Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple iPad – It’s a Toss Up. What’s Your Preference?
You’re either an Apple or an Android person, there is no middle ground. When it comes to choosing a slim tablet, the iPad Mini 2 with retina display and Google Nexus 7 are the juggernauts.
The two are actually quite similar, and it’s more than the size—7-inch IPS LCS display for the Nexus and 7.9-inch IPS LCD display for the iPad. They both have retina display, surround sound, Wi-Fi capabilities, and vibrant, razor-sharp images. Just looking at them, the colors and graphics will jump off the screen at you. To give you the metrics, you see 324 ppi pixel density for Apple and 323 ppi pixel density for Google.
On the outside, we see a 1.2 MP camera staring us in the face, with a 5 MP camera on the rear—1080p video recording. There’s no doubt the specs and size were designed by the technology tyrants to go head-to-head in this battle. But what separates the two?
Depending on how you use your tablet, the first aspect you’ll look at is memory. With the iPad, you can get up to 128GB in memory, but the Nexus 7 has just 16GB or 32GB available. Of course, the 128GB iPad is close to $1,000. The 32GB Nexus 7 is just under $300. However, there’s a 2GB RAM in the Nexus, just 1GB in the iPad.
iPad users are treated with the latest iOS 7 update, while Nexus users are treated with the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
When you’re an Android user and have all of your apps through a Gmail account with the Google Play Store, you must log into your Gmail account to initially set up the Nexus 7. Once logged in, all the apps on your phone are transferred in seconds to your tablet.
With the iPad, it’s a little more difficult. You have to manually go to the App Store, select the purchased apps you want on your iPad and re-download them from the cloud. Or you can transfer the apps onto your computer and sync them. This doesn’t take much time, but is still a hassle.
The price of $229 for the 16GB Nexus 7 and $299.99 for the 16GB iPad Mini 2 may play a role in your decision. Ultimately, these machines are so similar that if you’re an Apple guru you’ll lean iPad, and if you’re an Android guru, you’ll lean Nexus.
Users of both tablets can access various media, with the Apple implementing its Safari browser and the Nexus implementing Google’s Chrome browser.
The App Store available on Apple products has a far wider selection of apps than the Play Store, giving users an added luxury when choosing games and apps. The battery life lasts 10 hours on the iPad, whereas the Nexus lasts only nine.
The biggest difference is the personalization. Google allows users to create multiple profiles on its tablet. When your family wants to share a tablet, they can do so without interfering with other’s profiles. The personal experience on the Nexus, giving us relevant information geared toward our interests, makes the Google Nexus 7 stand out more.
What’s your preference?
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