Battle of the mini-tablet kings

Battle of the mini-tablet kings

The release of the first Google Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad Mini last year really kicked off the mini-tablet explosion. However, both devices were far from perfect.

Fast forward a year later and we now have a new and improved Nexus 7 and iPad Mini, both sporting higher resolution screens and more powerful internal hardware.

If you’re looking to buy a mini-tablet this month, both the Nexus 7 2013 edition and iPad Mini with Retina Display are arguably the top-rated tablets in the mini-tablet category, and you’re going to make really tough decisions.

Here’s how you can compare the two to help justify your purchase.

Design

Both the new iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 are lightweight at not more than 350 grammes.

The iPad Mini is larger than the Nexus 7 due to its larger screen (which we’ll come to that later), but it's a better traveling companion over its big brother the iPad Air.

The Nexus’s smaller screen, in addition to its thinner bezels, makes this tablet much more portable and comfortable to hold with one hand.

You can't help but admire Apple's craftsmanship with its products, and the iPad Mini is no exception. Of course, Asus has also done a great job crafting a premium looking Nexus tablet.

The Nexus has surprisingly thicker top and bottom bezels, but this gives you much room to rest your thumbs from obscuring the screen when holding it horizontally.

Both devices do not offer expandable memory. The iPad Mini has up to 64GB internal storage, while the Nexus 7 caps at 32GB. Both starts at a measly 16GB.

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