Android gadgets! God, how I love them! And with me are thousands of users around the world who enjoy their Android jewels and the apps that make them so fun. Today, we look at two of these great devices and we’ll see which one is better.

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition

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The Galaxy Tab 2 is not a new gadget, but the guys over at Samsung though over it and decided to stick a new label on the device, give it a few extra accessories and push it out again. And here we are, with the Student Edition of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Although the device is scheduled for release on August 19, one lucky user found it in a Best Buy store and gave us all a good unboxing video in which we can see how the Galaxy Tab 2 looks and what accessories it comes with.


A USB Connection device and a keyboard dock are what we will find in the box apart from the normal stuff. What’s great about this Student Edition Galaxy Tab is the fact that it comes at the same price of the normal Galaxy Tab ($249), thus giving us more tech for our money.

I won’t go into the tech specs just yet, we’ll see later on the differences in specs between the two gadgets, but for now, let’s take a look at the competitor.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet

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Google released the Nexus 7 Tablet a while back, with the introduction of the Android Jelly Bean (4.1) OS and that time, it was a great gadget, of course, it still is, but with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, it kind of went in the dark.

Still a great tablet with lots of power under the hood and the same screen size of the Galaxy Tab, the Google Nexus 7 is the best competitor in that price range (also $249 for the 16GB version). But let’s let the specs talk to see which one is better.

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition VS. Google Nexus 7 Tablet

As we can see from the specs, these two devices go head to head, with somewhat similar components. The major difference is when we look at the CPU, where the Nexus 7 has the upper edge, with its powerful nVidia Tegra 3 Quad Core processor, and the Galaxy Tab only has a Dual Core under its hood. The resolution of the Nexus 7 is also a bit bigger than the Tab’s, but not as much as to make a difference.

Although the Nexus 7 has the power on its side, it loses points because it does not have a back facing camera or an SD card, which are pretty much standard on all devices these days. These will limit the Nexus 7 to only taking 1.2 MP photos from the front and storing them on a modest 8/16 GB of memory that cannot be expanded.

The Galaxy tab, with its smaller processor and resolution offers users the possibility to expand the memory of the device to 64 GB and it also gives the possibility to take pictures with the modest, but still good 3.15MP back camera. Also, based on what the producers say, the battery life is better on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, despite having a smaller battery (only 4000 mAh). The screen is the same size for both devices, and the picture quality is great, many won’t even notice the missing pixels from the Galaxy Tab. As for aspect, they both have the same plastic back cover and a nice finish, no points for either here.

Which is better?

So, who wins? Despite the fact that I’m a sworn Google Nexus fan, I must admit that limitation imposed on the Nexus 7 tablet, severely restricts users, therefore, I must say that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition is the better choice. Also the accessories included in the package give the Galaxy Tab more value. So, if you were wondering which to buy, I recommend going for the Galaxy tab 2 7.0 Student Edition. I know I would, well, maybe because I’m still a student.

 
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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.