Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10: Which Tablet Should You Get This Holiday Season?

Posted on Dec 7 2012 - 2:00am by CR

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With the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 both being announced within a span of a few months, one would obviously be confused as to which one to get. The obvious first choice will be the Nexus 7 simply because it arrived first in the market. The Nexus 10 has just arrived in the market though, and is certainly one of the best Android tablets ever made. However, the price is in favor of the Nexus 7. So we can understand your confusion, and also realize that most of you are waiting to get the fancy new Nexus tablet this holiday season for yourself or your loved ones. So which one should you get? Read on to make your decision process easier. Bear in mind that some of the features I mention below are highly subjective.

The Nexus 7 is a very handy and portable device as you already know. It also features a more than decent Tegra 3 quad core chipset by NVIDIA, which promises great performance and incredible graphics performance.  However, if there was one gripe I had with the device, it was the lack of a working data connection other than Wi-Fi. Google has now fulfilled that wish too with the updated 3G version of the tablet. The tablet does have a few more shortcomings though. Firstly, it’s one of those devices which isn’t the best looking out there. This is clearly understandable as Google and ASUS had to cut production costs so as to make it available at such an attractive price. This is where the Nexus 10 will be more appealing to tablet lovers. While substantially bigger than the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 also has a neat body construction with its rubbery back covering (prone to tons of finger prints), and a rounded edge surrounding the bezel area. Hardware wise the Nexus 10 is miles apart from the Nexus 7 too as it features a bigger 10.055-inch display with a resounding resolution of 2560×1600 giving it a pixel density of 300ppi. And yes, this is a tablet we’re talking about here and not a smartphone. With that resolution, the display blows everything out of water.

Now let’s make sure you have your priorities set. If you’re looking for a tablet to just casually read through eBooks and do some web browsing, then the Nexus 7 should fit your needs perfectly. However, if you’re a power user willing to watch a lot of videos and like to play games and surf the web at most times, the Nexus 10 is what you should be looking at. But alas, the Nexus 10 isn’t without its flaws. Google is offering the device for $399 (16GB) and $499 (32GB). While the storage variants aren’t too bad for a tablet, it is the lack of data connectivity (3G or 4G) which comes as a huge disappointment. We see that Google was looking to target a particular price point, but with cellular connectivity on a tablet like the Nexus 10, we personally couldn’t look anywhere else. This is where the Nexus 7 scores over the bigger Nexus, as the 32GB Nexus 7 comes with a 3G variant.

Price too is a major factor to consider. The Nexus 7 starts from $199 for the entry level version, while the top end 32GB 3G variant costs $299. The Nexus 10 has only two variants as we mentioned above. But considering the price to features ratio, we have to go in favor of the Nexus 10. Simply because a bigger screen real estate means there’s so much more one can do with the device. A 7-inch tablet feels a bit crampy, especially if you’re used to iPads or other big sized tablets. On the other hand, you do have the luxury of carrying it around wherever you go due to its form factor, which is something you can’t do with the Nexus 10. So if you’re seeking an ultra portable media device, the Nexus 7 (with 3G) is the perfect gadget for you. And for this reason, we would recommend you go for the Nexus 7 first and then perhaps invest in a Nexus 10. Although both the devices don’t function completely different from each other, there are some tweaks made to Nexus 10 which sets it apart from the Nexus 7. Nexus 10 is as close a tablet can get to a PC, so it comes highly recommended if you plan on typing a lot of documents. The Nexus 7 is for your leisure time reading eBooks and other media with some moderate gaming or social networking on the side.

So let us know what you’ll be getting this holiday season. I’m sure existing Nexus 7 owners are already contemplating getting a Nexus 10. Are you one of them?

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  • samp1800

    out of these choices, a Nexus 10. in general, an iPad.

  • AndroidAcceptable

    Definitely the Nexus 10.

  • Vickyleo

    I second samp1800 on this one…nexus 10..no brainer really..am also hoping google is working on a 4g update on the big 10..even without..i think its not just bigger but way better.

  • huh

    Why — what does an Ipad provide that a N10 doesn’t other than a higher price tag? Serious question.