Today Google announced updates to its table line. The Nexus 7 has been refreshed with a lower weight and more storage. It now weighs 12 oz., and has up to 32GB of storage. The 7 inch HD screen has a resolution of 1280×800. It has a front-facing camera and uses a micro USB connection for charging. It offers mobile access and a quad-core processor. With up to 10 hours of battery life it gives you plenty of time to stay connected. With only access to Google Play for movies and music the new tablet has limited media options. The strength of this tablet is the integration with Google’s services. It includes apps for Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and Youtube. Google’s Nexus 7 will give Apple’s new iPad Mini a competitive battle at a price point of $199.
With the announcement of the iPad Mini, Apple invaded Google smaller-screen-tablet-territory. Today Google fired back with its Nexus 10, 10-inch tablet. Starting at $399 the Nexus 10 claims the title of the world’s highest resolution tablet display. The resolution is 2560-by-1600 besting the current iPad’s resolution of 2048-by-1536. This larger screened competitor weighs 8% less than the full size iPad and includes Micro HDMI. It includes front and rear cameras. The strength of this tablet is the integration with Google’s services. It works with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and Youtube. It only offers wireless connectivity through Wi-Fi.
All major competitors are now all-in. Samsung, Apple, Google and Amazon offer tablets across the tablet spectrum. Oh, wait, what about Microsoft? We will need to wait and see if their new offering gets any traction in the tablet battle.