They came, they conquered, and they vanished! This was the scenario consumers associated with Android based tablets few months ago. Then the Google Nexus 7 came in most bizarre fashion. Yes, the most cherished Android powered tablet was announced during Google I/O 2012. The tablet which was manufactured by Taiwanese giant Asus in association with Google sold like crazy , and it even out thrown iPad from its numero uno position.
Since the announcement of the Nexus 7, other vendors tried their best to beat iPad in their own way. And to some extent they succeed in their respective territories. Now Android has made its mark in the tablet market. One can see varieties of Android powered tablet made available in India. Asus the makers behind Nexus 7 has come up with a unique device called FonePad, a 3G based voice calling tablet at Rs. 15,999.
GizBot compares the newly launched Asus FonePad with Nexus 7. It would be an interesting comparison, as both devices come from same brand. Let's groove into the feature.
Design and Aesthetics
The FonePad carries a dimension of 196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm and weighs 340 grams. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm, and weighs around 340 grams. The rear back of the FonePad is shinny and looks classic. The Nexus 7 indeed looks very dashing - thanks to its rugged look. It feels solid to hold Nexus 7 due to rubberized back. Overall, the Nexus 7 has an edge over the Asus FonePad.
The Asus manufactured FonePad comes with a 7-inch WXGA IPS display with resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels. In comparison to the Nexus 7, the latter tablet device packs a 7-inch IPS display with resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels (216ppi). Nothing special here, as both devices has similar rated screen sizes.
When it comes to processing part, the Nexus 7 has an edge due to the fact, it comes with Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad -Core based processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Naturally, being powered by Quad Core processor offers more juice, when it comes to multi tasking and playing heavy games. The Asus FonePad offers decent performance, but way below the Nexus 7. It packs 1.2-GHz Intel Atom single core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.
In the imaging department, Asus made FonePad scores over the Nexus 7. The former 3G voice calling tablet has a 3-mega pixel rear camera, and 1.2-mega pixel front facing camera. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 comes only with a VGA quality front facing camera for long video chat. The rear camera is missing from the Nexus 7.
Talking about the FonePad , it comes with expandable storage option. Asus is proving with 16GB/32GB version of the tablet device in the market. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 comes with 16GB/32GB of internal storage, which cannot be expanded with microSD card.
The Nexus 7 is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile OS, the latest, and the most efficient version released under Android. On the other hand, the Asus FonePad is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile OS.
The Asus FonePad comes with 4,270mAh battery fitted inside. Asus claims that the device can be easily run up to 9 hours on a single charge. The Nexus 7 offers a slightly bigger battery - 4,325mAh.
Miscellaneous and price
Asus made FonePad can be used for calling due to the built in 3G connectivity. One can say it's a giant mobile phone with full fledged tablet device. Google centered Nexus 7 too comes with 3G connectivity, but voice calling is missing from the device. Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth are some of the common features found inside both the tablets.
The Nexus 7 is available in 16GB and 32GB with or without 3G connectivity. The range starts from Rs.15, 999, and goes up to Rs. 21,999 for 32GB version with 3G. While, the FonePad is available in 16GB internal memory capacity, and can be yours for Rs. 15,999, it will be available in the market from April 30.