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Asus Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Updated on October 29, 2012
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Asus Google Nexus 7 | Source

Contents at a Glance

  • Introduction
  • Specs Comparison Picture
  • Display
  • Weight
  • Storage
  • Camera
  • Operating System
  • Network
  • Price (in Dollars ($) and Rupees (INR) )
  • Verdict
  • Conclusion


Asus Google Nexus 7 is the new tablet from Asus and Google in order to gain some profit out of tablet market as well as crowding it a bit more.

Even so, Nexus 7 managed to create a great buzz in the market because of its extremely low price in comparison to other big contenders like iPad 2, iPad 3, Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Play, etc.

There is really no direct competition between Nexus 7 and iPad 3. However, it would be fun to compare both of them. Also, if you are not perturbed by the small size of Nexus 7, which is 7-inch, then it will be a great option to consider when you go out there to purchase a tablet.

Asus Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

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Asus Google Nexus 7  Specs Image Courtesy: GSM Arena
Asus Google Nexus 7 Specs Image Courtesy: GSM Arena | Source
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Apple iPad 3 Specs Image Courtesy: GSM Arena | Source

Understanding the Difference

As you can see from the images above, Apple iPad 3 is a clear winner. Then again, our comparison was between a really high-end device and a mid-end device. Still, let me explain few points here, so that you don’t feel all let down and disappointed if you wanted to get Asus Google Nexus 7.

Display

iPad 3’s biggest selling point has been the display and it must get the credit for putting such a high resolution in a 9.7-inch device. It seems nearly impossible but Apple did it successfully. 2048X1536 (width X height) resolution is more than Full-HD resolution (1920X1080) and delivers an amazing experience when viewing videos, reading eBooks, browsing web, playing games, etc. Also, it can fit more content into smaller area, i.e. 9.7-inch diagonally.

Nexus 7 sports 1280X800 resolution display and has 216 – pixel density. It may seem less because it is less. However, the point is that, you won’t notice the difference between the qualities of both displays. I have told this above too that if you are ok with the small screen than Nexus 7 is fine for you. It features a Quad Core CPU and Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and they are more than enough to handle your Full-HD needs. Your Full-HD videos will not lag and your games will also look crisp and clear.

You will notice the difference between both displays when you have the habit of Zooming-In a lot. However, it is highly unlikely that you will zoom an eBook, webpage or even videos to that extent. Most people have the habit of zooming in with pictures to that level where they appear pixilated. If you are one of those people than Nexus 7 is not for you. For one thing, you would definitely want a larger screen if all you want to do is watch pictures and videos.

Display Comparison of Asus Nexus 7 and Apple iPad 3

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Asus Google Nexus | Source
Apple iPad 3 Retina Display
Apple iPad 3 Retina Display | Source
iPad 3 Resolution
iPad 3 Resolution | Source
iPad 3 Gaming Graphics
iPad 3 Gaming Graphics | Source
Asus Google Nexus 7 Display
Asus Google Nexus 7 Display | Source
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Asus Google Nexus | Source
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Asus Google Nexus | Source
Nexus 7 App Screen
Nexus 7 App Screen | Source

Weight

Continuing with previous point, weight is definitely a great turn-on or turn-off for Gadget World. Apple iPad could succeed only because it delivered a laptop’s experience for 1/4th the weight of a regular laptop at that time. Now, we have several tablets, Ultrabooks and Pads to compete with iPad. Still, Apple iPad 3 managed to remain at the top of the tablet pyramid because it constantly upgraded the hardware and improved the profile of iPad.

This made iPad 3 a lot slimmer than its predecessor. However, when you build a 9.7-inch device, it is really hard not to pass that 500+ gm mark. Currently, there is no tablet that has that kind of display size and is under 500 gm. This is why; tablets with smaller screens got their way in the market.

Nexus 7 is only 340 gm (like many other 7-inch tablets) and manages to remain in the crowd of other smaller screen tablets. Unfortunately, there is no extra edge to this tablet in this field that could push your feet further towards it.


Nexus 7 vs iPad 3 Weight

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iPad 3 Weight
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Nexus 7 Weight
Nexus 7 Weight

Storage

Both tablets offer internal storage and there is no way to increase the storage by external means because there is no external slot for micro-SD card. Nexus 7 remains at 8/16 GB, which is a lot less than what you would think. I have Samsung Galaxy Ace with 8 GB micro-SD card and it is completely full and I have to delete the data every time I want to watch a movie on my phone when I am travelling. The point is 8 GB gets filled up really quick.

Keep in mind that Galaxy Ace is not a high-end Smartphone and it absolutely doesn’t support 720-p videos (let alone Full HD). So, what do you think is going to happen to Nexus 7 when you watch Full-HD videos and movies on this device? It would disappoint you, what else?

If you think that I am going to praise Apple iPad 3 for having 16/32/64 GB variants then I am not going to do that. I agree that 64-GB is a nice storage size because that’s what you will get with other tablets that have an option to upgrade the storage with micro-SD card, but the cost of iPad 3 64 GB is too high to even consider for many of us.

