Nexus 7 vs iPad | Efficiency vs Class

Google Nexus 7 has impressed everyone as a powerful tablet providing outstanding value for money. While Nexus 7 was not specifically designed for direct competition with iPad, we believe that a Nexus 7 vs iPad comparison is due by popular demand.

Those looking for a tablet will always be interested to see how Nexus 7 compares vs iPad, the reigning King of tablets.


First, a head to head comparison of the two tablets in a tabular format for those of you who like to see and understand such comparisons better in this simple format.

Nexus 7 vs iPad Comparison Table.

FeaturesNexus 7iPad 2iPad 3
Size198.5 x 120 mm241 x 186 mm241 x 186 mm
Thickness10.45 mm8.8 mm9.4 mm
Weight340 grams601~613 grams652~662 grams
Screen size7 inches9.7 inches9.7 inches
Resolution1280 x 8001024 x 7622048 x 1536
Pixels Per Inch221169264
Processor1.3 GHZ, Quad Core1GHZ, Dual Core1 GHZ, Dual Core
Storage8,16 GB16,32,64 GB16,32,64 GB
OSAndroid 4.1iOS5iOS5
Battery Life8~10 hours8~10 hours8~10 hours
Expandable MemoryNoNoNo
Front Camera1.2 MPVGAVGA
Rear CameraNo5MP,720p5MP,1080p
Blue ToothYesYesYes

Let us now get into more details and discuss the comparison points that stand out in above table.

Form Factor

  • Nexus 7 – 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm thick
  • iPad 2 – 241 x 186 x 8.8 mm thin!
  • iPad 3 – 241 x 186 x 9.8 mm

Nexus 7 is much more than yet another 7-inch tablet. Google and ASUS have really taken care to ensure that Nexus 7 does not feel and look like a cheap tablet.

Nexus 7 is a modern looking tablet with a textured finish on the back, that almost looks like real leather and provides plenty of grip.

In comparison, the iPad is a classic beauty that looks sleek, stylish, incredibly thin! and of-course well built due to its shiny metallic body.


  • Nexus 7 – 340 grams
  • iPad 2 – 601~613 grams
  • iPad 3 – 652 ~ 662 grams

Nexus 7 weighs just about 340 grams which makes it 313 grams lighter than iPad. Nexus 7 is also lighter than its nearest competitor Kindle Fire, in-fact it is currently the lightest tablet in the market.

Due to its small size and light weight, Nexus 7 is easy to carry and easy to hold in the hands.

The iPad is a full sized tablet ranging in weight from 601 to 662 grams, depending on the model and type (3G weighs more). This makes iPad less portable and not suitable for holding in hands for extended periods of time (more than 10 minutes).

While a small sized tablet wins in portability, a full sized tablet makes it easy to type on its large screen and can easily replace your laptop when coupled with a wireless keyboard.

Nexus 7 vs iPad | Display

  • Nexus 7 – 1280 x 800, 216 ppi
  • iPad 2 – 1024 x 762, 169ppi
  • New iPad – 2048 x 1536, 264ppi

As you can see from above comparison, Nexus 7 has a better display than iPad 2 while the New iPad’s 2048 x 1536 Retina display is currently the best available in the market for any tablet.

Nexus 7 benefits from its smaller screen size, producing 216 pixels per inch compared to 264 Pixels per inch on the New iPad. Meaning, both screens look good and you are not really missing much in case you decide to save money by going for Nexus 7.

Other comparisons to Nexus 7 would be Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 with 196 ppi and Retina display on Apple Macbook pro which has a 221 ppi display.

Leaving resolution and pixels aside and coming to perceptions, we have found iPad’s larger screen to be brighter and better in colours compared to any 7-inch tablet.

Nexus 7 vs iPad | Processor & RAM

  • Nexus 7 – 1.3 GHZ Quad Core Processor, 1GB RAM
  • iPad – 1 GHZ Dual Core Processor, 512MB RAM
  • New iPad – 1 GHZ Dual Core Processor, 1GB RAM

Nexus 7 is a little monster, powered by 1.3 GHZ Quad Core Processor, 12 core GPU and 1GB of RAM. You can expect zippy performance while playing games and watching videos on Nexus 7.

In comparison, iPad 2 comes with a dual Core 1GHZ Processor and lesser 512MB RAM. It gets better in the New iPad which comes with a matching 1GB RAM, and a powerful graphic processor (GPU).

The Quad Core Processor in Nexus 7 should provide significantly better performance than iPad’s Dual Core Processor. However, in practice this does not happen as most of the current games have been developed for Dual Core Architecture.

Battery Life

  • Nexus 7 – 4325 mAh, Lasting 8-10 hours
  • New iPad – 11,560 mAh, Lasting 8-10 hours
  • iPad 2 – 6944 mAh, 8-10 hours

The new iPad comes with a heavy and powerful 11,560 mAH battery to match its power hungry Retina display, graphic processor and LTE(4G) modem.

In comparison, Nexus 7 offers a battery life almost on par with the iPad while using a lighter 4325 mAH battery, sufficient for its smaller display, and WiFi only network.

Nexus 7 vs iPad | Operating System

  • Nexus 7 – Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
  • iPad – iOS5

Nexus 7 is powered by Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s growing Android OS for tablets. Jelly Bean has been designed to to offer faster performance, smarter notifications, and easy customization of the home screen.

Another added feature in Android 4.1 is improved precision when typing on the soft keyboard. Those who have struggled with typing on a smart phone will appreciate this feature.

In comparison iPad is powered by its well tested and dependable operating system(iOS5),  which makes the iPad perform flawlessly.


  • Nexus 7 – 1.3 MP Front Facing
  • iPad 2- 1.2 MP Front, 5 MP Rear Facing

The iPad comes with both a front and a rear facing camera while the Nexus 7 tablet only has a front facing camera that supports video chat and no back facing camera for taking pictures.

While the lack of rear facing camera in Nexus 7 is noticeable, we do not believe it to be a deal breaker. Most consumers will be happy with Nexus 7 offering a front facing while a similarly priced Kindle Fire is offering no cameras at all.

Now that we have seen most of the hardware features, it is time to take a look at the main selling features of the two tablets.

Google Nexus 7 | Selling Points

  • 4 million books to choose from, world’s largest collection of eBooks.
  • Movies and TV shows in full HD
  • Over 600,000 apps
  • NFC capable – iPad lacks this feature
  • Built in GPS – Works without a data connection (iPad lacks this features)
  • Google Now – Provides weather, traffic and other info just when you need it

 iPad | Selling Points

  • 20 million songs, thousands of movies and games
  • iTunes Cloud – Lets you store and access your entire music collection on any device
  • Airplay – Stream movies from iPad on your HD TV
  • Apps – World’s biggest App store
  • Ultra fast 4G Connectivity – Nexus 7 lacks this feature
  • Rich selection of accessories

Nexus 7, iPad 2 or the New iPad?

Just go for Nexus 7 in case price and portability are your main considerations. With its 7-inch size and light weight Nexus 7 is a truly portable tablet offering amazing hardware features for a $199.

Those who prefer the 10-inch format in a tablet, like iTunes, like the large number of Apps, iPad cases and accessories that are available for the iPad have two choices:-