Apple iPad Mini with Retina display vs Nexus 7 (2013), Kindle Fire HDX & LG G Pad 8.3

Apple iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 (2013), Amazon Kindle Fire HDX & LG G Pad 8.3Apple took the wraps of its new iPad mini with Retina display a few hours ago. Set to go on sale in around 40 countries beginning November 1, this Apple iPad will be taking on the likes of Nexus 7 (2013), Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX and LG G Pad 8.3 tablets.

Apple has improved a lot on the specs front from the last-generation iPad mini model but how exactly does it stack up against its Android competitors. We will find out in the following specs comparison.

Tablet Nexus 7 (2013) Amazon Kindle Fire HDX LG G Pad 8.3 Apple iPad Mini with Retina display
Display 7-inch 1920x1200p IPS LCD 7-inch 1920x1200p LCD 8.3-inch 1920x1200p IPS 7.9-inch 2048x1536p IPS
Processor 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core APQ8064 with Adreno 320 GPU 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core with Adreno 330 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core with Adreno 320 1.3 GHz Apple A7 dual-core processor with 64-bit support & PowerVR G6430
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB Unknown
Storage 16/ 32GB 16/ 32/ 64GB 16GB with microSD card slot 16/ 32/ 64GB
OS & Ecosystem Android 4.3 & Google Play Android 4.2 based Fire OS 3.0 & Amazon content offers Android 4.2 with Google Play iOS 7.0 & iTunes
Battery 3950mAh 4550mAh 4600 mAh Unknown
Connectivity Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, BT 4.0, NFC, optional LTE/ 3G Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, BT 4.0, optional LTE Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, BT 4.0 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with MIMO, BT 4.0, optional LTE/ 3G
Ports MicroUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI out MicroUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack MicroUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack Lightning port, 3.5mm audio jack
Cameras 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera HD front camera 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera
Price Starting $229 Starting $229 Starting $349.99 Starting $399

As you can see above, Apple has done a pretty good job and iPad Mini with Retina display is no slacker but does these specifications justify $399 pricing or Nexus 7 (2013)/ Kindle Fire HDX are better deals for $229? Let us know in comments.

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5 thoughts on “Apple iPad Mini with Retina display vs Nexus 7 (2013), Kindle Fire HDX & LG G Pad 8.3

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    (October 25, 2013 - 10:34 am)

    Loved my iPad 3 before iOS 7 but now its buggy and laggy so now I’m forced with either getting a new iPad or waiting for fixes hiping they will optimize things. Thankfully 7.0.3 is a bit bette, but I still experience app crashes like Safari.

    Buying an iPad will leave me in the same position next year if iOS8 is a bag of bricks. Next time I won’t update !!!

    The GPad looks great and has decent specs , even though I would have loved to see an S800 under the hood. It has a nice build and QPair looks great if it can let you send SMS from your tablet

    I tried the nexus 7 which is an excellent value with guaranteed updates without having to root. Having owned a transformer prime I’m not to fond of Asus tablets however. And I would like a slightly larger screen.


    (October 23, 2013 - 12:36 pm)

    Nexus 7 at that price is a winner.

    Shuvabrata Nandi

    (October 23, 2013 - 10:12 am)

    The form factor is very important for a tablet. And i think Apple has got this form factor for iPad Mini wrong. You can’t hold it in one hand. I would go with HDX, root it and put AOSP 😀

    Vinay N S

    (October 23, 2013 - 9:24 am)

    i know i am nitpicking but the photo shows fire first.. table shows nexus first..


    (October 23, 2013 - 1:45 am)

    Nexus 7 2013 is the way to go just because the Playstore is way better. But… it would have been quite nice to have the Adreno 330 and a Snap 800…

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