Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Nexus 7

Key Difference: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 sports a 7-inch WSVGA TFT touchscreen and has the dimensions 188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm, making the device thinner compared to the former tablet. The tablet is actually targeted for the low-end range. The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer running Android 4.1 (also named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus.

Samsung announced the addition of a brand new 7-inch device to its tablet line-up. The device, dubbed Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is the successor to the Galaxy Tab 2. If users were waiting on another high-end tablet from the makers of Galaxy S4, well it will be a huge disappointment. The tablet is actually targeted for the low-end range. The device does come with some upgrades compared to the Tab 2; but in terms of hardware, the device still lags behind the other mid-to-high range tablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 sports a 7-inch WSVGA TFT touchscreen and has the dimensions 188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm, making the device thinner compared to the former tablet. The screen has approximately 169 ppi density, giving it a decent resolution, but not the best available in the market. The company has styled the tablet after the S4 and the Galaxy Note, making it sleeker and more comfortable to hold. The device will be available in two models: Wi-Fi only and one with SIM support. The SIM model only support 2G and 3G functions. The Wi-Fi model will be available in the market as early as May 2013, while the GSM model will hit the markets in June.

The company has announced that the tablet will have a dual-core processor that will clock around 1.2 GHz and 1 GB RAM, which makes the device better in terms of speed compared to the Tab 2. The device will come with the company’s TouchWiz UX UI that was launched on the Galaxy S3 and will sport Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The device offers ample amount of storage with 8/16 GB internal storage capacity, which can be boosted by 64 GB using a microSD card. One feature that might help increase sales of the device is the USB-capability, which is lacking feature in many tablets.

Galaxy Tab 3 will house a 3.15 MP autofocus rear camera and a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls. The cameras are not state-of-the art but they are decent enough for taking photos and video conferencing. The device does offer features such as geo-tagging and an LED flash. The device is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery. Samsung has also integrated the phone with Google services, including Google Now. The device may not be for the users that are allowing for full-functional high-end tablet, but this is the perfect tablet for families that require a low-end tablet for internet browsing and gaming.

Among the number of various companies launching phones based on Google’s Android, 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 devices has been taken from Samsung Mobile Press website, Google Nexus website and GSMArena.com.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Nexus 7

Launch Date

Wi-Fi Only: May 2013

GSM support: June 2013

June 27, 2012


Samsung Electronics

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by Asus.


188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm

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


7.0 inches WSVGA TFT touchscreen

LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


1024 x 600 pixels (~169 ppi density)

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



Corning Glass


Wi-Fi: 302 grams

GSM: 306 grams

340g (11.99 oz)

2G Network

EDGE/GPRS Quad 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM : 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

HSPA+21 / 5.76 Quad 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100



4G Network




TouchWiz UX UI

Pure Android

CPU speed

1.2 GHz Dual-core

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9



ULP GeForce


Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

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



Nvidia Tegra 3


1 GB


SIM Size


Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

8/16 GB

16/32 GB storage

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB



Wi-Fi: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light

GSM: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light, Proximity

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope,

E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor


WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct

Bluetooth® 3.0

USB 2.0

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


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


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, Infrared port, USB.


GPRS, EDGE for 32GB + Mobile data version only


HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ 21 Mbps


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

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth V3.0


USB v2.0


Primary Camera

3.15  2048x1536 pixels MP rear camera

1.2 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP front camera



720p Full HD @30fps


Camera Features


LED flash



Sound Enhancement



Audio supported formats


MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV

MP4/H.264 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery




Standby Time



Available Colors




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

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS











Yes, via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Samsung Kies
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatON
  • Google Mobile Services including Google Now
  • Samsung Hub
  • TV Out
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Quickoffice HD 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)

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