A few days back, the search engine giant announced the second generation of the Google Nexus 7. It’s now available for pre-order. The old Nexus 7 has been pulled out of the Google Play Store, but you can still find it in other stores for as low as US $149.
Google Nexus 7: Old vs. New
The new Nexus 7 is basically better than the first iteration in every possible way – it’s lighter, faster, and thinner. Both are made by Asus. Here’s a side by side comparison of the two:
|Screen Size||7 inches||7.02 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1280×800 (216 ppi)||1920×1200 (323 ppi)|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T30L||1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB|
|Hard Drive||8, 16 GB or 32 GB||16 GB or 32 GB|
|Graphics||416 MHz Nvidia GeForce ULP (12-core)||400 MHz Adreno 320|
|Camera/s||1.2 MP front-facing||1.2 MP front-facing camera (fixed focus)
5 MP rear camera (auto focus)
|Weight||340 g (0.75 lbs)||290 g (0.64 lbs)|
|Dimensions||198.5x120x10.56 mm||114x200x8.65 mm|
|Pricing||16 GB WiFi-only $199
32 GB version $249
|16 GB WiFi-only $229
32 GB WiFi-only $269
32 GB LTE model $349
|Release||July 13, 2012||July 30, 2013|
So yeah, if you’re looking to upgrade, the new Google Nexus 7 would be perfect for you. If you’re looking for a bargain though, then you can check out online and local stores that offer surplus or refurbished first gen models. Some retailers are still selling them for as low as US $200 for the 32 GB version and you can get a refurbished one for as low as $149.
Upgrade or Go for the Bargain?
That depends on your needs and budget really. If you want something more powerful than your average 7-inch tablet PC, then by all means, go for the new Google Nexus 7. For the penny-pinchers though, the first iteration of Google’s tablet PC is a steal at the clearance prices. It’s upgradeable to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while the second gen model comes with the newest version of Android out of the box. If you are getting the 2012 version though, we suggest you go out and buy one now while supplies last. For those looking to upgrade, the new Nexus 7 is available in the Google Play Store and other retailers now.