If you're looking to get into the Apple ecosystem, don't want to pay a lot of money, and don't care about the high-resolution Retina Display and the A7 64-bit processor found on the current iPad mini, take a look at the first-generation version of the tablet. It's still very good.
The first iPad mini won't offer you that crisp resolution that the Retina Display offers for games, movies and television shows but its display is still going to be very solid for most tablet users. And while it doesn't have the A7 chip, it's still going to be able to handle most games and content with ease.
iPad mini 1, like the current iPad mini, will be getting iOS 8 in the fall. That, combined with a price tag that is more in line with the Nexus 7's makes it a device worthy of your attention before buying into the Nexus 7.
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