In our previous article, we compared the screen and performance of both devices. Let’s compare some other features.
The Galaxy Tab 2 has a 3.15 megapixel rear-facing camera with geo-tagging and smile detection. The camera can record video at 720p and 30 frames per second. The device features a VGA quality secondary camera that works very well. The Google Nexus 7 has a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera that has been designed for video calling and 720p video capture. It does not have a rear-facing camera.
Samsung has a lot of experience with multimedia, so we expected videos and music to play better on the Galaxy Tab 2 and they definitely do with the stereo speakers. The sound is pleasantly good for a 7-inch tablet. The Google Nexus 7 mono speaker is just about the weakest feature of the device. Samsung’s stock video and music player is also better.
The Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
The Galaxy Tab 2 is powered by a Li-ion 4000mAh unit. Samsung said it would last up to 8 hours and it has come close in our drain test, lasting seven hours and thirty minutes. Most people would be able to survive a day (or maybe even two) without charging the device.
The Nexus 7 is powered by a 4325mAh battery and lasted us six hours and fifty minutes. While that is less than the Galaxy Tab 2, the Nexus 7 has to be declared the winner since the device certainly takes up a lot more power than the Galaxy Tab 2.
The winner: Google Nexus 7
If you use your tablet primarily as a multimedia music and video device, you will want to go with the Galaxy Tab 2 since it offers a microSD card slot. However, if you use your tablet for any other purpose, the Google Nexus 7 is the clear winner here. For the price of $199 (8GB) or $249 (16GB) Google gives you a great tablet. It is the best 7-inch tablet in the market until Apple releases its mini iPad.