Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini – You Get What You Pay For

Two of the hottest tablets on the market right now are Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet and Apple’s iPad Mini, and which is “better” depends on who you ask.  But one point of comparison that is absolutely essential in the debate is price and value.

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There’s been a lively debate taking place on our previous article where we matched up the Nexus 7 vs. the iPad Mini in a sort of head to head battle.  We went through the process of comparing processing speed, screen resolution, and the overall state of iOS vs. Android.  Pretty much all the basic areas you’d expect in an article comparing tablet computers.  But one factor that was sorely overlook, after publishing the comparison of the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, was “price and value” for your money.  After all, consumers these days are all about price, cost, and maximizing the value of their dollar.  You’ve seen it over and over again with tablets like Google’s Nexus 7 that come in the price range of $199, or even Amazon’s Kindle Fire.  Once you have a tablet computer that drops below the $200 thresh hold in pricing, sales volume takes a dramatic turn north.  Of course, this doesn’t apply to every tablet computer that’s priced under $200, but it has certainly been the case with Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7.

It should go without saying that when you do a price comparison of the Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini, the differences become so blatant that you realize it’s really not even fair to do a “this vs. that” type article.  From specs to apps, the entire ecosystem of Android vs. iOS is dramatically different.  And the price differences are so vast that you simply have to ask yourself, “what is my budget for a new tablet computer?”  And depending on the answer to that question, you’ll then be able to determine if you are in the market for an iPad Mini or a Nexus 7.  Let’s take a look at what I’m talking about here.

Price Comparison of Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini

Current pricing breaking for the Nexus 7 on the Google Play store:

  • $199 / 16GB + WiFi
  • $249 / 32GB + WiFi
  • $299 / 32GB + WiFi + Cellular data (that means 3G, 4G capable and also requires a contract with someone like AT&T)

Current pricing for iPad Mini on Apple store:

  • $329 / 16GB + WiFi
  • $429 / 32GB +WiFi
  • $529 / 32GB + WiFi + Cellular data

Additional options exist from a pricing standpoint because Apple offers all GB versions of the iPad Mini in both the WiFi only version and also WiFi + cellular data.  But Apple (AAPL) also offers a 64GB model in both WiFi only and WiFi + cellular data.  Since Google’s Nexus 7 only offers up to a 32GB tablet, I’m leaving the iPad Mini 64GB out of the discussion here.

Google Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini – you get what you pay for

There’s no question that the iPad Mini is an impressive 7 inch tablet and is quickly becoming one of Apple’s best selling products.  But to keep pricing and value in perspective when comparing the Nexus 7 review vs. iPad Mini review, you have to first realize that the iPad Mini 16GB WiFi only version costs $130 more than the Nexus 7 16GB WiFi only version.  Are you ready and willing to spend an additional $130 for the iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7?   This is a question of price and value.

Bump this up to the 32GB WiFi versions of the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini and you are now talking about a $180 cost difference.  Again, are you ready and willing to spend the extra $180 for the large capacity iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7?

Let’s bump this up one more notch to the 32GB model of the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini and then through in the WiFi + cellular data, and you are now talking about a price difference of $260!

It’s fair to say at this point in the tablet market game that the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini are both really good tablets.  The Android vs. iOS debate will continue to rage and of course loyalty plays a big role in what side of the fence you fall on.  But you have two really great tablets here with the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, and from a dollar value standpoint the iPad Mini is going to cost you anywhere from 65% – 87% more than what you’d pay with the Nexus 7.

You Get What You Pay For!

So the question becomes, if I’m going spend 65% – 87% more for the iPad Mini vs. the Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 tablet, what am I really getting for the money?  That’s a fair question when you are looking at spending substantially more money for the iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7.  One of the biggest, most dramatic differences between the two tablets is the color saturation of the screen.

Color Saturation:  Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini

Ironically enough, when you hold the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini up close to your eyes, you’ll find that the iPad Mini actually gives you a little bit more of a pixelated view.  Meaning, the Nexus 7 is less pixelated from a screen resolution perspective.  But because people don’t walk around holding their tablets up to their face, the difference isn’t noticeable when the tablets are at a more normal distance.

But color saturation between the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini is dramatic.  This means, on the iPad Mini you are going to get a much brighter, more crisp presentation on your tablet compared to the Nexus 7.  Images are brighter, web pages are much cleaner, and overall you get this sensation of everything popping off your screen with the iPad Mini.  This is not necessarily the case when it comes to the Google Nexus 7.  Then again, as I’ve been saying throughout the article, you are getting what you pay for with the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini.

Here’s one of the better Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini video reviews I’ve found, so I’ll leave you with this.

** Correction:  in the article I stated the 32GB + WiFi version of the iPad Mini was $529, it’s actually $559.

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