Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Vs Ben Griffin 11:09, 4 Jul 2012

Google's Nexus 7 takes on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in a spec fight to the death

Google has entered the market with a very reasonably priced 7-inch tablet, known as the Nexus 7. But can it beat the veterans of the Android tablet space such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7? Let's find out.

Form

Google Nexus 7 - 196.7x133x7.9mm, 340g
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - 198.5x120x10.5mm, 340g

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7, like its bigger 10.1 brother, feels like a premium device. It's svelte, sturdy and the edging isn't too intrusive, something you tend to see on ultra-budget alternatives.

Google's Nexus 7 is a bit chunkier and does have slightly more edging, but both devices weigh the same so it's not such an issue. 340g is well below the weight of an iPad and just over double that of a chunky smartphone.

Samsung has opted for a backplate with a brushed look, which contrasts nicely with the black front panel. At the top left of the back is a camera and flash. It's a nice design but not quite as visually impressive as the new iPad.

Google - well, technically Asus but you get the idea - has opted for a rubbery backplate with holes. We quite like the styling but it certainly divides opinion.

Up against each other, the Samsung is the slimmer, more petite tablet but we get the feeling the Nexus 7 could take one more drop.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Display

Once again, it's a close call between both tablets but the extra 0.7-inches found on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 means a lower pixel density - 196 vs 216ppi (pixels per inch).

In terms of resolution, though, both devices are on a par. 800x1280 pixels means HD quality is achieved (well, of the 720p variety) and this leads to excellent clarity.

Both devices are bright, pack a lot of detail and the slightly smaller size lends itself to portability without too much lost in the way of impact. Really it's a choice of whether you want slightly more realistic colours, which would come from the LED-backlit IPS LCD found on the Nexus 7, or the more vivid colours of the Galaxy Tab 7.7's Super AMOLED Plus.

Winner - Draw

Storage

Here we see the Galaxy Tab 7.7 start to show its might. You can get the tablet in numerous forms, the lowest of which is 16GB. Via a microSD card slot, you can up the total storage to 64GB if you combine 36GB with 32GB expandable memory, rivalling the top-end iPad.

Google's Nexus 7 is significantly cheaper, which means corners had to be cut somewhere. In this case, you can either have 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, with no option to expand at a later date.

In the Nexus 7's defence, it does have the same amount of RAM, 1GB, which means performance will be similar - but we'll get onto that in a minute.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Camera

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 features two cameras: a 3.15-megapixel rear-facing camera for capturing photos, with LED flash to ensure low-light conditions are better catered for, plus a front-facing 2-megapixel snapper for video calling.

The Nexus 7 has a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera and no flash. Sitting on the front of the device, it's clearly meant for video calls and not taking images of your friends in a drunken state.

In this instance, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has the better camera (and two of them), so it wins this round.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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