Thursday, 28 February 2013

Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. Nexus 7

Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. Nexus 7

We compare the specs - and other features - of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Google/Asus...After several years of the 9.7-inch iPad dominating tablet sales, we’ve seen a shift. Customers are gravitating more toward smaller (and cheaper) 7 to 8-inch slates. Two of today’s top choices in that bracket are the Google/Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8.0. Read on, as we compare the specs – and other features – of these two mini tablets.


The Note's surface is larger, but the Nexus 7 is thicker
The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a larger surface, but is significantly thinner than the Nexus 7.


Weight is just about even
The two tablets weigh roughly the same, with the Nexus 7 tipping the scale just a hair more than the Note 8.


The Note 8 gives you an extra inch of screen, but the Nexus 7's will be sharper
Samsung’s display sits in the 8-inch range that many iPad mini customers enjoy. If you can sacrifice that (diagonal) inch of real estate, the Nexus 7’s screen should appear sharper.


The Note's Exynos chip should offer better performance, but neither tablet will have probl...
Both tablets sport quad core processors. The Note’s offers better performance, but for everyday use, both will more than suffice.


The Note doubles the Nexus' 1 GB of RAM
The Galaxy Note 8.0 doubles the Nexus 7’s 1 GB of random-access memory (RAM).


The Note offers more storage, along with expandable microSD card support
The storage edge goes to Samsung’s tablet. It offers larger internal flash memory options, as well as SD card support. The Nexus 7 doesn’t have a microSD slot.


Both tablets come in cellular data models, but the Note's has faster LTE
If you’re looking for a Wi-Fi only device, both deliver. As far as (more expensive) mobile data options go, the Note has LTE and the Nexus 7 settles for HSPA+.


The Nexus 7 has no camera on its backside
Megapixels aren’t everything, but Samsung clearly wins this round. The Nexus 7 has no rear camera.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 holds a bit more juice
You’ll always want to take battery capacity with grains of salt, as many other factors combine to determine actual uptime. With that said, the Note 8.0’s battery holds a bit more juice.