Switching to Nexus 7 (2013) from iPad mini (2012)


Right now, I'm deciding whether or not I should buy a Nexus 7 (2013) to replace my first-gen iPad mini.

There is a lot of reasons to buy a Nexus 7 (2013). The main reasons are:

  • Great screen in comparison to iPad mini's
  • LTE: In my country first-gen iPad mini doesn't support LTE. However, the new Nexus 7 does.
  • Price (the more details about the price are below)
  • Better performance: After updating my iPad mini to iOS 7 there has been only disappointment about the device and iOS overall. The performance is just AWFUL. All is just so laggy. Every time I want to play a game it crashes (I tried to play Angry Birds GO, Infinity Blade 3, Deus Ex: The Fall, GTA: SA; every other game either crashes or just so embarrassing to play). The web browsing experience is not good as it supposed to be I think. Because of the lack of RAM when I switch between tabs it always starts reloading the web page. Same situation with apps. I just don't know why does Apple continue to sell the first-gen iPad mini.

But there are some reasons not to buy Nexus 7.

  • Currently, I'm in the Apple ecosystem. I have iMac (late 2012, 21.5"), iPhone 5s (32 GB), iPad mini (1st gen, Wi-Fi+Cellular, 64 GB). But again, I just don't enjoy using Apple products as I did earlier and so I just don't know whether I should buy Nexus 7 or not. I'm not thinking of buying iPad mini with Retina display or iPad Air because of their price tags (in my country they're a lot more expensive than in the US). I think they're just to expensive and Nexus 7 offers much more for its price. The difference in price in my country (Russia) between iPad mini with Retina Display (32 GB & LTE) and Nexus 7 (2013, 32 GB & LTE) is 300 USD.
  • iOS 7 applications. I kinda love them.
  • iCloud synchronization. I have some apps that make me to stay with iPad. For example, Tweetbot, Clear+, Boxer, Podcasts, iWork suite, Notes, Reminders, Calendar (I don't use the last two too much, but anyway...)
So, thank you a lot if you read this. What's your opinion? Should I save up for iPad mini with Retina Display or iPad Air or even wait for the next iPads or buy Nexus 7 right now?