Difference between Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Nexus 7

Key difference: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 aims at filling the gap between the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Galaxy Note 8 features an 8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The device is powered by a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 and 2 GB of RAM. The device runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). 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.

Samsung is a major player on the world smartphone platform. It is the second most popular smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold, after Apple. It is in fact the first most popular Android smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold. The company’s Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first phone that gave the iPhone a real competition. Hence, effectively making the Galaxy brand, a brand to be reckoned with.

Another line of products that Samsung has made popular is the ‘phablet’ by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note. A phablet is a cross between a phone and a tablet; it sized as a table but with all the properties of a phone. Samsung’s latest product in this category is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. While, officially the Note 8 is considered a tablet, it does come with the optional SIM slot, thus allowing it calling and 3G capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 aims at filling the gap between the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Galaxy Note II featured a 5.55 inch screen, while the Galaxy Note 10.1, as the name suggests a 10.1 inch screen. There just wasn’t an option in between unless one considered the Galaxy Tab series, which of course did not come with the S-pen stylus.

The Galaxy Note 8 features an 8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The device is powered by a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 and 2 GB of RAM. The device runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). It is available with or without the support for a SIM and in 16 GB or 32 GB variants. In addition of the 16GB or 32 GB internal storage, the device hosts an external storage capacity of up to 64 GB. The device features a 5 MP primary camera with a 1.3 MP secondary primary camera.

In addition to the above mentioned features, the phone also boasts several features that are available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. This includes ‘Samsung WatchON’ that transforms the phone into an IR remote controller to connect to the home entertainment system; as well as ChatON, which allows the user to share the phone’s screen with other users. In addition the device also has a split screen capability that allows two or more applications to share the screen. These applications include email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more. The phone also has the popular ‘Air View’ feature, which allows users to preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts, before opening them.

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 7 is a 7-inch tablet computer running Android 4.1 (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 tablet has been designed with gaming purpose in mind and has received high resolution display and various sensors to make it the ultimate gaming tablet. The tablets has dropped the rear primary cameras in the tablet and instead focus on place a 1-2 MP front-facing camera for video chatting purposes. The company has also eliminated the Camera app, so users will have to download an app from third-party developers from Google Play. According to Techradar, the images from the camera were a little grainy, but video calling was seamless, with no lag during calls. The low price of the Nexus 7 makes it a good and cheap companion. The 32 GB is available for USD 199 from the website.

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

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Nexus 7

Launch Date

Q2 2013

June 27, 2012

Company

Samsung

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by Asus.

Size

210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm (8.30 x 5.35 x 0.31 in)

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

Display

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

800 x 1280 pixels, 8.0 inches (~189 ppi pixel density)

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

Protection

-

Corning Glass

Weight

338 g (11.92 oz)

340g (11.99 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM : 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

WCDMA :

850/900/2100

4G Network

LTE (market dependent)

No

GUI

TouchWiz UI

Pure Android

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Mali-400MP

ULP GeForce

OS

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

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

Chipset

Exynos 4412

Nvidia Tegra 3

RAM

2 GB RAM

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM (optional)

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

16/32 GB storage

16/32 GB storage

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB

None

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz), WiFi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB 2.0

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

HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS, WAP, GPS, AGPS

WiFi, NFC, USB

GPRS, EDGE for 32GB + Mobile data version only

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ 21 Mbps

WLAN

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

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth V3.0

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Micro-USB

Primary Camera

5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus

1.2 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

None

Video

Yes, [email protected]

720p

Camera Features

Auto Focus; Shot Modes, Buddy Photo Share, Cartoon, Panorama, Share Shot, Single Shot, Smile Shot; Geo-tagging; Camcorder; DivX®; HD Recording; HD Playback; Video Share; TV-Out; Online Image Uploading

Video-calling

Sound Enhancement

-

No

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3,

FLAC

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX

MP4/H.264 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery

Available Colors

Marble White

Black

Messaging

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

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5 - Android + Samsung / Android Browser / Chrome Browser (GMS)

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

None

Additional Features

  • Video Play back 1080p Full HD video @ 30fps
  • ChatON
  • D/L from Playstore
  • Android Ecosystem / Samsung Apps
  • Readers / Music / Game / Video(Media, Na)
  • Hub / Learning Hub
  • Samsung Kies, Kies Air
  • Dropbox 50GB Free
  • Microsoft Office-compatible
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 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)

Image Courtesy: samsung.com, androidheadlines.com

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