The launch of Nexus 7 by Google has set the tablet industry ablaze, not for producing a super cheap tablet, but for packing in a fully featured tablet for a small price tag of $199. So let’s see how well does it stacked up against the new iPad, the current undisputed king of the tablet world, and Microsoft’s own Surface, which was released just two weeks back.
|Spec||Nexus 7||Microsoft Surface||New iPad|
|Operating System||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Windows 8||iOS 6|
|Display||7” 1280×800 IPS Display||10.6” ClearType HD Display||9.7” 2048×1536 IPS Display|
|Camera||1.2MP front camera||
5MP rear and 0.3MP front camera
|Memory||1 GB RAM||
1 GB RAM
|Storage||8GB and 16GB||32GB, 64GB for Surface RT and 64GB, 128GB for Surface Pro||16GB, 32GB and 64GB|
|CPU||Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor||
Nvidia ARM processor on Surface RT and Intel iCore i5 on Surface Pro
1.0 Ghz Dual-core Apple A5X processor
||Surface RT is WiFi Only while Surface Pro will be WiFi + 3G/4G LTE||
|Dimensions||198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm||Unknown||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm|
|Thickness||10.45mm||Surface RT – 9.3mm
Surface Pro – 13.5mm
|Battery||4325 mAh (Upto 8 hours of active use)||Unknown||11560 mAh (Upto 10 hours of active use)|
This ‘pure Google experience’ tablet has fragmented the tablet market into two sections — The premium section led by the iPad and the affordable section for which the Nexus 7 has been made for.
In the upcoming 6-7 months, I’m pretty sure that the Nexus 7 will cover a significant tablet market share by focusing sorely on the ‘Affordable’ section while iPad will undoubtedly remain the king of the ‘Premium’ section. The real challenge will certainly be felt by the Microsoft Surface, which will have a tough time trying to enter in a market that exists between these two sections.