BY | December 3, 2012

Though both belong to different genre, but Google Nexus 10 vs Nexus 7 specs and features comparison makes very interesting reading

Google has invaded the tablet market like no one else. Microsoft launched its Surface tablet without much of an impact on the tab market. The same has happened with many other tablet manufacturers who sank without a trace in the muddy waters.

But Google tablets have been a roaring success despite many quarters trying to tarnish their image and presenting them as low quality products that cannot match the glitz of Cupertino based tech giant Apple that manufactures iPads and recently introduced iPad Mini. Apple commands more than fifty five percent of the tablet market across the world and much more in the most lucrative tab market of the USA.

But despite naysayers’ efforts to tag Google tablets as substandard, the market has given a thumbs-up to it and so far both the tablets have been in huge demand in the market. Google first introduced a $199 Nexus 7 that has become wildly popular across the world. But if that was not enough, it was followed by a more powerful and bigger tablet Nexus 10 that has won the hearts of millions of people due to the best display ever in any tablet. Its display quality is better than the much applauded Retina Display that comes in Apple’s iPad 4.

Here we compare Google’s bigger and smaller tablets. To be true, this is the major point that distinguishes the tablets. Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as their monikers suggest, are respectively seven and 10-in devices. The Asus-made Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch IPS LCD display that packs a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 216-ppi. Picture clarity is reasonable shaper and it is certainly one of the best devices among the 7-inch tablet in display clarity. Nexus 10, comparing to Nexus 7, is an enormous product. The device even beats the Retina display-mounted iPad 4 with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels at a nice 300-ppi. Well, it is one of the sharpest displays that we can see on the mainstream tablets of the market.

When it comes to processor beneath the cover, both the Nexus tablets pack high power processors. Nexus 7, the first 7-in tablet to mount a quad core CPU, is up with a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Its processing is further backed by 1GB of RAM and a GeForce ULP GPU. Meanwhile, the Samsung-made Nexus 10 is loaded with its own Exynos 5250 dual core chipset. The SoC chip rests inside an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, clocked at 1.7GHz with 32nm processing architecture. It also draws power from a Mali-T604 quad core GPU and 2GB of RAM.

Both the tabs come with good storage options. This is an area where both the tablets enjoy same potentials. The tablets come in 16GB and 32GB with no microSD slot on each. That is, you won’t be able to expand storage using external memory sticks. At the outset, Google launched an 8GB version for Nexus 7, which was later upgraded with the 32GB. The 8GB model was retracted due to increased zeal toward the high-memory versions.  The new Nexus 7 32GB and Nexus 10 (both were launched two days back) have the most advanced Android 4.2, also called Jelly Bean. Meanwhile, the 16GB and the canceled 8GB models of Nexus 7 at present run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google has just announced the software update for these devices along with Galaxy Nexus, though.

As far as camera is concerned, the Nexus 10 mounts a 5MP autofocus rear camera with geo-tagging and face detection. You can shoot video at 1080p. A 1.9MP front camera is up there for video chatting. Nexus 7, on contrast, only has a 1.2MP 720p front camera for video chatting.  Indeed, all required connectivity options are there with the devices that don’t have cellular versions, though. They offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and USB. Matching with their size and performance, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 respectively pack Li-Ion 4325mAh and Li-Ion 9000mAh batteries.

One of the best features of the tabs is their pricing. Similar to all other 7-in tablets, Nexus 7 goes cheaper. You can own a 16GB version of the device for just $199 and the 32GB for $249. Its larger brother is also cheaper when compared with its major rivals like iPad 4. The device’s 16GB basic version comes for just $399, while 32GB version comes for $499, which is the price of iPad 4’s 16GB lower end model. Besides the two tablets, Google has also introduced a Nexus 4, a 4.7 inch smart-phone that comes for at least half the price of top smart-phones with similar specs. The search giant is throwing one challenge after the other before established market leaders.

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