can be found at the top left.

The edges of Apple’s Mini 3 have been excessively polished, giving t a nice, attractive look when the light rebounds off of it. Finally, the speakers can be found at the bottom of the device alone with the charger port.

Google – Nexus 7
As for the nexus, the back is not metal but a soft rubber feeling material and has an all round smoother design. Due to its overall plastic feel it has been nicknamed ‘Budget’ in the past. However, for the price this is to be expected.

The Power button and volume controls are located near one another at the right edge, and the charger port can be found at the bottom of the device.Bboth the Apple and Google devices share the same back case design, with the Nexus logo printed horizontally and the camera in the top left corner. The duel speakers can be located at the bottom and top of the device.

Hardware.

Apple – iPad Mini 3
Under the hood of the iPad lies a 64-bit A7 chip with M7 motion co-processor. The tablet measures 7.87-inches tall by 5.3-inches with a 7.2mm Depth and the metal shell provided strength so guess what iPad users, no more broken screens! Keeping everything running is a 6350mAh battery, which Apple says will provide upwards of 10 hours of web surfing, music or video playback.

Google – Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 is powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with 2GB of RAM. The Adreno 320 GPU is amazing, keeping even the most visually intense games run at a steady pace. Stereo speakers include full 5.1 surround sound output delivering a wonderful audio experience from the Nexus 7. It stands 7.87-inches tall and is 4.49-inches across and is a little thinner than the Mini at 8.6mm. Finally, Battery life is advertised at up to 10 hours of basic web browsing, music, or 720p video playback out of the 3950mAh battery.

Performance.

Apple – iPad mini 3
Being the youngest of the two tablets, Apple offers a great experience for people that use the tab in every way, whether it be checking your emails or watching a movie to playing first person shooters at 1080p 30fps with no lag. From the moment you turn on your Mini on you are met by a simple ISO interface. Keeping it simple means it excels when it comes down to speed and how smooth it is, meaning quicker response times. It still uses the older A7 chip which is not very outdated by today’s general standard. Moreover, when loading up some of the bigger apps you may come into contact with the spinning wheel (associated with loading) from time to time.

Google – Nexus 7
With the Nexus 7 being a year and a half older than the iPad Mini 3, it should be no surprise that the former doesn’t do a better job than the latter does in the performance category. However, with that said, when the Nexus 7 first hit the shelves it became known as one of the best performers seen in the tablet market. Newer apps, and versions of the Android operating system, have weighed down the performance but that is to be expected of a tablet that’s nearly two years old. For normal everyday use the Nexus 7 is still a brilliant tablet. However, your gaming experience might be a little off the edge and this might have your rivals call you a beginner.

Software.

Apple – iPad Mini 3
The iPad Mini 3 comes with iOS 8.1 which is a solid and fluid experience. From the App store you can get many great games which the Mini will run effortlessly. To take advantage of all the games and apps available, you will first have to sign-up with your Apple ID. The first power up for your Mini you are given navigation and basic web surfing with just the default apps pre-installed on the device.

Google – Nexus 7
The first Boot for this Tablet will give you the famous Android Jellybean, however that will quickly be taken away as nexus likes to push for the newest updates all the time and at the end of all the updates you should be on Android 5.1 lollipop. Although, people have complained in the past that Android 5.0.2 runs poorly and that it could cause serious harm to the device. In the light of this problem, Android 5.1 will attempt to fix all previous issues reported.

So, that is it guys, we’ve looked at the iPad mini 3 and the Nexus 7 in many different categories, but which one do YOU prefer? Each device comes with its own ecosystem that may or may not be the reason you would want it. Google’s Nexus is an Android device and has an open system and is very customizable. On the other hand, Apple’s Mini 3 comes with a closed system that is fixed yet safe and simple. It is your preference that matters in the end.

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