I demoed the Nexus 7 and Ipad mini for my school.
The iPad was a WAY more useful browsing tool in my opinion. The nexus was too "techy" with all sorts of confusing menus, sub-menus and hidden icons. The iPad was a typical apple product, with it's easy to navigate settings, apps and screens. But buyer beware: the Nexus is able to be tweaked to infinity (different themes, widgets, ect) where as the iPad is fixed where it is (unless you would like to void the warranty and jailbreak.)
Overall I chose the iPad, due to its larger screen, lighter weight, and more user-friendly personality for someone who isn't into tweaking
Funny, My wife isn't into tweaking her phone AT ALL, yet she finds my GNex Android phone MUCH easier to use than her iPhone4S. MAJOR issue for her; Apps that she couldn't figure out how to shut down:
Her: "I hit the button to close it but it's still playing! How do I stop it? AAARGH! I hate this phone!"
Me: "You said you wanted an iphone."
Her: "That's because I wanted all the apps!"
Me: "Android has apps too you know."
Her: "Shut up and help me!"
This was mostly because with the Android phone ,there is some semblance of actual multitasking possible with it. Android Multitasking isn't as good as it was on webOS, (we both had Palm Pre phones previously) but its much better than the tacked-on silliness that is iOS "multitasking".
Also, there are NO "hidden icons" on any Android device. Every icon is accessible through the menu, the giant circle button smack in the center bottom of the home screen. Much like the Windows "Start" button, it provides a place to have all of your Apps and Widgets. You can then place them on your home screen and group them as you see fit, or leave them in the menu drawer for later access. It's a dead simple concept that has been working on PCs and Macs for over 20 years now.
I'm guessing that you were already an i-device user, and thus were so accustomed to the "everything is on my home screen" paradigm, that swapping to a "everything is in the menu" paradigm was confusing. (I've seen it in other i-device users before.) Thus, you preferred the iPad.
Nothing wrong with that, but it's important to recognize our own biases.
(NOTE: I am also biased, Just like everyone else. So take my comment with that bias in mind.)