Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPadThe question invariably asked of all new tablets is: “How does it compare to the iPad?” That’s not my opinion as “Head Apple Fanboy” (a fantastically misguided nickname); it’s just the way it is. The iPad has dominated the tablet arena for well over two years.

It’s arguably a slightly silly question where the Asus Nexus 7 concerned, as pricing means the two can happily co-exist, much like Porsche and Skoda (no offense intended to the Nexus 7). But, at less than half the price of the iPad, is the Asus Nexus 7 more than half as good?

Let’s break-it break-it down in an old school way.

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad: Price

The Asus Nexus 7 weighs in at £159 for the 8GB model, or £199 for 16GB of storage. Any way you look at it, that’s pretty freakin’ cheap for a decent little tablet.

The third gen iPad, meanwhile, starts at £399 and goes waaay up to £659 if you fancy 64GB of storage and 3G. The 16GB iPad 2 is slightly more wallet-friendly at £329 (£429 with 3G).

Winner: Asus Nexus 7

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad: Specs

In terms of display, the third gen iPad is larger than the Asus Nexus 7 (9.7in vs 7in), and boasts a higher PPI (264 vs 216).

The Asus Nexus 7 offers relatively modest storage options at 8GB and 16GB, while the iPad offers 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavours. Of course, neither tablet comes with microSD support.

In order to keep cost down, the Asus Nexus 7 has no rear camera whatsoever (there’s a 1.3MP snapper on the front, however). The third gen iPad, meanwhile, has a 5MP rear camera with 1080p 30fps video recording.

At present, the Asus Nexus 7 is Wi-Fi only.

Winner: iPad

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad: Portability

The new iPad surprised some when it weighed in – literally weighed in – at 51g more than the iPad 2 (652g vs 601g). What a fatty. Of course, that was necessitated by the enhanced internals, so no complaints here.

The Asus Nexus 7 isn’t that much smaller than the iPad (in terms of surface area), but weighs – get this – just 340g. That’s almost half the weight of the comparatively beefy new iPad.

Winner: Asus Nexus 7

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad: Apps

App Store and Google Play disparity isn’t a massive deal for most users, though the former is easily the platform of choice as far as gamers are concerned. If you fancy playing Infinity Blade, for example, the iPad is your only option.

However, both App Store and Google Play have plenty of fart apps.

Winner: App Store

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad: Conclusion

Well, you get what you pay for. The iPad is arguably the best consumer tablet on the market (not without its shortcomings, admittedly), while the Asus Nexus 7 is an absolute steal at £159. That really is stupidly cheap.

Can we declare them both winners? Yes. Yes we can.

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8 comments

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2012 at 13:15

Showdown:

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Vs

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matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 6, 2012 at 13:31

Continuing Lewis' train of thought, of the two, sign me up for a Skoda Superb V6; plentiful power, practical to use and I could have two for the price of a Porsche (wow, that actually fits surprisingly well).

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2012 at 17:28

Continuing Lewis' train of thought, of the two, sign me up for a Skoda Superb V6; plentiful power, practical to use and I could have two for the price of a Porsche (wow, that actually fits surprisingly well).

http://ifakesiri.com/img/vxff3vf3.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 6, 2012 at 17:39

Okayyyy...that's random even for you. I assume you found a Siri generator somewhere on the interwebs, judging by the AT&T logo?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2012 at 17:48

I'm on holidays...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 6, 2012 at 18:48

I'm on holidays...
Get off Mobot and enjoy your time with friends/family, then :p.

dcx_badass  Jul. 10, 2012 at 04:14

Asus Nexus 7 vs iPad: Specs

No mention of the Nexus 7's quad core vs the ipads dual core? Talk about one sided reporting the only two you didn't give to the ipad were price and size because there's no way to twist them to fit the apple agenda.

I notice how when apple even might be using a quad core then that gets a whole article, but an android tab using one and it's 'overlooked'.
http://www.mobot.net/iphone-5-quadcore-44307

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 10, 2012 at 12:46

Well, we've (Mobot) been accused of being both Samsung and Apple fanboys this morning, lovely.

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