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Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad head to head review

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Despite retailing for close to half the price of the iPad, pretty much every tablet released in the UK is inevitably compared to Apple's premier, top-end device and this is just as true for the Google Nexus 7 as any other.

However, being the first tablet to carry Google's Nexus brand and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus 7 compares to the iPad better than you may think.

Design
The Nexus 7 and iPad are completely different both visually and physically. The iPad measures in at 241x186x9.4mm and houses a 9.7in Retina LED-backlit widescreen display that boasts a 2048x1536 pixels resolution. The Nexus 7 by comparison measures in at 197x120x10.5mm and features a 7in 1280x800 HD, 216ppi display.

The increased size carries over into the iPad's weight. The iPad's Wi-Fi-only version weighs 652g and the 4G model an even heavier 662g - nearly double that of the Nexus 7, which weighs 340g. This means that the Nexus 7 is significantly more practical for use on the go, with its smaller screen and significantly decreased weight making it far more portable than the iPad.Apple iPad vs Google Nexus 7 back

A chief reason for the iPad's increased weight is its metal casing. the tablet's back is entirely made of metal, while the Nexus 7's is comprised of a textured, rubberised plastic. While the Nexus 7 doesn't feel cheap, in fact feeling far more high end than its budget cost would have you believe, the iPad definitely feels more luxurious and sturdy.

This impression is helped by the iPad's Smart Cover, which acts as a protector for the iPad's screen and as a stand. The Nexus 7 doesn't come with a cover, meaning that despite being very sturdy and tough, its outer rim is more prone to chipping than the iPad.

Winner: The iPad
Despite being heavier the iPad's tougher and comes with a useful Smart Cover.

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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