Google just recently released its Nexus 7 tablet and I guess many have wondered how this new gadget differs from Microsoft’s surface tablet or Apple’s iPad. On June 27, the Nexus 7 tablet made an appearance during the Google I/O 2012 event held in San Francisco. It was developed by ASUS with the latest version of Android 4.1, also called Jelly Bean. Currently, it’s available on retail at Google Play for $199. That is a lot more affordable than the new iPad, which costs $499.The Nexus 7 tablet weighs around 340 grams making it a lot lighter than the new iPad which weighs 652 grams (Wi-Fi) and Microsoft’s Surface tablet for Windows RTwhich weighs 676 grams. Its screen is 7 inches and has a 1280 x 800 resolution. Of course, this does not compare with iPad’s 9.7-inchdisplay and 2048 x 1536 resolutionsat 264 pixels/inch and the Surface for Windows RT’s 10.6- inch display and 1080p touch panel. It also comes with an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor, as well as, a twelve-core GPU. You can enjoy up to nine hours of videos and up to three hundred hours of standby time. With Apple’s new iPad, you can surf the net on Wi-Fi, listen to music, or playback videos for up to 10 hours.
The default browser for this tablet is of course Google Chrome and it also includesthe smart assistant, Google Now.Google Now is a great OS Jelly Bean featurethat utilizes your browsing history, Google Maps, calendar, as well as, location to provide you with helpful informationsuch as directions to a restaurant or bookstore nearby. Google Now is being compared to Apple’s Siri only better — since there were some occasions when the application wasn’t as helpful as people had hoped. The voice recognition application is also notably better with this tablet. It is also easy to navigate and easierto type within portrait mode.
However, there are a few setbacks with this tablet. One is that there is no microSD openingfor storage, which means that you will have to stick to its 16 G to its competitors. Despite this drawback, you can still store up to twenty thousand songs.Second,it lacks a built-in camera that other tablets offer.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been received positively by many,considering that it’s priced similarly to Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which is an older model. So, if you’re looking for an affordable tablet alternative withbetter specs but you do not need a built-in camera or additional storage features then the Nexus 7 tablet is your best bet.