Google Nexus 7  vs Apple iPad 1 

Released July, 2012

Google Nexus 7

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Google Nexus 7
8.1 Out of 10
There's no sign of judder or slow down, just silky smooth transitions, which is impressive as even the quad core Google Nexus 7 has the occasional hiccup but in our time with the Nexus 10 it performed almost flawlessly.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
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Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.8 Out of 10
In terms of basic hardware, the iPad isn't overly impressive, although the 1,024 x 768, 9.7-inch diagonal screen is absolutely gorgeous.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 7 vs 1

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus 7
8.7
iPad 1
7.4
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 7
n.d.
iPad 1
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 7
6.5
iPad 1
6.9
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 7
9.2
iPad 1
8.9
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, androidpolice.com, reviews.cnet.com and 3 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus 7
8.1
iPad 1
7.8

Winner
Google Nexus 7 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  based on its performance and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 7 vs iPad 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 7
336
iPad 1
457

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 7
2,282
iPad 1
728

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 7
1,371 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Much faster javascript execution 1,371 ms vs 3,484 ms 2.5x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More cores Quad core vs Single core 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Has a webcam 1.9 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Significantly lighter 340 g vs 730 g 2.1x lighter
Much thinner 8.9 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 35% thinner
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly sharper screen 215 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.25 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Jul, 2012 vs May, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Smaller 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Front view of Apple iPad 1

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 1

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Much better overall performance 457 vs 336 More than 35% better geekbench score
Significantly bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 9.5 hour vs 7.5 hour More than 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 7  vs iPad 1 

8.0
8.5
The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

9.0
7.0
Display quality is good, with a sharp image and commendable (if not searing) top brightness.
Nexus 7

9.0
8.0
Turn the Google Nexus 10 over and you'll find a big speaker at the top, along with the main 5 megapixel camera lens, which is also capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps.
Nexus 7

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Nexus 7  vs
iPad 1 
Size 7" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 215 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Single core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Nexus 7  vs
iPad 1 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.9 MP None
Rear camera None None

ports

USB support 1 USB USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 340 g 730 g
Size 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 7.5 hour 9.5 hour
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