Apple's iPad mini has received a Retina makeover, but does it make it the mid-sized tablet to beat? Here is how the slate stacks up to last year's model and Google's popular Nexus 7.
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iPad mini with Retina display vs. iPad mini vs. Nexus 7

The iPad mini got the update everyone was wishing for when Apple introduced a new model with Retina display. It won’t go on sale until later in November, but it can’t hurt t do a bit of comparison shopping now. How does the new tablet stack up against Apple’s older model and its next biggest competitor, Google’s recently refreshed Nexus 7.


On the outside, the iPad mini with Retina display and iPad mini are identical. They feature the same dimension and same 7.9-inch display size. Compare this to the Nexus 7, which, although not quite as wide, features a footprint that more or less matches Apple’s tablets. Chalk the slight difference in dimensions up to a smaller display measure 7-inches.

Where the tablets do differ is in display resolution. The original iPad mini comes out on the short end here, featuring a resolution of only 1024 x 768. The Nexus 7 features 1080p support with a 1920 x 1200 display, but it is dwarfed by the 2048 x 1536 resolution of the iPad mini with Retina display.

The latest iPad mini gets Apple’s bleeding-edge 64-bit A7 processor, which is about twice as fast as the originals A6 processor. The Nexus 7 features a Snapdragon S4 Pro, which is no slouch in its own right.

The iPad mini with Retina display comes in the widest range of storage options, from 16GB all the way to 128GB, while the Nexus 7 offers only 16 and 32GB models. The original iPad mini comes only in a 16GB configuration. That version comes in as the lowest-priced iPad at $299, but it’s hard to compete with the Nexus 7’s $229 price tag. The iPad mini with Retina display ranges from $399 all the way to $699 for greater storage capacity.

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  • Farren Height

    ipad mini had A5, not A6 :p

  • New_Guy777

    Dwarfs the nexus 7? It bested it by 1PPI, enough to take the highest resolution display crown away, but only by the skin of their teeth.

    • zourite

      7.9″ 4:3 vs 7″ 16:10 makes a huge difference in screen estate. Have seen both devices at the same time ? The N7 is indeed a much smaller screen.

      • New_Guy777

        He was talking about Resolution, not screen size. Hence my comment about density, which is the true (excuse the pun) apples-to-apples comparison.

  • Andrew Miller

    32gb nexus 7 is $269 not $349. $349 is the LTE version which is 32gb as well but your charts a bit misleading don’t you think