Google Nexus 7 has been far ahead in the seven-inch tablet market since its release last year. For people yearning towards high price-performance-ratio tablets, the upcoming Nexus 2 is unquestionably one of the top candidates. But how about folks who are using Nexus 7 the first generation already? Will it make sense to spend the extra money and upgrade? This post will compare Nexus 7 1 and Nexus 7 2 from 5 aspects, which may help you make a decision.
Generally, users can easily tell the new Nexus 7 from the first generation, which appears to be a bit slender and has a bigger length-to-width ratio. In addition, Nexus 7 2 is around 2mm thinner and 50g lighter than the first model, making it marginally easier to hold and carry.
As to the display of the second Nexus 7, it is indeed a lightspot to the audience. The 1920 *1200 pixel resolution has made it the best eBook reader as well as video/game player by far.
2. Processor, graphics, and memory specs
New electric models always show advantages in tech specs, so does Nexus 7. New Nexus 7 uses a more efficient processor, Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.5 GHz), which relatively emits less heat and uses less power compared to the previous NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor (1.2 GHz). In addition, Nexus 7 2 comes with an Adreno 320 GPU with a clock speed of 400 MHz while its predecessor comes with an NVIDIA GeForce ULP GPU clocked at 416 MHz.
From the angle of RAM, Nexus 7 2 has a double RAM of 2G than Nexus 7 the first generation, which makes it more fluent to switch between apps and proceed with multi-tasks. As far as the overall storage is concerned, there is no difference: 16 G, 32 G, and 64 G are available for both models. No 128 G version for Nexus 7 2.
That’s another aspect where the second model wins out. As an owner of Nexus 1, I always feel upset when I want to take photos on my Nexus 7. But I can’t. I can take self-shots in the daytime, however, there is no rear-facing camera. Actually, every time when I don’t take a camera at hand, I have to first use my phone to take photos, transfer the pics to my Nexus 7 via Bluetooth, then use my Nexus 7 to upload and share.
Fortunately, the second Nexus 7 is integrated with a front-facing and rear-facing camera. A 5-MegaPixel rear camera is not excellent in the same category, but it is enough in most cases.
The battery is a very important factor when people consider buying an electric device. Although Nexus 7 2 uses a better processor and is likely to consume less power under the same circumstance, the first Nexus 7 is actually a notch above the successor with a 4325mAH to 3950mAH. I consent to that better processor works, but why doesn’t the new model adopt the same battery as the first one?
The New Nexus 7 starts at a slightly higher price of $229, while the first version (16 G, WIFI) is known as $199. The 32 G version (WIFI) and 64 G version (4G, WIFI) sell at $269 and $349 respectively.
Note that Nexus 7 1.0has been officially listed as “No longer available” at the Google Play store. Thereby you guys who haven’t got a tablet yet may have to choose Nexus 7 2 or another brand. Personally, I won’t buy another Nexus 7 model until the current one is too old to work properly.