The South Korean giant has earned respect from its rivals, but it’s not considered the biggest phone manufacturer. Samsung keeps trying to attract positive feedbacks from its consumers for all of the devices they’re releasing and actually, last year, they had an enormous success with the Galaxy Note 3. Google released the Nexus 7 one year earlier, and the differences of specifications are “visible”.
Designs and displays
The Nexus 7 is actually a tablet made by Google in partnership with Asus, having a display measuring 7inches using LED-backlit IPS LCD technology, but back in 2012, the screen resolution was something that most of the companies tried to increase. Asus obtained a resolution of 800×1280 pixels and a pixel density of 216ppi. Decent, but much lower compared to nowadays’ tablets’ resolutions. The casing is made of plastic, with perforated dots, and most likely, Samsung stole this idea from Asus. The dimensions of the Nexus 7 are 198.5x120x10.5 mm and it weights 340grams. The front panel is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Note 3 is a nice looking phablet with faux leather on its back and fake stitches on the edges. The S Pen stylus is always present on Samsung’s phablets, and the Note 3 has it too. Otherwise, it would be very difficult to operate on it with a single hand, because it has a big screen of 5.7inches, using Super AMOLED technology. The resolution is definitely more convenient at 1080×1920 pixels and the images look crisp and sharp thanks to the pixel density of 386ppi. Its display has the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer of protection. The phablet has a weight of 168grams and it’s sized at 151.2×79.2×8.3 mm.
Processors and Memories
Asus equipped the Nexus 7 with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor which is backed by an ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB of RAM and as far as the internal memory goes, it doesn’t “go” too far with its capacities of 8/16/32 GB, because you’re not allows to add a microSD card for expansion.
The Note 3 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core Krait 400 processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, backed by an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. There are two variants of internal memories of 16 and 32GB, which will be expanded up to 64GB, and another variant with this capacity, which is fixed.
The Note 3 operated initially on Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), then it was upgraded to v4.4.2 (KitKat). The Nexus 7 came with an even older version, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) and until it will receive the v5.0 (Lollipop) update, it will operate on v4.4.2 (KitKat).
Cameras and Batteries
The rear camera of the Note 3 is very advanced at 13MP and has a plurality of features such as LED flash, autofocus, Dual Shot, HDR, simultaneous HD video and image recording etc. The Nexus 7 has a mediocre 1.2MP back camera and lacks a front shooter, while the Note 3 has a 2MP one.
The battery on the Nexus 7 is non-removable and with a capacity of 4325 mAh (16 Wh), while the Note 3 features a removable battery of 3200mAh.