As a Filipino tourist, one of the things that I always keep an eye out is for cheaper electronics. Back in Manila, higher taxes make the price of gadgets more expensive. For example the New Ipad costs only $499 here in the the U.S.A but back in Manila it is $567. Fact: $70 is a lot of money back home. Fact: Filipino shoppers can’t live without a bargain.
Now that I am leaving next week, I was all set to make the trip to the Apple Store to buy an IPad.
But all that has changed today when Google unveiled the Nexus 7. It’s always nice to have the latest and greatest especially since I am pretty sure that it will take some time for the Nexus 7 to get to Manila. It’s a good thing Toby here at Citizen Space attended Google I/O and took back with him a Nexus 7. So when I saw him unboxing it, I jumped at the opportunity to borrow it and compare it with the new Ipad which a friend of mine owns. As a first time tablet buyer, there are some features that I am particularly keen on.
Here are just some of my first impressions for both tablets:
- Screen. Not very crucial if you ask me but definitely something I look at as I have enjoyed a vibrant screen with my Samsung Galaxy Lite. I set both tablet screens to the their max brightness and I have to say that Nexus 7 pales just a little bit in comparison to the Ipad 3 and even my two year old Galaxy Lite
- Sound. Without a question the Ipad trumps the Nexus. The latter isn’t bad though, it’s just not as crisp sounding as the Ipad.
- CameraThis is interesting as though the Nexus had a front facing camera, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to turn it on. There was no camera icon whatsoever and I tried to grope as much as I can for a camera button but I couldn’t find it but maybe I am just a noob.
- Zoom Even more interesting because as I expected the Ipad to easily ace this one, I actually had a hard time zooming in with the Ipad while reading Wired Magazine no thanks to the tap to zoom button. On the contrary I think anyone will love the zooming in the Nexus. It’s fast. Really fast.
- Maps I enjoyed the Maps on the Nexus more as you have so many layers. I even got to see a 3D view for the first time. The Ipad has just the basic functionality.
- Other deal breakers. For starters, the price of the Nexus is one thing. At $199, it definitely makes you look the other way. There’s also the thing about storage and how light it felt as compared to the Kindle Fire.
So what’s my take? All in all, setting aside my inability to figure out the camera of the Nexus, I feel like it would be the practical choice for me not to mention the cool factor it gives me for a while as I will be one of the few ones to have one when I get back.