Head-To-Head: Google Nexus 7 Vs. Apple iPad Mini

Ins And Outs

Like all iPads and iPhones, the iPad Mini cannot save data directly to a USB stick or other removable storage medium. For all I/O, Apple provides Lightning Port, Apple's all-digital, multipurpose connector for hooking up monitors, docks and other peripherals. Sturdier than the 30-pin analog/digital connector of Apple's prior generation, the Lightning connector is reversible, a convenience that also helps eliminate damage from cable orientation errors. Nexus 7 employs a microUSB port with support for SlimPort, a license-free spec developed by Analogix. In addition to file I/O, this port can connect to external DisplayPort or HDMI monitors, docking stations and other peripherals using the appropriate adapter. Both devices come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and buttons for power and volume. Nexus 7 uses Android's soft Home key.


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