The 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.
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.