I soon found that I was wanting more from a tablet, and I narrowed down my search to the Nexus 7 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. I would consider both to be the top contenders in the 7 inch Android tablet market. Ideally, I'd like to have a hybrid of those two devices, but, that's not an option. So, for those of you who were on the fence like I was, here's a nice comparison of features of the Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Please Note: I am declaring "winners" in various categories based upon how certain features fit my needs. Your mileage may vary. Compare the technical specifications for the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and decide for yourself.
|Nexus 7:||1,280 x 800 Pixels|
|Galaxy Tab 2:||1,024 x 600 Pixels|
The Nexus 7 is the winner here boasting a slightly better screen resolution than the Galaxy Tab 2.
|Nexus 7:||1.3mp front. No Rear-facing camera|
|Galaxy Tab 2:||0.3mp front. 3mp Rear.|
Personally, I don't have much use for a rear facing camera on a tablet, so I'll give the win to the Nexus 7 on this one because of the better front facing camera.
|Nexus 7:||1.2 GHz Quad Core|
|Galaxy Tab 2:||1.0 GHz Dual Core|
Even though I've been able to overclock the Galaxy Tab 2 to 1.5 gig, the Nexus 7 is still the clear winner here.
|Galaxy Tab 2:||Up to 64GB via microSD slot|
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 easily takes the prize on this one.
In the end, if you have to choose between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the Nexus 7, it's all going to come down to what you're intending to use the tablet for. Personally, I need a lot of expandable storage because I take a lot of movies and music with me on trips and don't expect to have access to the cloud during travel time, so abundant local storage is a must have for me. This, along with the price (you can get the Student Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 via Best Buy which includes a keyboard and dock for a lower price than the Nexus 7) sold me on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. If you're looking for a state-of-the art, cutting edge Android experience, then the Nexus 7 is the one for you.