Google Nexus 7 VS Apple New iPad

It’s very rare that a product release date manages to stir up nearly the same hype as an Apple launch, but the Google Nexus 7 tablet has this week set a new bar for the 2012 tablet market. In fact, some have even brought up the old iPad Vs Nexus 7 question once again, as it is beginning to look in many ways as though we have a new front-runner on the market.

It is of course worth noting that this particular discussion rests on the premise that Apple will not in fact announce an iPad Mini release date in the near future – a move that would turn the tablet market upside down and inside out.

Early indications suggest that the Google Nexus 7 stocks were depleted in practically every retailer – online and in store – long before its official release date ever came about. Even Google’s Play store has run out of the 16GB version of the Nexus 7, at present only listing the 8GB model.

True, selling out of a product doesn’t necessarily confirm its success – there could after all have been quite disappointingly low stocks to begin with. However, given the unprecedented demand for the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean toting Nexus 7 running up to its release date, it is highly unlikely that the internet search giant didn’t have countless millions stockpiled.

So…back to that iPad vs Nexus 7 debate – does the Apple tablet walk all over its smaller foe as expected? According to initial customer response, very much not.

When weighing up the Nexus 7’s incredibly slick and high-quality build, the unrivalled smoothness of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, its raw power courtesy of that Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and its superb portability, its $199 price-tag offers a level of value for money that the iPad doesn’t even come close to.

It is simply a case of asking whether or not the entry-level new iPad is two and a half times as good as the Nexus 7 – the answer to which is a firm and frank no.

Of course, the iPad serves up a great deal more power and prestige, but in simple value for money terms the Google Nexus 7 is the new king of the hill…period.

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