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?