The Android tablet market is getting decidedly crowded, with dozens of different offerings from big and small companies alike, in sizes from 5” to 13.3”. How do you make your device stand out from the crows when most tablets are running the same OS and variants of the same hardware?
Here we are going to talk about a dogfight between the Google Nexus 7 and Sony Xperia Tablet S.
The Nexus 7 comes with a LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels that packs 216 ppi (pixels per inch). It offers nice and sharp images with no pixelation or jaggedness and it has surprisingly good viewing angles for a budget tablet.
Compared to the Nexus, the Sony Xperia Tablet S features a 9.4-inch IPS screen with a 1,280×800 pixel resolution and uses Sony’s TruBlack panel, which the company says provides more-vibrant colors, deeper blacks, and minimal screen reflections.
You get a comfortable experience from the Google Nexus 7 not only because of its build quality, but because of its compact size too, measuring 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm, almost the same as a book. While Sony Xperia Tablet S is slightly bigger in size, measuring 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.85 mm.
When it comes to storage space, Google’s device gets hit below the belt, as the Nexus only gets 8/16 GB of internal memory with no means to expand via a micro SD slot and if you compare that to Sony Xperia Tablet S, which comes in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage sizes and it can be expanded through a micro SD card.
The only thing you could do to expand the storage on the Google Nexus 7 is by buying a micro USB to USB adapter and use it to store your data on a memory stick.
Nexus 7 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera that can only be accessed while you’re in a camera dependent app, like Skype. Google’s Nexus 7 doesn’t feature a rear camera because they thought it’s not necessary and it would make the tablet more expensive.
Sony Xperia Tablet S features a front facing 1-megapixel camera, and opposite it, on the back, is an 8-megapixel shooter.
The Sony Xperia Tablet S has 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 3.0, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer. While Nexus 7 doesn’t come equipped with a cellular antenna, so no 2G/3G/4G for you, only Bluetooth and Wi-Fi(802.11b/g/n) and I’m sure you see the down-side in that too.
The Tablet S is fueled by a Li-Ion battery rated at 6000 mAh Li-ion. The Nexus 7 has a smaller 4325 mAh battery.
The Google Nexus 7 (16GB) is priced around $249 and the 32GB Sony Xperia Tablet S is priced at $500 and 64GB version is priced at $600.
All I had to say that was written in the upper lines, but I want to remind you that these two tablets are not perfect, not both of them, but one of them could be perfect for your taste. If you want performance and a great user experience, you should aim for the Google Nexus 7, but if you’re a media oriented person and you like to store music, movies and such on your tablet, the Sony Xperia Tablet S is the right choice for you.