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Yesterday was one of the busiest days for tech journalists. With so many devices being launched, that we actually had to push this post for today. Apple has made sure with the launch of the new iPad mini that all the points that were on the cons list of the original iPad mini have been crossed out , while a few more to the pros section have been added. However, the competition hasn’t been sitting idle in the mean time and have equally impressive tablets to offer. The first two names that come to mind when talking about 7 inch tablets are Nexus and Kindle Fire. So let’s not waste any more time and get to the point where we compare the three devices.

Apple iPad mini with Retina display vs. new Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HDX 7 Google Nexus 7 Apple iPad mini with Retina display 
Display 1200 x 1920 pixels, 7.0 inch IPS LCD 1200 x 1920 pixels, 7.0 inch IPS LCD 1536 x 2048 pixels, 7.9 inch IPS LCD
Pixel Density 323 323 326
SoC Snapdragon 800 Snapdragon S4 Pro A7 64-bit
Processor 2.2GHz quad core Krait 400 1.5GHz quad core Krait 300
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 320
Dimensions 186 x 128 x 9 mm, 303g 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290g 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm, 331g
Camera Not present 5MP 5MP
Secondary camera 1.3MP 1.2MP 1.2MP
Battery Unknown 3,950mAh 23.8Wh
Storage 16/32/64GB 16/32GB 16/32/64/128GB
MicroSD slot No No No
Platform Android 4.x customized by Amazon Android 4.3 iOS 7
Starting price $229 $229 $399


A quick look reveals that the three tablets have quite a bit of difference between them. They run on three different operating systems, with the new iPad mini having an advantage here, thanks to a huge number of tablet optimized apps in the App Store. Kindle Fire HDX runs on a modified version of Android and offers apps via its own Amazon App Store over Google Play Store found in the Nexus 7.

When it comes to processing power, Nexus 7 lags behind the other two with its S4 Pro. Although not bad, it doesn’t really stand up against the other two.

iPad mini has got the highest resolution of the three, but when you factor in the large size of the display, the pixel density comes out to be the same as the other two. Also, the WiFi only version of the tablet comes sans GPS, which is a little disappointing.

When it comes to camera department, Kindle Fire HDX loses out to both the tablets since it doesn’t come with a rear camera. We aren’t particularly disappointed however, as there’s still a front facing cam for video chatting.

Ultimately, it all comes down to the pricing and availability. Both the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX start at $229 for the 16GB WiFi only version. The iPad mini with Retina display on the other hand, starts at $399, which is significantly more than the other two. Yes, it offers a better tablet experience, but for the addition $170 you’ll have to shell out, is it worth it?