Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs. Nexus 7 – Features and Specifications Comparison

Both Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Nexus 7 are Android based tablets that use micro SIMs and were launched around the first half of 2013.

Of the two, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 was officially announced earlier, in June 2013, while the Nexus 7 followed suit, just a month later, in July 2013. The tablets have been listed among the successful tablets launched by their respective manufacturers. The following article aims at presenting an interesting study of some of the vital features of the tablets that can help you make a wise choice when you buy a tablet.

Dimensions and Weight

The Nexus 7 tablet is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in terms of length and width. However, it is thicker than its Samsung Galaxy counterpart by slightly less than an inch. Also with respect to the weight factor, the Nexus 7 tablet is handier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.

Verdict: When on the move, the Nexus 7 tablet is a better choice, because it is more compact than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet, in terms of its size. It is also less bulky, in terms of weight, making it easy to handle.

Screen Display and Resolution

Although both the Samsung Galaxy and the Nexus tablets are classified to be 8-inch tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet features a Super Clear TFT LCD screen of exactly eight inches while the Nexus 7 tablet sports a LED-backlit IPS LCD screen smaller in size by just one inch. Even as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 portrays a 1280×800 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 189ppi, the Nexus 7 encompasses a 1920×1200 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 323ppi. Also, although, both the tablets comprise a light sensor each, the Nexus tablet consists of a protective Corning Gorilla Glass scratch-resistant cover on its screen.

Verdict: Small is undoubtedly the best in this case. Although the screen size of the Nexus 7 tablet is visibly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet, it wins the battle, due to its ability to render sharper, crisper and clearer images. Moreover, the scratch-resistant screen casing gives the Nexus tablet an added advantage.

Hardware Configuration (CPU Processor, Graphics Processor and RAM)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Nexus 7 are both suitable and perform well, when used for multitasking. The Samsung Galaxy tablet utilizes a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with a clocking frequency of 1.5GHz and an ARM Mali-400 MP4 graphics processor. On the other hand, the Nexus tablet comprises a quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor that clocks at 1.5GHz along with an Adreno 320 graphics processor. The Samsung Galaxy and the Nexus tablets also feature 1.5GB RAM and 2GB RAM respectively.

Verdict: Once again the Nexus 7 tablet ranks a step ahead with its more powerful processors and excess inbuilt RAM, although, both tablets render good performances.

Internal Storage and Expandable Memory

Like other tablets in their series, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Nexus 7 tablets, come in two variations of 16GB and 32GB each. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy tablet has a memory slot that can accommodate a microSD, a microSDHC or a microSDXC memory card capacity up to 64GB.

Verdict: This is one key area where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 gains the upper hand over the Nexus 7 tablet. If you plan to store a lot of media files on your tablet, then the ability to opt for expanding memory might be truly worth considering, in order to avoid using up your tablet’s memory and slowing it down.

Software

Both Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Nexus 7 run on the Android’s Jelly Bean operating system. However, although a small upgrade can be made to the operating system in the Nexus tablet, the operating system in the Samsung tablet is of a slightly higher version. Moreover, the software in the Nexus 7, is pure Android while Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 incorporates the TouchWiz UI skin additionally.

Verdict: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 gets yet another chance to win over the Nexus 7 with its TouchWiz UI. The TouchWiz UI helps in screen customization thus making it more user-friendly. However, due to support from Google, the Nexus tablet gets updates from the Android, faster than and as soon as they are released when compared to the Samsung tablet.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy and Nexus tablets comprise a rear-facing and a front-facing camera each. The primary rear-facing camera in both the tablets is 5MP. The secondary front-facing camera of the Nexus 7 tablet is 1.2MP that is very slightly lesser than the 1.3MP of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and hardly makes a difference. Nevertheless, the 2592×1944 pixel resolution of the primary camera in the Nexus 7 is slightly more improved than the 2560×1920 pixel resolution of the primary camera in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The cameras in both tablets present quite a few interesting features such as autofocus, face detection, geo tagging and touch focus.

Verdict: With respect to the camera feature, it is not possible to argue that one tablet is a clear cut winner over the other. However the Nexus 7 tablet is very marginally ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 3 8.0 tablet because of the slightly clearer pictures rendered, due to the better resolution.

Battery Life   

The Samsung Galaxy tablet features a much more powerful battery than the Nexus 7 tablet. While Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a battery capacity of 4,450 mAh, against the 3,950 mAh capacity of the Nexus 7. When both tablets are fully charged, the Samsung tablet renders 10 hours of continuous video playback while the Nexus 7 offers 9 hours of video playback. The battery is non-removable in both the tablets.

Verdict: This is yet another plus point for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Featuring better battery life, the Samsung tablet scores a couple of points more than the Nexus tablet.

Colors

The tablets are available in the same color as their predecessors. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes in white color, the Nexus 7 tablet is sold in black color.

Verdict: This is not a deciding factor to decide the ideal tablet for you. However, it may be interesting to know the colors available for those who would like to know the options they can choose from.

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