iPad Mini with Retina Display vs. Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HDX 7

See how the iPad Mini 2 stacks up against 2013's popular 7-inch tablets.

The iPad Mini with Retina Display James Martin/CNET

Almost one year to the day that Apple unveiled its first small iPad, the company launched its successor, the iPad Mini with Retina Display. The much-anticipated device sports expanded LTE support, in addition to a better-looking screen.

Apple wasn't the only company to release new tiny tablets this year. In 2013, Google and Amazon refreshed their lineups with the Nexus 7 (2013 edition) and the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch . Now that Apple has taken the wraps off the iPad Mini 2 at its October 22 event, we can see how each tablet stacks up against the other.

Right off the bat, the iPad Mini 2 is the most expensive of the bunch starting at $399 for the 16GB version. Both the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HDX start at $230 for 16GB of storage. Other than that, all three tablets have a lot in common as far as camera quality and storage options, though the iPad Mini comes in a 128GB model.

Decide for yourself which tablet has the best features for you, and let us know your pick in the comments.

Apple iPad Mini 2 Google Nexus 7 (2013) Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch
Operating system iOS 7 Android 4.3 Amazon Android Mojito 3.0
Price Wi-Fi: $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB), $599 (64GB) $699 (128GB).
Cellular: $529 (16GB), $629 (32GB), $729 (64GB) $829 (128GB).
$230 (16GB), $270 32GB (32GB), $350 (32GB and 4G LTE) $230 (16GB), $270 (32GB), $310 (64GB)
Display 7.9-inch IPS,
2,048x1,536 pixels (324ppi)
7-inch IPS,
1,920x1,200 pixels (323ppi)
7-inch IPS,
1,920x1,200 pixels (323ppi)
Size 7.8 inches x 5.3 inches
x 0.3 inch
7.8 inches x 4.5 inches
x 0.3 inch
7.3 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.3 inch
Weight 11.7 ounces (331 grams) 10.5 ounces (299 grams) 10.9 ounces (311 grams)
Processor A7 processor 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
Memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB 16GB or 32GB; 2GB RAM 16GB, 32GB or 64GB; 2GB RAM
Camera 5-megapixel rear-facing; 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera 5-megapixel; 1.2-megapixel front-facing 5-megapixel; 1.2-megapixel front-facing
Battery 23.8-watt-hour;
10 hours battery life
3,950mAh 4,550mAh
NFC No Yes No
Ports Lightning connector Micro-USB Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB
Color Space gray and silver Black Dark gray
About the author

Sarah Mitroff is a CNET associate editor who reviews Android software and mobile hardware. In the past, she's also written about consumer tech, startups, and business news for Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat.

 

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