Google Takes the Wraps off Latest Nexus Tablets – How do they Stack up Against the iPad?

Today Google announced three brand new Nexus devices in three sizes, all running the newest version of Android, 4.2, also known as Jelly Bean.

The three devices come in small, medium, and large, which translates to the Nexus 4, a smartphone, the nexus 7, Google’s already released 7-inch tablet, and the Nexus 10, a new 10-inch tablet.

Now that Google’s devices come in three sizes, the company is poised to become a serious iPad competitor, and each of its devices have been designed to compete directly with Apple’s offerings.

Google’s new 10-inch tablet is impressive, to say the least. It comes equipped with a 2560 by 1600 display, with 300 pixels per inch. That beats even the iPad’s Retina display. It’s also got a dual-core A15 chip along with a powerful GPU. It has a 5-megapixel back camera, the same as the iPad, and a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera.

On paper, this device is definitely on par with the fourth generation iPad, and we’ve already known that the Nexus 7 is a tablet that beats the mini in several respects, including screen resolution and processor speed.

The Nexus 4 is an iPhone competitor, and all of Google’s new devices are aggressively priced.

Google’s Nexus 4 16GB is available for $349 unlocked, the Nexus 7 16GB is available for $199 ($299 for 32GB with data), and the Nexus 10 16GB is available for $399.

This could spell trouble for the iPad. What do you think of Google’s new devices?

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  • Bill McLaughlin

    You seriously have to wonder why anyone would buy an iPad mini with the 7 inch Nexus being better in almost every spec. as well as much cheaper. Apps are the only reason and that is not enough given that most people only use a small fraction of the apps they have. I am a iPad 3 owner and have bought 4 other iPads for family and I am not planning on another iPad when the time comes. The time for Apple is passing.

    • Juli Clover

      I think that iPad sales show that apps (and iOS) are indeed enough of a reason to choose the iPad mini over the Nexus 7, though I agree, on paper, the Nexus 7 is the better tablet.

    • Brandenlee

      The Nexus 7 is not better in every spec. I went to play with it at staples and I rather have an iPad mini

      • Bill McLaughlin

        Picky, Picky. Almost nothing is better than the competition in every spec. Maybe the Apple fanboys would be happier if I had said “most specs”. No, on second thought, probably not. One buys what one wants and one gets what one deserves. I am not saying that Apple products are poor (I own a bunch). I am saying Apple has lost it’s edge. Mark my words, 10 years from now this era will be seen as the start of Apple’s decline. If I owned Apple stock, It would be time to sell.
        As far as iPad sales, yes, they have been good. I suspect this has as much to do with public ignorance of the alternatives as it does with the products themselves. Tech types know Android and Windows 8, the old lady next door just knows iPad.

        • Captain ZADL

          Remember Zune? No?

          Specs aren’t everything.