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Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Hardware, Technology |

iPad Mini vs. 7 vs Nexus. Kindle Fire HD

iPad Mini vs.  7 vs Nexus.  Kindle Fire HD

Once the Mini iPad hit the market, it’s time to make the classic compared compared to its rivals, which by the level of sales and fame are especialente two: Google and Asus, and HD.


The first thing we look at a tablet. With its small size compared to its big brother, the is about his opponents. There are two key differences: the size of the screen, and their ratio. While it has 7.9 inches, the Nexus and Kindle are 7. Furthermore, while the former has a ratio of 4:3 (1024×768), others remain in 16:9 (1280×800). This means that, as explained in the Apple event yesterday, the iPad horizontally mini win 67% more space when viewing the screen. Is this always good? We can see this difference in the following graph TrojanKitten :

iPad Mini vs.  7 vs Nexus.  Kindle Fire HD image 2

It depends on what we use. Personally, I have always maintained that the perfect aspect ratio is 4:3 in a tablet, especially in the face of surfing the web, and amplitude when opening applications. In this sense, for me win the iPad Mini. However, if we are to use the tablet to watch movies, series, etc., ie video, it makes more sense to capture a Nexus or Kindle. No longer just for the screen. Both platforms (iOS and Android) have their own store of content, but if you do not want to use it and prefer to carry our own records, we will have a lot easier with the Android operating system, which accepts most file types and iOS need to convert or in most cases go through iTunes.

With respect to the pixel density, the display comes without Mini iPad Retina. 163 pixels per inch that can make more than one purchase think Nexus or against Kindle, who have the same screen of 216 dpi. In this case the two Android win.

Appearance and weight

There’s no color, and the iPad Mini takes the comparative street. We can quickly see that its dimensions are slightly larger than those of the other two, and is even narrower than the Kindle Fire.

  • iPad Mini: 200 x 134’7 x 72 mm. | 308/312 g.
  • Nexus 7: 198 x 120 x 104’5 mm. | 340 g.
  • Kindle Fire HD: 193 x 137 x 103 mm. | 395 g.

This is because the screen frame is considerably narrower in the Apple tablet, especially when compared to the Kindle Fire, which has a much greater edge. Draws attention especially the iPad Mini is more stylized and elongated than the Kindle, although the ratio of their screens should indicate otherwise. A part to note is the depth. And the iPad Mini wins again, in objective terms. His two competitors are quite fatter than him.

The weight is lower in the iPad Mini, with 308 or 312 grams depending count or LTE connectivity. If we go to the field of aesthetics, of course is subject to taste. But my opinion is that the iPad Mini is the prettiest of the three, and probably the most beautiful tablet I’ve ever seen. The Nexus 7, without being so precious, you also have a design that I think is very good, I particularly like the finish back. The Kindle is that I find aesthetically poorest of the three, where it notes that Amazon has not yet delved into the design of their products, giving much preference to the content so far to offer later.


None of the three has the ability to expand the memory to factory brings. MicroSD slot No not at all, so it’s important to decide what capacity choose at the time of purchase. The configurations with which each account are:

  • iPad Mini: 16/32/64 GB.
  • Nexus 7: 16/32 GB.
  • Kindle Fire: 16/32 GB.

The iPad Mini is the only offering 64 GB. However, we must bear in mind that the App Store applications take up a lot more on average than those of Google Play. Due mainly adapted to come iPad Retina screen, resulting in the incorporation of much larger graphs that occupy more space. Moreover, we must bear in mind that the price suffers more from the Apple tablet in the other two. Doubling the capacity costs $ 100 more in the iPad Mini, and only 50 in Android. Very negative point for the iPad Mini, which also require more space to install apps, charges a lot more expensive than its competitors a rise to the next level of capability.


More of the same, quite relatedly. Yes, the iPad Mini can mount an LTE data connection, but the price will also be excessively bitter. Its WiFi connectivity, and the Nexus 7, are at a disadvantage compared to the Kindle Fire HD, dual-band WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), allowing you to change the frequency to be able to use a better connection with less interference.

The bluetooth is another area where the iPad Mini loses. From the time when Apple decided to embark on creating mobile devices, offered a bluetooth gelding from which it is possible to exchange files. This really is entirely possible with Nexus and Kindle. If we are interested in the possibility of using NFC, only the Nexus 7 incorporates it. In the case of the possibility of GPS, Kindle is he who runs out, although the need Mini iPad WiFi network to triangulate the position.


Here the Nexus 7 would gain a priori, because they have quad-core processors, compared to the iPad or Kindle Fire Mini HD, only two.

