With the arrival of Google Nexus 7, the 7-inch tablet market has become very enticing. The Asus-built Nexus 7 stands out among the entire small tablets mainly with a quad core CPU and the most recent Android update namely Jelly Bean. These factors have given a boost to Google tablet’s chances not just to become a success but also pose threat to entrenched market leaders like Apple tablets, iPad. In days after its official launch, the tablet was sold out by all major retailers. Even Google Play, Google’s official online store, has run out of the 16GB version of Nexus 7.
On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is one major rival for Nexus 7. In fact the tab is the second version of the first complete tablet we got after iPad original in 2010. Samsung has recently upgraded it with many new features. Here we compare Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) with Nexus 7.
Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) comes with a 7-inch WSVGA display that packs a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Meanwhile, Nexus 7 shows off a 7-inch IPS display with an improved resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Simply, Nexus 7 wins over its Samsung competitor in this category. It has a better, clearer and sharper display so that users can watch variety of content with more precision.
Well, Google Nexus 7 has a clear edge over Galaxy Tab and all other 7-inch tablets when it comes to processor speed. It is because the machine touts a high performance 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, plus 1GB of RAM. With a quad core processor, Nexus 7 is now one of the most powerful tablets we have in store. It is when Samsung’s second generation Galaxy Tab 7 features only a moderate 1GHz dual core processor. The device, however, sports 1GB of RAM. Even though, it falls short to Nexus 7 as far as the performance is concerned.
When it comes to storage, Nexus 7 fails before Galaxy Tab 7. Indeed, Nexus 7 comes up in two memory variants; 8GB and 16GB. But, it lacks a microSD slot for memory expansion. Google planned that users could rely on cloud storage for further storage. But, Tab 7, which also comes in 8GB and 16GB versions, mounts microSD slot for expanding memory.
Galaxy Tab 2 (7.2) ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google Nexus 7 comes with the most recent Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, on the other hand. Well, Nexus 7 is the first device to get the latest Android version, which Google announced at its I/O conference. Jelly Bean, according to many analysts, is highly fit for a tablet. It has lots of fantastic features for a huge variety of functions.
Price and availability
The 8GB version of Nexus 7 is available for $199. The 16GB premium variant is up for grabs for $249. Google has launched 8GB version to beat Amazon Kindle Fire, which is also priced at $199. Surprisingly, more demand is noted for the 16GB version as the brand doesn’t have a microSD slot for memory expansion. Along with the tablet, you will get a bonus of $25 credit to spend in Google Play store. In addition, you will get a bundle of free premium content that contains movies like Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Nexus 7 is currently available in a few markets only. You can get it from the U.S., UK, Canada and Australia. Other major markets will soon get this magical Android tablet from the Google and Asus tie-up. Meanwhile, Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is available in most markets.
Quite simply, Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch Android tablet ever. It has a quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a sharper display and many other superb features. Compared with Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), Nexus 7 certainly has dominance. Of course, it is clearly visible in the huge sales the Google tablet is attracting.