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A Comparison Of iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Following the recent launch of the much-awaited Apple iPad mini, tablet users and non-users alike will now have to make a decision on whether or not to buy one. Although the price of the iPad mini might be a deciding factor for some, there is bound to be some confusion in deciding whether to buy an iPad mini, Google nexus 7, Blackberry Playbook, Kindle fire HD or the upcoming Microsoft Surface even if it is just as a Christmas or birthday present for someone special.

Whilst we cannot be certain of this, Apple’s latest 7.9-inch tablet is on collision course with potential new customers who might be lured by other smaller tablets. This is particularly because the average Apple customer is likely to already own either an iPod, iPhone, iPad or indeed, a combination of all three.

Apple iPad Mini Google Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HD
Operating system iOS 6 Android 4.1 Custom Android OS
Price Wi-Fi: $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), $529 (64GB). Cellular: $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $659 (64GB). $199 (8GB), $249 (16GB) $199 (16BG), $249 (32GB)
Release date November 2, 2012, for Wi-Fi; cellular 2 weeks later July 13, 2012 September 14, 2012
Display 7.9-inch IPS, 1,024×768 pixels (163 ppi) 7-inch IPS, 1,280×800 pixels (216 ppi) 7-inch IPS, 1,280×800 pixels (216 ppi)*
Size 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches 7.8 x 4.7 x 0.41 inches 7.4 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches
Weight 0.68 lbs/308 grams (0.69 for cellular) 0.75 lbs/340 grams 0.88 lbs/400 grams
Processor Dual-core A5 processor Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460
Memory 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB 8GB or 16GB; 1GB RAM 16GB or 32GB; 1GB RAM
Camera 5-megapixel rear-facing, 1080p HD video; 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 720 HD video 1.2-megapixel front-facing 720p “Web chat” front-facing
Battery “16.3-watt-hour”; 10 hours battery life (rated) 4,325 mAh; 10.1 hours video battery life (tested) 4,400 mAh; 5.1 hours video battery life (tested)
NFC No Yes No
Extras 4G LTE versions available Tegra games Whispersync, X-Ray, Amazon Prime
Ports Lightning connector Micro-USB Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB
Color Black, white Black Dark gray

* 8.9-inch version also available with a 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution.

If you are trying to decide on which tablet you should buy, perhaps its time to carefully consider this comparisons and decide which one best meet your needs. Therefore, as the saying goes “Who wins? You decide!”

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  1. Dhvanesh

    October 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Price tag of $329 makes iPad Mini really expensive compare to other 7″ tablets. On the flip side, iPad Mini beats those mini tablets with rich display, 4G and iSight camera. And as being Apple fanboy, I would definitely go with iPad Mini.

  2. robert shaw

    October 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Here you will be able to see the distinct difference of features among the Apple iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire HD. Why specifically these three you ask? Because these three choices are what confuses customers on which to choose or with which could work better for them. So you might be able to clarify here which would suit best to your needs.

  3. Jeff

    October 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I think, even though they are similar in size, the iPad mini and Nexus 7 is different in terms of their class. They both have their own respective target market. The iPad Mini is great but expensive, meanwhile the Nexus 7 is way cheaper but at the expense of some cool specs.

  4. Nicole Powell

    November 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I would like to go with Nexus 7. you would have to be a fool to buy the ipad mini at this point. You get a lower resolution tablet and priced almost 50% more than the competition. The Nexus 7 will also be available with 32 gig, and the rumored price is still around $249. You can’t beat that.

  5. Sandy

    November 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Asus nexus 7 is superior in my opinion, because the nexus superior in terms of hardware and price.

  6. Peter

    November 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Nexus 7 is on sale? How much?
    Apple’s products for fans of Apple, but there are so many young people.)))

  7. Ruth

    February 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    These 3 tablets are nice but what about the upcoming Xperia Z tablet? It has monster specs and it is the thinnest tablet it has only 6.9mm height.

  8. Taran

    February 16, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I like to go with Amazon kindle.It has everything that I am looking for.iPad mini is also good,but too expensive for me.

  9. joshua logan

    May 16, 2013 at 4:05 am

    iPad mini is hands down winner, if one is looking for max tablet experience. Otherwise, samsung and kindle fire are both good enough for starters

  10. Simran

    August 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Great comparision, i do agree that nexus 7 tab is really better than to other tab.

    You have shared such a informative content, it will help us to choose a best tab for us. Your content is worth to read.

    Thanks again for sharing this comparision with us,,,,keep it up!!!

  11. kajalverma

    December 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    This phone is very nice look.iPad mini s the best feature installed.this phone is great competition.i like this phone]
    thanks for sharing


  12. kanakesh mk

    March 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    wow !! Great comparison am actually looking for this difference mainly ipadmini vs nexus 7 . I never thought that nexus 7 has thst much of great performance rather then ipad !! Every one has told me to prefer ipad then nexus 7 . But , your useful information has changed me to nexus 7 !! Thanx for your informative comparison 🙂 🙂

  13. imran shaikh

    November 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    the iPad will always lead no matter what, however just for the nostalgic factor i’m getting a refurb Nexus 7 😀

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