Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

View Poll Results: iPad Mini or Nexus 7
iPad Mini 16Gb Cellular 130 62.50%
Nexus 7 32Gb 3G 78 37.50%
Voters: 208. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 25, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1
dragonev
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: UK
iPad Mini or Nexus 7?

Trying to decide which one to buy for myself as a Christmas present. The choice is between the iPad Mini 16Gb Cellular (369) or Nexus 7 32Gb 3G (252). Previously had both iPad 2 and Nexus 7 WiFi, but sold both recently to get some extra cash for a cellular one. Each device has its' own pros and cons:

Mini:
+ iOS and millions of apps
+ perfect fit for my rMBP and iPhone 5 (can use the same Lighting charger)
+ bigger screen

- price
- smaller "HDD"

Nexus 7:
+ Some features of Android OS (SwiftKey, Widgets, Direct Download, Android File Transfer)
+ price
+ bigger "HDD"

+/- offline navigation

- shape is somewhat weird and no rotation in the home screen
- worse display (yeah yeah I saw the specs, but I also so both things in action)
- 1.5 apps for the entire android market

What's your opinion?
__________________
15" Retina MacBook Pro, base model
iPhone 5 16Gb
iPad Mini Cellular 32Gb
TV 3rd Gen
dragonev is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:01 PM   #2
D1G1T4L
macrumors 68000
 
D1G1T4L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Going to go ahead and say the majority here are going to go with the mini
D1G1T4L is offline   14 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:03 PM   #3
Mjmar
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: May 2008
If you can handle a worse screen the iPad mini is the best bet because of the iOS ecosystem. Android doesn't have all the apps that I use on iOS, and many of the apps that they do have are just giant phone apps on the Nexus 7.
Mjmar is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:08 PM   #4
Rodster
macrumors 68030
 
Join Date: May 2007
First off you can rotate the Home screen on the N7. It was part of a Jelly Bean update, besides that both are solid devices. It all depends what ecosystem you prefer.
Rodster is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:09 PM   #5
EMAN19
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New York, NY
iPad mini. No contest.

It's simple, really. iOS wins every day of the week. Android is not for me, although I do applaud Google for the strides they have made. Android is way too disjointed for my liking.
EMAN19 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:31 PM   #6
blackhand1001
macrumors 68030
 
blackhand1001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonev View Post
Trying to decide which one to buy for myself as a Christmas present. The choice is between the iPad Mini 16Gb Cellular (369) or Nexus 7 32Gb 3G (252). Previously had both iPad 2 and Nexus 7 WiFi, but sold both recently to get some extra cash for a cellular one. Each device has its' own pros and cons:

Mini:
+ iOS and millions of apps
+ perfect fit for my rMBP and iPhone 5 (can use the same Lighting charger)
+ bigger screen

- price
- smaller "HDD"

Nexus 7:
+ Some features of Android OS (SwiftKey, Widgets, Direct Download, Android File Transfer)
+ price
+ bigger "HDD"

+/- offline navigation

- shape is somewhat weird and no rotation in the home screen
- worse display (yeah yeah I saw the specs, but I also so both things in action)
- 1.5 apps for the entire android market

What's your opinion?
Nexus 7 has home screen rotation. It was added in 4.1.2
There is tons of apps for the nexus 7 as well. I have had no issue getting an app for every task I have needed to perform and I use it a lot. File system access is a huge plus of the nexus. You'd be surprised how useful it is, especially when emailing attachments. The display on the nexus 7 is definitely better as well. My friend has both tablets and I have used both extensively, the ipad has less color gamut and the ppi is noticeably lower. I also felt that apples decision to simply just reuse the ten inch apps on the mini has caused some elements to be a little small to touch with accuracy, both me and my friend frequently had to tap multiple times to hit certain buttons.
__________________
Macbook 2008
HP Dv7t - 2.53 ghz, 9600m GT, WSXGA+, 120gb ssd, 250 gb 7200rpm
Core i7 3770k, 8gb ram, 2x 120gb sdd raid0, 500gb hdd, GTX 460
Moto X Dev Edition (VZW) Nexus 7
blackhand1001 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:38 PM   #7
Ccrew
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by EMAN19 View Post
iPad mini. No contest.

It's simple, really. iOS wins every day of the week. Android is not for me, although I do applaud Google for the strides they have made. Android is way too disjointed for my liking.
I'd say it's a contest. Equal performance, better resolution screen, 1/2 the price. The Nexus is a nice tablet.

