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Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

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Interface and Functionality:

We’ve completed several iOS versus Android comparisons in the past, but it’s different this time around because the Nexus 7 is packing some serious heat in the form of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – thus, bringing forth some new refinements that solidify and deepen its experience. On one hand, we love that iOS is intuitive, simple, and basically easier to learn for nearly everyone, however, it’s lagging behind in the personalization department. Of course, that’s an area where Android shows off its worth, as its various widgets and live wallpapers help to define the look and feel of the platform.

The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

The Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


The iOS interface - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The iOS interface - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The iOS interface - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The iOS interface - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

The iOS interface


Interestingly enough, both tablets make good use of various gestures to get around their respective platforms. For example, they both share the swipe down gesture from the top bezel to gain access to notifications. However, we find the iPad’s various gesture implementations to be more useful and effective than its counterpart. Specifically, we like how we’re able to easily swipe left/right to move in and out of various apps – while a pinch gesture with all 5 fingers get us back to the homescreen.

The notifications system in play with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 really blows away what the iPad has to offer. In addition to being able to view various notifications, the Nexus 7 is blessed with more functionality from within its notifications tray – like the ability to share screenshots/photos and view snippets of an email.

Notifications system on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Notifications system on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Notifications system on the Google Nexus 7


Broadening its functionality over what the iPad has to offer right now, the Google Now aspect of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a noteworthy and impressive offering, seeing it’s able to provide tangible suggestions based on our habits using the tablet.

Google Now of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Google Now of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Google Now of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Google Now of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Google Now of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


Looking into the various core organizer apps with each tablet, there isn’t a whole lot different as the two share similar functionalities and presentations with items such as the calendar, calculator, and address book. Luckily, they’re tablet optimized and make good use of the added real estate, but when it comes to third-party apps, the iPad boasts more that are refined for the tablet experience.

Core organizer apps of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Core organizer apps of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Core organizer apps of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Core organizer apps of the Google Nexus 7


Calendar - The Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Notepad - The Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Calendar

  

Notepad

The Apple iPad 3


On the surface, there isn’t a whole lot different with the layouts of their respective email apps. Still, there’s no arguing that the Gmail experience on the Nexus 7 is rock solid in providing us a very similar desktop-like experience.

Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Email on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Email on the Google Nexus 7


Email app of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Email app of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Email app of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Email app of the Apple iPad 3


Typing isn’t that much of a problem with either device, especially when they’re responsive in keeping up with our rate of input. However, when it comes to portrait usage, we prefer using the Nexus 7 seeing that our thumbs are able to comfortably encompass the entire layout. Oppositely, the iPad is the ideal choice when it comes to landscape – thanks to its roomy feel.

The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

The virtual keyboard of the Google Nexus 7


On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPad 3 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPad 3



Processor and Memory:

To tell you the truth, there’s no need to specifically mention what kind of processors are running behind the scenes with these two wickedly fast tablets. Simply, they’re undeniably swift with their operations! For argument sakes, the iPad employs a dual-core Apple A5x processor, while the Nexus 7 chomps down with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU. From basic to complex tasks, these two rarely exhibit any sort of major slowdown with their movements – though, we still experience a few delays popping up every now and then, but it’s nothing too terrible to dampen the experience.

If you’re big into storing a ton of multimedia content, you might want to check out the iPad since it’s available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB options. Unfortunately, you’ll need to be stringent on what you put on the Nexus 7 because of its quaint 8GB and 16GB capacities. Oh yeah, did we mention there is no expandability with either the two?


Internet and Connectivity:

Now that Adobe Flash isn’t supported by Jelly Bean, the playing field is somewhat evened out in the web browsing department. Actually, both Safari on the iPad and Chrome on the Nexus 7 offer nearly the same gratifying experience we’d come to expect – so it’s no surprise that we find ourselves enjoying the experience. However, we do notice that the Google Nexus 7 isn’t as fast as the iPad when it comes to rendering things when the zoom level is modified. Aside from that, there isn’t anything else different between the two. Oh yeah, there’s also a Chrome app for iOS!

