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iPad mini 2 vs Nexus 7 2013: battle of the small but powerful tablets

The iPad mini 2 has arrived and, as with most of Apple’s high-profile devices, does not fall short in features and performance. Its long-awaited Retina display certainly hogged the spotlight, though its other specs are noteworthy, too. But the question in everyone’s mind is: does it really stack up to its fiercest rival, Google’s Nexus 7 2013?


Let’s start with how much each tablet will set customers back:

Apple iPad mini 2

Wi-Fi only: 16GB – $399; 32GB – $499; 64GB – $599; 128GB – $699
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 16GB – $529: 32GB – $629; 64GB – $729; 128GB – $829

Google Nexus 7 2013

Wi-Fi only: 16GB – $230; 32GB – $270
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 32GB – $350

Clearly, the Nexus 7 is the sweeter choice for those looking for a cheaper device.


The iPad mini 2 wins this round for having a slightly larger 7.9-inch display (2048×1538), allowing users to view more content. By comparison, the Nexus 7 has—as the name implies—a 7-inch screen (1920×1200). Both offer high pixel densities, with a very negligible difference.

Size and Weight

Though the petite version offered by Apple, the iPad mini with Retina display (135x200mm) is still larger than the Nexus 7 (120×199). The former, however, is one of the thinnest out there at 7.5mm, whereas the latter is 8.65mm thick.

New Nexus 7 Multi Angle

Perhaps because of its smaller display, Nexus 7 beats the iPad mini 2 for weighing at only 290g (Wi-Fi version). Its cellular variant just adds a further 9g. On the other hand, Apple’s small tablet starts at 331g for its Wi-Fi model and goes as heavy as 341g for models with mobile connectivity.

Battery Life

Tests done by playing a looping high-def video have shown that the Nexus 7 can last some minutes short of 9 hours. Apple, meanwhile, claims its slate can endure up to 10 hours of general use before requiring a recharge.

Operating System

Here comes the tricky part. The iPad mini 2 runs iOS, while the Nexus 7 is powered by Android. Both have an abundance of features—as well as disadvantages—so the choice here is really down to user preference.

iPad mini with Retina display


So what’s our final say on this iPad mini 2 vs Nexus 7 comparison? In all fairness, both tablets are good. If you’re a little bit sensitive on price, then Google’s offering is your best choice for a high-quality, budget device. On the other hand, you can’t go wrong with the mini, as long as you’re willing to spend more for it.


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