Google Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

by: Ankit BanerjeeJune 28, 2012

The Google Nexus 7 tablet was officially unveiled at Google I/O as expected. Unlike with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the rumors surrounding the Nexus 7 were spot on, which means that we had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the release. Yet, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that there is now a device with amazing specifications, for such a low price point.

Naturally, everyone is curious about how the Nexus 7 stacks up against other tablets in the same price range. You can catch the comparison against what many consider to be its main rival, the Amazon Kindle Fire here. Now, we’ll take a look at how the Google tablet stacks up against another similarly priced device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″. Let the comparisons begin!



There’s no real competition as far as the display of both the 7″ slates are concerned. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 features a WSVGA display with a resolution of 1024×600, while the Nexus 7 boasts an IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800. We’ll obviously need a hands-on review to confirm, but it is safe to assume that the Nexus 7 takes the win as far as the display is concerned.

Winner: Google Nexus 7

Processor and Memory

One of the biggest selling points of the Nexus 7 is the fact that it is the first quad-core processor to be available at the price-range of a mid-range tablet. As such, the Nexus device features a 1.3 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor along with 1GB of RAM. Slightly underclocked when compared to other quad-core tablets, but those are distinctly high-end, and not what we’re comparing the device to. How does the Galaxy Tab 2 compare?

The Samsung slate, on the other hand, features a 1Ghz dual-core processor, but also comes with 1GB RAM. This processor is quite good for a mid-range device, but again, the Nexus 7 has completely changed the game when it comes to low-cost tablets now. I know that the performance of the Tegra 3 hasn’t been all everyone could hope for, but against the Galaxy Tab 2, there is definitely a clear winner.

When it comes to memory storage capabilities though, the Nexus 7 takes a step back. The Google tab will be available with both 8GB and 16GB of internal storage. Despite initial reports to the contrary, it looks the Nexus 7 will in fact, NOT come with any kind of expandable storage. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 also comes with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via microSD card.

Winner: Nexus 7 (only because I’d take the more powerful quad-core processor over the possibility of expandable storage.)


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 ships with Android 4.0 out of the box, which, till as recently as yesterday, was the best iteration of Android. Again, the Nexus 7 burst onto the scene and kicked things up a notch, because the Nexus 7 will be the first Android device to release with the Android 4.1 Jellybean OS. Android 4.1 introduces a host of new features and tweaks which makes it stand ahead of ICS. It’s just not the Galaxy Tab’s day is it?

Winner: Nexus 7

P.S. You can find out more about the the various features introduced with Jellybean, here.

Pricing and Release date

The Google Nexus 7 will be $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version. Along with that, you will also get $25 to spend in the Google Play store, as well as a bundle of free premium content, including the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie. The Nexus 7 will be released in mid July in the US, the UK, Australia and Canada, with more countries to be added to the list in the near future.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ 8GB version is already available from stores and online.

Winner: Any guesses?


There is absolutely no doubt that the Google Nexus 7 is the clear winner, unless the expandable storage available with the Galaxy Tab 2 makes that much of a difference for you. It’s almost unfair to compare the two devices, but with the price points being what they are, this is the market Google is targeting with the Nexus 7. Google has done an amazing job with releasing an affordable tablet with impressive specifications. The Nexus 7 should definitely give the Android tablet market the boost that it was severely lacking. We can only wait and see what kind of a response the release of this tablet will be.

What are your thoughts? Will you be buying the Google Nexus 7 once it comes out? Is there any similarly priced tablet that you think can stand against the Nexus 7? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • EgyptianMarco

    well, the fact that Nexus 7 doesn’t have a back camera pulls it down a bit for me. The front 1.2 MP camera beats Galaxy Tab 2’s vga from camera though.

  • Vi

    How is the GPS on the Nexus? No a as in aGPS. The Nexus has Google maps, but does it have Google Navigation?

  • is this worth buying if you have a 4.3smart phone? It looks cool and I want one but I dont see the point though when you look at value.

  • Mercer

    Disappointed the Nexus speaker is on back of device. This means sound is worse then Tab.

  • sigfreund

    I was all set to buy but with no microSD and hdmi the deal is off. I would buy the memo 370T for a bit more and now may reconsider the Asus 300T. I now will wait at least another month to see if any prices drop or there or any new product launches. This was close but no cigar!