The Chrome browser on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Chrome browser on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Chrome browser on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
The Chrome browser on the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

The Chrome browser on the Google Nexus 7


Web browsing on the new iPad - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Web browsing on the new iPad - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Web browsing on the new iPad - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Web browsing on the new iPad - Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Web browsing on the new iPad


Right now, the Google Nexus 7 is available in Wi-Fi form only, which means you’ll need to leech off a Wi-Fi hotspot for data connectivity. Meanwhile, the iPad is available in Wi-Fi and a variety of 3G/4G LTE options, which should cover a wide range of users. As for other connectivity options, they both pack Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, the Nexus 7 has aGPS while the iPad has it in the 4G version only.


Camera:

Some people vouch that they would never consider using a tablet to take photos, but it’s nevertheless a nice thing to have in a worst-case scenario. Sure, the iPad’s rear camera might not deliver the best shots, but it’s simply nice to know that the option to snap something is there – plus, it deepens its value over its rival. The Nexus 7 packs only a front-facing camera that’s accessible by specific apps – with no dedicated camera app to snap photos or videos.


Multimedia:


While playing music, there isn’t a whole lot different with their respective music players, but we do like the cool 3D carousel available with the Nexus 7 when browsing through content in landscape. Surprisingly though, audio quality is quite pleasant with the two, as the loudest volume setting yields some distinctive and pleasant tones. However, we like how the equalizer settings are all available from within the music player of the Nexus 7 – whereas on the iPad, its settings are found in the general settings menu.

Thanks partly to its snazzy looking Retina Display, we find the iPad to be the ideal device for watching high-definition videos on the go. Well, it’s not to say that the Nexus 7 isn’t good enough to get the job done, but rather, the bright looks of the Retina Display combined with its larger size manages to capture our attention even more.


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posted on 25 Jul 2012, 06:48 24

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Seriously John, how can you compare these two such a way..... There are so much different between these two...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 06:58 21

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What do you mean? He was very just & fair in his criticism. He pointed out the best on both devices & the bad on both devices. I mean how much more fair can he be.

What are the real differences? One is big & one is small? One runs iOS 6 & the other runs Jelly Bean?

He is right these are the 2 best tablets around right now.

I think my Asus Transformer Prime running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is a better unit than the Nexus 7, but again that is just my humble opinion. lol

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:04 8

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


yup, He is right these are the 2 best tablets around right now.
But different spec different price different os different size etc...
It just awkward and unfair to compare in this way...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:13 15

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


wendygarett,

I understand what you are saying, BUT he is comparing the 2 BEST tablets. He doesn't care about the price point, size or whatever. His job was to compare the 2 BEST tablets & that is what he did.

There is nothing unfair about it. He did a GREAT job.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:14 12

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


I understand :D

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:20 11

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Cool. At least he didn't use AppleInsider for this review. lol

+1

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:34 6

11. SEUL8TR (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Smart girl...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:41 5

16. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


SuperAndroidEvo said:

---" He doesn'tcare about theprice point,size or whatever."---

I'm going to play devil's advocate for second. I'm obviously being overly critical but I do get the impression that he does use the price point to compare the two. If the prices were more balanced, he would've inherently, without a doubt, chosen the iPad.

When you compare larger size and price vs lower, the fight becomes the equivelant of KIA vs Escalade. This becomes evident in the constant mention of the size differences vs taste and those that can afford the larger vs those that can't.

I had no choice but to only compare found ios vs Jellybean. I want a larger tablet that best competes with Apple.

John B.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:56 2

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok I will play too.

This Kia as you refer to is a quad-core beast. Compared to the dual-core Escalade. I think that is a poor comparison. It’s more like an Escalade to a BMW M3, just that the M3 is underpriced to the price of a Toyota Camry. He essentially was comparing the 2 BEST tablets, which happens to be the $200.00 Nexus 7 & the $500.00 Apple iPad 3.

If he is truly doing a fair comparison between the 2 he HAS to mention the price points. You can't compare anything without price points. That is part of the deal in a comparison.

The only reason he picked the Nexus 7 is because it's the newest & best. Once the Asus Transformer Prime gets an OFFICIAL Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update then we can compare the 2. The Prime is a better unit overall.

I have a rooted Asus Transformer Prime running 4.1.1 & it’s an absolute joy. Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is coming out & we will see how it stacks up against the iPad 3.

+1

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 08:21 3

19. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---" The only reason he picked the Nexus 7 is because it's the newest & best. Once the Asus Transformer Prime gets an OFFICIAL Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update then we can compare the 2."---

SuperAndroidEvo, you just confirmed what I was pointing out. The size also matters in comparisons.

