Weighing the iPad mini versus the Nexus 7 is no easy task
Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:22 AM
Apollo. Flash without the Flash ads. It's a pretty solid browser for the price, and Flash videos etc. load quickly with granular control of playback. It also has ad-block.
My only complaint is it doesn't (can't?) remember passwords.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:24 AM
No offense intended but you kinda meet the heck out of your iPad 2 and that, IMO, would be part of your decision making. For all of its many pluses, the Nexus 7 just does not feel like a robust machine. I have not read any torture tests on the 7 or the iPad mini so don't have a clue as to how each one would fare under seriously adverse circumstances. I went through the same decision making and went with the iPad mini. I have no problems reading on it and frankly my eyes did not see a difference in movie viewing or reading between the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. For me, I thought well of the Nexus 7 but thought better of the iPad.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:25 AM
First sentence should read "kinda beat the heck"
Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:35 AM
Without seeing that torture test, I will say this: The Nexus felt solid in my hand; the iPad mini more of a trifling thing. Whether this is just a weight comparison on my part, or an accurate judgement of each machine's relative sturdiness, it's tough for me to say. I do hear what you're saying, though.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:31 AM
Also I was able to get my Nexus 7 replaced after a crack form on the screen from a fall (for free). The touch screen was unusable after the hair like crack form on the lower right hand corner of the screen. My iPad 2 screen which has a huge spider like crack (after my kids drop it by accident) touch still working even though I don't like my kids using it because of the cracked glass.
So Asus consumer service was pretty good. But I Apple has more robust design that will still function after screen damage.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:57 AM
- Wider screen. It makes everything look so much better. You can forget about using the N7 in landscape, whereas the mini is ideal in either orientation.
- Hardware design - the mini feels great, and is really thin. The N7 is plasticy, creaky in comparison.
- Ecosystem - the iPad apps available are of near-console quality, and the level of innovation and diversity in the store is fantastic. I never found that sort of engagement in Google Play.
But to the N7's credit, it was the tablet that got me considering smaller tablets in the first place. While I owned it, I really liked it and took it with me on the commute everyday. For £180 you can't really complain.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:09 AM
Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:50 AM