    • AMB_07

      Same here, let me expand my memory Google!

    • HookedOnTabs

      20 bucks buys a JUICED host/card/sync adapter. This adapter has 1.Full sized USB, which can be adaptered to Ethernet for direct cable or network Full ethernet for direct cable or network 2 Full SD 3 Micro SD 4 Extra power port so you can use it plugged in and watch hours of 216ppi displayed movies. Asus just announce a sound dock for the Nexus 7 with 3w quality amp and charging and SD and USB. Rear cameras are a waste. Use your Galaxy Note or S3. Who wants a 7 inch remote control.

      • jeff

        I use my rear camera on Acer A100 for stills and video all the time. Beats carrying another device. Also the camera lets you scan bar codes. These tablets need the full works, front/rear cameras, GPS, navigation, full Google apps, microSD storage and fast cpus. They also need USB host mode and full Bluetooth to headset for VOIP calls.

        I can use Acer A100 for business, take work related pictures, integrate them into a report and have a device small/light enough to take into difficult places – manufacturing facility.

        People are looking only to compete with Fire which is just a reader, these have so much more capability. Don’t know why Google is limiting it.

        • HookedOnTabs

          CNET just rated the Nexus 7 the #3 Tablet on the market, behind IPad 3 and Asus TF700T. Sorry no mention of that slower, low res screen with the bad camera, how bright is that Acer flash again. Their are only 2 tablets on the market with passable rear cameras. ASUST F700T 8 8GB 5 lens flash and shoots 1080p. They other is IPad 3. Don’t know specs.

        • Aaron Noll

          Well said, and isn’t the new Fire gong to have a rear camera? How can I deposit my checks with the cool new banking apps w/o the camera? I was disappointed the Tab 2 had such a low quality camera, at least it has one. :-)
          Realizing, at this cost, can we have it ALL?

        • Prof

          I agree with what jeff says. I too have an Acer 100 (101 with 3G wasnt available that time). It has almost all features from a decent 5MP camera to HDMI, USB and SD card. Google has limited itself inspite of having a powerful processor and latest OS. The market expects more than just a reader.

    • Jim

      Agreed, why would they take out the HDMI and microSD?? Options like these are what really make devices stand out from Apple…

  • john

    you didnt talk about the camera..not a compltetely fair review

    • DJ

      I agree.
      I am actually switching from Samsung Tab2 to Nexus but it seems the review is not fair. Back camera is not discussed neither is the IR capabilities.

    • Ankit Banerjee

      Hi, yes you’re absolutely right, the fact that I didn’t mention the camera was an oversight on my part, I’ll be sure to edit that part in soon. Sorry about that.

  • NEXUS_7

    will the nexus 7 get updates directly from google like very fast???

  • Galaxy Tab 2 – IR port (goodbye universal remotes), GPS (tether to my iPhone for a bigass 7″ GPS), rear facing camera, microSD. I don’t switch apps all day, I actually use them, not seeing a problem so far with dual-core CPU on the Tab. On balance, I’m glad I spent the extra $50. MicroSD alone seals the deal for me, when traveling on planes I can watch hours of locally stored movies that simply wouldn’t fit on an 8GB device with half that space eaten up by Android OS.

    • danielmpoulin

      Sounds like a well-reasoned preference.

      I’ll point out that the Nexus 7 also has a GPS, so would function the same if tethered to your iphone. I’m sure that wouldn’t change your preference, just wanted to point it out for clarity’s sake.

    • mick

      There is a 16gb model but the only downsides I can see is the ir port which is quite interesting(but not nescary many people already have remote(if u dont. go fir it) and the lack of microsd(if I was on a plane I would bring my portable hardrive with 300movies(unless I was just going a little while) and an adapter for the tablet) the rear camera thou is missing but I have my 8mp camera on my phone already

      • Not necessary and pretty fricking cool are 2 different things, its more about do you want a luxary sedan or do you prefer a performance machine unfortunately we don’t have a affordable performance luxary sedan on the market

      • James Cooke

        usb on the go doesn’t work with the nexus 7. so you cant plug in your usb drive.

  • Sir Road

    I really wanted the nexus 7…it could have been amazing, all it needed was a micro HDMI and/or a back camera. Full USB is too much, that’s what the Surface is for. When I heard the details on the nexus, I bought a galaxy tab 2 mins later. Sigh.

