Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 vs Kindle Fire specs and pricing

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, internal 8GB 16GB 8GB 16GB 8GB
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
Battery 4,325mAh 4,000mAh 4,400mAh
Mobile data None 21 Mbps HSPA+ None
US pricing $200 $250 $250 $400 $200

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.

The Nexus 7 has received glowing praise from well-respected sites such as Anandtech, The Verge, and Engadget.

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.

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