Would You Buy the Nexus 7 Over the iPad?

Like Amazon, Google is trying to penetrate the tablet market through price. At $200, the Nexus 7 comes in at less than half the cost of the New iPad – without sacrificing too much on the hardware end. So how do they stack up? Below is a comparison of what you may be missing by making the switch to the Nexus 7 and whether price is enough to entice you to buy.

Features Nexus 7 The New iPad
Price (Cheapest Version) $200 $500
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean iOS 5
Display 216 ppi, 1280 x 800 resolution through IPS LCD 264 ppi, 2048 x 1536 resolution through IPS LCD
Battery 4325 mAh 11,560 mAh
CPU Quad core, 1300 MHz Dual core, 1000 MHz, Apple A5X
GPU NVidia GeForce 12-core GPU Quad core PowerVR SGX543MP4
RAM 1024 MB 1024 MB
Storage 8 – 16 GB 16 – 64 GB
Dimensions 7.81(h) x 4.72(w) x 0.41(d) 9.50(h) x 7.31(w) x 0.37(d)
Weight 340 g 652 g
Camera 1.2 megapixel front-facing 5 megapixel rear, .3 megapixel front-facing
Unique Feature NFC capability 3G/4G/LTE connection

Now I know this is just raw specs, and with the current state of tablet-optimized apps, the iPad still holds a clear advantage. Google wants you to consume content with the Nexus 7, where the iPad is trying to become a low-end computer. So what is more important in the tablet space, and does price play a role?

I’ve always been hesitant with entering the tablet space as a consumer, and with the price too steep to really justify one over my smartphone or downgrade below my laptop, I was caught in the middle. At $200, the Nexus 7 doesn’t seem like a significant downgrade from an iPad that was too pricey to entice me to bite. What do you think?


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