My informal (but not less qualified than the tech writers, in my not particularly humble opinion) comparison of the iPad mini and the Nexus 7, Round two: typing.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the iOS platform's closedness is that you cannot have other takes on features such as the keyboard. This is a major drawback in several applications. The iOS keyboard is good, but SwiftKey, which I use on my s3 and my Nexus 7, is superb. I would have hoped that the shape and size of the smaller iPad would enable the quick two thumbs typing style that I've gotten accustomed to on my Nexus, but it's really all about the software. On the iPad, I still have to hit more or less every key; the auto correct sucks, so there's really no help there, rather the opposite. On the Nexus, I can two thumb my way through the text with my thubs just being in the target keys' ballpark and the rest is fixed by the software. And it really works, both in Norwegian and English. I type a lot and it's so much easier on the Nexus, although it's far easier to use the software keyboard on the iPad mini than the original iPad, for my typing style anyway, due to the mini being smaller and lighter.
So, for typing: iPad mini - Nexus 7, 0-1 ;-)