Nexus 7 vs iPad Air – Price and Specs Comparison

After achieving pretty good success with the latest Nexus phones, Google is planning to take the war to Apple in the tablet segment.

It has seen enormous growth in this segment primarily fuelled by the success of the iPad. Even the recently launched iPad Air continues to generate tremendous interest. Rather than go by the way of Apple and bringing a new 10 inch device to the market, Google is looking to dominate this segment in the power packed 7 inch unit. Will it be better than iPad, which has dominated the industry ever since its launch?


The Apple iPad has long been the one product that has stuck with the 9.7 inch display size that is available in a square shape. Even though there has been the iPad mini with a smaller display, people often relate to the 10 inch unit when they think of the iPad. This is a similar story with the latest iPad Air. Even though the talking point of the device is its lightweight and thin nature, the display has taken an even better position in the promotional aspects.


Despite being of a standard size since the iPad was introduced, Apple has been consistently increasing the resolution of its screen. It now punches out 1536 x 2048 pixels, which works out to a pixel density of 264 PPI. The Nexus 7, on the other hand, comes with a 7 inch unit, which goes even better in terms of resolution. The sacrifices made in terms of size payback with a pixel density of 323 PPI due to its 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Both screens, though, employ the same technology.

Multiple Storage Options

This has always been one of Apple’s strong points because they have been consistently able to provide devices with varied storage options. The iPad Air is no exception in this regard since it comes with four different options – 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. This makes it comprehensive and it satisfies the needs of different customers. The Nexus 7 is not full-fledged as the iPad in this regard, as it comes with only two options – 16 GB and 32 GB.


Even though the Nexus 7 comes with 2 GB of RAM, Apple Inc is likely to offer a similar – if not better – performance in their device even with just 1 GB of RAM. This is primarily because the Apple OS is suited to this device, whereas the Android 4.3 that is shipped with the Nexus 7 is made to work in a number of different devices. Nexus 7 does offer the capability to upgrade to Android 4.4. As far as processor is concerned, the Google device excels by offering a quad core 1.5 GHz unit, which is likely to be twice as fast as the dual core 1.3 GHz unit in the Apple iPad Air.


Both devices are almost similar in terms of camera since they offer a 5- megapixel unit as standard. The front facing camera is a 1.2 megapixel unit on both devices.

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