iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Small Tablet Showdown

With the release of the iPad Mini, Apple has taken a firm step in order to offer strong resistance to the rise of Android tablets and has cornered yet another market in the tech world and has left people wondering — what’s the Best 7-inch Tablet to buy? While small tablets (between 7 and 8 inches) were once unthreatened by Apple, this subcategory of gadgets now have some serious competition to face in the iPad Mini. There are now three great 7 inch tablets to pick from, the Google Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini.

The Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 were the leaders for the 7 inch tablet market till now, which will quickly change now that the iPad Mini is in the running. The iPad Mini will battle against Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, which were released early this year. Although Apple products are often the most popular, and fastest selling, plenty of consumers prefer alternatives, especially when it comes to price or operating system. Are you wondering how do iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD tablets match up in term of features and tech specifications in this tablets war? Here’s a quick comparison of some key features of the three small tablets.

Display: Winner – iPad Mini

This is a close call, as all three tablet displays have their own perks. The iPad Mini may, on the surface, appear to have the advantage with a display that is almost an inch larger than the others (7.9 to be exact), but it’s pixel density is still not as good as the Nexus (with a 7 inch screen). Both the iPad and the Nexus have identical LED-backlit IPS LCD displays, but the Nexus has 216 ppi pixel density with an 800 x 1280 resolution, while the iPad Mini only has 162 ppi pixel density and a 768 x 1024 resolution. The Kindle, on the other hand, has a 7 inch IPS TFT with 216 ppi pixel density, 800 x 1280 pixels, and multi-touch recognition up to 10 fingers. Preference will come down to the consumer, but many will be tempted by the iPad Mini’s larger display.

Processor: Winner – Google Nexus 7

The Nexus has the clear advantage in this category, with a surprising Quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra processor with 1GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful tablets on the market. The iPad Mini has a Dual-core 1 GHz Apple A5 processor with just 512MB, and the Kindle has Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM.

Storage: Winner – iPad Mini

Not one of the three tablets offers expandable memory, which means what you see is what you get. Although each will have the option for virtual (cloud) storage, the iPad Mini offers the most internal memory, coming in 16, 32 and 64GB versions. The Nexus offers modest 8 and 16GB models, and the Kindle has 16 and 32GB models.

Operating System: Tie between iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7

This comes down to preference. Consumers who prefer Android will appreciate the Nexus, as it has the latest version: Jelly Bean. The Kindle also runs on Android, but has a customized, and fairly limited version, designed specifically for the Kindle line of tablets. The iPad Mini has the latest from Apple, running on iOS6. Both Android Jelly Bean and iOS6 are widely popular and stable mobile operating systems, which means the Nexus and iPad Mini are tied.

Connectivity: Winner – Google Nexus 7

All three do not have cellular connectivity, and will rely solely on WiFi. The iPad Mini does offer a WiFi+4G model, however, when comparing the basic model for each tablet, the Google Nexus 7 would come out on top, being the only one with an NFC chip. All three have Bluetooth and USB support.

Camera: Winner – iPad Mini

The iPad Mini is by far the winner in the camera category, as it is the only one with a front-facing camera (at 1.2MP and capable of capturing 720p video). It’s rear-facing camera is also the most powerful at 5MP with 1080p video. The Nexus 7 only has 1.2MP, and the Kindle has 1.3MP.

Battery Life: Winner – Kindle Fire HD

It’s a very close call between all three, with the iPad Mini and the Nexus offering 10 hours, and the Kindle offering 11. Very little information has been released regarding the iPad Mini and it’s real life performance, but on paper, the Kindle HD wins.

Additional Features: Tie between Google Nexus 7 and Kindle HD

Might be a surprise, but the iPad Mini lacks many features it’s competitor boasts (and at a smaller price tag). The Nexus not only has an NFC chip and GPS support while the others don’t, it also has a powerful ULP GeForce GPU. The Kindle HD also has an HDMI port, stereo loud speakers with Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement, and free cloud storage for all of your Amazon content.

Guest Author: This article is contributed by Chloe Parker, editor for www.mobilephones.org.uk, where you can read about the latest tablet and smartphone news.

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