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Comparison: Nexus 7 (2013) vs Nexus 7 (2012)

Processor and RAM

The processor is decisive when it comes to knowing the quality of a smartphone or tablet. Although it is not the only thing with what you have to have a tablet, the truth is that, in general, the rest of the components are at the level of this. In the case of the Nexus 7 presented last year, it was surprising to have an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. This processor was one of the first quad-core to hit the market, and the fact that the tablet had it ensured good performance. Nonetheless, of all the quad-core processors released last year, the Nvidia Tegra 3 was probably the least good of all. Precisely, the last one that was launched last year was the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, the first quad-core of the American company, which arrived many months after those of the other brands. Without a doubt, it was the best processor presented last year, and it is the one carried by the Nexus 7 of this generation. The difference? It is not too big, but in any case it could be remarkable if we are going to use the tablet to play.

Another of the big differences is found in the RAM. The Nexus 7 that was introduced last year had a 1GB RAM, which was considered sufficient for that time. However, the new generation has a RAM of 2 GB. In this case, the difference is much more considerable. If we are going to use it to play, there is no doubt that the new Nexus 7 is light years away from last year’s version. Even if we are going to use many high-level applications simultaneously, we could run into some problems in last year’s edition. However, for a totally normal use, using some applications, and browsing the Internet, the old one is more than enough.

Screen and camera

Perhaps the biggest difference between one and the other is on the screen. It is the third variant that we knew was going to be modified, along with those already mentioned. And, the screen, even being seven inches in the case of the two tablets, the truth is that the new Nexus 7 has had a very important improvement. Whereas the screen resolution of last year’s Nexus 7 was 1280 by 800 pixels, that of the next-gen Nexus 7 is 1920 by 1200 pixels. Is it a considerable difference? Yes and no. In theory, one screen is high definition, and the other is Full HD. However, we enter figures that are not easily perceptible to the human eye. The truth is that if it were a smartphone, we would say that the difference is almost non-existent, but in a tablet there is greater difference. Even so, it is not that important.

Now, if what we are looking for is a tablet with a camera that captures good photographs, then we will have to choose the new Nexus 7. Basically, because it has a five megapixel main camera. Last year’s version does not have a main camera. Both, yes, have a front camera to make video calls.

Nexus 7

OS

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will hit the market with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, along with the entire set of applications developed by the company for its flagship devices. Meanwhile, the Nexus 7 has the most recent software updates, which means having Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system, and the assurance that it will update to Key Lime Pie and probably all the new versions that are released. for the next year and a half. Google also takes good care of the interfaces, design and operation of the software of its devices, so in this case we find a small tie, where the Samsung tablet stands out for the set of specially prepared applications that it will have, while the Nexus 7 stands out for having an operating system without layers with almost unbeatable performance. However, by carrying both very recent versions of Android, they share many characteristics.

Memory and battery

There are no variations when it comes to the memories of both tablets. It is true that the first Nexus 7 was presented in an 8 GB version. However, it was later withdrawn and a new 32GB was added. Thus, currently we find two identical tablets as far as memory is concerned. Last year’s Nexus 7 and this year’s Nexus 7 will be sold in two versions, one 16GB and one 32GB.

As for the battery, yes there is a technical draw. The Nexus 7 presented in 2012 had a 4,325 mAh battery, while the new Nexus 7 has a 3,950 mAh battery. It is true that now it has less battery, but the most likely thing is that the processor offers a lower battery consumption, being a more modern one. However, they could still have had a battery like the previous one to improve autonomy.

Nexus 7

Price

What we do not find big differences is in the price of the tablets. Both last year’s Nexus 7 and this year’s Nexus 7 are priced very similarly, albeit slightly differently. For starters, the 16GB Nexus 7 now costs € 229, with last year’s version priced at € 200. The 250 euros that the 32 GB version cost last year, now costs about 270 euros. The difference is not too great, although it must still be taken into account.