The new Nexus 7 was announced today and the Internet has been ablaze with the information all day. It’s a pretty impressive device and one that all Android fans have the potential to enjoy. It has amazing specs, a cheap price point, and best of all, it’ll be available on July 30. While it’s pretty much the common sentiment that the new Nexus 7 will be the best 7-inch tablet on the market when it gets released, we have to ask ourselves if it really is that much better.
With that in mind, here is a direct comparison with some of the more popular 7-inch tablets in the industry. For a full list of the new Nexus 7 specs, check out Andrew Grush’s earlier post detailing the official specs. For this comparison, we’ll take a look at the 5 major specs that people care about. Those are the screen, the CPU, the battery, the RAM, the storage, and the connectivity.
Of course one of the biggest competitors to the new Nexus 7 will be the old Nexus 7. One of the best selling Android tablets ever, the old Nexus 7 was a turning point in the tablet market for Android. It introduced competent construction, good specs, and a great experience for such a low price that OEMs have been struggling for the last year to catch up. Well, everyone except Amazon, but we’ll get to them momentarily. Here is the direct comparison.
Okay, so the new Nexus 7 beats out the old one by leaps and bounds. In virtually every category the new Nexus beats out its predecessor. The only thing that remains unchanged are the storage size options. Both Nexus devices still come in only 16GB or 32GB variants. The overall winner by a long shot is the new Nexus 7.
What kind of comparison would this be if we didn’t stack the new Nexus 7 up against what is mostly likely its stiffest competition, the iPad Mini. When shopping for a tablet, even Android fans may consider an alternate OS since they already have an Android phone. So why not an iOS tablet? Here’s the comparison.
Okay, so the iPad Mini didn’t take quite the beating the old Nexus 7 took thanks to the LTE connectivity, but it still lost in all 5 categories. That’s a big win for Google.
Next up is yet another one of the biggest competitors out there for both the new and the old Nexus 7. That is the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Amazon’s flagship tablet has been a massive success and will likely continue to be until Amazon releases a new tablet. Plus, it’s less expensive than both the old and new Nexus 7 and price matters to a lot of people in the tablet market. Here’s the comparison.
Much like the old Nexus 7, the new Nexus beats the Kindle Fire HD in every category. Also, there are people who say the Amazon App Store is inferior to the Play Store. Since the Kindle Fire HD runs Android and doesn’t have access to the Play Store –or any other Play Services for that matter– that could be taken as another con for the Kindle Fire HD. Winner here is the new Nexus 7.
The ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 is a curious Android tablet. It has a phenomenal price of $149 and specs that actually aren’t half bad. Is it as good as current tablets? Not really, no, but it’s a lot better than almost everything else that costs only $150. You can probably guess how this comparison will go.
It’s very hard to call the MeMO Pad a bad deal at $150 because it’s actually a very good deal. That said, the Nexus 7 beats the MeMO Pad in every conceivable category except price. Don’t get us wrong, the new Nexus 7 is sold at a very reasonable rate and it’s also a great deal. The winner is, of course, the Nexus 7.
Last on our list is the HP Slate 7. This fun little tablet is a recent release by HP and while it hasn’t sold a gaggle of units like Google or Amazon, it’s still a cheap, 7-inch competitor. It’s actually even cheaper than the ASUS MeMO Pad, as it retails for about $139.99 on most sites these days. With similar specs, that makes the Slate 7 a pretty decent deal. However, much like the MeMO Pad, you can probably guess how it’ll come out against the Nexus 7.
Much like the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, the HP Slate 7 fell to the latest Nexus 7 in every single category but price. While most of us would gladly fork over an extra $100 for all the wonderful things you get with the new Nexus, we recognize that many people only want to spend about $150 on a tablet and in that one instance, the HP Slate 7 and the MeMO Pad win. In every other category, Nexus 7 all day long.
It’s interesting to note that the only tablet that wasn’t thoroughly trounced by the new Nexus 7 was the Apple iPad Mini. Not because it’s in any way an equal tablet, but because the iPad Mini is the only other tablet on this list that supports at least some LTE networks. Otherwise, it’s truly impressive how the Nexus 7 is such a vast and amazing improvement over everything currently in the market. There is no doubt that this tablet will sell like hotcakes in the coming year because it so thoroughly trounces its competition in everything.
It’ll be exciting to see if Apple releases a competitor. We doubt they will, because a cheap, well spec’d tablet seems outside the purview of Apple. Nevertheless, it could be interesting. We expect Amazon to reply as well sometime in the coming year and we wonder if they’ll be able to compete with Google as well.
Of course we want to hear from you as well! Will the Nexus 7 be your next tablet? Let us know what you think about this new beast in the comments!