Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple iPad Mini

It's been a couple of months since Google  (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) released its second-generation Nexus 7. The new version of the device features a high-resolution display along with a higher price tag. Amazon.com's new Kindle Fire HDX that was just released does likewise on both fronts. Meanwhile, Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) is preparing to release its second-generation iPad Mini later this month.

Ahead of the new iPad Mini launch, we compare the first-generation iPad Mini with the second-generation Nexus 7 as two of the top tablets currently in the 7-inch market segment, to see how they stack up.

The big upgrade this year is the 1920 x 1200 display panel, which translates into 323 pixels per inch when packed into a 7-inch display. That's significantly higher than the current iPad Mini, although Apple's tablet is slightly larger. That beefier display costs extra on the component side, which is what's driving up the price point by $30.

Apple needs to put a Retina display in the iPad Mini as soon as possible, which could potentially be as soon as this month. However, Apple has always been able to shy away from competing purely on specs, falling back on strength in other areas such as integration and its ecosystem.

In the following video, Eric Bleeker, CFA, and Evan Niu, CFA, compare Google's refreshed tablet to Apple's outgoing one.

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  • Report this Comment On October 13, 2013, at 10:45 PM, 0gre wrote:

    "In the following video, Eric Bleeker, CFA, and Evan Niu, CFA, compare Google's refreshed tablet to Apple's outgoing one."

    Seems like a rather pointless exercise. Chances are we're going to see a new iPad mini in less than 2 weeks.

  • Report this Comment On October 14, 2013, at 4:28 AM, secularinvestor wrote:

    You said it Ogre: a totally pointless exercise. Why not compare like for like i.e. compare the latest Nexus with the latest Apple mini?

    Also, they are speaking to a mainly US audience, yet they talk of Android tablets gaining market share, which is NOT the case in the North America and probably not in most English speaking countries

    Chitika's latest web usage data for tablets shows the iPad GAINING market share in North America rising from 81.3% to 84.3%, while Android's share declined. Kindle share has declined from 7.4% to 5.7% and the Samsung Galaxy is down from 4.7% to 4.2%.

    The Google Nexus has a barely measurable 1.2% share. How can they compare it with the iPad's 84.3% and NOT explain the huge difference in popularity?

    If Android tablets are gaining share it is in underdeveloped countries such as China and India, where most of the Android tablets are "white box" using forked versions of Android which means Google cannot data mine or place adverts and the users cannot use Google Play, so are useless to developers.

    Both the Nexus tablet and Amazon Kindle have almost ZERO market share in China and India, so what is the point of them speaking of "Android" gaining market share with respect to these two devices.

    What was noticeable in the video was just how much larger is the screen of the iPad mini is compared to the Nexus. Larger screens cost more, but personally I would not like my iPad mini screen any smaller to save money.

    However, by far the most important selling point of the iPad is the massive eco-system, including the huge number of high quality Apps especially written for iPads: 450,000 plus compared to a just few hundred or a few thousand for Android.

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