Nexus 7 vs iPad vs Kindle Fire vs Everybody Else
The competition in the tablet market is getting tougher and tougher as we speak. First of all, it was only Apple who was producing the software as well as the hardware for their tablet ventures, but now, Microsoft also jumped onto the bandwagon with the Microsoft Surface, its upcoming Windows 8 tablet, and recently, Google has also followed suite with its new 7 inch tablet, the Nexus 7.
This is not Google’s first attempt at producing hardware, as it has also produced the Nexus Line of phones, but this is a first attempt in the tablet sphere.
We all knew that Google was cooking up a tablet of their own, but we were not sure of what to expect. Would they be producing a high-end tablet with all modern bells and whistles, akin to the iPad, or Asus Transformer, or would they be going the budget-tablet route, the way the Kindle Fire has went.
After seeing the Nexus 7, we can proudly say, that it is a bit of both worlds.
The Nexus 7 comes coupled with a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 Processor, and 1 GB of RAM. It has a screen size of 7″ and a resolution of 1280×800, giving it a higher pixel density than a majority of its competitors. It also packs the latest version of Android, Android 4.1 Jellybean, which supports many upgrades over its previous version, Android 4.0 ICS.
All this, just under $200, it looks like the Nexus 7 will be a runaway success, but the Nexus 7 does have its flaws, and the competition won’t just sit around twiddling their thumbs.
Nexus 7 vs iPad
The iPad remains the tablet to beat, even after so many other hardware manufacturers have entered into the tablet market. The Apple tablet has been able to provide consumers with not only the latest technology, but also one of the smoothest and fastest mobile operating system available.
Nexus 7 vs iPad is the first thing which comes to mind to most people, when they think of what the Nexus 7 is competing with. Lets break this down into finer points.
The iPad sports a larger display then the Nexus 7, not to mention a better pixel density also. This can be a huge draw for many prospective customers. With mobile phone screen sizes already hitting almost 5″, a 7″ display doesn’t seem as much as an upgrade. Plus, a larger screen size is the one of the main reasons people purchase tablets, as almost all smartphone and tablet apps are cross compatible anyway.
This doesn’t mean that the Nexus 7 is loosing the battle because of less screen estate, it means that Google will have to play its cards wisely. Apps needed to be coded in a way to suit the Nexus 7’s smaller display, so that people do not feel strained when using it. If Google does this, then the screen size problem may not be much as a drawback for the Nexus 7.
Another important advantage that the iPad has is the presence of 2 high quality cameras. One of the Camera on the iPad is a 5 MP camera capable of capturing 1080p videos also. There is also a secondary camera, which is capable of making videos at VGA quality.
The Nexus 7 only has a front-facing camera, and that too of only “passable quality”
People are always looking for an all-in-one experience, and the lack of a primary camera in the the Nexus 7 can be a big turnoff.
The iPad also has better battery life than the Nexus 7 by a couple of hours. Tablets are devices which we expect should at least run us through the day on a single charge, and the iPad is more capable of doing this than the Nexus 7.
Internal Memory is also a gripping problem of the Nexus 7. It comes at a maximum configuration of 16 GB of Memory, whereas the iPad is also available as a 64 GB variant. This could be one of the weakest links for the Nexus 7.
But despite all these point against the Nexus 7, we still say that the Nexus 7 is a beast. We must not forget that it is priced at 1/3rd of the price of the base model of the iPad, and still packs an equally powerful (if not more) processing unit, which will be a pleasure to use for various kinds of apps and media. In fact, the Nexus 7 is not targeting the iPad market. It is targeting the larger group of people, who want a decent Android tablet, without breaking the bank.
Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire
Now this battle seems more appropriate. The Nexus 7 vs the mighty Kindle Fire.
Lets get this over with right away. Hardware wise, the Nexus 7 pawns the Kindle Fire in all ways. The Nexus 7 has a better processor, a better screen resolution, more RAM, and a front-facing camera, and is priced at the same price point. It even ships with the latest version of Android (on the software front)
But this doesn’t mean that the Kindle Fire is dead. If you are a person who is a regular user of Amazon products, and you want a better deal on products/media you purchase (Amazon has lower prices than stuff on the Play Store), then the Kindle Fire is your best friend. Besides, it is rumoured that the Kindle Fire 2.0 is coming very soon, and the differnces between the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire will greatly decrease then.
But at the moment, we would go with the Nexus 7, instead of the Kindle Fire.
Nexus 7 vs Everybody Else
Everybody else would include everything from the troop of Android Tablets, the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 Tablets, and even some other tablets like the Blackberry Playbook (jokes).
There are dozens of tablets which are available at various price points ranging from uber-cheap chin ease knock-offs, to the expensive tablets like the Transformer Prime.
The Nexus 7 does’t really have to worry about these tablets at the moment, as they have a pretty small market share at the moment anyway. They mighty be super powerful in some cases, or super cheap in other cases, but their market dominance is not enough to appeal as direct competion to the Nexus 7.
To conclude we would like to say that, in its price range, the Nexus 7 is easily the best tablet around. Its powerful, its cheap (price wise, not quality wise), and its backed by Google. In fact, it can even give its competition a run for their money.
Only time will tell if the Nexus 7 is able to succeed in becoming the house-hold tablet, but we have a hunch that it will.