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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    • John

      Well the Nexus 7 basically killed my ipad 1 use so for me it is an ipad killer.

      One thing that annoys me with all the comparisons those in the media do is they often ignore the different operating systems. If someone does not like iOS (oh the horror. what is wrong with them!?!) like me because it is so restrictive then obviously a solid Android tablet will be an ipad killer which as stated, it is for me. There is no reason I would ever buy another ipad unless iOS changes and offers the same customization that I have with Android….and I bet there are millions of others who feel the exact same way as me. It’d be nice if those in the media would realize this rather than think every single person does not care about what OS they are using.

      • popomano

        The number of ipad apps for me is still deciding factor in terms of choosing between the two … how much customization do you want seriously … if u want it that bad get a laptop

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dinesh-Vishwanathan/100003320312363 Dinesh Vishwanathan

          The amount of customization for me is still the deciding factor in terms of choosing between the two … how many apps do you want to use seriously … if you want it that bad get a laptop

    • http://www.facebook.com/mitselburg Ian Mitselburg

      Comparing the Nexus
      7 to the iPad is like comparing apples to oranges. Apples and oranges are both fruit, but different
      types of fruit nevertheless.

      For me, when Apple
      came out with the iPad, I was disappointed as I wanted a much more portable
      device for my travels. I also wanted a
      device with GPS and offline maps, something even the iPad doesn’t offer (unless
      you get the 3G version). For me, the
      Nexus fits the bill almost perfectly, though I would have liked a back facing
      camera.

      The term “iPad
      killer” has been bandied about so much since the iPad came out that it has become
      a joke, but as John points out and for my requirements, the Nexus really could
      be considered an iPad killer, at least for a certain type of user.

      As for the rumored iPad
      Mini, if it comes out, it will be an “iPad killer killer”. For my purposes though, I suspect it won’t
      have a GPS, rendering it to being just a large iPod Touch that will be good for
      reading and games.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Piyapon-Boonlumsion/652172051 Piyapon Boonlumsion

      there is rumor of nexus 10 out there. and i hope it’s come true

    • http://www.bcontext.com/ bContextual

      For me, many differences are a
      consequence of the Nexus’s 16:10 Aspect Ratio vs the iPad’s 4:3. Please follow
      this link http://bit.ly/QmQuFa
      with my 50 cents after having played with the device for a week…

    • Guest

      My 20 day old Nexus 7 tablet quit charging, phoned Google Nexus at 855-836-3987 and told me to contact Staples Canada. where i purchased it, so i called Staple in Timmins On. and they don,t cover anything after the14 days are up….so i’am stuck with a paper weight….(BEWARE)they don,t want to look after the Warranty??

    • http://www.facebook.com/nrosevear Norman Rosevear

      My 20 day old Nexus 7 tablet quit charging, phoned Google Nexus at 855-836-3987 and they told me to contact Staples Canada. where i purchased it, so i called Staples in Timmins On. and they don,t cover anything after the14 days are up….so i’am stuck with a paper weight….(BEWARE)they don,t want to look after the Warranty??

    • R Barry

      Throw away tablet? Really? Seems rather arrogant statement in this economy. I think finally a device you do not get ripped off. Google took a hit on profit to produce these and either you take advantage of the value only Google could offer customers or not but it is no throw away. I am slightly offended. First off from an environmental perspective no device with a lithium battery is throw away and $200-$250 is not cheap. Comparably speaking to other tabs it is but that does not mean cheap but rather value and affordability. I do not mean to harp on this point and maybe you did not understand but saying such a great device is disposable and one that is still not under $100. If the Nexus 7 cost $75 then I would say disposable but $200 is still a lot of money to throw away for most people. I think that is the disconnect between media- industry and consumers. If companies made all items to last and added value and quality at a low price people would be loyal customers and repeat buyers.

      Despite a lot of fears about Google and NSA sharing information Google has a track record of being a socially responsible company. Any private company with so much private information is going to have to at some point turn over some or all of what they have to the government. All major companies do this, such as Att and sprint t mobile, etc. Foe the most part Google does things for the good of society while making money offering services we.

      Now as for an iPad killer the idea is cliche. There will never be an iPad killer. update will always have a strong market but I think the question is is the Nexus 7 an Ipswich clone or does it offer something different and new?

      To me the Nexus offers a completely different experience from the Ipswich. The Ipswich is a great device but I like the 7 inch form a lot better for a tablet. This specific tab has a lot of strong points. I would like to see a premium version at some point.

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