Google has proved with its Nexus 7 tablet that even inexpensive products can be full of quality.
Even though the iPad continues to be the benchmark when it comes to quality, the Nexus 7 is not far behind and this is a testament to the device that costs half as much as the iPad. Samsung has also entered into the frame as a competitor for the Nexus 7 with its Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. This is the third generation 8 inch device from the company that promises to offer more features than ever before.
The design has not changed in the Samsung products over the past few years, as they feature a familiar physical button flanked by two touch sensitive buttons below the large display. In terms of design, the Nexus 7 loses out slightly due to the thickened bezels at the edges. The Google device is also a whole 1 mm thicker than the Samsung product. This could be seen as a disadvantage in the eyes of some, but there is little to separate the two devices in terms of weight.
The Google Nexus 7 was initially expected to not even come with a camera since it was promoted as a low-cost tablet. However, Google has surprised everyone by providing a five megapixel autofocus camera that is similar in specifications to the one found on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. However, there is a vast difference in terms of the video recording capabilities because the Nexus 7 supports full HD video recording compared to the 720p video recording of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
One does not need to worry about storing the full HD videos recorded on this camera because the Nexus 7 comes with 16 GB and 32 GB options for the internal memory. Even though the device does not support external memory cards, this should be sufficient for most usage. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, however, not only provides the same internal memory options, but it also offers external memory card support. This would enable the user to expand the memory – up to a maximum of 64 GB – depending upon the usage.
This flexibility could become an advantage for the Samsung device later on.
Being a Google device, it is not surprising that the Nexus 7 will be able to run the latest android 4.4.3 operating system whereas the Samsung device has to do with only the 4.2 version for now. However, there is little doubt that the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will be able to run this OS in impressive fashion due to its dual core 1.5 GHz processor. The Nexus 7 is substantially faster in this regard due to a quad core 1.5 GHz processor from the snapdragon range. The Nexus 7 also has slightly more RAM – 2 GB compared to the 1.5 GB.
The Nexus 7 in the 32 GB version retails at around $230 while the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is priced slightly higher at around $250, for its 16 GB variant.
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