  • 300$ cheaper than iPad, and nice form factor for carrying around :-)

    Actual size comparison between Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0:

  • dz1

    Wow. So many annoyed owners of other tabs posting here.

    • jeff

      We are annoyed because all the other tablets are better, Google is just leading all the other mfgs to make shitty tablets now.

    • jeff

      We are annoyed because all the other tablets are better, Google is just leading all the other mfgs to make bad tablets now. No rear camera, no microsd, GPS?, USB host?, HDMI?. Acer A100 had all these over a year ago for basically same price, now the next Acer 7″ will cut features to match this poor Google example.

    • I’m glad. I was considering Galaxy Tab 2 versus Nexus 7, and now I realize I have other options like the Acer A100. Sounds like that thing does it all, and you can always root to put on the latest version of Android.

      • Sam

        You really don’t want to go with the A100. It was discontinued by best buy for a reason. It has a screen bug where it randomly bricks itself and the whole screen becomes dead pixels. That happened to mine, rendering the tab useless, so I sent it in for repair. Because they didn’t have the parts to repair it they sent me a new one, which I sold to buy the galaxy tab. With the A100’s bricking problems I’d go for something else. It’s an excellent device, except when it doesn’t work anymore.

  • jeff

    Nexus is worse. No expandable storage for music or DVD rips. Hey maybe I want to take it camping. No HDMI output, hey maybe I want to stream Netflix at hotel on larger screen. My ACER A100 did all that and was only $228 a year ago, plus it has a 2nd camera and ICS. Waste of money.

  • dreggs

    I was really excited to buy thus tablet. I have been following the news on it for months. The tablet looks awesome in all respects EXCEPT for the Terri let lack of storage!!! I have 2 acer tabs a500 and 100. I have 32gb cards in each. When I travel and go on vacation I want to have all my movies and games pre -loaded. I also don’t like the missing hdmi out option. I would have paid extra for these features. The severe lack of storage kills an otherwise awesome product. I will wait for acer or someone to make one with everything!

  • safetyobc

    How can you compare the 2, if you don’t have them side by side? I have the Tab 2 as well as an iPad. I use them for different things. However, the Tab 2 is a great little device. Very snappy! LCD is great! I use it primarily as a media/podcast player and it works very good for that purpose. I also use it for web browsing and several apps. I love the expansion of the micro SD card. It’s a great device. Don’t discount it based on specs.

  • Devin Kiser

    Hey all! I’m surprised to see so much hate for one nifty lil’ tab. The Nexus 7 is packed will all kinds of great features for such a small price. No other manufactures can make a tablet to compare because they are working to make a profit from the tablet. Google is selling the Nexus 7 for almost the price of parts in hope that many people will gain quality exposure to the Android OS and the Android “Experience”.

  • neverlift

    i just brought home the galaxy tab 2 7inch and call me dumb but it said nowhere on box it ran touch whiz all’s it says is ics 4.0 so dumb me bought it! i hate touch whiz! reboxing and waiting for the nexus 7 to drop.

  • marko

    I’ll buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 because the microsd slot and the good display. The display of the samsung galaxy tab is probably better than the nexus 7, despite the lower resolution. And the samsung galaxy tab will be updated to android 4.1.

  • Cee Jay

    The Nexus doesn’t play half the video files most people download every day for their daily TV and Movie watching. The Samsung plays practically everything. No Contest as far as I’m concerned!

  • Dan Bowler

    They leave out the micro hdmi and micro sd so you will use Google content just like the Kindle Fire is for use with Amazon content.. I’ll stick with the Galaxy Tab 2 that lets you use your own content.

  • androidpolice

    how does a self proclaimed authority on android miss the fact the tab2 has 3G?

  • java_on_fire

    even playbook is better than nexus 7. PB Has mini HDMI connection, rear camera. The video recording on playbook rear camera is 1080p and the quality is amazing, i didn’t really need this feature until i tried it, now i’m hooked.

  • blink

    “When it comes to memory storage capabilities though, the Nexus 7 takes a step back.” “…it looks the Nexus 7 will in fact, NOT come with any kind of expandable storage”
    “Winner: Nexus 7 ”

    Wow. You are insanely biased or just stupid.

    • joe

      not necessarily , the expandable storage is rather useless anyways

      • Julio

        they are pushing storage in the cloud.

