Apple has recently come out with its 7.9 inch tablet – iPad Mini, in order to place a strong foothold of the booming 7 inch tablet market, which is dominated by Android tablets including the offerings of Google, Amazon, Samsung and many local budget tech vendors.
When it comes to Indian market, the 7 inch tablet market is dominated by homegrown manufacturers including Micromax, Karbonn, Mercury, Wicked Leak and others. However, Google Nexus 7, which has lately entered the market with a price tag of Rs 19,999 is relatively expensive as compared to the offerings by the Indian manufacturers, which fall in the sub Rs 7,500 price range.
One such worthy product that can be quoted as an example here is Kobian's Mercury mTab 7 priced at Rs 6,499. The tablet runs on Android ICS and has an ultra-thin and lightweight profile.
As both Google Nexus 7 and Mercury mTab 7 belong to the 7 inch Android tablet segment, Gizbot has come up with a comparison between the two to help the readers decide which is their cup of tea - the price of the device or the specifications it is loaded with?
Dimensions and Weight: While Nexus 7 carries a dimension of 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm and weighs at 340 grams, Mercury mTab 7 boasts a dimension of 193 x 117 x 14 mm and weighs in at 400 grams.
Display: Both Nexus 7 and mTab 7 sport a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, but Nexus 7 scores more with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution as compared to mTab 7 with a lower resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
Processor: In this segment, Google Nexus 7 scores high in this section as it is equipped with a 1.3GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor as compared to the 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor in mTab 7.
Operating System: On the operating system front, Nexus 7 again grabs more score as it is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS (upgradeable to Android 4.2) while mTab 7 is flavored with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
When it comes to software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean offers new features including Project Butter, improved Android Beam, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable app widgets and more.
Camera: On the camera optics front, Nexus 7 sports a 1.2MP front camera, whereas, mTab 7 packs a 0.3MP front camera for video calling. However, both the tablets lack a rear camera of better resolution.
Storage: In terms of storage, Nexus 7 comes in 16GB/32GB internal storage and 1GB RAM, on the other hand, mTab 7 has 4 GB internal memory and 512 MB RAM. However, mTab 7 comes with a micro SD card slot, which supports expandable memory of up to 32GB, which is missing in Nexus 7.
Connectivity: When it comes to data connectivity, Nexus 7 is packed with features including NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and micro USB 2.0. It is also reported that a 3G version of the same is underway.
On the other hand, mTab 7 has features including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and 3G through dongle and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: Nexus 7 packs a 4,325 mAh Li-ion battery, which will offer 300 hours of standby time and Mercury mTab 7 is claimed to have battery backup of 5 to 6 hours on Wi-Fi.
Price: On the pricing front, Nexus 7 retails starting at Rs 19,999 and mTab 7 is priced at Rs 6,499.
Both Nexus 7 and mTab 7 are 7 inch Android tablets that are priced at different levels. However, Nexus 7 has a major selling point – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform.
Specwise, Nexus 7 is a sure winner with a high definition display, faster and multi-core processor, Jelly Bean user experience, increased internal storage, NFC connectivity and an improved battery backup.
However, for those who are not too concerned on high-level specifications and have a price conscious mind, the lightweight Kobian offering with expandable memory support and 3G connectivity should be a better choice.