iPad mini 2 vs Nexus 7 2013 vs Kindle Fire HDX: Specs Comparison

Apple has unveiled the second generation Retina iPad mini 2 to compete with low cost, yet great performing 7-inch tablets. Google’s Nexus 7 2013 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX are two of the best 7-inch tablet options available in the market, offering great hardware specs, performance and still very affordable. Is the Retina Display iPad mini 2 ready to compete with Nexus 7 2013 and Kindle Fire HDX? We’ve put together an iPad mini 2 vs Nexus 7 2013 vs HDX specs comparison table to find out.

ipad mini 2 comparison

iPad mini 2

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Kindle Fire HDX

Body

Form FactorSlabSlabSlab
Dimensions200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm200 x 114 x 8.7 mm186 x 128 x 9 mm
Weight331g (Wifi-only)
341g (WiFi + Cellular)
290g (Wifi-only)
299g (WiFi + Cellular)
303g (Wifi-only)
311g (WiFi + Cellular)
ColorsSpace Gray, SilverBlackBlack

Display

Screen Size (Diagonal)7.9 inches7.0 inches7.0 inches
Resolution2048 x 1536 pixels1920 x 1200 pixels1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density326 pixels per inch (ppi)323 pixels per inch (ppi)323 pixels per inch (ppi)
TechnologyLED-backlit IPS LCDLED-backlit IPS LCDIPS LCD
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touch,
oleophobic coating
Capacitive, Multi-touch,
Scratch-resistant glass,
Corning Gorilla Glass
Capacitive, Multi-touch

Hardware

System chipApple A7Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ProQualcomm Snapdragon 800
ProcessorDual-core, 1.3 GHzQuad-core, 1.5 GHzQuad-core, 2.2 GHz
Storage (Built-in)16GB / 32GB / 64GB / 128GB16GB / 32GB16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Ram1 GB2 GB2 GB
Card slotNoNoNo

Camera

Primary5 MP
2592 x 1944 pixels
5 MP
2592 x 1944 pixels
No
Front-Facing Camera1.2 MP1.2 MPHD Camera
Video1080p@30 fps1080p@30 fpsN/A

Connectivity

Cellular4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE
WiFiWi-Fi ( 802.11a/b/g/n)
dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
GPSAssisted GPS (Cellular model)Assisted GPS (Cellular model)Assisted GPS (Cellular model)
ConnectorLightening connectorMicro USBMicro USB
Bluetooth4.04.04.0

Battery

Music PlaybackUp to 10 hoursUp to 9 hours
Video PlaybackUp to 10 hoursUp to 9 hours
Web Surfing using Cellular DataUp to 9 hoursUp to 11 hours

Software

OSiOS 7 or newerAndroid 4.3 or newerAndroid 4.2.2 Fire OS 3.0 UI
ApplicationsAppstorePlay StoreAmazon Appstore

Sensors

Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Compass
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer

Other Features

iMessage
iCloud cloud service
AirDrop
iCloud Keychain
Siri
Facebook integration
Twitter integration
Photo viewer/editor
iBook
Apple Maps
Stereo Speakers
Google Wallet
Wireless Charging
Google Search Maps
Gmail
Organizer
Document viewer
Image/video editor
Predictive text input
SNS integration
Organizer
Document viewer
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Facebook integration
Photo viewer/editor
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Display

Bothe the Google Nexus 7 2013 and Kindle Fire HDX has better resolution (1200 x 1920 pixels) when compared to the original iPad mini (1024 x 768 pixels). But the Retina iPad mini changes all that as it sports a 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution and has slightly more pixels density (326ppi) than Nexus 7 2013 and Kindle Fire HDX (323ppi).

Hardware

Unlike the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7 2013, the ipad mini 2 comes loaded with a 64-bit architecture chip which gives it a debatably large step up as the mobile world continues to move towards the 64-bit processor. But that doesn’t mean that HDX and Nexus 7 have slow processors. All three devices have plenty of power of their own. The Kindle Fire HDX uses the latest in the line of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, while the Nexus 7 uses an older model – but not outdated.
The new iPad mini 2 also features MIMO – dual antennas for faster Wi-Fi. That’s a feature the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX doesn’t have.
Bigger storage option is available in iPad mini as it comes in 128GB variant as well.

Price

iPad mini 2 with Retina display comes loaded with a better display and better hardware specs than the Nexus 7 and Fire HDX, but it’s also priced at nearly twice the cost of Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HDX. Bothe the Android tablets starts at $230, as opposed to $400 for the Retina iPad mini 2.

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