From Apple, you've got the iPad mini 2 - soon to be available in the stores in (probably November) 2013. From Google, you've got the Nexus 7 2 - available "here and now" if you're itching to tab and play with a 2013 tablet.
Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc, introduces the new iPads during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
The iPad mini 2 and the Nexus 7 2nd generation are both small-size tablets that impress reviewers with stunning screen display quality. Holiday gadget shopping is just around the corner. Many newbie buyers, who have been recently enticed by tablet-using friends, are choosing between these two tablets now.
Top 3 Reasons to Snub the iPad Mini 2 or the Nexus 7 2
Here are three good reasons to snub the iPad mini 2 or the Nexus 7 2. Everyone sees things differently, but these three things should help potential tablet shoppers strike off one item from their list of choices.
1. Price. The iPad mini 2 starts at $399. That's only 16GB of non-expandable storage, with no 4G or LTE connectivity. The same amount could get you the 32GB LTE variant of Nexus 7 2 (if this variant is released to your country). You will snub the mini if you want to moderate the exit of cash from your wallet (or plastics).
2. iOS 7 or Android 4.3. If you want more control over your files in your tablet, you have to download a utility called a jailbreak from a third-party developer to run your iPad mini 2. In contrast, the Android environment running on Nexus 7 2 -- Jelly Bean or Kit Kat (soon) -- holds no prisoners. However, it is believed there are more vulnerability issues in a more "open" environment. Which operating system do you snub?
3. Processor and Memory. If you're a power user - playing loads of games, viewing lots of videos, multi-tasking often - you may find the 1GB RAM (memory) and dual-core processor of the iPad mini 2 a bit unattractive - at least on paper. The Nexus 7 2 boasts of quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. However, Apple is taking a lot of pride from offering a 64-bit architecture with the iPad mini. Which numbers matter more to you?
Curious about the older and now cheaper iPad mini? PocketNow on YouTube reviewed the 2012 iPad mini against the 2013 Nexus 7 in this video. Follow the link or scroll down to watch the video below. See if it can help you decide which to buy between the two small-size tablets.
VIDEO: iPad Mini 2 vs Nexus 7 2nd Generation (By PocketNow on YouTube)
There are more than three factors to consider before deciding to snub or buy the iPad mini 2 and Nexus 7 2. Specs alone don't cut it for some gadget shoppers. User experience, expert reviews and other things often come into play among the careful buyers' comparative list. How do you choose which 2013 tablet is best for you?
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