Yesterday, Google announced three upcoming Nexus devices for the holiday season: the Nexus 4, an upgraded Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. All three of the devices run Google’s latest Android 4.2 version, which is called “a new flavor of Jelly Bean.”
The Nexus 4 marks LG’s first shot at making a Google Nexus branded smartphone. The phone sports an impressive 4.7 inch display capable of 1280×768 and an impressive 2,100 mAh battery. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC radios are all natuarlly embedded within the device as well. With a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and options of 8GB or 16GB internal memory, the Nexus 4 will be one of the most powerful phones on the market, but fairly average in terms of storage space.
The major downside to the Nexus 4 is that LG and Google, for some reason, did not include 4G LTE support on the devices. It has been stated that die-hard Android users will be able to overlook this deficiency, but given the technical proficiency of many of these Android loyalists, sales will most likely be lower than could be expected with a model that supports LTE.
The Nexus 4 is an unlocked device, so you can choose which carrier you’d like to use it on, and will be available through Google Play on November 13. There will be two models available. The less expensive option will feature 8GB of internal storage for $299, while a 16GB version will be available for $349. In addition, T-Mobile directly offer the 16GB version beginning on November 14 that reduces the price to $199 with a two-year contract.
Sure, a Nexus 7 already exists, but Google is upgrading the Asus-manufactured device to include HSPA+ mobile data availability through AT&T and T-Mobile. Of course, the Android 4.1 operating system used on the original Nexus 7 will be upgraded to 4.2 for this re-release, but the device may still shit with 4.1 and require an upgrade.
The new Nexus 7 will be available via Google Play as well as through Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart. A 16GB version will cost $199, which is $50 less than the previous 16GB model, and a 32GB model is also available for $249. If you would like to purchase a 32GB model that includes mobile 3G and HSPA+ radios (the devices comes unlocked) for use with wireless carriers, you will have to wait until November 13, 2012 to purchase that exclusively in the Google Play store for $299.
The largest of the Nexus devices is the Samsung-made Nexus 10. The device boasts the highest resolution available on a tablet, 2560×1600, and has a very high (for a tablet) pixel density of 300ppi, well above Apple iPad 4 hardware which sports only 264ppi. Google states that the device was made with entertainment in mind, and with that in mind and functionality from Android 4.2, the Nexus 10 is the first Android tablet that allows for profile switching between users directly from the lock screen.
The Nexus 10 has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB or RAM, and comes with a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. The device is Wi-Fi only, however, meaning that no 3G or 4G mobile connectivity is possible at this time without a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
The pricing of the Nexus 10 undercuts the upcoming iPad by $100 for a comparative 16GB or 32GB model, while having better screen resolution, a better processor, and a larger screen. You will be able to purchase a Nexus 10 with 16GB of internal storage for just $399, or a 32GB model for $499 starting on November 13, 2012 through Google Play or Walmart.
Not only are Samsung and Google offering more “bang for your buck” with the Nexus 10 compared to an iPad 4, they’re also cramming all of that goodness into a tablet that is only 0.01 inches thicker than an iPad. As far as weight goes, it’s pretty much a wash between the two competing devices, but somehow, Samsung managed to make the Google Nexus 10 a full hundredth of a pound lighter than the iPad 4.