BY | April 24, 2013

The small 7-inch tablet from Taiwanese tech company comes with some unique features. Asus FonePad is set for India launch today and here is our FonePad vs Google Nexus 7 specs comparison

Indian tablet market is becoming crowded with every passing day. More and more tablet players are entering the market with more vigour and zeal to tap a 1.2 billion people market, at least ninety eight percent of whom still don’t own a tablet. Tablets of both bigger and smaller sizes are hitting the market and people are loving the increased level of competition and choice in the market. The competition has particularly become fierce in the smaller 7-inch tablet market and almost every tablet manufacturer has launched a couple of tablets in this category.

There is Cupertino based tech giant Apple’s smaller 7.9 inch tablet iPad Mini, search giant Google’s Nexus 7, ca couple of tablets from Korean tech giant Samsung, besides from other tablet manufacturers, both from Indian start-ups to others. Nexus 7 got a rousing welcome in the Indian market from tablet fans when it was launched mid-March. Now there is another great tablet from Taiwanese tech company Asus in the form of Asus FonePad. It is a tablet that can also be doubled up as a smart-phone.

Though making a call from 7-inch phone may seem hilarious, but there are many people out there who can go for it due to its unique features. Here we compare Asus FonePad against Google Nexus 7. Asus’ 7-inch Android tablet has been one of the showpieces of MWC. Well, the Asus Fonepad is the company’s reply to Google’s Nexus 7, which was also built by Asus on contract with the web search giant. But, unlike the Nexus tablet’s quad core processor, the Fonepad sports only a single core one. Here we compare the Asus Fonepad with Google Nexus 7 and it will give you a clear idea on choosing one tablet.

As far as operating system and software is concerned, The Nexus 7 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is the most recent version of the Google’s mobile operating system. This version is known for its special features like the capability to set multiple users accounts for different users in a family. A lot of other advanced features are there with the machine. It is when the Fonepad is set to come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Maybe, it will sooner be getting the latest Android version.

When it comes to display, both the devices tout 7-inch screens with the same specs. They have the same resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 216-ppi pixel density and the same IPS LCD technology. With the 7-inch screen, the Asus tablet also takes on Amazon Kindle Fire HD and a lot of other devices from different tech makers. But, ultimately, it is a big threat for the Nexus 7, which is more priced than the Fonepad. They have light and proximity sensors as well, but the Nexus 7 shows off scratch resistance technology.

Both the tablets come with reasonably powerful processors. The Nexus 7 is the first 7-inch slate in the world to mount a quad core CPU. Thus, it has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L quad core Cortex-A9 processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. The machine gets further power from 1GB of RAM and a ULP GeForce GPU. It is when the low-price Asus tablet is to load a 1.2GHz single core Intel Atom Z2420 processor with 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX 540 graphical processor. Fonepad has only a 16GB internal memory version. However, it has a microSD slot for expanding memory up to 32GB. Meanwhile, Nexus 7 is available for grabs in 16GB and 32GB versions. But, they don’t have microSD slots for further expansion. In fact, at first, Google launched the device with 8GB and 16GB models. Later on, due to the less demand for the base memory model, Asus went on to surface a large memory 32GB model in place of the 8GB variant.

Cameras in tablets have become important. Both the Nexus 7 and Fonepad have dropped out primary cameras, thinking that it won’t be much required on a tablet PC. Users can make video chats with friends and relatives with the slates. Going by connectivity options, both the Asus-made tablets have almost the same features. They have Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, tethering, computer sync, OTA sync and more. All through the ways, you can use the tablet to link the device with computer or other devices. So, the market has become very exciting and consumers have lots of choices right now.


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