Nexus 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0)—Specs and Price Comparison in Australia

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | April 3, 2014 9:32 AM EST

For readers who are planning on buying one of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 or Google Nexus 7, here is the specification and price comparison for the aforementioned devices in Australia.

Both the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 are Android phones.

Typically, the Nexus 7 enjoys the direct support from Google and will receive all Android updates much earlier than any other vendors' device. Besides, there is no lag caused by the user interface of a third party vendor using Google's Android operating system.

Display, Size and Weight

The Nexus 7 has a 7.0-inch screen, while the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a bigger screen of 8.0 inches. The dimensions of the Nexus 7 are 7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 inches and it weighs 299 g, whereas the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has dimensions of 8.26 x 4.87 x 0.29 inches and it weighs 314 g.

The Nexus 7 is has a better resolution of 1,900 x 1,200 pixel when compared to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 which has a resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 supports micro SXHD card, which is expandable up to 64 GB of storage.

Hardware and Software

The Nexus 7 runs on Android 4.3 JellyBean, while the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 7 is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro APQ8064 chip which houses a 2 GB RAM, whereas the Galaxy Tab 3 is powered by Samsung's Exynos 4 dual-core 1.5 GHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor, and it houses a 1.5 GB RAM.

The graphics card that comes with the Nexus 7 is Adreno 320, and it gives stunning output when compared to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0's ARM Mali-400 MP4 graphics processor.

In addition, Samsung's TouchWiz interface provides the grand option of multi-window to Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.

Memory

The Nexus 7 has a built-in storage of 16/32 GB, but there is no support for microSD card. While Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a built-in storage of 16/32 GB, and it supports microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards which is expandable up to 64 GB.

Camera

Both the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 sport 5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus. While the Nexus 7 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera and Tab 3 8.0 has a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab 3 camera flaunts image sensors, night mode, digital zoom and video calling.

Battery

The Nexus 7 houses a non-removable Li-ion 3,950 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0houses a non-removable Li-ion 4,450 mAh battery.

In addition, the Nexus 7 has a built-in wireless charging facility.

Colour

The Nexus 7 Mini comes in black colour, whereas the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes in white and gold colours.

SIM

Both the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 support micro-sim.

Connectivity

Both the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and LTE. They also house USB 2.0 and microUSB slots.

Price

The Google Nexus 7 (secondnd gen) 16 GB Wi-Fi is priced at about AU $309.95, while Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 16GB LTE can be purchased at a price of about AU $429.95.

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