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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.


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.


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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