The Nexus 7 is really the first worthy opponent to the iPad that I’ve seen, even though the playing field is still uneven. We just got our 8GB Nexus 7 in the other day and did a quick unboxing to show off this thin Android device, sporting the latest Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean. My initial take is that this tablet is surprisingly very nice, even though it is on the Android OS. The Android OS is not as good as Apple’s iOS for gaming at this point, but it is continuing to get better. The main reason for this discrepancy, for those not familiar with the differences between Apple’s iOS and the Android OS, is that Apple’s iOS is closed while the Android OS is open source. iOS is supported and designed for only Apple hardware, thus making development of apps easier, more stable and consistent, while on the Android side there are so many devices that it is almost impossible to create an app that will work on each and every device.
My main complaints from gaming on both the iPad and Nexus 7 are: secondary app content download and License inconsistency. While I have not dug into the Nexus 7 too deeply, initially downloading Asphalt 7: Heat, Modern Combat 3, Temple Run: Brave, and many others, I had messages saying “checking licensing” that took me to the Google Play Store. I had to go back to the Home, close the app, and reopen again to eventually get the games to play — that is after the 10 to 20 minutes it took to get the secondary download or main game content on the device.
However, once I got going with the Nexus 7, playing Asphalt 7: Heat, it played awesomely, sporting killer graphics and game speed. The size of the Nexus 7 was perfect and I actually found I played better than I did when playing on the iPad. Turns were easier to make with the smaller device and I could actually see the track in front of me, which is harder on my iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Again, once I got past some initial hangups, the Nexus 7 was the perfect gaming tablet and it’s no wonder there is an iPad mini on the near horizon. The iPad mini makes huge sense for Apple. After you put an iPad 3rd generation and Nexus 7 next to each other you will quickly see that the Nexus would be a preferred mobile device (size wise) for those on the go. It is perfect for briefcases, purses, portfolio, and may even fit in a suit jacket interior pocket. The device sports a Quad Core Tegra 3 processor, 180×800 HD display, 1 GB RAM, and we opted for the 8GB internal storage model (see full specs below). We will be shooting Android App Videos on this very soon, so stay tuned and check the quality out for yourself. For more App News & Rumors. Crazy Mike
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