Tablet Wars: iPad vs. Nexus 7 For Business Use

Google has had a presence in the tablet space for a while now. It has been quite a presence considering that the company’s Android operating system powers devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asus Transformed Pad Infinity, and Amazon Kindle Fire. But it wasn’t until the introduction of the Nexus 7 that Google entered the business with its very own hardware.

The Nexus 7 emerged on the scene as a tablet that appeared to be suited to compete against the Amazon Kindle and other devices in the $200 price range. However, the more it is adopted, the more it is starting to look like Google’s baby might actually be a worthy rival to the mighty iPad. Which tablet is better for business use? We will allow you to decide in this fierce match up pitting the top-selling iPad against the increasingly popular Nexus 7.

Hands On
From a presentation standpoint, the iPad and Nexus 7 are both beauties to behold. Both have distinct, yet attractive designs that are appealing to the eye. But no matter what generation we’re talking, the iPad is flat out bigger. That larger size comes in handy when viewing presentations or reading a newsletter, but it can work to your disadvantage when you’re trying to type something in landscape mode, which as some users have reported, can get a little annoying.

Typing on the Nexus 7 is such a breeze that you may even consider it pleasurable. This is mainly because it is so easy to hold in both of your hands. Additionally, its ideal size makes tapping and swiping your way around essential applications a painless process.
Camera Support

With the iPad 2, Apple wowed tablet fans with not one, but two cameras — one in the front, and another in back. Having two cameras is a really useful luxury for the digital businessman (or woman). For example, if you’re on Skype having a video call with a potential client, you can talk to them on the front camera, then give them a quick product demonstration with the rear camera. Changing from the front to rear camera is relatively easy, so with a little practice, you should be able to seamlessly switch back and forth between the two.

The Nexus 7, unfortunately, is only equipped with a single front-facing camera. Apparently ASUS, the hardware maker, chose to go with saving money over attaching a low quality rear camera similar to what plagues the iPad and other tablets. This obviously leaves you limited in some ways, but the front camera it does have is great for video chats.


Perhaps the biggest downside of the Nexus 7 is its lack of support for 3G or 4G LTE. While this may not seem like a big deal initially, it will when you’re out and about with something important to do. Picture yourself having to meet up with a client only to learn that you can’t access Google Maps. In this case, you would have to rely on the nearest WiFi spot to get the directions, which is we all know, is still a tricky endeavor.

The iPad, on the other hand, supports 3G, 4G, and WiFi for good measure across all three generations. If you are a frequent traveler who demands access on the go, this could be the factor that determines which tablet is right for your needs.

App Experience

Many businesses are finding apps extremely useful. Whether it’s simplifying your email marketing or just organizing daily tasks, they can really come in handy. Although both devices support an abundance of apps, the iPad delivers a better app experience. Applications coming out of Apple’s store have been specially made to run on the iPad. Most of the time, this results in an optimal experience.

Like other Android tablets, the Nexus 7 is lacking in apps that have been made to fit the larger displays accompanying these devices. Many of the apps that support the new tablet appear to be stretched out versions of the same programs made for smartphones. While this factor doesn’t necessarily hinder functionality, it does deduct from the overall experience.

The Verdict

When it comes down to it, the decision between the iPad and Nexus 7 is one that should be based on your needs. Both are mighty fine business companions, but you will get more with the iPad. If your needs are less complex, the Nexus 7 could be the perfect suitor. The choice is yours.

Author Bio: 

Abel Velazquez @benchmarkabel is a freelance writer, online marketing expert, and advocate for event marketing company, Benchmark Email.

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