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The Nexus 7 (left) is slightly smaller than the iPad mini (right). This is mostly due to the difference in screen size- 7 inches vs. 7.9 inches.
The Nexus 7 is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad mini.
The low price of the Nexus 7 make it a good choice for anyone wanting a small tablet. It runs the latest version of Android and is an outstanding tablet.
The build quality of the iPad mini is better than that of the Nexus 7 which contributes to the higher price of the former.
The Nexus 7 has a higher resolution display than the iPad mini but in daily use both are comparable in quality. The Nexus 7 display is narrower in width when used in portrait orientation which displays less information than the wider iPad mini.
Either tablet is a good buy for those wanting a smaller tablet.
This slide show compares the size of the two tablets followed by photos showing common apps running on both. The screen brightness was set to the maximum level on both tablets for comparison purposes.
Back of the tablets
The Nexus 7 has a back that is textured and feels solid in the hand. The iPad mini back is smoother but doesn't feel slippery in the hand.
Both tablets have a front-facing camera for video chatting and the iPad mini has a second camera on the back as seen in the image above.