iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD – The battle of the 7-inch tablets

The battle for the 7-inch tablet market

While Apple executives might argue that they are not in the 7-inch tablet market, we take a wider view of the 7-inch tablet market (as long as there is a 7 in front of the screensize) so the iPad Mini is included in this comparison. The smaller tablets are expected to be a very hot item on peoples wishlist over the coming months, and there are finally some good alternatives to choose between in the UK market, with more rumored to be on their way as well in terms of upgrades.

To help you navigate the 7-inch tablet landscape we have created the below feature comparison of the leading 7-inch tablets on the market currently.

Specs iPad Mini Nexus 7 Galaxy Tab 7.7 Galaxy Tab2 7 Kindle Fire HD
Processor Apple A5X (dual-core) Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad-core) Samsung Exynos 4210 (dual-core) TI OMAP 4430 1Ghz (dual-core) TI OMAP 4470 (dual-core)
Operating system iOS 6 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with update) Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Custom based on Android
Storage 16/32/64GB built in, non-expandable 8/16/32GB built in, non-expandable 16GB built in, expandable via a microSD slot 8/16GB built in, expandable via a microSD slot (max 32GB) 16/32GB built in, non-expandable
RAM TBC 1GB 1GB 1GB 1GB
Camera 5MP iSight camera, 1.2MP FaceTime camera 1.2MP front-facing camera 3.2MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera 3.2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera 720p front-facing camera
Screen 7.9-inch (1,024 x 768) IPS LCD 7-inch (1,280 x 800) IPS LCD 7.7-inch (1,280 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus 7-inch (1024 x 600) Super PLS 7-inch (1,280 x 800) IPS LCD
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes No
NFC No Yes No No No
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n, WiFi Direct 802.11b/g/n, WiFi Direct 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Cellular GSM/HSPA+/LTE No (might be coming) No GSM/HSPA+ No
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 3.0 Yes
Connectors Lightning Micro USB Micro USB Micro USB Micro USB & Micro HDMI
Sensors Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope
Dimensions 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.5mm 196.7 x 133 x 7.9mm 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm 193 x 137.2 x 10.2mm
Battery Up to 10 hours* Up to 10 hours* TBC TBC Up to 11 hours*
Weight 308g 340g 340g 341g 394g
Price From £269 From £159 From £376 From £185 From £159
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Happy 7-inch tablet shopping.

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