Google's Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are the two of the best tablet computers on the market today. If you're looking to buy an Android powered tablet these are your best options. The question is: Nexus 7 or Nexus 10?
It comes down to what you need (or want) a tablet for. The Nexus 7 is a lightweight device perfect for working, reading, surfing the web and playing games on the web without having to really on a small smartphone screen. The Nexus 10 is a heavier, but more powerful device that can do many of the things your computer can and is easier to travel with.
Read on for our full comparison review of the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7.
Price: The Nexus 7 Is A Steal
The Nexus 7 is arguably the best bang for your buck among all tablet devices, and definitely the best deal on a 7-inch tablet available today. Starting at just $199 for a 16GB model, the Nexus 7 is a steal, though it's no surprise it costs less than the larger Nexus 10.
The Nexus 10 starts a $399 ($100 less than the latest iPad but twice the price of the Nexus 7). The cheapest Nexus 10 model also comes with just 32GB, with a 32GB model costing $499. What you're really paying for with the Nexus 10 isn't more storage, but more screen space and a more powerful processor. Read on for on that.
Design: Sleek vs. Bulky
The Nexus 7 features a very impressive design. This sleek, thin 7-inch tablet is small enough to easily use with one hand and can even slide into your pants pocket with little resistance.
The Nexus 10 kind of looks like a sloppy iPad. The 10.1-inch screen is massive and every edge is rounded for a softer design. According to co-designer Samsung, the Nexus 10 also features a "soft-touch coating" for easy grip. Although the Nexus 10 represents a valiant design effort, it falls short being innovative the way the Nexus 7 is.
In the end the design you want in your Nexus tablet depends on what you plan on using the device for. We mentioned that the Nexus 7 fits in your pocket, and that's pretty awesome. If you want a tablet you can casually carry around then the Nexus 7 is for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a tablet to use at home to get some work done, watch a movie or read then the Nexus 10, with its bigger screen and heavier design is the tablet for you.
Screen Display: Bigger Is Better
There's no comparing the Nexus 7's 7-inch screen to the Nexus 10's 10.1-inch screen, but here are the facts anyway.
The Nexus 7 features an impressive screen resolution of 1,280x800 ad 216 pixels per inch (PPI). The Nexus 10 boasts the "Super PLS" LCD screen with 2,560x1,600 and 300 PPI.
There's no question that the Nexus 10's display is crisper and more impressive that the Nexus 7. If you value display quality over all else it's a clear choice of the Nexus 10 over the Nexus 7.
Software: How To Get The Latest Android OS
The Nexus 10 and 7 are both designed by Google, and therefor run the latest Android OS available. For the Nexus 7, which has been available for several months, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was the best Google OS available. However, the Nexus 10 came out more recently and so it runs Android 4.1, an upgraded version of Jelly Bean.
Both versions of Android offers access to the Google Play store, with hundreds of thousands of apps. However, the number of Google tablet specific apps is still seriously limited.
The differences between Android 4.1 and 4.2 are pretty minimal (they have the same name after all). Furthermore, since the Nexus 7 is one of Google's few house-designed devices it will likely be one of the first Droid powered devices to get upgraded to 4.2.
If you need the latest Android OS right now then get the Nexus 10, but it doesn't really make sense to base your decision on the software when deciding between these two Nexus tablets.
Hardware: Better, Faster, Stronger
Again, no competition. The Nexus 10's bigger price tag means you're paying for a much more powerful device.
Google's Nexus 7 boasts a NVidia Tegra 2 T30L processor. The quad-core processing chip features a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and 1GB of RAM. The Nexus 7 starts at 16GB of storage.
The Nexus 10 contains a powerful ARM next-generation Cortex-A15 processor (the first of it's kind), meaning that the tablet is faster and more powerful than the rest, even Apple's indomitable A6X. The 10.1-inch tablet also features the dual core Samsung Exynos 5250 chipset, clocked at 1.7GHz, and 2GB RAM. It comes in 16GB and 32GB storage models.
Conclusion: No Right Answer
Deciding between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 isn't about looking at numbers and features side-by-side. The truth is that in many ways the two devices are extremely similar, particularly when it comes to software and features.
If you're not looking to spend a lot on your new tablet then go with the Nexus 7. It's still a great device and you won't find cheaper tablet anywhere that's not a worthless knockoff.
But if you want something bigger or more powerful go with the Nexus 10. It's still a bargain compared to the iPad, and it boasts some of the most powerful specs available today.
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