The iPad Mini is due to launch and the Nexus 7 has been out for a little while now, which shows that the two mega-companies are looking to battle with each other in the lucrative mini tablet market. With the HTC One X and the Galaxy Note 2 being phablets there is room for 7” tablets and this is where Google can show its prowess in the operating system market and having clean lines, looks and superb connectivity. However, Apple is no stranger to the market as it’s essentially a scaled-down version of the iPad 3.
Running on Google Android’s Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus 7 is a cracker. It’s similar to the iOS6 that the mini iPad will run on but many feel that it is more complete. That said, there are some people out there that simply wouldn’t buy an Android device and the same amount of people wouldn’t go to the Apple side. So, it’s a thing of preference unless the specs are anything to go by. Let’s take a look:
The Nexus 7 has a 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a 216ppi, 1280 x 800 screen. There is 8 or 16GB of internal storage with no microSD card as Google is pushing Google Drive for cloud storage onto people. There is no rear camera, only a front-facing one that is 1.2MP. So it’s not going to win any competitions for being the fastest or most powerful device out there. It is, however, very cheap. At less than £200 it’s a bargain.
The mini iPad will have the A5 processor and 1024 x 768 screen resolution and a 163ppi. There is 16, 32 or 64GB of internal space and iCloud to use. There is a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front. LTE, WiFi, 10 hours of battery life and a smart design makes it a very special tablet. It’s twice the price of the Google Nexus 7, though.
And that is where it boils down to it. If you’ve got more money than you care to mention then go for the mini iPad. If not, then the Nexus 7 is a great alternative. The specs aren’t too far apart but the price is. The same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5 and the new LG Nexus 4. The former two will set you back around £30+ per month on a contract or £500+ to buy the handset outright, but the LG Nexus 4 is set to cost around £400. With Google being desperate to get their foot in the door in the buoyant smartphone market we could see some upsets next year as people start to realise that the Apple products are in fact overpriced. Something that Samsung and Android owners have been saying for a long time.