  • iPad Mini: DualCore A5.
  • Nexus 7: QuadCore 1.3GHz Tegra 3.
  • Kindle Fire HD: DualCore 1.2GHz OMAP 4460.

iPad Mini vs.  7 vs Nexus.  Kindle Fire HD image 3

However, it is an issue that should be clarified. Apps needs more power. The good part is that it is a technical achievement to make each application to run as a virtual machine. The bad part, sometimes, especially on computers that are not pointers, lags occur and the transitions are less fluid and natural. And while Android has spent years perfecting it, is evident in some cases. iOS does not have this problem, and its fluidity is greater. Movements, transitions, opening applications, etc., they are natural and snapshots.

Camera and battery

I always thought that a camera on a tablet was something without a lot of sense, except the front, much more useful for video conferencing, self-portraits, etc.. Always good to have some factor, but I think that’s crucial that the iPad Mini has a rear camera (5 megapixels) and the other two competitors. A more interesting would be to the front camera, more usable, but no place to do this because all three are equal: 1.2 megapixels.

The battery of the three devices are very similar, although slightly more wins Kindle Fire HD, with 11 hours of battery against 10 rivals.


The difference between Android and iOS is a hackneyed theme endlessly and treated. Naturally, each with its detractors and supporters. Also with hardcore fans. And even with users who value the best of each.

Basically we know that iOS is a system where the personalization is void beyond choosing a wallpaper. Where we can install only what houses the App Store (ie, which has passed through the filter of Apple). Also where this closure, for many excessive and restrictive, allowing fluidity and unparalleled security.

Meanwhile, Android is much more dynamic, customizable, made for those who want to spend hours playing it each option. We can install any application if we disable the security filter with a simple push, and install different launchers to modify any aspect of the system. From the dock to unlock the form. The downside is that it is less secure than iOS.

The Nexus 7 guarantees immediate system updates regarding the Kindle. Includes Jelly Bean series, while still offering HD Kindle Fire Ice Cream Sandwich with the usual layer of customization. Knowing that soon will Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie, who like to express their devices and install the latest, is an important asset in the Nexus. Those who prefer the iPad Mini, iOS also has these immediate updates.


A very important part is to assess applications: more than 275,000 iOS has adapted to the iPad screen. The number in Android instead is drastically lower. There are users who are simply not download apps, or only do so with the most basic, they are on both platforms. The hard-users themselves will notice this difference in the stores want to surf or find alternatives to certain applications (the first example that comes to mind is that of the Twitter clients that are on iOS compared to Android).

iPad Mini vs.  7 vs Nexus.  Kindle Fire HD image 4

Still, Android has room for growth, and their have greatly increased their quality from the first to emerge from the original iPad competitors. It is logical that more and more developers now take out creations for Android beyond smartphones.


The part we will opt for one model or another, or storage capacity or different connectivity.

  • Mini iPad 16GB: $ 329 (WiFi) | $ 459 (WiFi + 4G)
  • Mini iPad 32GB: $ 429 (WiFi) | $ 559 (WiFi + 4G)
  • Mini iPad 64GB: $ 529 (WiFi) | $ 659 (WiFi + 4G)
  • Nexus 7 8 GB: $ 199
  • Nexus 7 16 GB: $ 249
  • Kindle Fire HD 16 GB: $ 199 (with ads) | $ 214 (without ads)
  • Kindle Fire HD 32GB: $ 249 (with ads) | $ 264 (without ads)

Side Prices Kindle Fire HD refers to advertisements that we see in the unlock screen or not, as we choose one or another version for $ 15 difference.


It is often said that a cowardly response to the question: Which is better? Depends on what it is to be used. However, the answer I can give. Each tablet has its pros and cons, and we will be sticking to us individually who we know choosing end use.

Returning to the point on the screen, if you’ll use the tablet primarily for watching videos, we should not think much and go for one of the Android. Both the 16:9 ratio, and because it will much easier to import the videos you already have on your computer. Drag and drop, without having to go through iTunes or convert videos.

The Kindle Fire HD seems a vitaminado ebook reader. The best option for those most read, and do not want a separate device to surf the net, view photos and videos, check email, etc.. The screen will never be the same as that of an e-ink Kindle, but the size and access to the Amazon store, as well as integration with the Kindle platform, can make this an ideal device for readers.

Finally, the price is another factor. A basic Mini iPad costs 65% more than a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire basic HD. That increases the margin settings that trigger price. It is also important to note that the Nexus 7 could rise to 32 GB base model without increasing its initial price on Monday.

The comparison may be greater and include the Galaxy Tab 2, for example. But not impact too much on what has already been compared, as it could make a tablet with another concept and another operating system, such as Microsoft Surface to be submitted within a couple of days. The comparison is even more fierce. And best, users have more options to choose from, more needs covered with each option presented.

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