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Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 "7-Inch" vs. Google Nexus 7 "1" vs. HP Slate 7 vs. Xperia Tablet Z


There are certainly different tablets by different manufacturers in the market that choosing one can be a great challenge. Indeed, most consumers do find it very difficult to choose between two or more tablets. A little comparison between Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch, Google Nexus 7, HP Slate 7 and Xperia Tablet Z should help you in choosing one that will of service to you.

Update: Google Nexus 7 "2" is announced, you might wanna check this comparison Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 "7Inch" vs The New Google Nexus 7 2


There is no doubt that a tablet’s portability is one of the most likely things you will look into when doing comparisons. You will therefore want to look at the size of a tablet you are interested in. In this respect, Nexus 7 beats Samsung Galaxy 3 7-inches, HP Slate 7 and Xperia Tablet Z. Measuring 198.5 mm X 120 mm X 10.45 mm and weighing at 340 g,  the Nexus 7 is perfect for travel and more so if you are into gaming. Note that Samsung Galaxy 3 measures 7.1 inches X 4.37 inches X 0.39 inches and weighs 0.67 pounds. HP Slate tablet measures 197 mm X 116 mm X 10.7 mm and weighs at 370g. Xperia Tablet Z completes the picture with measurements of 266 X 172 X 6.9 mm, weighing at 495 g.

Operating System

Although all the four tablets feature one of the most powerful operating systems (Android), each has a different version, which determines their different capabilities. Of the four, Nexus 7 has latest Android (Jelly Bean) 4.2 version and Sony Xperia Tablet Z operate on the Android (Jelly Bean) 4.1.2 version. Both Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inches and HP Slate 7 tablets operate on Android (Jelly Bean) 4.1 version.


Storage is very important when choosing tablet. It is only a tablet with adequate storage capacity that gives you room to store your picture, media and personal files for future use. In this regard, Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch is available with either 8 GB or 16 GB internal storage capacity with 1 GB RAM. Nexus 7 is available with 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage, all with 1 GB RAM. Both Samsung and Nexus have external expandable memories. While HP Slate 7 is only available with 8 GB internal storage that can be expanded externally up to 32 GB, Sony Xperia Tab Z comes along with 16 GB internal memory and can be extend up to 64GB. On RAM, HP Slate 7 comes with 1 GB RAM while Sony Xperia Tab Z has 2 GB RAM. Likewise, HP Slate 7 has external expandable memory through MicroSD/HC up to 32 GB. Sony Xperia Tav Z too has an external expandable memory of up to 64 GB.


This is probably one of the most important features you will look in any tablet you are interested in and the four tablets do not disappoint. Samsung Galaxy 3” has a large 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1024 X 600 resolutions. Likewise, you will find the Nexus 7 with a 7-inch WXGA display with 1280 X 800 high resolutions. While HP Slate 7 has a display with resolutions of 1024 X 600 pixels, the Sony Xperia Tab Z is available with an LED touch screen display of 10.1 inches with 1200 X 1920 pixels. This is on a shatterproof glass display.


There is certainly nothing as good as having a tablet that has superior cameras for quality pictures and video. In this regard, Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch comes with a 3 MP integrated camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera at the back. You will find Nexus 7 with a 1.2 MP front facing camera. The HP Slate 7 tablets seem to have superior cameras; a front-facing VGA video Webcam camera and another 3 MP Webcam camera at the back. Sony Xperia Tablet Z too does not disappoint. It is available with 8.1 MP with 1080 pixels video-recording camera at the front and a 2.2 MP with 1080 pixels camera at the back.


All the four tablets have great networking that allows you to indulge in various activities. While both Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch and Nexus 7 tablets have integrated WiFi 802.11, HP Slate 7 has built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. This is same to Sony Xperia Tablet Z that also has WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.


Having a tablet that you can connect other devices can be very beneficial. Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch tablet is not only Bluetooth enabled but also allows USB 2.0 connection as well. The same goes for Nexus 7 that is also Bluetooth enabled with MicroSB USB 2.0 connection. While HP Slate 7 is also Bluetooth enabled, it allows for Micro USB 2.1 connection. On the other hand, Sony Xperia Tablet is Bluetooth enabled and also allows for USB 2.0 connection.


Consumers now go for devices that provide for different forms of entertainment and you are certainly not an exception. You should find Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch tab a valuable device. It allows for media playback and supports such audio files as AAC, FLAC, MP3 and WAV files. It also supports WMA and MPEG-4 video files. The Nexus 7 is also valuable particularly when it comes to music. It offers quality sound experience and supports music files such as MP3, WAV, Eaaac+ and WMA files. The same goes for both HP Slate 7 and Sony Xperia Tablet that also offer great entertainment experience.

Battery Life

A device’s battery life is very important and it is only appropriate that you choose a tablet with a long battery life, a tablet that you can use for a reasonable time without the need to recharge. While Samsung is powered by a 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, Nexus 7 comes along with a powerful 4,325 mAh lithium-ion non-removable battery that offers 8 hours of quality HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing and 300 hours of standby time. You will find HP Slate 7 with a 2 mAh lithium-ion battery that offers up to 5 hours of video playback. On the other hand, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is available with a 6,000 mAh battery.

Central Processing Unit

This is certainly one of the most important features you will want to ascertain in any tablet and for good reason; it is the processor that determines a tablet’s speed and performance. In this regard, Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch tab comes with 1.2 GHz processor. You should find Nexus 7 with a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. While HP Slate 7 is powered by a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor, Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.


It is appreciated that most consumers take the choice of color very seriously and will do all that it takes to find a tablet in a color of their preference. In this respect, Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch tab has very little to offer as it's only available in white. Nexus 7 tab is available in varied colors including black, brown, hot pink and white. While HP Slate is available in red and silver, you will find Sony Xperia  Tablet in black and white.


Although highly functional in different areas, all the four tablets retail at different prices in different regions of the globe. Samsung Galaxy 3” 7-inch tab generally retails at around $199. You should find Nexus 7 retailing between $155 and $199 depending on your region. While HP Slate retails at $140 (after $30 reduction), Sony Xperia Table Z goes for around $499.99.


You may need to note that this comparison is not meant to state the best tablet of the four. It is meant to bring out the vital features that can help you in choosing a tablet that best suits your tablet need.

You might want to check out the Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 "8Inch" vs The iPad Mini


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Author: Fahad
Fahad is the owner of Tech Friki, a new technology blog. He shares quality content relating to gadgets, smartphones, technology, blogging and different online business start-up tips.