Undoubtedly, the Nexus 7 tablet that came out in August is the leading tablet of the year so far. However, it is only now that its major competitor, the iPad Mini 2 has been announced.

As expected the iPad Mini 2 comes with Retina Display and enhanced 4G LTE connectivity support. Let us compare the Nexus 7 with the new iPad Mini 2 to find out what sets the two tablets apart:

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Design

The very look at the iPad Mini will remind you of the predecessor model as there is not much difference in the looks here. Well, the Nexus 7 appears great as compared to the first generation model. The new matte black finish makes it quite easy to hold the device comfortably.

The dimensions of both the slates are slightly different. The Nexus 7 measures 200 x 114 x 8.7mm and weighs 290g. On the other side, the iPad Mini 2 which is slightly bigger measures 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 and weighs 330g. The iPad Mini 2 appears wider and sleek because of its slim design. The Mini 2 has got an aluminum design.

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Display

Google has packed 7inch display that offers a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and it offers a pixel density of 323ppi. The displays of both the tablets feature 7inch IPS panel display but the size of the display on iPad Mini 2 is 7.9inch. Thanks to the introduction of Retina Display, the device is able to produce a display resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels with a pixel density of 324ppi.

As far as display improvement over the predecessor model is concerned, the iPad Mini 2 brings a huge improvement over iPad Mini’s resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with 163ppi. Google responded by offer Nexus 7 with higher resolution and now Apple has answered by offering even higher resolution on iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display technology.

Specifications

The Google Nexus 7 offers topnotch performance thanks to the 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU which is well supported with 2GB RAM. The device runs on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS but very soon it is going to get the newer Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade.

iPad Mini 2 is powered up by the 64bit A7 processor that is also present on the iPhone 5S. It is coupled with the new M7 motion co-processor and houses the latest iOS7. Even the Mini 2 offers fast and smooth performance.

The 5MP camera on the Nexus 7 is quite good. The iPad Mini 2 has got 5MP iSight camera. The Nexus 7 has got a 1.3MP front facing camera whereas the FaceTime HD shooter sits at the front side of the iPad Mini 2. Both the tablets offer topnotch quality photo and video capturing prowess.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Nexus 7 vs the iOS 7 iPad Mini 2

iOS 7 has been improved and is present on the iPad Mini 2. The iOS 7 has been made available for 64 percent of all iOS devices but still it produces best performance on newer devices like iPad Mini 2, iPad Air and iPhone 5S. If you have used any of the previous iOS versions like iOS5 or iOS6, you will definitely know how different the experience of iOS7 is.

Good thing about the version of Android on Nexus 7 is that, Google like usual offers the pure version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. We all know it pretty well that the next Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade is just around the corner. Both iOS and Android are quite intuitive and have got loads of apps in store.

Storage

One of the most important features of any tablet is the storage capacity it offers. Since you are going to add movies, music, documents and important apps on the tablet, it has to offer good storage options.

Nexus 7 comes with two storage options, namely 16GB and 32GB variants. Apple offers even more storage options on the iPad Mini 2, namely 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options. All these storage options come at different price but having storage options like 64GB and 128GB gives iPad Mini 2 an edge over the Nexus 7.

4G LTE

Both Apple iPad Mini 2 and Google Nexus 7 come with 4G LTE connectivity. By the 4G LTE connectivity is available only one variant of Nexus 7 which is the 32GB model. It is priced at 349USD. The said model is available on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The iPad Mini 2 that comes with Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity is supported all the major carriers of US.

Nexus 7 Price vs iPad Mini 2 Price

Here is the important factor that becomes that can become a decider between the two models. Like Google did it again by releasing a very competitive tablet at a very affordable price tag. Here is where Apple falls short. Apple is selling the refurbished version of original iPad Mini for 249USD which is still higher than the price of the newer and powerful Nexus 7.

Google Nexus 7 16GB model is priced at 229USD. The 32GB model is priced at 269USD. The LTE 32GB model is priced at 349USD. Now let us look at what Apple is offering. The iPad Mini 2 16GB model is priced at 399USD. Difference between the base models of both the brands is 170USD. This can easily turn out to be a decider between the two. The 128GB edition of iPad Mini 2 can be bought for 699USD. Even though Apple tablets are pricey, loyal fans continue to blindly choose them.

Verdict

At many points, you may feel that the iPad Mini 2 is a slightly better device than the Nexus 7 but when it comes to pricing, Nexus 7 has an upper edge. The Apple iPad Mini 2 is yet to arrive.

What do you think about the two devices? Do let us know your views as that will help to some extent measure the popularity between the two slates.