I have a rMBP and a iPad3, I couldn't get used to the screen on the Mini personally and took it back after 10 days. Bought a 32gb Nexus 7. It's a consumption device, it does what I want it to do, and does it well. Apps I use on IOS are available on Android for me.
Ccrew is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:46 PM   #8
richy d
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Its likely that on this board most people will vote for the mini, if you put the same post on the Nexus 7 board on XDA developers prob most would vote for the N7.

I had an N7 and now own on a mini, with these two devices its more about personal choice as they are both good.

Obviously if price was a major factor in your buying decision, then I's say go for N7. If the actual form factor of the device is your main concern go for the mini.. but apart from that its the trade off between extra screen real estate vs better screen resolution and literally whether you prefer the IOS ecosystem vs the android one.

I chose to keep the mini as I needed the extra screen real estate (but boy did I miss the resolution of the N7 lol)... the ecosystem wasnt an issue as I have an android phone and an iPod touch, so Im not really locked into one ecosystem as such.
richy d is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:50 PM   #9
Esoom
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Send a message via Skype™ to Esoom
I have had a WiFi N7 since launch, it's the best Android tablet.

I have a love hate thing going with the N7, it's cheap, it works, it gets the fastest software updates (out of all the Android tablets)

The hardware, outside of not having expandable memory is ok, build quality is good.

The OS is the best Android version yet, and I've been using Android since 1.5 on the G1.

All that being said, I just ordered an iPad mini, I'll be replacing the N7 with it as my daily driver.

The combination of a more mature OS, the form factor, build quality, support (jesus, look at some of the issues people have with support for Google's products, they really punt launches and support versus how Apple treats it's customers), integration with the Apple ecosystem (hell, I want the mini for it's remote app for Apple TV alone), and resale value have me in the mini category.
Esoom is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 03:14 AM   #10
Booji
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Singapore
I've just ordered an N7 3G. I also have an iPad 3 and iPhone 5.

I think the iPad Mini is too expensive and I want to wait for the next generation (my rule never to buy first generation Apple anything) hoping it has a better screen next year.

Also, I like the form factor with the soft backing. While its thicker, it will make less of a difference as I won't need to put a cover on it.

Final reason is that I'm "Android Curious" and want to compare OS. Looking for some different experience. I had the original N1 and although I really did not like Gingerbread, but with the current Jellybean it looks as if they finally are getting it right.

Last edited by Booji; Nov 26, 2012 at 03:17 AM. Reason: typo
Booji is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 05:25 AM   #11
dragonev
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: UK
Thanks guys! Funny enough it seems that the general opinion is not "get a mini", but rather "personal choice".
In terms of the apps selection I think my main uses are mail, web, social stuff. I would love to have things like "Around Me" and "1Password" but I am still not sure whether this is a dealbreaker for Nexus.

One of the major concerns for me in buying Mini is the fact that it is likely to be updated in 6 months with all those niceties like Retina display and better CPU which will leave me no choice but to sell the outdated device and buy a new one. On the contrary, if I get a Nexus, I will be able to save 100+ for the next purchase and then easily sell it in 6 months for at least 70% of its' actual price to which will provide me with handful of cash to purchase an updated mini.

P.s. Yeah, and I think it is quite apparent that I spent fortunes on apps for iOS but boy not ready to do so for the Android. At least, I am not planning to migrate my phone to Android.
__________________
15" Retina MacBook Pro, base model
iPhone 5 16Gb
iPad Mini Cellular 32Gb
TV 3rd Gen
dragonev is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:03 AM   #12
Eadfrith
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Lindisfarena
I looked at both on Saturday, I much preferred the screen on the Mini. The N7 is just too small, especially when you take into account the virtual buttons which take up even more screen space, it really was like looking at a large phone screen.
Eadfrith is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:08 AM   #13
MrXiro
macrumors 68030
 
MrXiro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonev View Post
Thanks guys! Funny enough it seems that the general opinion is not "get a mini", but rather "personal choice".
In terms of the apps selection I think my main uses are mail, web, social stuff. I would love to have things like "Around Me" and "1Password" but I am still not sure whether this is a dealbreaker for Nexus.

One of the major concerns for me in buying Mini is the fact that it is likely to be updated in 6 months with all those niceties like Retina display and better CPU which will leave me no choice but to sell the outdated device and buy a new one. On the contrary, if I get a Nexus, I will be able to save 100+ for the next purchase and then easily sell it in 6 months for at least 70% of its' actual price to which will provide me with handful of cash to purchase an updated mini.

