Google has officially announced on its Google Play store that Nexus 7 tablet would be available in India in April. The 16GB version device is priced at Rs. 15,999 and would be shipped starting April 5.
While there is a 32GB model, and a 3G version tablet, presently only the 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version will be available in India.
Nexus 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. It weighs about 340 grams, has 1GB RAM and Tegra 3 processor. It also has a micro-USB port, a 1.2MP front camera. The battery backup is of 9.5 hours.
Google says, the tablet has been designed with gaming in mind. There are about 675,000 apps and games, a large collection of eBooks, songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and the latest magazines available on Google Play. With this tablet, one can make the best use of Google Apps like Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and Maps.
Pre-order here: Google Play Store
NEXUS 7 COMPETES WITH: Samsung Tab 2, Apple iPad Mini, Amazon KindleFire
Samsung Tab 2 is the immediate competitor in the Indian market, with the similar features and price range. Many people who waited for Nexus 7 since months have tweeted that they might go for Tab 2, because it has 3G.
However, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Tegra 3 processor, Nexus 7 gives faster performance and better touch response than the Tab 2. The Samsung device has both front a facing camera and a rear camera, while Nexus 7 has only a front facing camera of 1.3-mega pixel.
Apple iPad Mini is popular in India, and the price of iPad mini Wi-Fi version is Rs. 21900. The iPad mini is a bigger one with 7.9-inch display and has a resolution of 1024X768. It also has a 5-mp rear iSight camera.
Amazon's Kindle Fire is not available in India, and will not be in the direct competition with Nexus 7. However, one can purchase it online.
There are many other budget tablets in the Indian market like Micromax Funbook, HCL ME, Akash and others, but we cannot compare them with the above said tablets. Nevertheless, it depends on the personal preference and usage.
Google Nexus 7 was named 'gadget of the year' at London's T3 Gadget Awards 2012.
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