Google Nexus 7 tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) are both great tablets in the same category -7 inch form factor. Here is specs comparison of both the tablets
Google Nexus 7 is not the first full-fledged 7-inch Android tablet. The device may have a clear edge over Amazon Kindle Fire in tech specs. But, there are some other competitive contenders for Nexus 7 out in store. Samsung’s recently upgraded Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) tablet is obviously a big threat for Google’s Asus-manufactured tablet, which is set for mid-July 2012 release. In many important aspects, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 7 come with comparable features. Indeed, it is not the case when we compare Nexus 7 with Kindle Fire, where the former has total advantage over the latter. Here is our comparison between Nexus and Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).
Google’s Nexus Android tablet packs a 7-inch backlit IPS LCD display that has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. And it is protected by scratch-resistant Corning glass. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7 has a 7-inch PLS TFT LCD WSVGA display that packs a lesser resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels and it features Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. When it comes to screen PPI, the former, with a pixel density of 216, wins over the latter that has only 170 PPI. Well, in pixel density, Nexus 7 even outdoes iPad 2, 11-inch MacBook Pro and ASUS Transformer Prime.
Being 7-inch tablets, both machines have similar physical dimensions. Google Nexus 7 has the dimensions of 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm and a weight of 340 grams. The Galaxy Tab 7 measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm and it weighs at 344 grams. Though a bit thicker than Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7 is more portable and comfortable for travels.
Nexus 7 is announced to come with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is the next major update to the mobile operating system from Google. The company has designed Jelly Bean with many exciting features like offline voice typing, Project Butter, Google Now, upgraded photo sharing app and NFC technology. The Galaxy Tab 7 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, Google offers Jelly Bean update for the tablets of Samsung, HTC, Sony and others by mid-July 2012. So Galaxy Tab will also raise challenge to the Nexus 7 when it comes to the OS.
The most important thing with the Nexus 7 is that it is the first 7-inch tablet to come with a quad core processor. The device is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU that clocks at 1.3GHz and it has the support of 12-core graphics chip. Meanwhile, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is equipped with TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor that clocks at 1GHz.
Google seems to have deliberately skipped a rear camera on its Nexus 7 tablet. The device only has a 1.2-megapixel front camera for making video calls. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has a 3.15-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera for video calls. The device can record video at 720p@30fps.
Google is to offer its Nexus 7 tablet in two variants: 8GB and 16GB for the price of $199 and $249 respectively. Meanwhile, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is up for grabs in 8GB/16GB/32GB options. Plus, the device features an option for storing memory using expandable memory sticks up to 32GB.
Google Nexus 7 is a tablet without 3G. But it features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC for connectivity. One major attraction is that the device comes with a preinstalled Google Wallet app. Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, at the same time, has Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and HS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot. Most importantly, it is a 3G device unlike the Nexus 7.
The Google tablet will sport Li-ion 4325mAh battery. It can provide 8 hours video playback and 300 hours of standby. The Galaxy Tab mounts a standard Li-Ion 4000mAh battery that can power up the gadget over seven hours.