P.s. Yeah, and I think it is quite apparent that I spent fortunes on apps for iOS but boy not ready to do so for the Android. At least, I am not planning to migrate my phone to Android.
6 month is an assumption and not a fact. Could it happen? Maybe... But I think it is unlikely. At least at the current thickness and price point.
__________________
Whole lotta , very little $.
MrXiro is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:17 AM   #14
Vermillon
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: UK ( From South Africa )
I love apple products but honestly the nexus 7 is far superior then the iPad mini.
__________________
iMac 27" i5 3.1 ghz Quad-Core, 1TB Internal, 6970 2 GIG GFX Card iPhone 5 32 gig Ipad 3 32 gig wifi + 4G.
Vermillon is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:47 AM   #15
Booji
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Singapore
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonev View Post
Thanks guys! Funny enough it seems that the general opinion is not "get a mini", but rather "personal choice".
In terms of the apps selection I think my main uses are mail, web, social stuff. I would love to have things like "Around Me" and "1Password" but I am still not sure whether this is a dealbreaker for Nexus.

One of the major concerns for me in buying Mini is the fact that it is likely to be updated in 6 months with all those niceties like Retina display and better CPU which will leave me no choice but to sell the outdated device and buy a new one. On the contrary, if I get a Nexus, I will be able to save 100+ for the next purchase and then easily sell it in 6 months for at least 70% of its' actual price to which will provide me with handful of cash to purchase an updated mini.

P.s. Yeah, and I think it is quite apparent that I spent fortunes on apps for iOS but boy not ready to do so for the Android. At least, I am not planning to migrate my phone to Android.

Actually, in terms of total cost of ownership, I think Apple products do much better. Its very easy to sell a one or two year old Apple device - I'm surprised at how much even the original iPad can bring.

Android stuff, on the other hand, depreciates a lot. Google Nexus however is a little better than other but no match for Apple in terms of resale.

Last edited by Booji; Nov 26, 2012 at 06:48 AM. Reason: typo
Booji is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:05 AM   #16
reputationZed
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: 3455′42″N 8044′41″W (34.928201, -80.744835)
If your going cellular why isn't LTE (mini) vs 3G (N7) a concern?
reputationZed is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:41 AM   #17
dragonev
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrXiro View Post
6 month is an assumption and not a fact. Could it happen? Maybe... But I think it is unlikely. At least at the current thickness and price point.
Well, we already saw how Apple sacrificed thickness with iPad 3 in order to fit in Retina display and a larger battery to support it. The price point is a somewhat doubtful assumption since Apple will be able to leverage a substantial discount on quantities and give up just a slight portion of margin.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vermillon View Post
I love apple products but honestly the nexus 7 is far superior then the iPad mini.
This is somewhat doubtful.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Booji View Post
Actually, in terms of total cost of ownership, I think Apple products do much better. Its very easy to sell a one or two year old Apple device - I'm surprised at how much even the original iPad can bring.

Android stuff, on the other hand, depreciates a lot. Google Nexus however is a little better than other but no match for Apple in terms of resale.
Well, I sold wi-fi only versions of both iPad 2 and Nexus 7 in 5 days easily so it is somewhat comparable selling experience. Moneywise I think the price drop was also comparable.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by reputationZed View Post
If your going cellular why isn't LTE (mini) vs 3G (N7) a concern?
Oh this is a no brainer. There is not much of the LTE coverage in the UK today (none in my area anyway) and it is likely to be the case for another year or so. When travelling back home to Russia the story will be the same. Travel for holidays - same stuff again. So it is actually 3G vs 3G which is not a differentiating factor.
__________________
15" Retina MacBook Pro, base model
iPhone 5 16Gb
iPad Mini Cellular 32Gb
TV 3rd Gen
dragonev is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:42 AM   #18
darngooddesign
macrumors G3
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Atlanta, GA
The Nexus shows noticeably less of a website in landscape.
__________________
128 giggity... giggity... gigg-i-ty
Lego Apple Store
darngooddesign is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:49 AM   #19
smwatson
macrumors 6502a
 
smwatson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: London, England
The Nexus is cheaper and does basically everything the iPad does. It's also more portable and, in my opinion, nicer to hold and use.

You've owned one before, what did you think of it then?

If you can afford the iPad Mini then it looks like you prefer it, so you should buy that. If you're interested in saving 100 then buy the Nexus.
__________________
13" AluBook, 2.4GhZ C2D, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD | 16GB LG GPad 8.3 | 32GB Nexus 5
smwatson is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:53 AM   #20
Dlanod
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: UK
I'm in exactly the same quandary. Have a 4th gen iPad, iPhone 5, iMac and Air and have just sold my wifi N7. Bought a wifi Mini but returned it because the screen was a bit of a shock. Decided I need something cellular. Ordered an 3G Nexus 7 at the weekend intending to cancel my order for a cellular Mini. Have been to the Apple Store at lunch and decided the Mini screen isn't that bad. Now I'm totally confused. Money is isn't really an issue. Or storage. I use cloud storage mostly. I love the Nexus screen. But the forms factor of the Mini, the larger screen is a big attraction.

