Undoubtedly, the Nexus range of devices is quite popular and in-demand across the world. Also in the recent times, there is hardly any difference between a tablet and a smartphone, owing to the fact that even the screen sizes of smartphones are getting bigger day-by-day. Additionally, the smartphones and tablets share almost same specifications and features.
But by definition, tablets feature bigger screen size when compared to smartphones. In this post, we are comparing the specs/features/price of Nexus 4 (smartphone) with Nexus 7 (tablet).
Typically, any device from Nexus brand is a good choice because it enjoys the direct support from Google, and will receive all Android updates much earlier than any other vendors' device.
For readers who are planning on buying one of Google's Nexus 7 (2013) or Nexus 4, here is the specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.
Display & Size
The Nexus 7 tablet comes with a bigger 7.0 inches screen, while the Nexus 4 smartphone features a much smaller screen size of 4.7 inches. The Nexus 7 has a better resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with a higher pixel density of 323 ppi when compared to the smaller Nexus 4 with a resolution of 768 x 1,280 pixels and comparatively lesser pixel density of 318 ppi.
The Nexus 7 has a thickness of 0.34 inches and it weighs 299 g, whereas the Nexus 4 is slightly thicker than Nexus 7 with 0.36 inches and it weighs 139 g.
In addition, the display of both the devices has Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.
Hardware & Software
Both the devices run on Android v4.3 JellyBean and they are upgradable to Android v4.4.2 KitKat.
Both the Nexus 7 and 4 are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro APQ8064 chipset and a quad core (1500 MHz) Krait processor that house a 2 GB of RAM. The graphic card that comes with both these Nexus devices is Adreno 320 and it provides impressive output.
The Nexus 7 has a built-in storage of 16/32 GB, whereas the Nexus 4 comes with an 8/16 GB of internal storage. Both the devices do not support microSD card.
The Nexus 7 sports a 5 MP rear facing camera with autofocus but no LED Flash whereas the Nexus 4 houses a good 8 MP (with LED Flash) primary camera. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera and the Nexus 4 has a 1.3 MP front facing camera.
In addition, Nexus 4 has image sensors, geo tagging, face detection, auto focus, HDR, panorama, digital zoom and it supports video calling. Clearly, Nexus 4 is the winner in this category.
The Nexus 7 houses a non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery (which is a reduction from Nexus 7's 2012 model of 4325 mAh unit), while the Nexus 4 houses a much lesser Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery unit (non-removable). Without a doubt, Nexus 7 looks power packed.
In addition, both the devices have built-in wireless charging facility.
The Nexus 7 comes in black color, whereas Nexus 4 comes in black and white shades.
Both the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 4 devices support micro-sim.
Both Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 5 GHz, NFC and HDMI. They also house USB 2.0 and microUSB slots. In addition, Nexus 4 supports Mobile Hotspot.
The Google Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) 16GB Wi-Fi is priced at AU$289.95 while the Nexus 4 16GB is priced at AU$399.95 in Australia.