  • Balaji

    Nexus does not have 3G connection. Galaxy Tab has. Galaxy Tab has also been upgraded to android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) now. With additional microSD storage facility, I’ll go for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 as the clear winner.

  • harsh222

    I think tab 2 is clear winner here:-
    1 front n rear camera
    2 card slot to expand memory by 32 gb
    3 3g connection can also be used as 2nd phone incase of emergency

    Whereas nexus plus points r not that gr8……. screen resolution n quad core processor……….

    Anyday tab 2 is clear winner

  • T68

    Well in my country (Sweden) the choice is obvious: Galaxy tab 2!

    Why? I can by it here and now! The N7 is due sometime in the future.

    Availability beats processor power, resolution and JB!

  • Al

    I purchase the Nexus7 16gb model had it for 8 days then it stop working. It would not power up at all after many attempts to turn it back on. Finally returned it to Office Depot and exchanged it for the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 with 8gb of storage. The good news Office Depot was giving a $50.00 Gift Card with this purchase and with that I purchase a 16gb storage card that truly makes the Samsung Galaxy a winner in my book. I also have an IPAD3, Blackberry Playbook and now a Samsung Galaxy Tab2. Out of all the devices I find myself using the Samsung Galaxy more since it is so user friendly and the operating system is truly easy to work with not to take anything away from the Nexus7 however think I just got a bad one but I wasn’t going to risk getting another one until I see that the device is a proven reliable tech device. No Card Slot was another reason I went to Samsung. Hope this helps.

  • Jaume Alegret

    A precio igual 249.-€ Nexus 7 de 16 MG.
    229.-€ Galaxy TAB 7 de 8 MG + tajeta micro SD de 32 MG.
    Ganador Galaxy.
    Cámara posterior: Nexus 7, no tiene.
    Galaxy TAB 7, 3 Mgpx.
    Ganador Galaxy.
    Precios de hoy 8/9/2012 en Barcelona.
    Otro dato, que no he encontrado en Nexus, su peso. El Galaxy, 336 gr. una pluma.
    ¿quáto pesa el Nexus 7?
    Ganador : a saber?

    • Jaume Alegret

      La nota es de hace 2 horas.
      Pero del 8/9/2012

  • Tdata

    You forgot to mention the most important part! Nexus has no SIM card slot or GSM/CDMA capabilities… whats the point in having a tablet and use only wifi! nexus could be better in display, price etc… but still not a winner yet.

    • Many people are fine with only Wifi. There are plenty of things to do with a tablet on the go when not connected to the net. Compose documents, play games, listen to music, watch movies, dictionary app, guitar tuner app… Not to mention almost every destination has free Wifi. SIM card and GSM/CDMA really not important at all…

  • tinylady

    well, those had Plus & Minus.. Its all depend on user..

  • Dan

    Youtube search: Nexus 7 lifting screen issues…

  • paul reynolds

    tab 2 has 2 cameras , nexus just front

  • bertiebond

    if you are going to use something at home, why do you limit yourself to 7 inches? go 10 inch or a proper 30 inch screen.
    if you are going to need something ‘in your pocket’ all the time, get a 4 inch smart phone or a 5 inch note.
    I buy a 7 inch as compromise when going travelling, so need a phone, a movie player, a book reader, an internet brower, a camera, map and navigation, etc. That means more than a slightly faster processor, or latest OS or 30 bucks cheaper, I *NEED* sim slot, SD slot, and a camera. Otherwise, whats the point?

  • Jake titus

    not to mention the lack of a rear camera on the google nexus. this is a hard choice. do you take the power house nexus or the more versitile galaxy.

  • Chen Occadin

    Bias….I want a real comparison.

  • Chen Occadin

    Bias….I want a real comparison.

  • ljm

    I’m new to this technology – but worked with computers a LONG time.
    I would warn people that this machine is all about SELL, SELL, SELL .
    It is totally cluttered with stuff you might want to buy rather than helping you communicate.
    I don’t want hundreds of people I don’t know, wanting to be on my email contact list. I want to determine that list I don’t want google determining it .
    I want a simple way of getting rid of all the CRAP occupying the fine technology screen the experts rave about
    I want technology that SIMPLIFIES my communication not something that invades my privacy at every step trying to guess what I might or might not want to do.
    This is WORSE than having government spooks looking at everything to do or say.
    I wan to get OFF!!