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Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Which Nexus 7 should I buy?

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Manufacturer: Google

Google has released a new version of its incredibly popular Nexus 7 tablet. Here we compare the two 7-inch tablets in our Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 comparison review.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review

Google was incredibly successful with its first attempt at a budget 7-inch Android tablet. Since then there have been several other manufacturers who have challenged the Internet search giant for the crown of best budget Android tablet. The response from Google is the new Nexus 7 2 tablet. Here’s where we find out what are the main differences between old and new in our Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review. See also: New Google Nexus 7 2 UK release date, UK price and specs.

See also: new Nexus 7 (2013) review: the best Android tablet.

The first thing that you need to know about these two tablets is that the new Nexus 7 2 Android tablet is a little more expensive than the old Nexus 7. The old Nexus 7 is priced at around the £149 mark and still represents incredible value for money. While the new Nexus 7 2 tablet offers great value, it costs 33 percent more than its predecessor at £199. Visit The top 10 best tablets: What's the best tablet you can buy in 2013?

We haven’t yet had any hands-on time with the new Nexus 7 2 tablet, so this comparison will be based entirely on specs and reported features of the new Nexus 7 2 tablet. We will of course update this Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review as soon as we have fully reviewed the new Nexus 7 2 tablet. See our iPad 5 preview: Apple's upcoming new iPad tablet.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Design

The new Nexus 7 2 has evolved nicely from its predecessor. It’s slimmed down in every area bar its height – where it has grown a forgivable 1.5mm – perhaps the most important area in which it has improved its design is by reducing the bezel by 3mm on each side, giving the new Nexus 7 2 a much taller, slimmer and more elegant appearance.

For the number addicts out there the old Nexus 7 measured in at 198.5x120x10.5mm and weighed 340g, whereas the new Nexus 7 2 is 200x114x8.7mm and tops the scales at 299g.

A final design update that cannot be ignored is the debut of a rear-facing camera on the new Nexus 7 2 Android tablet.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Screen

Ok, this one is pretty straightforward, the screen on the new Nexus 7 2 is simply a lot better than the old Nexus 7, so far as the specs are concerned, anyway.

The old Nexus 7 had an 800 x 1280 pixel, 7-inch screen with a 216 ppi pixel density. The new Nexus 7 2 has blown that out of the water with an impressive 1200 x 1920 pixels, 7-inch display with a mighty 323 ppi pixel density. Needless to say the screen on the new Nexus 7 2 should be a lot better with which to watch movies and view photos.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Processor

Google and Asus have dropped the Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor in favour of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor in the new Nexus 7 2 tablet.

If the name of the new processor sounds familiar to you then it’s probably because it is. The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor is the exact same as the one LG and Google use in the impressive Nexus 4 Android smartphone.

As we mentioned above, we haven’t yet had change to test out the new Nexus 7 2 tablet, so can’t tell you first-hand what difference it has made to the Nexus 7. However our trusted cousins in America working for PC Advisor’s sister title PC World have said that they have noticed significant improvements in speed and responsiveness in the new Nexus 7 2 tablet. This is a positive and somewhat expected sign - the original is plenty fast enough.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Storage

Storage options remain the same at 16GB or 32GB. Unfortunately there is still no SD card slot, so you can’t expand the storage like you can with some other 7-inch budget Android tablets. RAM has been doubled from 1GB to 2GB, though, which may account for that extra responsiveness.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Camera

Google and Asus have really gone to town on upgrading the camera options on the new Nexus 7 2 too. In the old Nexus 7 there was only a puny 1.2Mp front-facing camera on offer. The new Nexus 7 2 tablet has a 5Mp rear-facing camera, complete with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection. Not only that but there is still the same 1.2MP front-facing camera on offer too. Not bad eh?

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Software

The new Nexus 7 2 comes with Google's latest Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean  pre-installed and was the first device to do so. This is nice, but pretty insignificant here as the old Nexus 7 can be upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean now too.

Other than that, it’s pretty much a dead heat with both tablets having access to the same apps and features as each other.

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2

Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Specs comparison

  Old Nexus 7 New Nexus 7 2
Screen size 7-inch 7-inch
Screen pixels 800 x 1280 pixels (216 ppi) 1200 x 1920 pixels (323 ppi)
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
RAM 1GB 2GB
Storage 16GB/32GB 16GB/32GB
Card slot No No
Camera (primary) No 5MP
Camera (secondary) 1.2MP 1.2MP
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery (16 Wh) Non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery
OS Android Jelly Bean 4.3 Android Jelly Bean 4.3
NFC Yes Yes
Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm
Weight 340g 290g
Google Nexus 7 (2013) Expert Verdict »
Google Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) - WiFi 16GB Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 425 reviews

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There's no doubt that the new Nexus 7 2 tablet is a better tablet than its predecessor, simply because it offers better specs in every department. The only question you need to ask yourself is whether you are willing to pay an extra £50 for the more impressive specs.

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