A few days ago we showed you the best 10-inch Android tablets, and now we will do the same with the increasingly popular 7-inch tablets.

Best 7-inch Android tablets

It is possible to say that the market for 7 inch tablet specifically opened with the departure of the Amazon Kindle Fire back in September 2011, this device delivered an unbeatable value for money that made it a success in sales.

Due to the great reception of the device by the public, other brands did not sit idly by and set out to develop their own models to compete in this emerging market. So much so that Google launched Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the Nexus 7, the formidable tablet that repeated the formula of Amazon to offer a device near the cost of production in order to monetize the business through the sale of multimedia content and advertising in its app store.

The rage for the 7-inch tablet was so strong that Apple decided to ignore Steve Jobs who said that these devices were “dead on arrival”  and finally the iPad Mini was launched in October 2012.

Well, now the Android Market has several competitive models and the battle for holiday sales is about to break loose. That’s why today in AndroidADN we bring you a selection with the Best 7-inch Android Tablets, step right up:

Google Nexus 7

Inaugurating Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in June 2012, the first Google tablet created in conjunction with Asus revolutionized the market of the 7 inches by offering a tremendous specifications at a tempting price. Along with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is undoubtedly the best options for their value for money, but to be honest the Google model is the undisputed king.

With an attractive design and solid construction, the Google Nexus 7 feels really good in the hand and its performance is even better. Being a 100% Android device not only has updates at the same moment they are released, but also has an enviable fluency. Its 4-core processor Nvidia Tegra 3 at 1.3 GHz, 1GB of RAM and a 800 x 1280 display for only $ 149 makes the Google Nexus 7 to be unbeatable in all aspects.

As disadvantages I can emphasize two points: as in all Nexus devices has no microSD slot, and frames are perhaps a bit wider compared to the size of the display. Some see the colors offered for its LED-backlit IPS panel LCD are somewhat muted, especially those accustomed to the Galaxy OLED technology, although I must confess I do not think so.

In short, the Google Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet you can get on the market for 7 inches, and like the Nexus 10 offers an unbeatable value for money, if we add the support of Google then our decision is easy, simply the best. With the introduction of Android 4.2 Google decided to add a new version of this device with 32 GB of internal storage and make an interesting price reduction.

If you want you can see the unboxing we did of this beautiful device AndroidADN.

  • DISPLAY: LED-backlit IPS LCD 7 inches with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels (219 ppi)
  • SIZE & WEIGHT: 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm and weighs 340 grams
  • PROCESSOR & GPU: Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 GPU ULP GeForce
  • RAM & Storage: 1GB RAM, 8/16/32 GB internal storage
  • CAMERA: 1.2 MP, Video-calling @ 720p
  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1 updated Jelly Bean)
  • BATTERY: Standard battery, Li-Ion 4325 mAh (10 hours multimedia)
  • RELEASE DATE: June 2012
  • PRICE: $ 149 8 GB / 16 GB $ 199 / $ 249 32 GB

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

Continuing the successful line of Kindle Fire, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD offers formidable hardware specifications at an unbeatable price but its main attribute is the great Amazon app store with everything that this implies.

This device now has three months on the market and received heterogeneous criticism, especially those comparing to its predecessor, since it certainly is very difficult to overcome past success. However, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is an excellent device that improves the Kindle Fire harwdare and offers a very good user experience.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is on the sidewalk opposite of the Google Nexus 7 as its operating system features an Amazon layer which makes it completely different, its processor is slower and its flags are dual band WiFi connectivity and its microHDMI output.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is definitely the choice for those who want a 100% integrated tablet with a formidable application store with a very good performance and a display that meets and exceeds.

  • DISPLAY: 7 inch IPS TFT with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels (216 ppi)
  • SIZE & WEIGHT: 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm and weighs 395 grams
  • PROCESSOR & GPU: TI OMAP 4460 dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 GPU PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM & Storage: 1GB RAM, 16/32 internal storage, has no slot microSD
  • CAMERA: 1.3 MP, 1280 x 1024 pixels
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • BATTERY: Standard battery, Li-Ion (media 11 hours)
  • RELEASE DATE: September 2012
  • PRICE: $ 214 16GB / $ 264 32GB

Acer Iconia Tab A110

Another of the best 7-inch Android devices is the Acer Iconia Tab A110, a tablet that is virtually identical to the Nexus 7 but has some advantages and disadvantages.

