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New Nexus 7 vs. the competition: battle of the budget 7-inch tablets

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The original Nexus 7 launched in a relative vacuum -- there were other low-cost, 7-inch Android tablets before, but few with the full support of a major manufacturer. The 2013-era Nexus 7 is entering a far more crowded marketplace with many recognizable names, and even more aggressive pricing. With that in mind, we've compared Google's latest tablet with three of its newest 7-inch peers -- ASUS' MeMo Pad HD 7, HP's Slate 7 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 -- to see whether it's as strong a value as its predecessor.

Ironically, the new Nexus 7 occupies the high end in this space. It's the most expensive tablet here, with the sharpest display, the fastest processor and the most built-in storage. However, that doesn't mean it's priced out of contention. The $30 you save with the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 just isn't worth it; Samsung's tablet is a big step down in every aspect outside of expandability. And you're clearly getting what you pay for with the Slate 7, whose low price doesn't excuse a poor display and sluggish performance.

The Nexus 7's real competition comes from its own manufacturer, ASUS. While the MeMo Pad HD 7 has a lower resolution screen and a slower CPU, its cameras, display quality, processing power and storage are superb for the price. If you don't crave the Nexus 7's technology or stock Android 4.3, it may be wiser to save $80 and buy the good-enough MeMo Pad instead. Full specifications for all the tablets are available after the break.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7

HP Slate 7 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
OS Android 4.3 Android 4.2.1 Android 4.1.1 Android 4.1
Processor Quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-core 1.2GHz
Memory 2GB 1GB 1GB 1GB
Display IPS LCD IPS LCD FFS LCD LCD
Resolution 1,920 x 1,200 1,280 x 800 1,024 x 600 1,024 x 600
Pixel Density 323 PPI 216 PPI 170 PPI 170 PPI
Storage 16GB / 32GB 16GB with microSD 8GB / 16GB with microSD 8GB with microSD
Rear Camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel 3-megapixel 3-megapixel
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 0.3-megapixel 1.3-megapixel
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE 4.0 LE 2.1 EDR 3.0
GPS Yes No No Yes
Extra connectivity NFC, SlimPort, wireless charging N/A N/A N/A
Battery 3,950mAh 15WHr Li-polymer 13.4WHr Li-ion 4,000mAh Li-ion
Weight 290g 302g 370g 300g
Dimensions 200 x 114.3 x 8.7mm 196.8 x 120.6 x 10.8mm 197 x 116 x 10.7mm 188 x 111.1 x 9.9mm
Colors Black Black / green / pink / white Black Brown / white
Price $230 / $270 $149 $140 / $170 $200
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