I give him credit to bring the GN7 to media worthiness. It is a great tablet. And while his comparison tried to be unbiased, the sizes unfortunately, do put these two tablets in separate categories.

I happen to like the Transformer BTW. I'm sure Jellybean has increased its potential. It's great to see the Android platform evolve into the monster product it is. People of other platforms will eventually see just how great it is.

John B.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 08:39 4

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I wasn't necessarily pointing out the size, I was saying that the Asus Transformer Prime is a better unit in terms of build quality & features. It just happens to be a 10.1" tablet also.

If the Nexus 7 had the same features & build quality as the Prime then I would not have said what you quoted.

Again I think size is just a matter of opinion, what really matters at least to me is the guts of the tablet & Google has put together a very viable tablet for a much cheaper price point compared to the Apple iPad 3.

I really think that was the basis of John V.'s comparison, also let’s not forget the OS differences. Right now it’s a fact that the best Android has is the Nexus 7 because of Jelly Bean. Once Jelly Bean hits the Asus Transformer Prime, that will again be the best tablet in Android’s corner.

Again +1

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 08:26 8

20. wendygarett (unregistered)


Everyone prefer nexus 7 because it is future proof... Which mean it is os upgradable and affordable...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 08:45 6

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That too is also true. It's just that Google was able to produce such a competent tablet at such a ridiculous price point.

People will see this & this might finally start to hurt Apple. For a 7" $200.00 tablet with GREAT specs to hold that much water against the full force of the iPad 3 is truly astonishing, to me at least.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:35

74. devinm787 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


u couldn't be more wrong. its like comparing a corolla xrs to a bmw m3, yeah u can put parts & sup up the xrs but it will never be a bmw. the build quality & feel of the iPad is far superior, the screen is better, & u speak of the tegra3 vs the dual core A5x, but the iPad benchmarks better then the nexus7. so in other words u get what u pay for. like in a bmw vs a toyota

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:44 5

46. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


the nexus 7 isnt the BEST andriod tablet out there, Im sure the transformer prime infinity is a lot nicer.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 11:18 1

69. derpina560 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


iPad owners be hatin...

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 22:06

71. whatevs (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Nope. Not at all.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:14 2

35. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


because thats what a website like phonearena is supposed to.......

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 14:45 1

37. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


I think wendygarett should leave PA now...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:07 10

4. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Good comparison. Precise. It is obvious that Nexus is better (considering it's price).

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:17 1

8. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I agree :-) (waiting for my N7 to be shipped)

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 17:09 1

40. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


@sid07desai

That sounds like a poem

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:39

75. devinm787 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


so is a honda civic better than a mercedes amg ? i mean considering the price.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:08 13

5. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


300$ of difference and still the Nexus 7 can show that is an hard opponent for the new iPad :-)

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:18 7

9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This comparison is very poor. This is like comparing a $20,000 Toyota to a $45,000 Lexus. Most people don't need a Lexus and cannot afford one. I had both tablets but got rid of my iPad 3 because it just did not suit me. I wanted a smaller higher quality name brand 7 inch tablet that will receive timely updates. After the wow factor for the Retina display wore off that iPad started collecting dust. Apple is not meeting my needs at the moment.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 17:07 4

39. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


There is a famous comparison of a $500,000 Lexus LFA vs $85,000 nissan skyline on Youtube. Who cares. You can compare it to whatever you want. Who says you can only compare things in the same category.

The Nexus is the better bang for the buck PERIOD. I own an iPad2 AND an iPad3 and I will sell them for a Nexus 7

When you use the iPad all day and realize its not that comfortable to hold you quickly realize that you would sacrifice the solid aluminum and big size for a more comfortable smaller screen and lighter device.

I love my iPad but dont take it everywhere with me. The nexus however is a device that will fit comfortably in my cargo shorts.

more practical, more comfortable, equals better to me. Of course, that is my own personal criteria

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:42

76. devinm787 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


you're gonna sell both an iPad 2 & 3rd gen iPad to buy a nexus7....do u know how much the nexus cost haha. I dont think u have to sell both haha

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:38 3

12. SEUL8TR (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


ile take the N7 with 32gb
saphire ceramic front glass
carbon fiber at the back
QC4412 Exynos
2GB Ram
300ppi
.....

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:40 2

13. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


you cant beat value for money with the nexus.

bottom line you get what you pay for

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 07:40 6

14. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


also I think the nexus 10 will be the real competitor for the ipad

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