Finally, Google entered into the tablet segment with its new Asus made device Nexus 7. The first tablet to run android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a 7 inch display and powerful quad-core processor, promises to deliver more in less cost. But Samsung has already made its mark in the market with its new variant Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with the same 7 inch display and loads of other features to charm the users. Let’s dig further and examine individually to find out how far they can prove to be the best than the other.
Coming to design, Nexus 7 has a simple design with a sturdy build quality, it measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.5mm in dimensions and weigh about 340g.The rubber texture on rear gives the very good experience and fine grip to hold, increasing the comfort level. There is no camera on back but the front is equipped with 1.2 megapixel camera which is adequate for HD video calling.
Even Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 design and build quality is pretty good, it measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm in dimensions and weighs about 345g. Its minimalistic and simple design with a plastic make on rear tends to lose the flexibility of holding the device. There is 3.2 megapixel camera on backside for snaps and recording HD videos and VGA camera in front for video calling.
Google Nexus 7 as the name suggests, sports a 7 inch display with a LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD screen, scratch resistant with corning gorilla glass which has a resolution of 1280 x 800 that packs 216 ppi (pixels per inch). It offers nice and sharp images without losing the viewing angles making it easier to read in almost every situation.
Compared to Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 also feature a 7 inch display but PLS (Plane Line Switching) LCD screen which has a low resolution of 1024 x 600 with 170 ppi. Though, the display tends to be brighter with a better contrast level but it loses the tiff with Nexus 7 since the text rendered on the screen make it difficult to read and vague in some situations.
Google Nexus 7 ships with the very latest version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.1 which has features such as offline voice recognition and Google now personal assistant. The swiping through screens is pretty fast and responsive; scrolling through complicated pages also results to be smoother, thanks to the ‘Project Butter’. The home screen is locked to portrait mode but apps do run in landscape and Portrait too.
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with Android Ice cream sandwich 4.0 skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, the scrolling of pages is not as smooth as Nexus 7 but it doesn’t mean it’s not fast but may be the software update can turn the table around.
The Nexus 7 is equipped with quad-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chip and 1GB of main memory with a 12-core ULP GeForce graphics processing unit, which delivers the smooth and quick rendering of web pages, the multi tasking has become more easier and more over the games rendered on this tablet are lag free with a powerful battery of 4326mAH which is capable of running for 8 hours. There are many games developed solely for the Nvidia Tegra 3 platform to take advantage of the 12 core GPU for immersive gaming experience.
On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 uses dual-core 1.2 GHz from TI OMAP 4430 and same 1GB of main memory with an PowerVR SGX 540, though it is very responsive and deliver good frame rate but when we try to juice out more, it fails to give the best performance when games are played and it uses a battery of 4000mAH which is less compared to Nexus 7 so you get shorter battery life.
For connectivity, Nexus 7 comes with a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and micro USB. The downside is it doesn’t support 3G and memory expansion. Nexus 7 took one step forward and included NFC which enables to push files between compatible devices. Though it doesn’t support expandable memory but we can use cloud for storage.
On other hand, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes in 3G and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB and memory slot for expansion up to 32 GB. It comes in 3G which is positive for those who are away and want to use the internet connection. Hefty memory gives lot of local storage and apps to download.
Nexus 7 is available in the market with the price tag of INR 15,899 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 price in India is around INR 18,799. After comparison, we found that two devices are immensely good at their respective places but if you are looking for performance and the best experience and storage is not the issue then Nexus 7 is the right pick for it. This doesn’t mean Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the loser, it just that what Galaxy Tab offers is quite expensive and low performance in some scenarios comparing to Nexus 7 and may be their will be performance change after an update to Jelly Bean but it offers immense value to users with its integrated 3G connectivity, ability to call/message, back camera and storage expansion slot.