Google Nexus 7 2013 vs. Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: Top 5 Reasons to Buy Nexus 7 on Christmas Holiday

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By Ryan Inoyori | December 5, 2013 1:54 PM EST

Christmas sale is coming very soon, and Google Nexus 7 2013 and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 may be included to the list of best deals. However, both Android tablets have differences and here are the reasons why a Nexus 7 is a better pick than a Galaxy Tab. 

Android 4.4 KitKat Version

Android 4.4 is now available as a software upgrade for Nexus 7 2013 which include new features not found on any previous version. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and expected to get an update to Android 4.3 version. In comparison, Android Jelly Bean doesn't feature an updated Linux kernel with new security, Ok Google in Google Now, native Cloud Printing, better multi-tasking and other system optimisation which Android 4.4 KitKat boasts about.

Quad-core Processor

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that is beaten by the superior 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU on Nexus 7 2013. Moreover, the Nexus 7 2013 can handle more apps using its 2 GB of RAM unlike with the 1 GB RAM on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 which is mostly consumed by Samsung exclusive apps. The Nexus 7 2013 has better memory management and faster processing speed than the Galaxy Tab.

Better Display Resolution

Higher display resolution means better display of images and videos that Google ensured on the Nexus 7 2013. The device features a full HD display with 1,200 x 1,920 resolution, while the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has 600 x 1,024 display resolution. Full HD display can support playback of HD/HQ videos without any problems but lower resolutions may suffer lags or delays due to the quality of the clip. If users want HD viewing, they can take the Nexus 7 2013 instead.

Corning Gorilla Glass

Screen protection is important especially against scratches commonly caused by fingernails and Gorilla Glass protects the Nexus 7 2013. Samsung left out the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 without any type of screen protection even a simple scratch-resistant screen especially on a very large device. Screens with fortifications last longer than those without any.

User Interface

Galaxy tablets are always running Samsung's TouchWiz UI and it includes exclusive apps made by the company. Unfortunately, TouchWiz UI is heavy and can eat a lot of memory causing lags and sluggishness over time. The Nexus 7 2013 has its own bloatware from Google services, but the UI is just plain vanilla Android. Android 4.4 KitKat plain UI gives more room to the RAM unlike with devices having branded user interfaces.

For those planning to buy the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, it is currently priced at $169.99 with free shipping based on Samsung's Web page, while Google is selling Nexus 7 2013 at $229 per unit. The Nexus 7 is much expensive but users will get the latest OS, better screen quality, Gorilla Glass, faster processor and improved memory than the Galaxy Tab.

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