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2013 Google Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

There are a lot of tablets in the markets and new ones that are released everyday. The newest devices for Android is the just released updated Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch). If you are going to buy a tablet right now then you will probably want to get the latest released. Today we are going to compare the new Nexus 7 with the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3 and see who comes out on top. Just as a preview, Google is far ahead of the competition.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes in three sizes of 7, 8, and 10 inch. But to stay consistent and have a good comparison we will look only at the 7 inch Tab 3 with the 7 inch Nexus 7. The first and easy comparison is the price point of $199 for the Galaxy Tab 3 and $229 for the Nexus 7. Although $30 higher, it will be clear in looking at the specs that you are getting a lot more on the Nexus 7 and the price difference is pretty low. We’ll give the Tab 3 a alight edge on price but by not much.

Hardware specs are everything but they can be revealing in some cases. In this regard the Nexus 7 blows away the Tab 3 in just about every respect. First let’s start with the most important factor which is the screen that you look at all the time. The Google Nexus 7 comes with a 1920 x 1200 HD display at 323 ppi compared to the 1024 x 600 WSVGA screen for the Tab 3. There is almost no comparison here as the Nexus 7 wins hands down with the best resolution screen of any tablet. The screen is very gorgeous with bright colors and bright display. The Tab 3 has a very disappointing screen resolution that is about two years outdated.

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In other hardware specs the Nexus 7 also wins very easily. It comes with 16 GB of storage compared the 8 GB of Tab 3 although you can add an SD card for the Samsung tablet. There is 2 GB of RAM on the Nexus 7 which is double the 1 GB for the Tab 3. The Nexus 7 has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5GHz with an updated Adreno 320 graphic processor for gaming. Samsung has chosen to go with a 1.2 GHz Intel Core Duo which is a new direction for Samsung and away from ARM processors. It’s definitely an upgrade over the Galaxy Tab 2 but it is yet unclear if it’s faster over Qualcomm processors. Both tablets have the standard WiFi and Bluetooth although Nexus 7 uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 while the Tab 3 uses the 3.0 standard. Both tablets are similar in weight and size.  Overall the Nexus 7 is far superior in hardware specs compared to the Galaxy Tab 3.

When it comes to software it’s a bit more tricky on who wins here. The Google Nexus 7 is running the latest Android 4.3 software that was just released and will continue to get updates as they come. The Galaxy Tab 3 is running Android 4.1.2 and is a modified TouchWiz software. There are no timelines on when the Tab 3 would be updated to Android 4.3 as well. Having used both systems I personally think the Google AOSP software is much better and faster on a tablet. But if you are a big Samsung fan and are used to the phone then the TouchWiz maybe more familiar to you and easier to use. This is a bit of preference but I would give the edge to the Nexus 7 since it’s the most updated Android version.

As we can see, the Google Nexus 7 is running the latest hardware and software for a tablet devices and easily beats the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 in that respect. I personally would choose the Nexus 7 just for the higher screen resolution which makes it a real joy to watch movies, videos, and browse the web. Google and Asus have done a fantastic job with the updated Nexus 7 and have set the standard for Android tablet. There also tons of accessories already available for purchase for the Nexus 7. With that being said, the Galaxy Tab 3 is still a very good line of tablets. If you are looking for a larger tablet like an 8 or 10 inch then the Tab 3 is a much better option and the hardware specs are also improved. Let us know what you think about these latest tablets.

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Arash Soheili

Founder & Chief Editor at Android Cowboy
Arash is the founder of Android Cowboy and all around tech enthusiast. His passion for technology and Android pushed him to start his own blog. He currently carries the Nexus 5, Kindle Fire HDX, and Nexus 7 FHD tablet. He's also a Google Glass explorer!!