Google Nexus 7 an iPad killer? Not really, says Consumer Reports!

August 1, 2012
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Almost every flagship Android tablet that major manufacturers came out with has been branded a potential “iPad killer.” But as much as we love our Android devices, the fact is that the iPad is still the leading tablet in both consumer and enterprise markets today. With Google having launched its Nexus 7 tablet, demand was seen as unprecedented, and Google even had to temporarily pull out the 16GB model off the shelves due to lack of supply. As such, perhaps the 7-incher does have potential to challenge the iPad at its own game.

Consumer Reports has reviewed the Nexus 7 and likewise added the device to its tablet rankings. The conclusion: it’s a good tablet, considering the price, but not good enough to stand its ground against the iPad. At $199 for the 8GB model and $249 for the 16GB model, it sure is cheap compared to the $499 new iPad. But if you consider value, Donna Tapellini writes that the iPad is still king of the hill.

With its bigger, excellent Retina display and a still-unmatched app store, the iPad still has the edge over the Nexus 7.

In our opinion, though, value can still be subjective. If you need a device with a crisp, high-definition display and a ton of safe and secure apps, then the new iPad wins the game. However, more than just the price tag, the Nexus 7 does have its advantages.

As Matt Buchanan writes on BuzzFeed, the Nexus 7 is a “tablet you can toss.” The cheaper price, combined with its smaller form factor, makes the Nexus 7 a device you won’t have to worry too much about when you shove it into your backpack, or when you fall asleep with the tablet in your hands.

In fact, this “tossability” may be the Nexus 7’s defining characteristic, writes Buchanan. And what about other “tossable” tablets? The Nexus 7 is still better than comparable tablets from other major brands, says the Consumer Reports ranking. The Google flagship tablet scored higher (79/100) than the Amazon Kindle Fire (66/100) and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (67/100), which means it gives you more bang for the buck.

And so the Nexus 7 is probably not an iPad killer in itself. But if you want a relatively rugged tablet at a lower price, Tapellini writes that the Nexus 7 is “worth thinking about.” Or at least that’s the case, until Apple does come out with the rumored iPad Mini.

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