Getting the Nexus 7 today? Wait, here are the alternatives

Getting the Nexus 7 today? Wait, here are the alternatives
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is truly a remarkable achievement - cramming in that much of the latest technology in a 7-inch package worth a mere $199 is something that only Google seems capable of doing. The Nexus 7 also gets a neat design and a high resolution screen, but it’s not just about the hardware. The one area where the Google-Asus tablet really shines is software as it arrives with the latest and greatest of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Moreover, unlike any other tablet on the market, with the Nexus 7 you don’t have to worry about updates. The tacit assumption is that since this is a Nexus tablet it will be the first to get updated to newer Android versions, and that alone is a huge advantage.

But while the Nexus 7 is great it does take a few shortcuts to arrive at its low price - you can’t expand that memory and if you opt for the $199 8 gig version, you’d only have less than 6 gigs free for your data. Also, you don’t have a rear camera and while we don’t think that’s a huge omission some might want to have it. A bigger miss is the lack of an HDMI port, and no MHL support which means you’d need a third-party wireless media streamer like the Nexus Q to stream what’s on the tablet to an HD TV.

So what are the alternatives and are there any, really? You might be surprised to learn that there is one device that has gone under the radar for more than a month now, and has nearly all the features of the Nexus 7 except for Jelly Bean. And others are also trying to match it. But if you could live with the couple of small flaws of the Nexus 7, we really wouldn't want to spoil it for you - the device is great, just go ahead and get it, we'd approve.



1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That's a pretty nice price for the BBPlaybook!

2. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Only worthy competitor i saw was the Samsung Tab 7 2.0

7. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I'd say among the ones listed the best is Kindle Only because of the strong dev support. You can already have ICS on the thing and devs are making steady progress for JB.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

it has weaker dev support than the archos, galaxy tab, and iconia tab because its stuck with amazon appstore, those can use that AND the google play store, which has access to a lot more. It has better dev support than the playbook obviously, but depending on how you want to use your tablet, the playbook can still be a better fit (more ram, more internal storage, better web browser, cameras).

19. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Are you serious? The Kindle Fire has "weaker" dev support than the featured Galaxy Tab, Archos, and Iconia? You should read more stuff in XDA. It's stuck with Amazon Appstore? You really don't know what you're saying. Ports for the KF that let you have access to the playstore are already existing. If you know your way around rooting and flashing a device, a kindle fire can be formidable in your hands. It's the cheapest among those listed and performs better than the rest (atleast if it has custom roms).

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Id love to see the best 10 of the chinease tablet invasion.

4. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

None of these are on the same level as the Nexus, but good list! Hopefully the Nexus will push other tablet makers to step up there game...hopefully.

9. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Well I'm pretty sure that none of them can beat the Tegra 3 beast! Even though a Tegra 2 (Acer) isn't bad at all, considering the fact you get expandable memory, Back side camera, hdmi.

5. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Is there a Video review for the Archos? I'd like to know more how good their products are.

10. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Hi, I live in Italy and Archos are populary used. The build quality isn't that great but seem solid and can resist time. As for the performance of the tablet itself, well , its a lame :/ ... For the same price i would go for Samsung or a Motorola Tablet.. so.. not even close to Nexus7

21. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

That says a lot, thanks!

6. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The playbook as a Nexus alternative? Seriously????? It may be a nice piece of hardware but let's face it... Rim has one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel. No way will I be buying into a dying ecosystem.

8. blade

Posts: 32; Member since: May 28, 2012

iphonarena again astupid article by a biased writer i mean cant you see how the nexus is going to kicks ipad butt hard so you are demotivationg the readers out there s**t cant beleive you include b playbook if some one buys that s**t devices rather then spending few bucks he would get the latest and greatest R.I.P Noob users dont trust the evil

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The thing is, for the price, NONE of these are good alternatives. The Fire is a laughable alternative, its even more limited than the Nexus 7, and with less apps and options available for it. IMO its the worst of the suggested alternatives. All of them have weaker hardware. The galaxy tab 2 7.0 is a pretty good alternative, but at a higher price. The playbook is probably the best of these performance wise, and a great price, but if you plan on doing apps, stay away from it. Its great for web browsing and the basic functions as well as for the HDMI and using it with a blackberry phone, but the app selection is very lacking, especially for the apps. Game selection is okay if that's what you care about, but you are still better off with an android in that case. Archos, LMAO. They make terrible products. The Iconia Tab is pretty much same boat as the galaxy tab 2, but not as good as that one.

22. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Archos' polish on its products sucks, but they're tough, and get updates quickly..

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Wait, what about other products from Asus? You, know... the company that makes the Nexus 7? Don't they have any worthy alternatives for the list???

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

nothing in 7".

15. wendygarett unregistered

8 inch with 160 dollar... This will be my 1st rim device

16. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

how about this? It's going for $90 now! Never mind - display is WVGA :P

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

all those alternatives suck they are all dual cores, the N7 is a quad core. Most of them have much lower resolution screens than the N7 They are all waiting on updates.. something the N7 will never have to do Every last one of them NEW are more expensive than the N7 other than the kindle which isnt truely an android tablet. The only features that the N7 is "missing" is HDMI/TV out capability,and removable memory. Is it really worth paying MORE to get LESS of everything else for those features? If you really wanna pay more and get less, there are plenty of iPads out there for ya. My Nexus 7 came in today (wooo frikkin yeaaa :) :) ). I can safely say, it is by far the nicest tablet around, for the price or not. JB is so far ahead of the curve its not funny, and with a quad core under the hood, butter isnt even the right word for it... It was for my wife and she's used to GB. After 4 hrs of playing with it, she said she didnt like using her phone anymore because it felt so "small and old". lol

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The only alternatives worth a damn are way out of the category. You would be talking the transformer Prime and transformer 700, or maybe the Note tablet when it comes out. For the extra cash (more than DOUBLE what the nexus costs) you would basically be getting a bigger screen.. maybe removable memory (on the Asus at least), and HDMI/TV out features.

20. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Wow Congrats on your Nexus 7! I want one too, not available in my country yet though :( I'm stuck with this dirt cheap KF. I got it 2nd hand for $100 (with some DEEP scratches on the side :p) and so far it's a good buy. Í'm running a ported ICS on it and everything is smooth, but not N7 levels. My only gripe with this device is the not-hd-resolution, and there's not even a front facing camera! Otherwise it's good enough for my daily browsing, checking emails, occasional games, and streaming vids.

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