The tablet market is growing at a surprisingly high rate and currently the ASUS built Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 are the big boys or the pros of the 7.0 inch tablet market, and we could not help but wonder where these two marvelous tabs will stand when compared with each other?
The Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 both are more or less of the same size but just for the sake of formality, here is how the digits roll.
The latest addition to Nexus series measures at 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm which means that it is a little taller and a little less wide than the Galaxy Tab 2 which measures at 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm. The weight of both of these tablets is also almost the same with the former weighing at 340g and the latter at 345g.
As guessed by their names, both the tablets feature a 7 inch display. However, they do differ in the technological aspect.
The Google Nexus 7 uses the IPS technology in its display while the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 features the PLS technology. The basic difference in these technology is that the first one could be considered like an upgraded version of the regular LCD TV screen and strives to provide good viewing angles while on the other hand, the second one is designed to provide better brightness without compromising on the power consumption. The Nexus 7 sports a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels while the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has 1,024 x 600 pixels.
The Nexus 7 marks a clear win in this category, thanks to the quad-core 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor which is almost 3 times more than the clock speed which Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has to offer with its 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor.
The Nexus 7′s Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC also comes with a 12-core GeForce GPU for rendering games, graphics and Flash-based content. As for Samsung, it chose the quad-core ARM Mali-400 GPU.
Other Tech Specs
The Google Nexus 7 comes with 8/16 GB storage(can’t be expanded further), 1GB RAM, 1.2MP primary camera and no secondary camera, Li-Ion battery of 4325 mAh which is capable of providing 8 hours of use, and since it is a WiFi only tablet there is no question of 3G or 4G connectivity.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 on the other hand comes with 8/16/32 GB storage(further expandable up to 32 GB), 1GB RAM, 3.15 MP primary and a VGA secondary camera, Li-Ion battery of 4000 mAh capable of providing around 8.5 hours of use and finally 3G connectivity.
As for the OS, the Nexus 7 features the latest Android v4.1 Jelly Bean, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has to compromise with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Lets keep the verdict short, with the $200 price tag and quad core processor of Nexus 7 we just don’t see any point in wasting your hard earned money on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.