BY | July 29, 2013

The competition is getting fiercer in the tablet segment. Google Nexus 7.2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 specs comparison makes interesting reading

There are many budget 7-inch tablets in stores. A variety of tech makers have produced quality small-screen tablets aiming at different customers. Google Nexus 7 has been a big presence in market as a low-price midsize tablet. It has now got a second upgrade called the Nexus 7 2. Yet another major series in 7-inch tablet market is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7 that has recently received its third model dubbed the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

Indeed, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Nexus 7 2 will be two major 7-inch tabs in market this year. In spite of similar tablets from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HP, Asus and others, these products from Samsung and Google have special significance in market. Here we are moving to make a deep comparison between the Nexus 7 2 and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

Size & Weight: The new Nexus tablet is three percent wider and six percent taller than its rival from Samsung. But, when it comes to body depth, the Asus-made device is 12 percent slimmer than the Tab. Both the devices are light in weight, with the Nexus 7 2 having a slight edge with only 290g, while its Samsung rival weighs at 302g.

In terms of build, both the gadgets are built with plastic. The new Nexus 7 has a matte finish back panel different from its original’s rubbery back cover. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab features the same glossy plastic build of most of Samsung’s recent Galaxy devices. The Tab has physical buttons, while the Nexus 7 2 has all navigation keys onscreen.

Display: Both the tablets have same diagonal sizes. But, the one with the Nexus 7 2 is rather sharper with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution at 323-ppi. It is when the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 offers only 1024 x 600 pixels at 167-ppi. Simply, the former one wins over the latter with 275 percent more pixels.

Processor: In this regard, the Nexus 7 2 has an enormous advantage with its 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The device simply has the innards of a high-end and premium model, while the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features midrange innards, which include a 1.2GHz PXA986 dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Storage: The Nexus 7 2 comes in two memory versions; 16GB and 32GB. Like all other Nexus-branded devices, Google has skipped microSD slot for the device, thus preventing you from expanding memory using external memory sticks. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, though arriving in only 8GB and 16GB internal memory options, touts an option for microSD slot.

Wireless: Both the small-screen tablets are available in mobile data-enabled models, apart from Wi-Fi only models. The Galaxy Tab lacks 4G LTE, however. It depends on HSPA+ networks in order to offer faster than 3G internet speeds.

Camera: Well, small tablets do better deserve rear cameras than the full-sized tablets. Google skipped a rear camera with its original Nexus 7, but its new edition has a 5MP rear camera, while the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a less capable 3MP rear camera. They respectively have 1.2MP and 1.3MP front facing cameras for video chatting.

Software: The Nexus 7 2 is going to debut the brand new Android 4.3 JB, and both the new Google products were released in a same event. It is when the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 runs on Android 4.1 out of the box, which may get updated to the Android 4.3 sooner.

Price: Starting price of Nexus 7 2 (16GB model) is at $230, while its rival’s base model (8GB) is at $200. Starting price of Nexus 7 original was at $199, but the new variant is $30 more priced because it has double the memory, better display, rear camera and a lot of similar features.

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  • Tj Roth

    I’m sorry samsung, but if you’re going to put THAT SHITTY of hardware into your tab 3 (which I WAS waiting to buy….I’m sorry, but that’s a total embarassment for what you’re putting into it. I have a galaxy note 2, and will be getting a note 3, but you’ve lost my expectations and my honor towards your tablets forever.

  • randomdog

    Just bought two …for my kids. They don’t know it is identical hardware to the last one minecraft work just fine.