Check out how the Google Nexus 7 does against the new iPad launched by Apple earlier this year
Google's much talked about Nexus tablet was finally announced, at the company's I/O Developers' conference. The tablet, featuring a 7in display (hence the brand name Nexus 7) will be manufactured by Taiwanese company ASUS and will feature Google's Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system - the latest iteration of the popular software.
In addition, the Nvida Tegra 3 quad-core processor will be at the heart of what promises to be a surprisingly light-weight tablet. Google will pack a number of connectivity and performance features like Wi-Fi, Near Field Communication (NFC), Accelerometer and Gyroscope into the Nexus 7, all of which will be powered by a 4325mAh battery set to provide up to eight hours of continuous usage. There will be two models of the Nexus 7 - 8GB (suggested UK retail price of £159) and 16GB (suggested retail UK price of £199).
The Nexus features a 7in back-lit In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD capacitive touchscreen with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The resolution of the display is 800 x 1280 pixels with pixel density of 216 pixels per inch (ppi). The display resolution and density of the Nexus 7 are surprisingly higher and sharper than those of rival 7in tablet, including Blackberry's PlayBook and Amazon's Kindle Fire. Furthermore, CNET suggests the Nexus 7 provides a wider viewing angle than the Kindle Fire and even some 10in tablets.
The newly launched third-generation iPad has a slightly bigger screen than the Nexus - 9.7in, to be precise. In addition, it is a LED-backlit multi-touch, high-resolution Retina Display screen with IPS technology. The resolution is 1536 x 2048 pixels with a pixel density of 264 ppi. The display features fingerprint-resistance oleophobic coating and supports multiple languages. The most striking feature of the display is the Retina technology, which is claimed to deliver four times the number of pixels on the iPad's predecessor and performs better than the ASUS Transformer Prime, the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro.
The Nexus 7 measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm and weighs 340g. There are two models of the iPad - with Wi-Fi and with Wi-Fi + Cellular. Both measure 241 x 186 x 9.4mm but the latter is 10g heavier than the former's 652g.
The Nexus 7 will run on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) pre-installed and in doing so will become the first device to run on the new software. Jelly Bean reportedly includes features like an enhanced User Interface (UI) and Notifications section, as well as Home screen management, a revamped camera and an improved voice search feature.
Apple's third generation iPad was launched with iOS 5.1. The latest version of the software - iOS 6 - was, however, been announced at the recently concluded World Wide Developers' Conference (WWDC). Apple has said iOS 6 will be pushed to the new iPad as a free update.
The Nexus 7 will run on the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which has been clocked at 1.3GHz. The Tegra 3 processor powers many Android tablets and is hailed as one of the best around. meanwhile, the new iPad is powered by Apple's A5X dual-core custom-designed processor with quad-core graphics. Both tablets house 1GB of RAM.
Google's tablet has a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, designed for video calling and 720p video capture. The tablet, unfortunately, has no primary (rear-facing) camera, unlike the PlayBook or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
The new iPad sports a five megapixel iSight camera and technology like auto-focus, Tap-to-Focus and Face Detection. It can record HD videos in 1080p and 30 frames per second (fps) with audio. The device has a Face Time VGA-quality front camera which can capture photos and video up to 30 fps.
The Nexus 7 will offer Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new iPad offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth version 4.0. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model can run on both AT&T and Verizon networks and offers Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity.
The Nexus 7 will have two models - 8GB and 16GB. The new iPad comes with three options - 16GB/32GB/64GB. Neither device supports microSD cards.
The Nexus 7 will be powered by a Li-ion 4325mAh battery which is expected to survive for up to eight hours. The new iPad is powered by a built-in 42.5 watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, which offers up to 10 hours of activity.