Android tablet war: Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0 vs Nexus 7

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We absolutely love the Google nexus devices. There are various reasons for it. They come with powerful hardware and still don’t come with the price tag of a bomb. Even with a powerful hardware, they come with simple stock version of Android making them insanely fast and just in case you don’t like that, you get lot of developments on the device. If you are adhering to the stock firmware, the people at Google make sure that you get software updates on your device first and always run the latest software. So it was very obvious that we like the latest Google Nexus tablet as well.

On the other hand, Samsung has got some impressive devices as well. There is a reason these people are on the top. The people at Samsung are innovative and they constantly keep adding something new to their devices to give it slight edge over the rival. They have been constantly improving the software on their devices to suit the needs of customer very well and simplify the device usage. The features not only simplify operation but also add practicality. They recently updated their galaxy tab line-up and the Galaxy Tab4 series is available in 7, 8 and 10.1 inch display sizes. We see how the 8 inch Tab4 compares to the Google Nexus 7 (2013).

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Design

Most of the brands have got a characteristic design and their products are built around it only. Apparently people at Samsung take this thing very seriously and have gone for the familiar rectangular design with rounded edges. The Samsung logo sits on top and there is a physical home key just below the display when held in portrait. Capacitive keys sit on both sides of this key. The bezels around the display are pretty slim and overall design looks neat.

The Nexus 7 has got slightly smaller dimensions but that is because it has got a 7 inch display against the 8 inch on Samsung. It tips the weighing scale at 290 Gms, almost 30 Gms less than the Samsung. There are no physical or capacitive keys as they rely on the on screen keys. It is slightly fatter than the Samsung but the difference is negligible. In terms of design and built quality, both the tablets are evenly matched here.

Display

The display on the Galaxy Tab4 8.0 is much better than its 10.1 inch cousin. The reason is very obvious. Both of them have the same display resolution making the display of Tab4 8.0 crisp as compared to the 10.1 inch version. Still the pixel density is barely acceptable 189 pixels per inch. We are used to see higher resolutions on mobile displays, let alone a tablet. The display quality isn’t very impressive either. The colours are faded with below average contrast ratio.

On the other hand, Nexus 7 has got a very impressive full HD IPS panel that would simply blow the Samsung out of steam. You won’t even like to look back at Samsung after using this for a while. The full HD resolution on this display gives it a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch. No matter what you use this display for; the quality never fails to impress you. The colours are very well saturated and contrast levels are good. The brightness is also very impressive for outdoor usage. But all this comes at a cost. The display is power hungry and takes its toll on the battery.

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Hardware

Samsung has improved the hardware on their tablet and instead of a dual core processor; they have gone for a quad core. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor has a maximum clock speed of 1.2 GHz which is decent to handle most jobs. It comes with 1.5 GB of RAM that should suffice for most users. You get 16 GB of on-board storage with support for micro SD cards up to 64 GB.

While the hardware on Samsung Tab is good, it is even better on the Nexus. It runs the familiar Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a 1.5 GHz clocked quad core Krait processor. The graphics are handled by an Adreno 320 GPU which knows its duties very well with the help of 2 GB of RAM against the 1.5 GB on Samsung. It comes with the option of 16 / 32 GB variants with regard to on-board storage but there is no option to add a micro SD card.

Both of the devices offer similar connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro USB but the Samsung misses out on NFC. In terms of battery, Samsung has slight edge with a 4450 mAh battery against 3950 mAh on Nexus. Samsung also has got a less power hungry hardware making it the efficient one.

Camera

The Samsung Tab has got a 3.15 megapixel fixed focus camera and believe us when we say we don’t want to talk about it. The camera is not good at all and most the times, it will capture blurred and hazy images with noise. It can record 720p videos at 30 fps. The Nexus is no ace in camera department but it is better with a 5 megapixel auto focus camera. The results are better than the Samsung and occasionally you might capture some impressive shots. It can also record videos in full HD. The front camera on both the devices are very much similar.

Verdict

We missed out on the software because it depends very much on personal choices. Some people may like the customized interface that Samsung offers while some might like the simple and neat stock android. Both the tablets are priced very close to each other and considering that factor, we might pick the Nexus over the Samsung. We won’t recommend Samsung unless you are a fan of Samsung and won’t go for anything else. Nexus would offer you a better display with stereo speakers for better multimedia experience, better web browsing, better gaming and a faster usage experience.

Author Bio: Ajay Chauhan has great interest in handset and technology reviews. Currently he is working with 91mobiles

 

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