The Acer Iconia Tab A110 features a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2 GHz and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Factory, which promises a formidable fluency and user experience with the implementation layer by Acer. As a disadvantage with respect to the model of Google should be noted that its display is lower in resolution, does not have NFC, has a shorter battery and is only 1 mm thicker. However, as it has advantages include HDMI port and has microSD slot, essential for gaming and storing HD multimedia content since its 8 GB of internal storage are probably limited for such purposes.

The Acer Iconia Tab A110 is the closest thing to Nexus 7 on the market for 7-inch tablet, but the Google model takes advantage not only for being cheaper but for having better display and battery but most of all things having Google support. However, its design and build quality are great, and for those who do not want to have the same device as the rest, certainly the Acer Iconia Tab A110 is a good choice.

  • DISPLAY: TFT of 7 inches with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels (170 ppi)
  • SIZE & WEIGHT: 193 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 390 grams
  • PROCESSOR & GPU: Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad T30L-core 1.2 GHz, GPU ULP GeForce
  • RAM & Storage: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD up to 32 GB
  • CAMERA: 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, Geo-tagging, Video 720p @ 30fps
  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • BATTERY: Standard battery, Li-Po 3420 mAh (7 hours media)
  • RELEASE DATE: October 2012
  • PRICE: $ 230

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

Noticeably different in design to other devices seen so far we find Barnes & Noble Nook HD, a 7-inch tablet of formidable specifications and great value for money. For its features and benefits is presented as direct competition to the Amazon model in the U.S. market and not so much for the Nexus 7.

The first thing to note in the Barnes & Noble Nook HD is its 1440 x 900 display that offers 243 ppi. Another highlight is its design and although many do not share the taste for wide frames and white against the black display, note that aesthetics is a bet for something new and that’s always welcome.

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD is an ideal tablet for reading magazines and catalogs and if we add its microSD slot and a lightweight and comfortable to hold, then we see that is a very good device. However, as disadvantages there to mention the lack of content Shows and TV as well as dedicated applications on its interface, also the quality of the display is susceptible to fingerprints.

In short, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD is a great Tablet and certainly is a great device at a good price and with a different aesthetic proposal.

  • DISPLAY: IPS LCD of 7 inches with a resolution of 1440 x 900
  • SIZE & WEIGHT: 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm and weighs 315 grams
  • PROCESSOR & GPU: Dual core TI OMAP 4470, 1.3 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9, GPU PowerVR SGX544
  • RAM & STORAGE: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, microSD slot up to 32 GB
  • CAMERA: –
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Battery: standard Li-ion 4050 mAh (10 hours multimedia)
  • RELEASE DATE: September 2012
  • PRICE: $ 199 8 GB / 16 GB $ 229

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Samsung, as the world leading brand of electronic devices, is characterized by offering models with powerful hardware and ostentatious designs. Well, this is NOT the case of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 that focuses on modesty in design and specifications, bringing an alternative “light” in the market for 7 inch tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has a good display and average RAM, but its dual core 1 GHz processor is perhaps its weakest point. As counterweight has 8/16 / 32GB of internal storage with microSD slot up to 64 GB, and has a 4000 mAh battery. Other advantages are its low weight and rear camera, 3MP in this case, although I must say I think rear cameras in tablets lack sense . It also has 3G connectivity.

Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is probably appropriate for fans of Samsung and its interface Touchwiz UX Nature, since neither in price nor specs can compete with Google or Amazon models.

  • DISPLAY: 7 inch PLS LCD with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels (170 ppi)
  • SIZE & WEIGHT: 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs 344 grams
  • PROCESSOR & GPU: TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1 GHz, GPU PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM & Storage: 1GB RAM, 8/16GB internal storage, micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • CAMERA: Rear 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels Geo-tagging, smile detection, video 720p @ 30fps, frontal VGA
  • OS: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • BATTERY: Standard battery, Li-Ion 4000 mAh (6 hours media)
  • RELEASE DATE: February 2012
  • PRICE: $ 199 8 GB / 16 GB $ 249 / $ 429 32GB (approximate prices, there are several models, with and without WiFi/3G and depends if purchased under contract with the operator)

This was our selection of the best 7 inch Android tablet of 2012, the holidays are approaching and are a very good gift for our loved ones. We hope that the post has been useful and look forward to any questions in the comments section.

If you are interested may be also see our post of the Best Android Phones 2012 from this link or the Best 10-inch Android Tablets 2012  from here.


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