Reported by: Robert Klien
Google Nexus 7 tablet as we know has already gotten off to a great start. The Android tablet is no doubt a serious contender to Apple’s iPad, which is the king of all tablets.
Here are some insights on why Google Nexus 7 can be a better choice than Apple iPad.
It took ASUS four months to design Nexus 7 with precision. Although Nexus 7 looks simple, it surpasses the line of 7-inch tablets out there. The device features special corning Gorilla Glass display that is durable enough to resist real world events that commonly cause glass failure. The back of the tablet is made of plastic but has a solid casing with a unique soft touch which increases grip. Apple iPad doesn’t feature Gorilla glass support and feels a bit slippery while holding it in the hand.
The size of a device does matter a lot as it’s weight and easy to carry options affects the usage. Nexus 7 is easy to carry and weighs 340 g compared to Apple iPad which weighs double the number to 662 g. Also Google Nexus 7 slips effortlessly into any bag which cannot be same for most 10-inch tablets.
Bringing cheer to technopiles, Google and ASUS has priced the device for $199 which is extremely cheap for a tablet of Nexus 7 bearing. Apple iPad come with a price tag of minimum $499. Adding $50 more to $199, users can get 16 GB model of Nexus 7 which again is still half the price of an entry level 16GB iPad 3. Save the $300 and get a high end smartphone along with the tablet, sounds good?
Tegra 3 Quadcore:
Adding NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset inside Nexus 7 for $199 is a big achievement. The chipset represents the pinnacle of mobile efficiency. And including a quad-core CPU clocking at 1.3 GHz does speaks the volume of the ASUS device. With cutting edge graphical muscle and absolute speed demo, Nexus 7 completely overshadows the dual-core 1 GHz processor which uses Apple A5X chipset. Moreover, certain high-end games are coded based on Tegra 3 graphics making Nexus 7 a huge hit among game enthusiasts.
No Company Based Limitations:
Google Nexus 7 will enjoy absolute freedom when it comes using apps and customization options. Although iOS is a hit operating system among iPad users, Apple doesn’t allow users to customize or tweak the device and Apple even ban’s certain apps for sensitive matters which is not the case with Google Play as users can download what they want.
A test conducted by warranty service provider SquareTrade reveals that Nexus 7 is “tough” compared to latest iPad. The Gorilla Glass, soft touch grip and weight distribution did come in handy for Nexus 7 when the test was conducted. SquareTrade applied three drop tests on the two tablets.
Newer Operating System:
ASUS device is powered by the latest Jelly Bean operating system from Google. Consumers can get their hands on the latest and more advanced features available in OS today. Although Jelly Bean looks identical to Ice Cream Sandwich, the major changes are in underlying code in the shape of Project Butter. Google has mentioned three key things on Project Butter viz changes to Vsync, triple buffering and improvements to the CPU governor.
Project Butter was launched to squash Android’s frequent problems with device lag, as well as Systrace to help diagnose performance. The effort has paid off as moving around within Android is just as smooth as iOS. The CPU and graphics run in parallel to each other rather than crashing into each other which affects the speed. The results show that Android 4.1′s speed is silky smooth at 60 frames per second. Android 4.1 also synchronizes your finger to its vsync timing, attempting to anticipate where you’ll want to go next.
Google has provided absolute competition for Apple’s voice recognition feature Siri with ‘Google Now.’ The new voice recognition Google Now allows users to browse the web for all kinds of content – using either text or speech. Google has integrated almost all functions found in Siri and surpasses its famous competitor by some margin. Apart from answering questions, it manifests itself in other, near-ingenious ways.