Groan. What now.
__________________
Far far too much Apple kit to admit to!
Dlanod is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 07:57 AM   #21
Eadfrith
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Lindisfarena
Quote:
Originally Posted by darngooddesign View Post
The Nexus shows noticeably less of a website in landscape.
Here's how much extra room you have in landscape mode, taken from this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcBnoHoepEY:

Eadfrith is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 08:20 AM   #22
Mr.damien
Guest
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rodster View Post
First off you can rotate the Home screen on the N7. It was part of a Jelly Bean update, besides that both are solid devices. It all depends what ecosystem you prefer.
Wow. latest bleeding edge feature on Android is rotating the home screen ... lol. Last on as to be less sluggish on a quad core proc, they are clearly catching up
  0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:28 AM   #23
nfl46
macrumors 601
 
nfl46's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
I had both. iPad mini. You will be amazed at how light it is compared to the N7 but the extra .9" does come in handy.

Also, the mini has a front and back camera. That could come be helpful.
nfl46 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:39 AM   #24
Nychot
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
"Millions" of apps for the ipad, true. I've had the ipad 1,2(twice), 3 (wife also has one). I have 149 apps on my ipad. I probably use a half dozen regularly, and more than a dozen sometimes and the rest hardly. I bought an n7 when it came out and literally every app i have on my ipad has an android version. So beware of the assertions that they are nothing more than phone apps. Screen is brilliant, and fast. I bought a mini but a slight drop from a desk caused the screen to totally shatter. I had applecare plus for $100 so i had to pay another $50 to get a replacement mini. I'm going to return it. I can also get $100 of my $150 back. So it cost me fifty bucks to experiment with the mini. I'm returning it because if what everyone else believes -- version two with be upgraded. Plus i think the screen is way two thin and the unit itself very fragile. The genius i saw to get my replacement got thin shards of glass in his finger when he removed the mini from its case. He said he couldnt believe how really thin the glass screen was. So i'll keep my ipad 3 and the nexus 7. The only place i find real estate on the n7 too small is when i open mail in portrait and it shows half the ad or website and i have to scroll to the right a little. Other than that its totally fine in landscape.
Nychot is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:50 AM   #25
dragonev
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by smwatson View Post
The Nexus is cheaper and does basically everything the iPad does. It's also more portable and, in my opinion, nicer to hold and use.

You've owned one before, what did you think of it then?

If you can afford the iPad Mini then it looks like you prefer it, so you should buy that. If you're interested in saving 100 then buy the Nexus.
Well, I already expressed my pros and cons with regard to Nexus. The money threshold is set at 380 (this is the money I got from selling iPad 2 and Nexus 7).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dlanod View Post
I'm in exactly the same quandary. Have a 4th gen iPad, iPhone 5, iMac and Air and have just sold my wifi N7. Bought a wifi Mini but returned it because the screen was a bit of a shock. Decided I need
Groan. What now.
Agree, tough choice. I actually a bit frustrated with Apple forcing me to think - couple of years ago it was a no brainer decision to go for Apple product as oppose to the competition, but it is no longer the case today.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eadfrith View Post
Here's how much extra room you have in landscape mode, taken from this video
Thanks for this. Certainly a + for Mini

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nychot View Post
"Millions" of apps for the ipad, true. I've had the ipad 1,2(twice), 3 (wife also has one). I have 149 apps on my ipad. I probably use a half dozen regularly, and more than a dozen sometimes and the rest hardly.
Probably it is just a behavioral thing but I like to have an opportunity to use a certain app, even though I might try it only once. For example, I've just reinvented "Around Me" app a week ago. Freedom of choice is important. But I agree with the general idea of "must have pool of apps" which is available on both platforms.
__________________
15" Retina MacBook Pro, base model
iPhone 5 16Gb
iPad Mini Cellular 32Gb
TV 3rd Gen
dragonev is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPad Mini or Nexus 7/10? .macbookpro. Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 6 Dec 22, 2012 11:34 AM
tablets: What does a Nexus 7 do that an iPad Mini Cant KittyKatta Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 26 Nov 28, 2012 08:50 AM
tablets: iPad mini vs Nexus 7 panerai26 Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 58 Nov 27, 2012 01:25 AM
ipad mini or nexus 7 tucker61 Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 28 Aug 1, 2012 02:54 PM
tablets: ipad mini and nexus 7, which one you want? codefuns Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 9 Jul 6, 2012 12:28 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC