Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 which is know in India as Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211is currently available across the globe in White and Brown color variants. Launched sometime around June 2013, the 3G calling tablet is said to launch in one more color variant.
Recently, Twitter's popular leakster @evleaks released a press shot of a blue colored variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3(T211) which confirmed that the South Korean giant is gearing up to launch the device in blue color soon. It happens to be Samsung's answer to competitors like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. However, this device's spec sheet is rather ordinary and we doubt that it will be able to hold its own against devices like the brand new Galaxy Nexus 7 2 or Nexus 7 2013 edition, which packs some amazing hardware.
Currently, the Samsung tab is available in India at Rs 17,650; while Nexus 7 2013 edition is yet to debut in India, it is said to be coming soon. Meanwhile, the Google Nexus tablet hits the stores, GizBot has come up with a specifications comparison of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Nexus 7 2013 edition to check out how they stack up against each other.
Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 vs Nexus 7 2013
The 7-inch slate segment is becoming more and more important by the day since people are trying to take their computer reading and viewing experience to the couch. We take a look at the new Nexus 7(1st Gen) and compare it against Samsung's Tab 3(T211) to understand which is the better Android slate in the category.
There are several areas at which both devices are on par. Both have a 1.2 GHz processor. The Nexus 7 uses a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and the Samsung has a dual core processor. 1GB of RAM facilitates multi tasking on both slates and both of them are Wi-Fi enabled without any options for 3G or 4G connectivity. Both tablets use good 7-inch screens and difference in quality isn't much with Nexus 7 edging ahead.
While the Samsung has 4000 mAh Li-Ion cell, the Nexus 7 comes with a 4325 mAh battery, allowing it a few more hours of digital bliss. The Samsung has a 3MP primary camera and a 1.3MP secondary camera in the front. Asus has given the Nexus 7 just a 1.2MP primary camera in the rear, giving the Galaxy Tab 3 the upper hand in this area. Also, thanks to Google's involvement, the Nexus 7 has Android Jelly Bean 4.3, while the Galaxy Tab received a Jelly Bean 4.2 update earlier this month. Most online retailers have listed the Nexus 7 at around Rs.18,300, while Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 can be picked up for Rs.17,000.
Its too close to call. While both devices share a lot in common, the Galaxy Tab 3 has better imaging capabilities and the Nexus 7 has better battery performance. If you're particular on faster Android updates, then the Nexus surges ahead. But if you're more keen on the price point, then Samsung offers a lot a relatively lower price. Judging by the taste of most reviewers, the Nexus 7 has better looking UI in the form of virgin Android from Google. While Samsung's own skins and variations are appealing, it is generally considered as a slightly less attractive and somewhat bloated. In the end, both devices are great options and choosing between them is more of a matter of personal preference.
However, if you don't mind waiting until November, we recommend the Nexus 7 2013, which has already released in markets abroad. The device boasts of a screen that beats Apple's Retina display and also has some powerful hardware under the hood. The device should arrive on Indian shores sometime in November 2013.