Tablets break the 320ppi barrier: new vs old Google Nexus 7 specs and size review
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 24, 2013, 5:21 AM
Naturally, tablets are looked at from a tad larger distance, blurring the pixels even further, so a record is a record, and the Asus-made Nexus 7 is the first tablet with that high of a pixel density, ensuring crispy clean text and image details without any jaggies. For comparison, the previous record holder, Nexus 10, sports a 300ppi count, while the iPad 4 with its Retina tablet display clocks in at 264ppi, and the best notebook/convertible representative Samsung ATIV Q reaches 276ppi with its record 4.5 million pixel count, but larger 13.3" screen.
Granted, display resolution is just one aspect of a good panel, but the new Nexus 7 seems to get the others right, too, cited with 300 nits of brightness, and 178 degree viewing angles. Now let's see what's changed from the first Google Nexus 7 edition to this year's record-holder. First, the obligatory size comparison:
As you can see, the new Nexus 7 is much slimmer than the one of yesteryear, at only 0.3" (8mm), which is about a quarter of the thickness shaved off of the device. Not only that, but the 2013 edition is 11.2 oz (318 g), about ten percent lighter than before. It is almost as tall when held in portrait mode, but with a much slimmer side bezel, making it more comfortable to hold this way, while the top and bottom bezel is kept thicker, so you can rest your thumbs comfortably in landscape mode.
Looking at the full specs rundown below, the new Nexus 7 keeps it abreast not only in pixel density. It comes with double the RAM and internal storage amount of its predecessor, plus it sports a faster, cooler and more frugal processor design. We are including another 7" tablet around the $200 mark, just for kicks and giggles, as the Galaxy Tab 3 7-incher might cost $30 less than the new Nexus 7 tablet, but it gives so much away in pixel density, RAM, storage, and speed, that it is not even funny, and about the only advantage is the memory card slot it has.
|Device||Google Nexus 7 II||Google Nexus 7||Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7"|
|OS||Android (4.3)||Android (4.2.2)||Android (4.1)|
|Dimensions||7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches (201 x 114 x 8 mm)||7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches (198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm)||7.40 x 4.37 x 0.39 inches (188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm)|
|Weight||11.2 oz (318 g)|
the is 4.5 oz (127 g)
|11.99 oz (340 g)|
the is 4.5 oz (127 g)
|10.79 oz (306 g)|
the is 4.5 oz (127 g)
|Physical size||7.0 inches||7.0 inches||7.0 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1200 pixels||1280 x 800 pixels||1024 x 600 pixels|
|323 ppi||216 ppi||170ppi|
|IPS LCD||IPS LCD||TFT|
|Peak brightness||300 cd/m2 (nit)|
|Stand-by time||12.5 days (300 hours)|
the is 19 days (446 h)
|Video playback||9.00 hours|
|Capacity||4325 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer||Li - Polymer||Li - Ion|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro||NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L|
|Quad core, 1500 MHz||Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9||Dual core, 1200 MHz|
|Graphics processor||Adreno 320||ULP GeForce @ 416MHz||Yes|
|2048 MB RAM / DDR3||1024 MB RAM (1333 MHz) / LPDDR3||1024 MB RAM|
|Built-in storage||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB|
|Camera||5 megapixels||3 megapixels|
|Front-facing camera||1.2 megapixels||Yes||1.3 megapixels|
|Wi-Fi||Yes||802.11 a, b, g, n||802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Features||Mass storage device, USB charging||USB Host||Mass storage device, USB charging|
In short, Google's Nexus line is getting unbeatable in the value-for-money ratio, and the new Nexus 7 tablet is the perfect example of that, as it even offers a feature no other tablet maker has matched at the moment with the record pixel density of its panel. At a $230 starting price for the 16 GB version, and $270 for the 32 GB one, the best 7" tablet is priced at a level that would make us very, very worried if we were any major tablet maker but Asus, which actually makes the Nexus 7, and will profit from the scale of its sales.
Google has the power to ship these things at or a little above cost, as its core revenue is elsewhere, and if you are in the market for a small tablet, this year's Nexus 7 is a no-brainer. It is likely to sell like lemonade in the summer, further expanding the Android crusade in the market share game, which is precisely Google's aim with the Nexus line. Are you getting one?
- Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
- Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 32 GB
- Battery 3950 mAh
Google Nexus 7 OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.1 View Full specs
- Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
- Camera / 1.2 MP front
- Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
- Storage 8 GB
- Battery 4325 mAh
Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012
The nexus 7 II is probably the best priced tablet with top of the line specs.
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 5:35 AM 21
Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013
If only it ran iOS it'd be a dream come true!
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 7:42 AM 3
Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013
Hey LOSER, go back to Apple and get RIPPED OFF somemore. Apple treats you like a newbie in prison, bend over a take it like a good boy, no lube! Maybe its time you open your eyes and buy a great product thats not made by assh@!es that pretend to be an American company!
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 12:13 PM 5
Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013
That screen is to die for! Over 300ppi is mad! Definitely my next tablet!
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 5:38 AM 16
Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013
i've prefer the z ultra, slightly smaller screen though..
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 5:38 AM 1
Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012
Doesnt matter if it's cheap it will certainly cost a lot more in non-google play countries it will be a miracle if it gets priced under the $500 mark in my country
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 5:42 AM 9
Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012
Xperia tablet Z is still the best tablet for 2013 Actually I prefer Z ultra hahahaha but of course for the people who cant afford one can get this nexus 7
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 6:17 AM 1
Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011
How is the Xperia Tablet Z the best tablet of 2013? We're just over half way into the year, we still have the iPad 5 and second gen Nexus 10 to wait for, as well as Samsung's new Note 10.1. Also, this new Nexus 7 is better than the Xperia Tablet Z. Exact same specs; quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320, 2 GB of RAM, 1920x1200 display, but the Nexus has a smaller display which means a higher pixel density, and completely stock Android which means it will run a lot smoother than Sony's custom UI on the Xperia Tablet Z. Plus, instant updates from Google instead of waiting for Sony to slap their Xperia UI on top of it.
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 10:26 AM 5
Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013
That screen brightness sucks. The first-gen N7 was 312 nits, and the iPad Mjni is 388. This is going to look dull, even if it is high PPI. Why increase usability in one area, and then completely negate that with a dull screen? Even 400 nits isn't close to the top of tablet brightness (Transformer Infinity, 694), so this is just a step backward.
posted on Jul 24, 2013, 6:19 AM 0
Send a warning to post author
Send a warning to Selected user.
The user has 0 warnings currently.
Next warning will result in ban!
Ban user and delete all posts
Message to PhoneArena moderator (optional):