Aug 6, 2012

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Google Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0?

For those looking into owning their first basic 7-inch Android tablet, the top two choices would probably the Google Nexus 7 and the 7-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 due to their budget-friendly price.

nexus 7 galaxy tab 2

The Google Nexus 7 still has to make its official debut in the country but reliable sources are saying that only the $249 16GB version will be pushed here. With taxes and all, we’re expecting an above Php15k price tag for this one.

The 7-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes in two models, WiFi only and with 3G. For the purpose of this comparison, we’re going to take a look at the WiFi-only model which costs Php12,990.

Specs matchup

Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (WiFi)
7.0” IPS LCD (1280 x 800) 7.0″ PLS TFT (1024 x 600 pixels)
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4430 Dual-core 1 GHz
ULP GeForce GPU PowerVR SGX540 GPU
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
1GB RAM 1GB RAM
16GB storage (no microSD slot) 16GB storage (with microSD slot)
1.2MP front camera, no rear 3.15 MP camera, VGA front camera
720p HD video recording 720 HD video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 3.0
NFC Infrared
microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Li-Ion 4325 mAh Li-Ion 4000 mAh
SRP: TBA (Php17k in gray market) SRP: Php12,990

The Google Nexus 7 is proud to be the first device to have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS but we all know that’s not a real advantage since the Galaxy Tab 2 will eventually be getting its JB treatment. Although Nexus 7 won’t be getting any update delays whenever a new Android version pops out.

The price of the Nexus 7 will definitely be higher than the Galaxy Tab 2 when it arrives here and aside from a quad-core chip, you will also be getting better display with a higher resolution and IPS panel, NFC support, and a slightly higher battery rating.

However, the Galaxy Tab 2 does come with its own set of advantages. For a lesser price, you’ll get the coveted microSD slot which is a big plus for devices with big screens. You’ll also get a rear camera, USB OTG support (another favorite), and IR support. Update (8/12): According to Samsung PH, units here won’t have IR.

So what to choose?

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7? Even if there’s not a lot of apps/games that can fully take advantage of its multi-threaded processing, based from experience, having quad-core will still give you a big performance boost. Games are smoother and so is HD video playback. And then there’s that 1280 x 800 IPS display which really looks good when you’re watching your HD videos.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2? Having microSD support is a big deal for a 7-inch tablet since most games made for tablets are bigger and you would be wanting to put a lot of videos for catching up with your TV shows while on the go. If that’s not enough, USB OTG should add more space for those HD movies.

Here’s my take, if you can manage or willing to work around the space limitation the Nexus 7 imposes, and if you can get it at around the $249 price tag (from a place in the US with no state tax), then by all means get one.

However, if you want a trusty everyday 7-inch tablet you would be using for surfing, FB, checking mails, Skype, casual gaming, and if you don’t care much about high quality video playback, don’t bother spending extra, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 should be fine.

What’s your take?



  1. I already made a choice, Nexus 7 for me because of JB and full Google support. :-)

  2. I’ll take the Google Nexus 7! =)

  3. Griswold says:

    nexus 7 para future-proof kahit limited lang space.

  4. Nexus 7 all the way,
    TFT LCD = yuck
    kahit nga aurora naka IPS na

  5. sherwood says:

    NEXUS 7 kasi fave ko ang number “7″, hahahhaha. anyway, panalong panalo ang NEXUS 7 compared sa GALAXY. NEXUS 7 ako.

  6. The selling point here is the nexus’ quad core processor, but if you don’t mind Samsung’s inferior specs but budget friendly price, it will do just fine.

    • Nexus is cheaper than the tab…php 12,499

      • only if you can buy it in the States with a minimum tax (which differs from state to state).. If you buy it locally, you will have to pay the premium imposed by customs and import taxes.. which will make it roughly what Calvin mentioned around 15k..

        people really have to realize that directly converting its suggested dollar price is never what it sells for outside the States.. and that even in the States, they don’t include the state tax yet in the published price..

  7. Nexus 7, hands down.

  8. Nexus 7

    1.) Screen
    2.) Vanilla Android
    3.) Guaranteed upgrade for at least the next 2 iterations of Android awesomeness
    4.) Made by Asus :}

  9. Thankfully, there’s a 16gb version of the Nexus 7. The OS would eat up so much of the measly storage that’s on the 8gb version, you’d be left with less than half of the total storage in terms of what the user could actually access. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 feels like the more complete tablet because it has all the bases covered, despite only being on ICS and a dual core CPU. Still, I’d go for the 16Gb Nexus 7 cause I hated having to wait months for my Note to get updated to ICS the last time around.

  10. . .. . ..
    Sana mer0n ak0 ganyan. .

  11. Holy crap, 13.5 k at widget city, good to go!
    Someone pointed out the JellyBean, it’s a very
    strong point, Nexus devices tend to get
    updated quickly with the latest Android release
    [ Although this has the latest by default ].
    And Samsung is notoriously the slowest to
    release updates.

    That said, an additional microsd and sim slot
    could have made this the ultimate iPad killer.

  12. I already asked my colleague in the US to buy Nexus 7 (16gb) for me. He’ll be in Manila next month. It’s still hard to find though as most of the stores are in pre-order sales only. Still keeping my finger’s crossed if he can find one before he comes over. :-)

  13. comickster says:

    I think, hindi match ting review na to. I prefer kindle vs Nexus 7 and Samsung galaxy Tab 7.0 (plus or 2) VS HTC Flyer. wify VS wify . WIFY +3G VS Wify +3g. ano sa tingin nyo mga boss?

    • the reason why we didn’t choose kindle is because it’s not that in demand here in the country.

      • comickster says:

        sabagay :) . sir tanong ko lang kung scratch resistant yung galaxy tab2 7.0, hirap mag hanap nang info about dun. nabasa ko lang na hindi madaling magasgas kaya hindi din ata scratch resistant . and alam kong kaya nyong gumawa nang vid review about this hehe (sana mag karoon kagad nang sagot :) bibili na kasi ako tomorrow or the next day hinihintay ko lang mawala yung baha hehe) salamat

        • hehe ask niyo dun sa store kung scratch resistant. hingi ka ng proof, kuskos mo yung susi mo. :P

          • bwahaha

          • comickster says:

            Sir naka bili nako (sa cmk)bakit kaya walang IR yung nabili ko.? Gagamitin ko panaman sana? Iask them question. Sabi nila wala na daw Ir mga phone ngayon.haha gara nang sagot (parang noobs(sorry)). Which is true nga naman. Pero some phone need one for some purpose diba?btw as of now ganda nito! Yung screen hindi ko in-expect na maganda perongayon parang mastrip ko to kesa amoled nang s2. Medyo laggy lang sa browser pero siguro dahil lang sa connection ko(700kbspldtdsl) pero yung IR ko, pano kaya yun??

          • got word from Samsung PH, wala raw IR yung mga units dito sa Pinas. may OTG cable ka ba? try mo yun. :)

          • comickster says:

            Slamat sir, so otg cable nanalng talaga. Sayang naman.

        • hi comickster! natry mo na ba ang USB OTG? may cable ka ba??? is it really working? kahit ba external HDD kaya nyang basahin? please let me know. thanks a lot!

  14. Nexus 7. pure google.

  15. Wifi only is a big letdown for me. So I guess i’d go the Samsung with the 3G

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  17. walang rear cam ang nexus.. i feel bad

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