But with the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Nobles’ Nook Tablet in 2011, $199 tablets are quickly gaining ground on heavy hitters like the $499 Apple iPad and Asus’ Transformer line.
Now, there’s another contender in the small tablet category: Google’s Nexus 7. Announced at an annual I/O event in June, the tablet has a 7-inch screen and is $199, just like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.
A break down of the stats reveal which tablet may surpass the competition.
It’s understood that tablets, for the most part, look pretty similar. That holds true for the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, both of which are solid black with matte finishes on the reverse side. They are nearly identical in terms of dimensions, though the Nexus 7 is lighter.
Lauren Smith, wildlife ecology junior, received a Kindle Fire last month and said she loves its size.
“It’s really easy to use and not too big,” Smith said.
The Nook Tablet looks strikingly different than most other tablets, besides the Nook Color. The screen is surrounded by a grey bezel that flows onto the rear of the device, which is also grey. The most interesting design choice for the Nook Tablet is the location of the microSD slot — the hollowed-out right corner, which can be moved to access the slot.
With the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet being several months older than the Nexus 7, there’s no question which tablet has more horsepower.
Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have dual-core 1GHz processors, which can handle most tasks with relative ease.
But the Nexus 7 has the quad-core Tegra 3 processor running inside, which blows most other processors in terms of raw power away. That’s coupled with a 1 GB of RAM, making the Nexus 7 a multitasking machine.