Google Debuts Its Nexus 7 Tablet: Do We Care? - Page 2
Google: “Okay, our tablet platform isn’t selling particularly well, so instead of blatantly trying to copy the iPad tit-for-tat, let’s go for something more easily attainable: second place!”
While Google bests Apple in worldwide smartphone shipments, the tablet market is a different story. It knows the tide can’t easily be turned with the release of yet another budget-friendly seven-inch Android tablet. Others like the HTC Flyer, Nook Tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab have barely made a dent. Even the Kindle Fire, while being second to iPad, ships millions upon millions less units than Apple. So instead, Google has put out something that is more of a media consumption device that’s hard-wired to its iTunes competitor called Play. This is more like how Kindle Fire is a media consumption device, which also has strong ties to its own iTunes competitors Amazon MP3 and Amazon Instant Video.
Google figures if it can’t be number one (because it knows it can’t any time soon), it might as well be a strong number two (that, or until it has proven the Nexus 7 as the de facto iPad alternative and earned the street cred to finally take a bite out of Apple next year with a better second-gen device). How does the Nexus 7 stack up against the Fire anyway? For starters, both are wi-fi only devices, so there’s no option to go mobile and stay connected, unless you have access to a hotspot device. Here’s a further look at how the two compare:
Nexus Kindle Fire
Camera: Front-facing only None
GPS: Yes No
Headphone Jack: Yes Yes
Memory: 1GB RAM 512MB RAM
Microphone: Yes No
MicroSD slot: No No
Operating System: Android 4.1 Android 2.3
Processor: Quad-core Dual-core
Storage: 8GB, 16GB 8GB
Weight: 11.99 ounces 14.6 ounces
What do you think? Will you buy this instead of a Kindle Fire or iPad? Share your comments below.