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Google Nexus 7 vs key tablet rivals

We see how Google's Jelly Bean-flavoured Nexus 7 compares with the Ipad, Galaxy Tab and the rest of the competition
Fri Jun 29 2012, 14:51
Asus Google Nexus 7 INQUIRER

WITH THE NEXUS 7 tablet set to hit the UK in mid to late July, The INQUIRER looks at how the small tablet compares with the competition.

The Nexus 7 - around £159
To start with, let's take a look at the specifications of the Nexus 7.

Set to arrive in the UK from mid-July and costing £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB model, the Asus-built tablet features some pretty impressive specifications considering its modest price.

The unit boasts a 7in 1280x800 touchscreen and is powered by an impressive 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM. Even better it will be the first device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is pretty impressive, giving the tablet several new features including Google Now, an improved user interface, enhanced voice search and an improved Google Play store that brings magazines and HD videos straight to the tablet.

It'll also include integrated NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, up to nine hours of video playback, Google's Chrome web browser and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

So, there's plenty for the competition to worry about.

Huawei Mediapad 7in - £320
The Huawei Mediapad is one of the main similarly sized Android tablets on the market and provides a pretty good demonstration of how much value for money the Nexus 7 represents.Huawei Mediapad Android Honeycomb photo

Featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor backed up by 1GB of RAM and powered by the woefully old Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, there's little about this tablet that matches the Nexus 7 on paper.

Even the build quality is better on the Nexus 7, so it's hard to imagine anyone picking this over the Google tablet.

Winner: Nexus 7, by a clear distance.

Dell Streak 7in - £230
Released in March last year, the Dell Streak 7 is one of a select few tablets available in the same price range as the Nexus 7.Dell Streak 7 is available now

However, again the device just doesn't measure up technically. Featuring a 7in Corning Gorilla Glass 480x800 133ppi display, the device's screen looks significantly less crisp than the Nexus 7.

Additionally, being powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor and running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the device will feel slow in comparison - after all, there are now smartphones retailing for the same cost that boast better components.

Winner: Nexus 7, again without much competition.


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