Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD: Which tablet is best?

Apple bid to cash in on mini tablet market

Apple’s clearly been the leader in the full-sized tablet market, dominating the landscape with its iPad. Now, in a bid to cash-in on the growing bite-sized tablet market, it launched the iPad Mini yesterday.

While it may be too soon to tell how the premium-priced device will do against its more established (at least in the mini domain) competitors, an analysis of the specs does show that Apple may be lacking in some of the features, such as display and nearfield communications (NFC).

 

 

Apple iPad Mini

Google Nexus 7

Kindle Fire HD

Operating system

iOS 6

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Custom Android OS

Price

Wi-Fi: $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), $529 (64GB); Cellular: $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $659 (64GB)

$199 (8GB), $249 (16GB)

$199 (16BG), $249 (32GB)

Screen / Display

7.9-inch, 1024x768 pixels (163 ppi)

7.8-inch, 1280x800 pixels (216 ppi)

7.4-inch, 1280x800 pixels (216 ppi) / 8.9-inch, 1920X1200 pixels

Size

7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches

7.8 x 4.7 x 0.41 inches

7.4 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches

Weight

308 grams

340 grams

400 grams

Battery

"16.3-watt-hour"; 10 hours battery life (rated)

4,325 mAh; 10.1 hours video battery life (tested)

4,400 mAh; 5.1 hours video battery life (tested)

Camera

5MP rear-facing, 1080p HD video; 1.2MP front-facing, 720 HD video

1.2MP front-facing

720p "Web chat" front-facing

 

 

 

 

NFC

No

Yes

No

Ports

Lightning connector

Micro-USB

Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB

Processor

Dual-core A5 processor

Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3

1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460

Memory

16GB, 32GB, or 64GB

8GB or 16GB; 1GB RAM

16GB or 32GB; 1GB RAM

 

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