All iPads ipad mini retina or nexus 7

Discussion in 'iPad' started by haori, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. haori macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2013
    if one is not really OS-bounded, which one makes more sense?

    just want a tablet to read pdfs, browse internet.

    nexus 7 is so much cheaper...

    or the full size ipad air
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    If that's all you want to do, and you aren't already invested in the Apple ecosystem, then I'd say give the Nexus a try.

    Caveat: I don't know a whole lot about the Nexus, so others with more expertise may have other opinions.
  3. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Both of those will read PDFs and browse the Internet just fine.
  4. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2013
    Well it depends on your budget. If money is not a problem, iPad mini would be a better choice (especially for reading PDFs and browsing)
  5. C5Longhorn macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2010
    I'd try a Nexus 7 first and see what you think. If not, return it and then wait for the Mini. No reason to spend more money if you are not tied to any one system and the 7 meets your needs.

  6. derekg macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    South FL
    Based on your requirements and considering its price/performance value you'll be better served with the Nexus 7. I owned both (Mini and 2nd Gen Nexus 7 - also iPad 4) and the Nexus is a solid tablet with a great-looking display, responsive, and a little more comfortable to hold in one hand (narrower than Mini, soft-touch back).

    For me getting to learn/use Android is also a plus. Now, I must admit that I keep missing the feel and elegance of the iOS platform when I use the Nexus. Nothing significant but the flawless response and consistent app behavior is still superior IMHO (I'm also heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem and I'm a gadget junky, so I don't mind the splurging on its hardware).
  7. DavesIknow macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2012
    i owned a nexus 7 (2013) and an ipad 4...pros for nexus 7 is it is fast and the screen looks good...cons - battery life was bad and IMHO the 7" screen widescreen its great to look at - but too small to use for day to day use...i would suggest getting the new ipad has a bigger screen at 7.9 and it too will be smoking fast or the Air ofcourse will be great...i myself sold the nexus 7 and ipad 4 and will be getting an Air and prob a new mini
  8. haori thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2013
    thank you all. my work pays for this, but still we can use the money somewhere else.

    i'll probably get a nexus 7 or this year's nexus 8/10.

    my htc flyer is too slow.
  9. DavesIknow macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2012
    i think it should depend on what phone you have or if you have a mac at home...if you don't have an iPhone or a Mac thats ones thing...but if you have an iPhone or Mac its a pretty easy decision to go iPad Mini or Air - they work great together.
  10. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I got a Nexus 7 2nd gen at launch and am getting rid of it for the new iPad mini. You should go play with them at Best Buy and see which you like better.
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    I STRONGLY prefer iOS over Android. But the reason I'm so tempted by the Nexus 7 is based purely on one thing.


    I like having my iPad Mini with me for when I want to read a book or do some tasks that the iPhone is too small for, but for that I now carry a purse. It's not a coach leather tote or a hello kitty bag, its just a plain black netbook backpack and since I have an 18mo old I get to say it's a diaper bag. BUT, for the short time I tried using a Galaxy Tab 3 then the BIGGEST feature was that I could put it in my back pocket and leave the purse at home.

    So IF you really dont care about OS and want the most portable product (and are a man) then I highly recommend looking at the 7" Android tablets simply because they're the most practical size (if you're a woman then go for the Mini because you're likely carrying a purse anyway).
  12. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Honestly, i was all set to get the nexus 7 until I bought it. It does not give me the same pleasure as the iPad and iPad minis have. Dare I say that it is even buggier than a beta version of iOS 7. Im inclined to like google more than Apple but i just don't like Android. It always feels like Im an experiment even when the features being tested aren't new.
  13. elchorizo macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Beaverton, OR
    I posted in another similar thread here.
    I think my post is relevant here so I'm going to copy/paste it:

  14. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    I'm an iOS man because I love their devices and the quality of the apps. That being said, I did buy a 2013 Nexus 7 and it's a wonderful device. With Apple saying the retina mini will be thicker I'm not sure what to say about thinness and lightness.i love my Nexus 7 so much I used it exclusively for a month. In the end, I'm drawn back to iOS and it's superior apps.
  15. Zerilos macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    Owning a Nexus 7 and a Mini, I find reading and surfing the internet more pleasant on the Mini's 7.9" screen; however either will do the job. To be honest, a couple of hours with the Air and I'm loving it. I'll be giving Mini away to a family member. The Nexus 7 I'll keep just to have an Android device.
  16. JimWPVB macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Nice machine, but

    I tried both the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Note 8. Both are nice devices, but returned them both. I could easily tell the lack of integration of hardware and software, despite the bottom line functionality be about the same. Android requires more work to get to the iPad functionality, but it's there in my view, and perhaps greater in some areas. Being heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, there were not enough pluses to keep either Android device. Even less so now with the iPad Air.
  17. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    I have a Nexus 7, and iPad 3, and iPad mini.

    I don't even remember the last time I ever powered the Nexus on. I prefer the mini for just about everything.
  18. aimfire macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I'll vouch for the Nexus 7, it's a surprisingly good tablet. The 32GB version is $279, while the Retina mini is quite a bit more.

    Btw, I'm an android phone user and also use a MacBook and iPad. If you're using Google's services (gmail, calendar, etc) it's pretty seamless to go back and forth between platforms.
  19. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    One thing to keep in mind - the nexus 7 has a 16:10 display.

    With an iPad the entire view will be filled with the PDF because it is 4:3. The N7 will have large black bars when viewing a typical PDF file, so it will require more zooming than the iPad.

    But I will say the nexus 7 is easier to hold than the mini.
  20. NuggetSauce macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2012
    Browsing the internet and reading pdfs, docs, and ebooks, will hands down be better on an iPad Air vs the Nexus 7.

    But you could still be satisified using the Nexus 7, and save a lot of money.

    But if you compare them to each other, the iPad is a better tablet. Which it should be considering the cost.

    But it's best to see for yourself.
  21. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    If all you're doing is browsing the internet and reading PDFs, then get the cheapest one.
  22. Honza macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I just spent some time with the Nexus 7, and while it is a nice tablet, if all I wanted was to surf the web and read PDFs, I would still strongly suggest the iPad mini. For one reason:

    Screen size. When viewing web pages, the screen is extremely cramped in comparison. Having a tablet be so wide makes PDFs and web pages small and you have to zoom in a lot.

    There are a lot of other reasons why I like the iPad mini, but the screen size alone would break it for me based on the OPs criteria.
  23. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    I would get the mini ... only way I would want the nexus ... if it was free :apple:
  24. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    I'd get the Mini since it has a 4:3 aspect ratio and that's better for reading PDFs and browsing the web.

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