Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad 3

Introduction and Design

Since its inception, the iPad has long remained at the top of the tablet universe without seeing much threat from the competition. Of course, we can name quite a few devices that were poised to challenge its supremacy, but there has yet to be a legitimate contender that can slow its sales. On the Android side, we’ve seen tablets like the Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Asus Transformer Prime vying for their piece of the pie, but through it all, the iPad continues to stand head above water over its rivals. Well people, it looks like that might all change with the Google Nexus 7, as it seemingly employs all the correct ingredients for a major shakeup.


For $200, you really can’t knock the Google Nexus 7 for its humble design and decent build quality, but it’s obviously nowhere close to the meticulous standards held up by the new iPad. As we’re all familiar with by now, the higher price iPad boasts top-notch materials with its construction, and it continues to maintain the principle elements of what we expect out of quality tablet designs. Aside from smudges that accumulate over time on their displays, their bodies are mostly clean looking for the most part.

However, when it comes to comfortability, there’s no arguing that the Google Nexus 7 is easier on the hands for the long-term usage. Whereas the iPad can become tiring to hold up over a period of time, the Nexus 7 is considerably easier to handle thanks to its smaller size and lightweight feel. Naturally, form factor preference will vary from person to person – so if smaller is your thing, stick with Google’s offering, but if not, go big with the iPad.

Thanks partly to their distinctive feel and springy responses, we prefer the dedicated power button and volume control of the iPad. Conversely, the buttons on the Nexus 7 are quite tactile as well when they’re pressed, but we have more difficulty in making them out with our fingers – primarily because they’re not as raised and the fact that they’re positioned at an angle.

As for the rest, they feature all standard components like 3.5mm headset ports, speaker grills in the rear, microphones, and power/data connection ports. With the latter, we prefer the micorUSB port of the Nexus 7 over the proprietary 30-pin dock port of the iPad, because it’s a universal standard.


Visually, these two tablets flaunt some pleasant and sharp looking displays, however, the iPad’s Retina Display shows its superiority in many aspects over its rival. First and foremost, there’s the matter of resolution, which the 9.7” Retina Display of the new iPad redefines with its stunning 2048 x 1536 resolution – whereas the Nexus 7 boasts a still respectable 7” WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS display. Honestly, it’s almost difficult to discern which of the two has the sharper details from a far glance, but when we look up close, it’s undeniable that the iPad delivers the goods. In fact, we’re able to view fine text in a zoomed out view within the web browser a lot easier on the iPad.

Seeing that the two are using IPS displays, their color reproductions are mostly natural in tone – albeit, there’s a subtle cool appearance with the Nexus 7, which tends to make the color white appear a bit bluish in tone. Capturing our attention even more, the iPad boasts the better viewing angles and contrast levels to make it more visible in outdoor conditions, especially with the sun present. Conversely, it doesn’t help that the display of the Google Nexus 7 can appear washed out at certain angles.

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