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Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

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Connection and Battery:

Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3
Connecting both tablets to the same Wi-Fi hotspot, we didn’t experience any major signal fluctuations or dropped connections during our testing.


When there are so many physical differences between these two, it’s comforting to know that they’re able to provide us with some exceptional battery life. Hands down, both are able to handsomely provide us a single day of juice with heavy usage. However, we find the Nexus 7 giving us more juice in the long run, which can be attributed to its smaller display, performance optimizations with Jelly Bean, and its battery friendly NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.


Conclusion:

Seriously people, these are the two best tablets on the market right now. Indeed, it all boils down to personal preference to identify which is going to be the ideal tablet for you.

Although there is a huge price difference between the two, $500 for the iPad and $200 for the Nexus 7, it’s more than justified. Specifically, for the $500 you’d dish out to buy the new iPad, you’re getting something that’s on the cutting edge, which is evident by its quality choice of materials, meticulous construction, and polarizing Retina Display.

On the other hand, you get a ton of value with the $200 priced Nexus 7, as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shows off its comprehensive offerings. On top of that, the Nexus 7 still manages to flaunt some admirable hardware under the hood to keep itself in good company with other respectable tablets.

Simply, if you prefer something smaller and less impactful on the wallet, the obvious choice for you is going to be Google’s pride and joy. Conversely, if you’re able to pony up more money and prefer something larger, the iPad is the logical decision for you. Therefore, you really can’t go wrong with either device!


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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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