Google unveiled its Nexus 7 tablet PC towards the end of June 2012, and at $199 for the 8GB model the search giant had priced its tablet to compete head-on with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
The Nexus 7 was built by Taiwanese manufacturer Asus in partnership with Google, and looking at just the technical specifications it seems to trounce Amazon’s 7-inch contender.
A comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Nexus 7 isn’t so clear cut, however.
Samsung offers a microSD slot, rear and front cameras, and GSM capabilities which include 21Mbps HSPA+ (3G).
The table below shows how the devices compare side-by-side:
|Nexus 7||Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0||Kindle Fire|
|Maker||Asus (with Google)||Samsung||Amazon|
|Operating System (at launch)||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)||Modified Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|Display||7″ WXGA (1280×800) IPS||7″ WVGA (1024×600) PLS||7″ WVGA (1024×600) IPS|
|Camera, primary||1.2 MP front||3MP rear||None|
|Camera, secondary||None||VGA front||None|
|Storage, expandable||None||microSD (32GB)||None|
|Chipset||Nvidia Tegra 3||TI OMAP 4430||TI OMAP 4430|
|Processor||1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A9||1GHz dual core Cortex-A9||1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9|
|Graphics||416MHz GeForce ULP (12 cores)||PowerVR SGX540||PowerVR SGX540|
|NFC||Yes, with Android Beam||No||No|
|Mobile data||None||21 Mbps HSPA+||None|
While neither the Nexus 7 nor Kindle Fire are officially available at retail in South Africa, it remains interesting to see how the current batch of 7-inch tablets stack up.
Considering that the 16GB model is half the price of an equivalent iPad 3, and still cheaper than a new iPad 2, it would be interesting to see how South Africans receive the Nexus 7 should Asus and Google decide to bring it to our shores.