Google Nexus 7 and iPad 3 compared

Google's new tablet, the Nexus 7, is now shipping. The price is $199 for 8GB of memory and $249 for 16GB. It has a 7-inch screen and runs Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean. It has WiFi but there's no option for getting a model that can access the cell phone data network, as my beloved iPad does. It weighs about half as much as the current iPad. And reportedly these gizmos are flying off the shelves. It seems clear that the 7-inch form factor is finding a definite niche whereas early on manufacturers could hardly give away 7-inch tablets, as consumers flocked to the 9.7-inch iPad.

Of course, many people are eager to know how the Nexus 7 compares to the iPad, and comparative reviews are available online, including helpful videos. SlashGear has a great video in which you can see an iPad and a Nexus 7 running side by side in order to get a clear sense of the similarities and differences. 

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T3 also does a good job of comparing the features of each device.

And iMore has a short review and unboxing video, again letting you see the devices side by side.


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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.