BY | November 15, 2012

Google has suddenly expanded its Nexus hardware line. From a phone, the Nexus Android hardware currently touts seven and 10-inch tablets. Similar to its Nexus handset, Google has got its Nexus tablets built by its OEM partners. For the 7-inch tablet called Nexus 7, the web search giant has struck a deal with Asus, and for the 10-in tablet called Nexus 10, it has hired Samsung, the world’s No. 1 Android product developer.

Here we head to compare Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The former came to stores a few months back and it has recently got a 32GB, plus software upgrade. Nexus 10 has just landed in market. It was announced along with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 32GB. Well, this comparison will help you find the right tablet from the Nexus series.

Display: 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.

Processor, RAM: 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.

Storage: 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 The 8GB model was retracted due to increased zeal toward the high-memory versions.

Firmware: 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.

Camera: 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.

Connectivity: 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.

Battery: Matching with their size and performance, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 respectively pack Li-Ion 4325mAh and Li-Ion 9000mAh batteries.

Price: 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.

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