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
7.9 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)
Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.6 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


Processing power and speed

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iPad 1
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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iPad 1
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Battery life


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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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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

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iPad 1

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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iPad 1

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
Significantly more processing power 4,082 vs 727 More than 5.5x better passmark 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
Significantly lighter 340 g vs 730 g 2.1x lighter
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
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

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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 

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

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

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


8.5 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Quad core Single core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz


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


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


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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