Specs Comparison: Google Nexus 7 vs Apple New iPad

Google has officially unveiled the new Asus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7, the new challenger in the tablet market. This is Google’s first attempt on a tablet of its own brand. Google hopes to crush the competition from other leading tablets in the market with its competitive price and fast hardware. In today’s article we will compare the Nexus 7 with the new iPad and find whether Google has designed an iPad killer or not.

Ergonomics & Design:

Shaped into rectangles, the tablets have contrasting designs. The Nexus 7 is 198.5 mm lengthwise, 120 mm breadthwise and 10.5 mm in thickness. The new iPad on the other hand is 241.2 mm in length, 185.7 mm in breadth and 9.4 mm in thickness. The Nexus 7 weighs 340 g while the new iPad weighs 662 g. The new iPad easily is better looking device. The difference however is notable in the screens. The smaller Nexus 7 cannot compare with the Retina excellence of the new iPad. The Nexus 7 sports a 7 inch, 1280 * 800 pixels LED backlit LCD IPS display. The iPad’s display is bigger and denser. It crams 2048 * 1536 pixels into its 9.7 inch LED backlit IPS TFT panel. The Nexus 7 screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass while the iPad screen sports an oleophobic coating for protection.

Operating System:

The Nexus 7 runs Jelly Bean, Android v4.1 with Project Butter UI while the iPad runs on iOS 5.1. The version iOS 6 is expected to be out in few months. The heart of the Nexus 7 is its quad core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz which also includes a 12 – core GPU. Apple as usual runs its own processor – Apple A5X with a clock speed of 1 GHz. The graphic processor of the iPad is quad core.


The Nexus 7 is pretty stingy when it comes to memory – 8 GB and 16 GB versions. The iPad on the other hand is available with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of on-board storage. Neither of the tablets has micro SD slots and hence you cannot expand the memory.


The Nexus 7 has a front facing camera for video calls of 1.2 MP. The iPad has both front and rear cameras. It possesses a 0.3 MP one for Face Time and an HD video camera that can be used for proper recording. The Nexus 7 records 720p video while the iPad records video at a quality of 1080p and a frame rate of 30 fps. The primary camera in the iPad is a 5 MP one while the secondary camera is a VGA.


The Nexus 7 is devoid of 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity. It is Wi-Fi enabled though. The new iPad on the other hand, is GSM and CDMA enabled. It also has 4G connectivity via LTE 700 MHz Class 17 and Class 13. The tablets offer Bluetooth feature and the Nexus 7 also sports a NFC chip.

Battery Life:

Apple’s iPad is largely made of battery that delivers an incredible 11560 mAh which makes the Nexus’s 4325 mAh battery look very insignificant.


The Nexus 7 is priced at $199 (8 GB) and $ 249 (16 GB). The iPad’s price ranges from $ 499 to $ 699 for the Wi-Fi model and $ 629 to $ 829 for the Wi-Fi + cellular models.

Wrap Up:

The Nexus 7 is a very capable and desirable tablet in its own right. The killer feature that beats all low-end tablets in the market is the price of the Nexus 7. Google is offering a lot at such a low price. However, we cannot compare the Nexus 7 with the new iPad. As great as it might sound, the Nexus 7 cannot dream of stealing some of Apple’s market. The new iPad emerges as the ultimate tablet while the Nexus 7 has effectively blown all the low end tablets from the water.

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