Tech spec showdown: the new Nexus 7 vs. iPad mini

Tech spec showdown: the new Nexus 7 vs. iPad mini

Summary: Comparing the technical specifications for Google's new small tablet -- and Apple's current one.

TOPICS: Apple, Google, Mobility
Photo illustration: Andrew Nusca

If you haven't heard, Google today announced a revamp of its Nexus 7 tablet computer, which is manufactured by Asus and was first introduced at this time last year, during the company's I/O developer conference.

The upgrade strengthens its hardware bona fides against Apple's iPad mini, formidable in its own right since it was released late last year.

How do they compare? See below.

Operating system

Google Nexus 7 (2013): Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Apple iPad mini (2012): iOS 6 (for now; iOS 7 is coming this fall)


Google Nexus 7: 7.02-inch (diagonal) display at 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution. That's 323 pixels per inch.

Apple iPad mini: 7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit, multi-touch IPS display at 1,024-by-768 pixel resolution. That's 163 pixels per inch.


Google Nexus 7: 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro

Apple iPad mini: 1 GHz dual-core A5


Google Nexus 7: 1.2 megapixels in front, 5 megapixels in back. HDMI.

Apple iPad mini: 1.2 megapixels in front, 5 megapixels in back.


Google Nexus 7: 2 gigabytes

Apple iPad mini: 512 megabytes


Google Nexus 7: 16 gigabytes, 32 gigabytes

Apple iPad mini: 16 gigabytes, 32 gigabytes, 64 gigabytes


Google Nexus 7: Dual-stereo speakers with Fraunhofer surround sound

Apple iPad mini: "Built-in"


Google Nexus 7: Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, NFC

Apple iPad mini: Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G LTE

Battery, life

Google Nexus 7: Up to 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading

Apple iPad mini: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network; up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music.

Battery, charging

Google Nexus 7: Wireless or USB to computer.

Apple iPad mini: Power adapter or USB to computer.

Carriers (U.S.)

Google Nexus 7: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile

Apple iPad mini: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint

Price (U.S.)

Google Nexus 7: $229 (16GB Wi-Fi), $269 (32GB Wi-Fi), $349 (32GB 4G LTE). Ships July 30.

Apple iPad mini: $329 (16GB Wi-Fi), $429 (32GB Wi-Fi), $529 (64GB Wi-Fi), $459 (16GB 4G LTE), $559 (32GB 4G LTE), $659 (64GB 4G LTE). Available now.

Of course, that's just part of the story—these devices will (and should) be more than the sum of their parts. We'll find out more once we can compare them side by side, in the flesh.

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Specs of the Nexus put like that are just overwhelming

    There are the small details though.
    Like really battery performance, build quality, display brightness and overall quality, wi-fi practical speed, ...

    I like a lot of the iPad mini form factor and display size, but iOS it's just not for me and in the end OS preferences will set these 2 devices apart more than anything.
    • Does it run iOS?

      No thanks.
      • Does it run iOS?

        No thanks.
      • Does iOS do NFC?

        No? Then no thanks..
    • Specs.

      Comparing the year old product to the not yet out product? This is fair? How about comparing it to the last years Nexus 7?
      • Last year's Nexus 7 is still better than the iPad Mini

        The ONLY thing iPad Mini has over the original Nexus 7 is the rear camera. So both the 1st and 2nd gen Nexus 7s are superior than the iPad Mini. And they are both better deals than the iPad Mini too.
        • Ha

          Was thinking the exact same thing. I will admit though that I like the aspect ratio of the Mini better in that size device than the 7" Nexus.

          But then the Mini is crippled with iOS and a crappy screen.
          Rann Xeroxx
  • winner

    I think the clear winner here is obvious.
    • It was also obvious compared to the original Nexus 7

      The specs for the original Nexus 7 are also better than the iPad Mini.
      • Point of correction

        It wasn't the cable that was electrocuting people, it was cheaply made 3rd party chargers that people were getting wet with. Essentially toaster in the bathtub type accidents.
  • One more spec

    ipad mini: proprietary, $30 charging cable that electrocutes people to death
    Nexus: standard, inexpensive micro USB charging cable that you probably already have absolutely everywhere you go

    Kudos Google, you have created a beautiful machine there. You've just made apple even more irrelevant than they already were.
    • The more I look at these specs, the more impressed I am

      You would have to be a complete and utter idiot to buy an ipad now.
      • When?

        When are you buying your Nexus 7, Toddy?
      • Which is...

        Are you saying today's youth, who are addicted to Apple products, are complete and utter idiots? Well then, I believe you have a point.
    • Leaving out a point

      The charger in question was a cheap, unlicensed knock off. It's really not fair to blame Apple for that tragic accident.

      What you can say is that Apple drives people to buy the knock offs by charging outrageous prices for the official charger.
      • I heard it wasn't a knockoff

        Either way, apple products kill.
        • It was a fake. Just like you.

          The Danger is Microsoft
          • Wow, THAT was convincing


            Do you need help with what that phrase means?
    • You just can't stop using Apple as the metric

      by which everything must be measured, can you?
      • At the rate they are being left behind...

        I agree, it's kind of like mocking the dead horse to continue doing so. But as long as iLemmings are flocking to inferior product, it would be a disservice to the few who might save themselves by not jumping off the cliff by not having these comparisons.