Nexus 7 War : New(2013) vs Old(2012)

Tech giant and search engine Google has already come up with the 2nd generation of their popular 7 inch tablet Nexus 7. And guess what, it was a much awaited gadget for the tech enthusiasts, especially for the Google lovers because the Nexus devices are pure Android, without any customization added to the interface like devices from other manufacturers which are heavily customized with their own user interface stuff. However, the old Nexus 7 released back in 2012 was a very popular tablet device, and it was the best in a $199 price. This newer one is however, a bit more costly than the old version starting from $299, but is it worth the money you pay? Let’s have a look at the comparison review, what has changed in the new tablet from the older generation.

Nexus 7 New Overcomes Old Version

This is mostly a theoretical based review as we couldn’t get our hands on the newer unit till the moment we are writing this review. But however, this will not change things much as it’s not really impossible to know the specs and differences.


So the newer version has actually gone through a lot of changes, at least as much we could read about it. Let’s see the changes, in brief.


There has been a noticeable change in the design of the new Nexus 7 2013 from the previous generation. The new tablet is way slimmer than the predecessor; it’s grown smaller in every side which measures 1.5mm in scale. Google has taken more care of the bezel area, the previous one was a little uncomfortable to hold in the portrait orientation but with this one there’s no such thing. This is the outlook by bare eyes, and if you are one of the geeks then here are the measurements 200x111x8.7mm and it weighs only 299g.


And the new addition is the rear camera in the rear side.


The screen on the new Nexus 7 is way better than the predecessor; this one probably is the best tablet display you can find out in the market. No 7 inch tablet has 1200×1920 pixels resolution with a pixel density of 323 ppi. You don’t have to zoom in to read smaller texts or books, even the smaller texts are crystal clear and sharp. Watching movies and photos have never been fun on a 7 inch display before.

Processor and Storage:

The predecessor had a quad core Tegra 3 processor on board which was up to the standard on that time, now this version has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor which is same as the Nexus 4 smartphone; backed up by a 2 GB RAM vs. the 1 GB RAM from the predecessor.

About the storage, Google didn’t include an external card slot in this one like its predecessor. This is available in two versions, 16 GB and 32 GB. Although you can’t expand the storage, but Google seems to be much interested in cloud storage.


Probably the most awaited addition in this tablet. The rear facing 5 megapixel camera isn’t the best one out there, but for a 7 inch tablet it is good comes with full-fledged Android functionality like geo-tagging, face detection, exposure control etc. There’s no modification in the front facing 1.2 megapixel camera.


The Nexus 7 2013 version comes up with the latest Android version, Android Jelly Bean 4.3. All the Nexus devices could be upgraded to the newer version of Android now.

Wrap Up:

You now already have a brief description of both the tablets, you can either pick the older generation for a lower price and still a decent configuration; or the newest generation for a higher price, nexus 7 tablet price in india is around Rs. 18,869/-

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I am Shameem, Software Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Chennai, India.

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