With tablet manufacturers competing for the market share by either providing unique and premium features or by reducing their prices, end users have a wide range of tablets to choose from when-ever the new tablets hit the market.
The latest to join the tablet market place is Google, the search engine giant. Google recently showcased their Google Nexus 7 tablet during their annual I/O keynote event.
Features available in Google Nexus 7
This device comes with a 1280*800 pixel high definition display, providing crystal clear image, graphics and video viewing capabilities to the end user. The device runs on NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad core processor at faster processing speeds, when compared to a similar device, Kindle Fire.
It has a front facing camera for video chatting. Nexus 7 has a video playback capacity of 9 hours. This is quite close to the 10 hours play back time provided by Apple’s iPad. It also has a very good back up battery that has 300 hours of standby time and weighs 340 grams.
Integration With Google Software
One of the major breakthroughs achieved by this Nexus tablet is its integration with the Google created software products. Though there have been many Android based tablets in the past, none of them had Chrome as the browser.
Nexus 7 comes with Chrome as the default browser. Nexus is also tightly integrated with Google play and has the capability to play the new 3D magazine app available in Google play. GPS services provided by Google maps are also available in this device.
Some of the latest Google map services such as predicting the restaurants that one would particularly enjoy and viewing offline maps are also available in this device.
Available for Pre-order
The pre orders for Nexus 7 has already started and users could get their hands on Nexus by mid-July. Users have two price points to choose from. One is the $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. End users could place the orders by getting in on the online portal of Google play store.
Comparison with Existing Tablets
With respect to the price point, Google Nexus provides a direct threat to Apple’s iPad. Users would get more than 80% of the features available in iPad with Google Nexus at half the price of the entry level iPad. Users, who are not dying to have the retina display available in iPad, could well move towards Google Nexus, because of the enormous cost savings provided by it.
With respect to the available features, it comes with all the features available in Kindle Fire plus the added Google software application product integration. On top of it, Nexus runs on a processor that is much faster than the processor that is used to run Kindle Fire. The prices of both Kindle Fire and Google Nexus are nearly the same.
Moreover, Kindle apps can only be obtained in the Amazon market place, which is similar to the Apple’s iTunes marketplace. Google Nexus apps can be purchased from any online store, which is an authorized reseller of the Google and Android apps.
With Microsoft too planning to release their tablet device named Surface later this year, users would be spoiled for choice. But the real competition for the tablet market share would be between Google’s Nexus and Apple’s iPad.