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iPad mini vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7

Which 7in tablet would you guys recommend? I'm choosing between an iPad mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, and I'd mostly use it to read eBooks, watch films and play games on the move (I spend a lot of time on flights!).

Any advice would be welcome :)

Most Useful Answer mrew42  Nov. 6, 2012 at 15:27

Personally i'd go for the Nexus 7.
Too many iPad apps/games need to connect to t'internet for my liking and when your on a plane it prevents them from being played. Movies are better supported by the Nexus 16:9 form factor and films and ebooks are available from ahem.... many places, not just play or in the case of books, the kindle app.

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mrew42  Nov. 6, 2012 at 15:27

Personally i'd go for the Nexus 7.
Too many iPad apps/games need to connect to t'internet for my liking and when your on a plane it prevents them from being played. Movies are better supported by the Nexus 16:9 form factor and films and ebooks are available from ahem.... many places, not just play or in the case of books, the kindle app.

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 16:23

Screen resolution higher so better for reading maybe. It's not just on the ipad that apps need to connect to the net though sadly, Where's the water played the same trick on android.
Yep there's Kobo and sony ereader apps too, and yeah I know that's not quite what you meant ;)

Lewis would point out that there are lots more games on ios, I'd say read his reviews and see most are gash anyway.
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What have you got already as if you've a whole shedload of apple content it could negate the far larger initial outlay for the mini. If not you could buy quite a lot of content on the others for the money you'd save.

As to the Kindle Fire it seems like mostly impressive hardware but software not so good and app store rather lacking as yet. Amazon's own content is well integrated though. Mind you can get most of that on Nexus too.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 16:58

Personally i'd go for the Nexus 7.
Too many iPad apps/games need to connect to t'internet for my liking and when your on a plane it prevents them from being played. Movies are better supported by the Nexus 16:9 form factor and films and ebooks are available from ahem.... many places, not just play or in the case of books, the kindle app.


What games are those, MREW? Okay, I'm not using my lady's iPad that much, but still - I haven't been unable to play any game due to lack of connectivity.

As to the choice between the 3 devices? I wouldn't touch the Fire HD. I haven't heard anything good about the browser; the store is limited, and I hate Amazon's T&Cs - spies'R'us. Of course, you can root and flash a different ROM...
I only spent about 10 minutes with the N7 - looks generic, but seems pretty fast.
I like iBooks, I like Apple's book catalogue, trial chapters etc...and you can 'sideload' books from other, ahem, legal sources painlessly. But for a lot of book reading any eInk reader is better.

So... I have no idea.

Stelph  Nov. 6, 2012 at 17:14

Just to throw another option in there you could also consider the Tegra 3 Acer a110

http://www.ebuyer.com/394008-acer-iconia-a110-tablet-pc-ht-hapek-001

Currently £179.99 with £50 cashback so the cheapest of the lot, it does has a worse screen than the Nexus and also has a smaller battery but adds a rear camera, HDMI out and microSD card which are all useful additions and at this price is real bargain IMO

Really it depends on your personal preference:

if you have already bought into the iOS ecosystem and can afford it then get the iPad Mini

If you like the iOS-style controlled ecosystem, dont want to spend time searching through reams of dodfgy apps or fiddling with setting up the device etc - get a Kindle Fire HD

If youre happy to fiddle with the device and want as good spec as possible, get the Acer A110 or Nexus 7 depending on what is important to you (i.e. plugging into TV's or adding extra storage)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 17:32

Good advice, stelph.

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 17:36

What games are those, MREW? Okay, I'm not using my lady's iPad that much, but still - I haven't been unable to play any game due to lack of connectivity.

Isn't that usually connected to the internet though Jan

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Think the acer a110 was mentioned by someone on here the other day who had to get rid of his partners as it was so bad.. I'd go for the Samsung Tab 2 over that £120 after cashback, not such good processor though.
Ooops it was the a100

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 19:11

Nope, her iPad's rarely online.
Not seen any A110 reviews. I know a few (well, 2) very happy A500 owners.
The A100 looked a bit Archos-sy, but at least Acer try to cram as much into the tabs as they can for their price...

Pondlife  Nov. 7, 2012 at 00:25

I knew some very happy A500 owners, oh you probably don't mean the old Amiga.

Seeing rumours of a MS xbox 7" tablet now, has the potential to be interesting.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 02:53

Seeing rumours of a MS xbox 7" tablet now, has the potential to be interesting.
Honestly, I think that has the potential to be sh*t.

Pondlife  Nov. 7, 2012 at 07:46

Well that too, and the potential to be vastly overpriced but it might not be.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 09:14

That's the 7in gaming tab, right? I reckon it's gonna be compromised, IF real...

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mrew42  Nov. 7, 2012 at 12:31

Pondlife  Nov. 7, 2012 at 13:24

The lower definition screen is perfect for reading? for watching films in odd resolutions?
Thinner and lighter, but longer and wider so less portable.

Stelph  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:16

I'd go for the iPad mini, the screen is perfect for reading, watching films and playing games, much larger than the smaller screen on other 7 inch devices. The graphics power of the mini is also far greater of the Nexus 7 and Fire HD so if you're into gaming this is a better tablet to go for. It's thinner, lighter and therefore more portable, not to mention the 275,000 tablet optimised apps, rather than scaled up phone apps.

I would argue the Kindle Fire HD is the best for media TBH, it is the correct screen ratio for video viewing (not black bar wastage) highest resolution screen for the crisper text and the easiest way of getting media with the minimum of faff (through amazon) and the thinner tablet means it is more portable than the iPad

The iPad pumps it for number of apps tho, you are correct

Pondlife  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:54

Seeing that quoted reminds me. Yeah optimised for the same resolution on a larger tablet screen, not for the mini.

Are pretty much limited to just Amazon's content though. And not exactly complex to get their books on the others. mini hdmi could be nice addition though if op is spending plenty of time in hotels as well as airplanes.

Hardly a surprise the ipad pumps it for number of apps given the desperately lacking amazon app store, suspect the wp store does probably not the playbook. If it wasn't for the games bit the playbook wouldn't be bad come to think of it.

Pondlife  Nov. 7, 2012 at 16:55

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