Ipad Mini vs Nexus 7 review

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By Osa Allakamenin

iPad Mini

Software

Well first off with the new iOS 7 update, it makes all Apple devices much better. They took ideas from Android that all devices should have, like if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen you get a settings menu where you have quick access to wifi, Bluetooth and various features. One of the cool features include airdrop, which makes it pretty easy to share stuff.

I also find it useful that your texts and notifications show up on the lock screen. You swipe to go straight to it or you can scroll through them. This is more of a personal thing as some people may not like anyone picking your phone up and pressing the power button and seeing messages, but if you don’t care, then it’s cool. I’m sure this can be turned off. I’m also sure this is something I can set up on any Android, but the point here is that I didn’t have to and I find it useful.

Swiping down from the top gives you an improved notifications bar. The color palette of the icons looks like a child’s toy, but you eventually get used to it and forget. I believe there is improved options for Facetime, since you can use it more like Skype (wifi or mobile connection and do just audio calls). iOS does not let you tinker with the OS so you don’t have problems with performance like you do with Android. There is no need to run task managers or memory optimizers, as all this is handled by the OS in the background, thus giving you great battery life. iOS supports multiple finger gestures. You are able to use four fingers to swipe up and get a list of recent apps, or four fingers to swipe between open apps. This is new as Apple used to be criticized about its lack of multi-tasking abilities.

I don’t use Siri so I have no real opinion on it. It does stuff you tell it to do. You can jail break an iPAD, but the process is harder than Android, and I don’t think it’s worth it for what you gain. You get access to more apps and some customization, but it’s not something I’d do.

Hardware

This shit ain’t cheap, yo, not at all. The 7.9-inch screen is sharp and clear. Movies look awesome (check out the specs here). The lighting charger is a pretty solid design. You can plug it up in any direction (you don’t have to look to see if you are trying to shove it in upside down) and it charges pretty swiftly. The only bad thing I can say is that it’s not that widely adopted. You are not as likely to find someone with a charger as you would mini USB. That can change as more and more people get Apple products. The mini is light and pretty thin. The metal design feels nice and you can find a crap load of different cases and accessories everywhere. In hardware design the mini wins.

Nexus 7

Software

The Nexus 7 I have is running Android 4.3, which is the most up to date. Cool thing with Android is that Google now tries to learn your habits and give you relevant information. For example, if you have a flight confirmation in your gmail, it will send you notifications about your flight if it is delayed or ask you if you want to check in. It will tell you around what time you’ll head home and how long it will take with current traffic conditions. For me I loved how around 10:30 at night, if I’m in the city, it would give me directions to IHOP where I used to go eat a lot, or in the morning it would tell me how long it will take me to get to work. It is pretty intuitive if you let it learn more about you.

This can also be something that people would feel uncomfortable with, like “big brother” is watching you, so it could be something some find not cool. With Android, if you like to tinker and customize, then you know and love Android. If you can think of it, you can probably do it with any Android device. I have gone a couple years without touching my laptop or desktop because I can do basically anything from my phone. If I have to get something done productivity wise or any computing needs, I grab an Android. You can set what apps you swipe up from the bottom and have available. When you swipe down from the top you have notifications to the left and to the right are settings and quick settings.

The fun with Android comes with rooting it (as jailbreaking is for Apple). This opens up a world of different shit you can do, but at the risk of performance issues and bugs. If it is messing up and you don’t know how to fix, then don’t bother. If you like the ability to customize your software with the various tweaks that those smart programmers in the world offer you, then this is your new adult play thing. All I am saying here is that it really applies to any Android on Jellybean. The minor tweaks between manufacturers only matter with Samsung, since they are putting out some innovative things.

Hardware

I’m not going to lie, this thing feels bulky. It has a 7-inch screen, which I wish went all the way to the edge. It’s not as sharp as the iPad mini, but it’s only $229 – $350 at most (check out the specs here). It uses USB mini to charge, which should be the standard for any and all devices (non-apple devices can’t go wrong there). Most Android devices allow you to add memory, but this does not, which is kind of a let down.

To me it comes down to how much you want to spend. I would not get the Nexus just because my Galaxy S3 does all I need and is small enough yet big enough. If you want to watch movies, connect with people using social apps, read books, surf the web and can afford the mini, then yeah it’s a better piece of hardware than the Nexus 7. If you are in a budget and want to be able to have a piece of hardware that can replace your need for laptops or a desktop, then nexus 7 is your baby. Money is my main issue here, and even though I like the iPad mini more than the Nexus 7, I would pick the Nexus 7 over the bigger iPads.

Check out the video in the link on what they say. Hope this helps, and I’m looking forward to checking out the iPad Air next.

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