The Apple iPad Air vs. the Google Nexus 7 - What People Are Saying
many have tried using Android tablets, but have gone back to the iPad. Customers have said they love their Nexus 7 tablet, but they prefer the iPad and its integration with the Apple ecosystem even more.
Many have used the iPad starting when it first shipped in 2010, but they purchased a Nexus 7 years later. It was inexpensive ($200.) and small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. Most were happy to discover it was a great device for work and play applications.
Many people\'s main use for a tablet is staying on top of the news. They read articles and web pages and share them on social media. They also use the tablet to consume and comment on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.
Also, people use the tablet as an alternative to a laptop computer when working outside the office. They use for meetings and note taking.
The Nexus 7 excells in most all of these environments and most people upgraded immediately upon availability.
Like any product, there were some shortcomings. Battery life was disappointing, dying some five hours of use - this is less than half of what you can get from an iPad.
However, what most people missed was the Apple ecosystem of apps that run on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and sync over the cloud. So when the iPad Air came out in early November, people grabbed it.
Here are some observations people have discussed:
Size: Generally considered the biggest difference. However, the Nexus does have a bigger tablet comparable to the iPad Air, and the iPad mini is comparable to the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 has a seven-inch screen. It\'s about the size, shape, and weight of a notepad, and about as portable. many enjoy using their Nexus 7 to take notes on the go -- sitting during a presentation or interviewing someone in the hallway during a conference.
The iPad, with a 9.7-inch display, is an ideal tool when sitting down somewhere. It\'s great for catching up on blogs and news on a weekend morning.
And if you need to do heavy typing, it\'s terrific when paired with a keyboard case. You can find keyboard cases for the Nexus 7, but the keyboards are tiny and cramped.
Price: The Nexus 7 beats the iPad on price -- $229 for the low-end Nexus 7, vs. $499 for the low-end iPad Air. The iPad mini, which is comparable to the Nexus 7 in size, is priced at $299.
Display: The iPad Air has a 9.7-inch diagonal, 2048-by-1536 display, with 264 pixels per inch (ppi) resolution. The Nexus 7 has a 7-inch 1280x800 216ppi display. The iPad display is better -- more vivid.
Apps: The iPad has better apps.