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Xolo Tegra Note vs. Google Nexus 7: Which 7 Inch Tablet Should You Buy?

Google’s second iteration of its marquee Android Tablet Nexus 7 has made its way to India amid much fanfare. Users are enthralled to get the best of Android Tablet experience for an affordable price. The Nexus 7 2013 packs quite a punch with its high end specifications and affordable pricing.  However this behemoth of a Tablet may have just found its match in an unusual device. The Xolo Tegra Note is perhaps the hottest entrant into the Tablet market. Xolo has always provided affordable alternatives for the android smartphones. A look at Xolo mobile price list will confirm this. With the Xolo Tegra Note, the brand brings a great Tablet alternative as well. The tablet boasts amazing hardware capability for an extremely affordable price range. So how do the two match up? Which should you opt for? Read further to know more.

Xolo Tegra Note vs. Google Nexus 7 2013

Xolo Tegra Note vs. Google Nexus 7 2013

Hardware Matchup

The first aspect in the mind of any prospective customer is the hardware of the competitors. The Nexus 7 was the heavy weight among Android tablets in 2013. As Google intended to make the Nexus 7 as the marquee device for its Android Tablet experience, no expense was spared in creating the ultimate tablet. The result is an absolutely marvel of a device with one of the highest specs among all tablets. A look at the table below will show you just how comfortably Nexus 7 beats the Xolo Tegra Note in almost all specs.

Specification Google Nexus 7(2013) Nvidia Xolo Tegra Note

Display Size and Type7.0” IPS LCD (LED backlit)7.0”IPS LCDPixel Resolution1200 x 1920 pixels1280 x 800 pixelsProcessor1.5 GHz Quadcore SnapDragon S4Pro1.8 GHz Quadcore Nvidia Tegra 4RAM2 GB1 GBInternal Storage16GB/32GB16GBExpandable MemoryN.A.64 GB MicroSDCamera Primary5 MP Full HD5 MP Full HDCamera Secondary1.2 MP Full HDVGA cameraAndroid Version4.4 Kitkat4.2 JellyBeanCommunicationWi-Fi, 2G, 3G, LTEWi-Fi Only

 

The Nexus 7 still wasn’t the perfect device in the market. For example, the device didn’t come with expandable storage (something many users would’ve wished for in a tablet). Still what the Nexus 7 does, it does better than most. Xolo’s tablet offering is unique in some other aspects. The hardware isn’t very far behind the Nexus 7 and for most users the difference will be imperceptible. Users will still experience amazing gaming performance thanks to Nvidia’s own 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor which beats all competitors in GPU performance. The device however does have only 1 GB RAM over Nexus 7’s 2 GB RAM. This may hamper multitasking a bit but we are sure most users will hardly find any difference. The Nexus 7 beats Tegra Note in the camera department, by providing users with a 1.2 MP full HD camera for Video calling. Tegra Note users will not be very happy doing Video calls on their tablet.

Android Patronage Advantage

Most people may be tempted to get the Nexus7 mainly because of one key aspect. Direct OTA OS updates enable users to have the latest Android OS as soon as it is available. This means most Android Nexus users remain ahead of the curve when it comes to those awesome Google features. For example, Google Now, Android Camera updates and other updates are available to Nexus 7 users before competitors. Google has recently also updated the Play Store to display apps optimised for Tablets. These Apps have been made keeping the Nexus 7 in mind and as such should perform exceptional on the device. Xolo Tegra Note like all other Android based Tablets may fall behind the curve in the OS. For now the device itself ships with the Android 4.2 JellyBean OS, clearly users will find some new aspects of Android Kitkat absent in the OS.

Nvidia’s Gaming Advantage

If you are a hard-core gamer and love to spend most of your time playing games on your tablet, the Nvidia Tegra Note is your dream tablet. With a 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 chipset and Nvidia’s own experience in developing gaming chip, this tablet is developed for the gamer. However the tablet isn’t just for gamers alone, the high GPU response makes just about every application look better. The tablet responds faster and also comes with expandable memory, a must for heavy gamers who want as many games as possible at their disposal. The Tegra Note also comes with a stylus akin to the Samsung Galaxy Note tablets however with much lower capability. The stylus does let you make quick notes and make doodles quickly. All in all, the tablet gives a good media consumption experience with the best of all its competitors.

Pricing & Availability

Nexus 7 has always allured users with its affordable pricing. While competitor tablets with comparable specifications have all been priced north of Rs 25,000, the Google Nexus 7(2013) Tablet is available for Rs 20,000 to Rs 23,000 depending on the version. The tablet is undoubtedly a great value for money. Xolo Tegra Note breaks down this price even further by being priced at an extremely attractive Rs 17,000. The price tag is amazing considering just how closely it competes with the Nexus 7 and in fact is superior to it in some aspects.  Nexus 7 is available across all leading e-commerce stores as well as through Google Play in most markets. The Xolo Tegra Note however isn’t available in several stores and may in fact be plagued with stock outs in the days to come.  However as demand picks up we are sure there will be increased availability for the Tegra Note.

What Should You Buy?

Nexus 7 and Xolo Tegra Note both come with their own advantages and obvious compromises. While Nexus 7 has the advantage in the camera department and also gives you the ready Android updates. With the LTE capability the device gives users more communication options as well. The Nvidia Tegra Note is however made for the hardcore user. If you are into gaming or just want a high end media consumption device for a more affordable price tag, the Xolo Tegra Note does provide a better alternative. Nvidia has definitely raised the bar for affordable tablets. Whether users go for the Nexus 7 or the Xolo Tegra Note entirely depends on their requirements. Undoubtedly though we are certain users will be happy irrespective of which device they go for.

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About Asif Iqbal Shaik

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Asif Iqbal Shaik is a Consumer Electronics Expert with MySmartPrice, which is the best price comparison website in India. He is a computer sciences graduate and has been closely following consumer electronics space from last 6 years. He also is a technology blogger for the past 3 years.
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