Camera

I have captured some shots with iPad 3 and I have to say that despite the camera being only 5 mega pixels, the quality of the photos was surprisingly good. Unfortunately, I don’t know how Nexus 7’s camera performs in real life, but I can imagine the quality because it has 1.2 mega pixels camera and I am sure that you don’t want this tablet as your only way to capture photos and videos.

Operating System

iPad 3 comes with iOS 5.1 and it is an absolute pleasure to work with it. The apps open and close in a snap, the animations are fluid and they don’t hang while multitasking. I have also worked with Android 4.0, also known as, Ice Cream Sandwich, on Samsung Galaxy S III and it is pretty great too. Android 4.1 is known as Jelly Bean and it offers some minor tweaks over ice cream sandwich.

It doesn’t differ much in the sense of speed and fluidity and has minor visual changes; like notifications are stacked neatly in the notification slider and you can check them OFF by sliding them out of the screen.

Apple’s App Store is still the largest app store and offers every (not even ‘nearly’) app for everything (nearly) that you wish to do and several apps are being added every day. They are checked again and again to make sure all apps are clean and safe to use and malware free. I must tell you though, after all these precautions, an app known as Find and Call appeared in App Store and it was a malware. It was immediately pulled back after the team came to know about it and App Store became safe again.

Android App Store or Google Play, stands on second number and has some unsafe apps and it is always advisable to check the app and its policies before downloading and installing it. It is always a good practice to download the apps form trusted developers that have a good reputation and have good rating and reviews.

So, what’s my point for this comparison? Well, you don’t have to worry about either operating system here because nearly every app (if the service is common) is available for both operating systems. Both operating systems work seamlessly and since, Nexus 7 also has a good hardware configuration (see the image above), all apps and games work without any problem.

Network

Nexus 7 sports all major networking solutions that iPad 3 offers. Being on the mid-end side it had to cut few of them down. Like version of Bluetooth hardware, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11a (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is supported), etc. Still, you won’t miss out on anything because all speedy networks are still available. Video calling is supported via Skype (Wi-Fi), Tango, etc. and Wi-Fi hotspot can be enabled natively from Settings or with the help of Third Party Apps like Connectify for Android, i.e. Scannify android app.

Price

Being on the high-end side, Apple iPad 3 has a pretty hefty price tag on its metallic shoulders.

16-GB Version: $499.00 (Source: Amazon.com) or Rs. 30,195/- (Source: Junglee.com)

32-GB Version: $635.00 (Same) or Rs. 44,451/- (Same)

64-GB Version: $733.98 (Same) or Rs. 50,391/- (Same)

Asus Nexus 7 is definitely a better choice if you don’t have that kind of budget and you can make peace with all the things that I said above. However, you don’t have to make many sacrifices because, let’s face it… this tablet is not from prehistoric period.

8-GB Version: $199.00 (Official) or Rs. 11,135.69/- (based on conversion rates at the time of publishing this article: 1 USD = 55.9582 INR)

16-GB Version: $234.00 (Unconfirmed) or Rs. 13,095.59/- (same)

Verdict

Why should you buy it?

· Really Affordable.

· Specs are nearly equal to a high-end tablet.

· Full-HD videos playable.

· Games don’t lag or hang.

· Good enough display size to surf web and read eBooks.

Why should you not buy it?

· Small Screen size for videos.

· Crappy camera.

· Less storage and lack of external memory.

Conclusion

It appears that bad things aren’t that bad with Nexus 7 and it looks to be a great device. In my personal opinion, you should go for it, if your budget doesn’t allow you to go for iPad 3. You won’t regret the purchase if you keep an eye out for your needs and desires. Please let me know if you have further questions or suggestions.

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      V4U 4 years ago from Gwalior

      Thanks for the clarification of some of my doubts about Nexus 7. But after reading the whole summary I still feel that Nexus 7 would attract more customers throughout the world as compared to ipad 3. The reason is none other than price. Even the lower end ipad 3 is almost two and a half times costlier than high end nexus 7. Yes I do agree that ipad 3 is very ahead of nexus if we compare it on the scale of performance and storage. But, I would not like to pay that much for that stuff and preferably go for nexus 7, keeping the budget in mind.

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      V4U 4 years ago from Gwalior

      In my opinion, Samsung Galaxy S3 may give a tough competition to ipad 3. What do you say about that?

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      Fred 4 years ago

      You are incorrect in your assumption that Jellybean has only "minor tweaks" over ICS.

      It features "project butter" which aims to improve the fluidity of the user experience and, you know, it does, too.

      Gone is the slight hesitation when you start to do anything. The Nexus 7's response is instant and fluid to any touch and is as smooth as any iPad I have used.

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      Krishna Kant Sonakiya 4 years ago from India

      You are right Fred. But I said minor tweaks because it is one of the few improvements over ICS 4.0. I am not counting how much they offer, I am counting how many they are instead.

      Anyway, I have used iPad 3 and Nexus 7 as well and that's why I meant everything that I said there and I stand by it. Of course the experience is different for every user. Glad to have your comment btw.

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