Google's Nexus 7 tablet comes with a 7-inch screen. The iPad, on the other hand, comes with a 9.7-inch display. In today's world of watching movies, surfing the Web and getting work done, larger screens matter. Apple knows it. Why doesn't Google?
One of the biggest issues with Google's Nexus 7 is that it lacks mobile connectivity. So users won't be able to surf the Web if they are out of range of a WiFi signal. Apple's new iPad, however, comes with support for both 3G and 4G LTE.
Apple's Retina display is a major selling point. The screen delivers outstanding visuals and the kind of high-definition quality users typically won't find in a slate. Although the Nexus 7 has a nice display in its own right, it's not Retina.
Apple's iOS platform is easily one of the best reasons to buy a new iPad. The operating system is responsive, comes with useful applications, and has a better interface design than the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) running on the Nexus 7. The operating system matters when people decide what tablet to buy.
Enterprise Users, Unite
Although consumers are most likely to be shopping for tablets and making the choice between the Nexus 7 and iPad, enterprise users are getting into the mix, as well. And for that customer base, the decision is even easier. The Nexus 7 delivers little enterprise value in terms of applications; the iPad does much better on this count. That should be enough to choose the latter.
One of the biggest flaws with the Nexus 7 is its Android installation. Over the last couple of years, cyber-criminals have hit Android hard, and so far, the operating system hasn't been locked down as securely as iOS. That's a problem.
Google's Android Market is coming on strong as more and more developers start offering their apps in that store. However, it has a long way to go to catch Apple's App Store. Not only does Apple's store have more apps, the marketplace comes with programs that are a bit more polished. That's a significant selling point.
When it comes to mobile products, there isn't a single company that can match Apple in terms of overall quality. The Nexus 7 is built by Asus, which has a strong track record in product quality, but it's not on the same plane as Apple. And until that changes, choose the iPad over the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7's components are extremely powerful for a 7-inch, cheap tablet. In fact, the device comes with a quad-core, Tegra 3 processor. Its reliability and longevity are open to question. Apple's iPads, however, have more of a track record for longevity and should be able to keep running strong for at least three years. iPad might be more expensive but will also probably last longer.
Google's Nexus 7 comes with the customer's choice of 8GB or 16GB of storage. Apple's new iPad, however, starts at 16GB and goes all the way up to 64GB. Having more storage is extremely important. More content is being transitioned to digital, including movies, television shows and more. It's much better to have that stored locally. But if there isn't enough space, users are out of luck.