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Compact tablets battle: Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

Google announced a second-generation Nexus 7, which retains the screen size, but increases the resolution tremendously to 1920 x 1200 pixels. This continues the affordable slate’s role as yardstick for other portable Android tablets to be measured against. But how does it stack up against Apple’s portable tablet warrior – the iPad mini? Should you rush to the Google Play Store to get one to replace your first-gen Nexus 7?

We’ve prepared a quick comparison table that’ll bring you another step closer to making the decision.

For starters, the new Nexus 7 is thinner and a tad lighter than its predecessor. As a result it’s more comfortable to operate with one hand. It’s still 10 grams heavier than the iPad mini, but Apple’s portable tablet is 2cm wider, so things balance out in terms of handling there.

We mentioned the screen resolution, and here neither the iPad mini, nor the first-gen Nexus 7 can hold a candle to Nexus 7 2′s WUXGA display. Its pixel density is almost double that of the iPad mini’s. Portable tablets not only need to be easy to handle, but also cheap to buy. Google asks $30 more for the Nexus 7 2 than it did with the original, but it’s still not even close to the premium charged by the Apple offering.

Check out the table below to see how the Nexus 7 2 stacks up against the iPad mini and the first-gen Nexus 7.

 
Nexus 7 2
Nexus 7
Apple iPad Mini
OS
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Apple iOS 7
Display
7.0-inch
IPS LCD
7.0-inch
IPS LCD
7.85-inch
IPS LCD
Resolution
1920 x 1200
(323 ppi)
1280 x 800
(216 ppi)
1024 x 768
(163 ppi)
Height
Width
Thickness
201 mm
114 mm
8 mm
198.5 mm
120 mm
10.45 mm
200 mm
134.7 mm
7.2 mm
Weight
318 grams
340 grams
308 grams
Processor
1.5GHz quad-core
Krait processor
Snapdragon S4 Pro
1.3GHz quad-core
processor
NVIDIA Tegra 3
1GHz dual-core
processor

A5
GPU
Adreno 320
GeForce ULP
PowerVR SGX543MP2
RAM
2GB
1GB
512 MB
Storage
16GB / 32GB
8GB / 16GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
microSD card slot
No
No
No
Primary camera
5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels,
autofocus, 1080p video recording
No
5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels,
autofocus, 1080p video recording
Front camera
1.2MP
1.2MP
1.2MP
Battery Life
N/A
10 Hours
10 Hours
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, dual-antenna
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
Yes
Network
No
No
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE
NFC
Yes
Yes
No
Speakers
Stereo
Mono
Stereo
Availability
July 30
Currently available
Currently available
Price
$229 / $269 (Wi-Fi)
$349 (32GB Cellular)
$199 / $249
$329 / $429 / $529

$459 / $559 / $659 (Cellular)

That’s Google’s latest Nexus 7 slate in a nutshell and just like the original, it sets the bar pretty high for other portable Android tablets and gives the competition a tough time. Feel free to share your opinion on the Google Nexus 7 2 in the comments section below.

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