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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 ) Vs Google Nexus 7 16GB : Tablet PC comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Google Nexus 7 are amongst the most successful Android Tablets the world over. While Samsung tablets have already picked up a huge chunk of the Tablet PC market in India, Google is yet to make its presence really felt. Though the Nexus 7 Tablet PC is launched in India, it is currently available only in Croma stores. Below is a feature by feature comparison of the Galaxy Tab 2 and Nexus 7, both are Tablets under Rs.20,000.

Note: It is important point here that the Nexus 7 has been launched in the US market in July 2012 and subsequently and enhanced version of the Tablet was launched in October 2012 with more features. But the Nexus 7 launched in India in November was the old version and the new version. This article will compare the Galaxy Tab 2 with the old version of the Nexus 7 which is currently available in India. The article will be updated whenever the new version of the Tablet is launched in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) P3100 vs Google Nexus 7
See the pros and cons of each Tablet PC below the comparison table

Samsung Galaxy Tab2 (7.0) P3100 Google Nexus 7 16GB
Best price Rs.19,300 Click for latest price Rs.19,999 Click for latest price
Operating System Android 4 (Ice Cream sandwich) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 1 GHz dual core processor 1.3 GHz Quad-core Tegra3 processor
GPU PowerVR SGX540 ULP GeForce GPU
Internal storage 16GB 16 GB
MicroSD slot Yes No
SIM Card Slot Yes No
USB USB 2.0 micro USB
Display Size 7 inches 7 inches
Display Resolution 1024x600 1280 x 800 pixels
Height 193.7 mm 198.5 mm
Width 122.4 mm 120 mm
Depth 10.5 mm 10.45 mm
Weight 344 gms 340 gms
Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
3G Yes No
Other Internet options GSM & EDGE No
Primary Camera 3 MP 1.2MP front facing camera
Secondary Camera VGA
Battery Type 4000 mAh 4325 mAh
Battery Life Up to 30 hours (2G)/Up to 20 hours (3G) Talk Time Battery 9 hrs of video playback, 10 hrs web browsing, 10 hrs of e-reading, 300 hrs of standby
GPS Assisted GPS Embedded GPS
Other specifications Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass;
Mobile Printing (Direct/USB/Wifi), Flight Mode, SMS, MMS, Predictive Text; Email: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP; Instant messaging: G-Talk; Bluetooth: BT 3.0; SyncML (DM): DM 1.2, FOTA
NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth, Scratch resistant Corning glass, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope

Samsung Galaxy Tab2 (7.0) P3100 vs Google Nexus 7 Tablet PC: Pro Con Analysis
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) P3100
Pros: SIM card slot, 3G support, Dual camera (3 MP rear camera and front facing VGA camera) , Good battery life, Assisted GPS, 16GB storage, Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz user interface
OK: 1 GHz dual core processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1 GB RAM, microSD card slot, 1024x600 pixel resolution, WiFi, GSM & EDGE support; Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and Proximity sensors; Bluetooth, TFT LCD screen (no IPS: Inter plane switching), Camera auto focus
Cons: No HDMI port, VGA front facing camera (should have been a higher resolution than 0.3MP)

Google Nexus 7
Pros: Android 4.1 jelly bean, 1.3 GHz quad core Tegra3 processor, ULP GE force GPU, 16GB storage, 1280x800 pixel resolution, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot, Battery life, Embedded GPS, NFC (Android beam), Scratch Resistant Corning Glass, IPS(Inter plane switching) screen
OK: 1 GB RAM, WiFi, 1.2 MP camera, Bluetooth; Accelerometer, Magnetometer (compass) and Gyroscope sensors
Cons: No microSD card slot, no 3G support, no HDMI port; home screen does not rotate in landscape mode.

Conclusion: Google Nexus 7 has a good processor, good GPU, good resolution and makes it a perfect Tablet PC for watching videos and playing games. A 1.2 MP front facing camera puts it in a better position than the Galaxy Tab2 for video chatting. But the lack of 3G support or SIM card slot is a huge miss especially in India where WiFi is not common. Though Google has launched an enhanced version of the Nexus 7 Tablet which provides 3G support, it is yet to be launched in India. The Galaxy Tab 2 packs in a lot of features that make it suitable for gaming, photography with autofocus, expandable memory which the nexus 7 does not have, 3G and voice calling features. The front facing VGA camera is a big disappointment though. However, until Google launches the enhanced version of the Nexus 7, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) P3100 is the winner for me.