Difference between Nexus 4 and Nexus 7

 

Key difference: The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer running Android 4.1 (also named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus.

 

With the constant upgrade in technology these days, new models of smartphones as well as upgraded models of smartphones with new features are being constantly launched in the market. Smartphones have become a way of life for many people, allowing them to do anything and everything on the go. This includes typing up a document, chatting with friends, video conferencing, writing up reports, checking e-mails, etc.

 

One of the most popular operating systems for smartphones and tablets is Android. Android is a Linux-based operating system owned and operated by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 leading firms, which includes mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile carriers and chip makers. The consortium is lead in part by Google, as well as HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Nvidia, and Wind River Systems.

 

A number of these companies’ smartphones and tablets run on Android. Android is an open source software, which means that the code is freely available for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Among the number of various companies, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.

 

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

 

The Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 are two of the devices available in the Google’s Nexus line. The main difference between them is the fact that the Nexus 7 is a 7 inch tablet, while the Nexus 4 is a smartphone. Also, the Nexus 7 pre-dates Nexus 4.

 

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

 

The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer running Android 4.1 (also named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus. It was the first tablet in the Google Nexus series and features a 7-inch (180 mm) display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and 8, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. The 8 and 16 GB models were Wi-Fi only, and the 8 GB was eventually discontinued. The 32 GB models are both Wi-Fi and 3G compatible. The Nexus 7 was marketed effectively as an entertainment device.

 

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Google Nexus website and GSMArena.com.

 

 

Nexus 4

Nexus 7

Launch Date

November 13, 2012

June 27, 2012

Company

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by Asus.

Size

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in)

Display

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)

800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Glass

Weight

139g (4.90 oz)

340g (11.99 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM : 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

WCDMA :

850/900/2100

GUI

Pure Android

Pure Android

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

ULP GeForce

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

Nvidia Tegra 3

RAM

2 GB RAM

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

8/16 GB storage

16/32 GB storage

Expandable Memory

None

None

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope,

E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor

Connectivity

  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS
  • 3G
  • HSPA+ 42
  • Wireless charging
  • SlimPort (TM)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • 32GB + Mobile data version only: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • 32GB + Mobile data version only: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 32GB + Mobile data version only: 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 32GB + Mobile data version only: HSPA+ 21 Mbps

Data

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

WiFi, NFC, USB

GPRS, EDGE for 32GB + Mobile data version only

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ 21 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth V3.0

USB

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

micro-USB

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

1.2 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

None

Video

1080p@30fps

720p

Camera Features

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, photo sphere

Video-calling

Sound Enhancement

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

No

Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

MP4/H.264 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black

Black

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes

Java

Java MIDP emulator

None

Additional Features

  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search,
  • Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4,325 mAh battery
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Microphone
  • Magnetometer
  • Google Wallet
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

 

 

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