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Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad Mini

The countdown to the launch of Apple’s next devices is underway, even though we don’t know exactly when the anticipated launch will be.

The next-gen iPhone is the subject of most of the debate, but we’re also expecting to see a scaled-down iPad at the launch.

Rumoured to be a low-end device – for Apple at least – the iPad Mini will go head-to-head with other cut-price tablets in the run-up to Christmas.

One of those tablets is the Nexus 7 from Google, a sub-£200 device that boasts some impressive specs and a brand new operating system. So how does it compare to the iPad Mini?

Apple iPad Mini

Of course, all we have to go on at the moment is rumour and speculation with the iPad Mini. As usual, there is plenty of this floating around the tech world at the moment.

The size of the iPad Mini is due to be well, mini. Reports suggest a screen size of 7.85-inches, possibly delivering the Retina Display seen on the new iPad – though some commentators are saying this is unlikely.

We can expect to see a fairly low price for the iPad Mini, no more than £200, and Apple is rumoured to be keeping costs down by limiting the internal storage to 8GB.

A small tablet would be a dramatic change of direction for Apple, so we’re taking everything with a pinch of salt until we see it.

Google Nexus 7

In terms of specs, Apple is really going to have to deliver in order to beat the Nexus 7 – a device whose specs really don’t belong on such a cheap device.

This 7-inch tablet comes with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and is available in 8GB and 16GB version – all making for a great user experience.

This is also helped by Jelly Bean, Google’s latest OS, which focuses on improving usability. In terms of build quality, Asus – who built the Nexus 7 – has delivered a typically impressive device.

The Nexus 7 falls down on the display front slightly, with a weak contrast, so if the iPad Mini does have a Retina Display it could look much more impressive.

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