If you’re like me, you have five drawers full of USB cables. And if you’re not like me, you could just buy one for 3 dollars online. Either way, you can use your USB cable to power up the Nexus 7, one of the only major tablets that employs a standard micro USB port for charging. The iPad mini, on the other hand, uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. Lose the Lightning-to-USB wire that comes with the tablet, and you’ll have to pay a good $20 for a replacement.
Apple’s famous walled garden of apps isn’t strong enough to completely protect your kids. Though the iPad lets you block some built-in Apple apps and restrict content by subject matter, you can’t block third-party apps, can’t monitor what your kids do and can’t restrict their use according time of day or amount of time. Because the Nexus 7’s Android operating system gives app developers greater access to core functions, there are apps like Kytephone, which creates a separate, walled-off environment for your children that only contains the apps you choose. There’s also Funamo, which offers parents the ability to block just about anything, from mature websites to dangerous apps, while limiting the hours their children can use the device.
The Nexus 7 is one of the only tablets on the market that has a built-in Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. With NFC on board, you can share contacts or other information with different Android devices just by tapping their backs together. You can also take advantage of new mobile-payment systems like ISIS and Google Wallet that let you tap your device at the register to check out. And a new generation of mobile headphones like the Sony MDR-1RBT can pair with the Nexus 7 automatically when you tap them against its NFC chip. The iPad mini, like all of Apple’s products, lacks NFC. Maybe we’ll see it when the iPad mini 2 launches sometime next fall.
Want to share this article with your friends on Google or LinkedIn? You won’t be able to do that directly from Safari, the default browser on the iPad mini. Apple’s iOS limits you to Facebook and Twitter. On the Nexus 7 and other Android devices, there’s one sharing menu that contains all your options and is available from any downloaded app that’s capable of sharing content. So, if you want to share to Pinterest from the Firefox browser, you don’t need someone at Mozilla to bless the transaction.
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