With outstanding specifications in a budget tablet, Nexus 7 is drawing comparisons with other 7-inch tablets like Kindle Fire, Playbook and even the mighty iPad (See Nexus 7 vs iPad).
In this post we are taking a look at Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 Comparison, starting with a side by side comparison of the two tablets in a tabular format. This will be followed by a detailed discussion of the major features.
Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 Comparison Table
|Features||Nexus 7||Galaxy Tab 2|
|Size||198.5 x 120 mm||193 x 122 mm|
|Thickness||10.45 mm||10.45 mm|
|Weight||340 grams||344 grams|
|Screen size||7 inches||7 inches|
|Display||1280 x 800, 221PPI||1024 x 600, 169 PPI|
|Processor||1.3 GHZ, Quad Core||1 GHZ, Dual Core|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Storage||8,16 GB||8, 16, 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.1||Android 4.0|
|Battery Life||8~9.5 hours||8~9 hours|
|Expandable Memory||No||up to 32GB Micro SD|
|Rear Camera||No||3.2MP,720P Video|
- Nexus 7 – 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – 193 x 122 x 10.45 mm
Both Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2 embrace the 7-inch form factor as opposed to the 10-inch form popularised by Apple’s iPad.
In terms of physical dimensions, Nexus 7 is about 5.5mm longer and 2mm smaller in width compared to Galaxy Tab 2. Both tablets have a similar 10.45mm thickness which is just 0.75mm shy of iPad’s 9.7 mm thickness.
Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 | Weight
- Nexus 7 – 340 grams
- Galaxy Tab 2 – 344 grams
That really was close! – Google Nexus 7 edging out Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 by just 4 grams to become the lightest tablet in the market.
Both Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2 are really light and truly portable tablets with Nexus 7 perhaps providing a better grip and feel due to its curvy textured leather like back cover.
Emphasizing on the lightness, the combined weight of Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2 comes to about 684 grams, which is pretty close to the weight of iPad 2 (653 grams).
- Nexus 7 – 1280 x 800, 216 ppi
- Galaxy Tab 2 - 1024 x 600, 169 ppi
In terms of screen resolution, it is Nexus 7 which takes the cherry and the cake for its outstanding 1280 x 800 display that produces an impressive 216 ppi on its 7-inch LCD screen – just shy of Apple Macbook Pro’s 221 ppi on a larger 13.3-inch screen.
Brightness and wide angle views on Galaxy Tab 2 are powered by Samsung’s propriety PLS (Plane to-Line-Switching) technology, while those on Nexus 7 are powered by IPS (In-Plane-Switching) technology, just like other tablets in the market.
Judging by performance (observed, not measured), there is not much of a difference between the two, although the IPS technology used in Galaxy Tab 2 is rated to provide a higher level of brightness using low power.
Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 | Camera
- Nexus 7 – 1.2MP front Facing
- Galaxy Tab 2.0 – 0.2MP front and 3.2 MP rear camera
Nexus 7 comes with a 1.2 MP front-facing camera designed for video calling (only) and there is no back-facing camera for taking pictures.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has gone the other way, offering a 3.2 MP back facing camera that can take pictures and record videos in 720p HD mode and a (it is there type) front facing VGA camera for video chat.
Processor & RAM
- Nexus 7 – 1.3 GHZ Quad Core Processor, 1GB RAM
- Galaxy Tab 2 – 1 GHZ Dual Core Processor, 1GB RAM
Matching tablets of Pre-Nexus 7 era!, Samsung had chosen to reduce costs by taking a step back from 1.2 GHZ processor found in its premium Galaxy Tab 7.0 and offered a 1 GHZ dual core processor with 1 GB RAM in Galaxy Tab 2.
In Comparison, Nexus 7 is the first 7-inch tablet to offer a Quad Core Processor and an impressive 12-core GPU. This does translate into better performance, you will notice faster game play, smoother web browsing and better video play.
- Nexus 7 – 4,325 mAh, rated to last up-to 9.5 hours
- Galaxy Tab 2 - 4,000 mAh, rated to last for 8~9 hours
Both Tablets are equipped with powerful batteries. Nexus 7 has a bigger 4,325 mAh battery compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 4,000 mAh battery.
In terms of battery life, both Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy tab 2 can last between 8 to 9.5 hours on a single charge, depending on the usage.
Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 | Operating System
- Nexus 7 – Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. 7.0 – Android 4.0
Nexus 7 comes pre-loaded with Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s Android OS.
Samsung Galaxy tab 2 is powered by Android 4.0 which was the last version of Google’s Android OS and should eventually be upgradable to Jelly Bean, whenever Google decides to release this to other Android devices.
In addition, Galaxy Tab 2 is equipped with Samsung’s propriety TouchWiz user-interface, which allows customization of the home screen with easy drag and drop features.
Among other features, TouchWiz helps in multi-tasking, offers easy access to news and weather from home screen, and its own version of on-screen Keyboard designed for speed and accuracy while typing.
Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2.0 | Storage
- Nexus 7 – 8, 16 GB
- Galaxy Tab 2 – 8, 16, 32 GB plus Expandable Memory
Nexus 7 comes in 8GB and 16GB models while Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is available in 8, 16 and 32 GB versions.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 also comes with a micro SD slot and is expandable upto 32GB of additional memory on top of the available 8, 16 or 32 GB of native memory.
This option for expandable memory which can be quite handy for storing movies especially while travelling is missing in Nexus 7.
Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Tab 2 | Ecosystem
Google has a growing ecosystem comprising of a good selection of books, magazines, and videos. In comparison Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 does not have an ecosystem of its own.
However, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 does not disappoint in any way, it offers full access to Google Play, Samsung Apps and also Amazon where you can buy books, magazines and subscribe to newspapers via the Kindle app.
Google Nexus 7 | Selling Points
- Growing Ecosystem – 600,000 Apps, millions of books, movies & TV shows
- First Tablet with NFC capabilities
- Built in GPS that works without data connection using downloaded Google maps.
- Google Now – Provides weather, traffic and other info just when you need it.
- Google Cloud – Stream videos, music, and movies from Google’s Cloud servers
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 | Selling Points
- Provides full access to Google Play and also Amazon for books, magazines and newspapers
- Access to Educational material through BrainPOP app
- Samsung Media Hub - Cloud based service for latest movies, videos and TV shows
- SmartView – Lets you stream programs from TV to Galaxy Tab 2
- Build in IR Blaster – Turns Galaxy Tab 2 into a universal remote
- Expandable memory up to 32GB, WiFi and 3G models
- Buy Once Use Everywhere – Lets you play movies on up-to 5 devices at the same time
Google Nexus 7 offers outstanding value for money considering its rich hardware features like Quad Core Processor, 12- core GPU and high resolution display.
In comparison, Galaxy Tab 2 is competent on the hardware side and offers features that are lacking in Nexus 7 – Expandable storage, options to buy WiFi or 3G version and easy access to books on Amazon.
When it comes to a buying decision, we recommend that you go through ‘Selling’ points of both tablets as listed above and decide which ones are more important for you.
For example, frequent travelers might see more value in expandable storage and 3G-connectivity that Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 offers compared to better hardware features in Nexus 7.