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List of Games that Work Perfectly on My Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus Phablet

List of Games that Work Perfectly on My Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus PhabletRecently, I just bought a smartphone. And it is a great one. As a matter of fact, it is the best smartphone I ever had in my entire life.

It has a sharp HD display, it has fast and smooth performance, it has decent cameras, it has elegant and premium design with its gold glossy finish, it has huge battery and the most importantly, it’s really awesome for playing games.

Amazingly, this smartphone only costs around $155 for the basic 16GB model, which is insanely cheap for a great all-around smartphone like this.

The smartphone I’m talking about here is Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus.

List of Games that Work Perfectly on Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus
It's actually more of a phablet rather than a regular smartphone especially because it has a huge 5.5-inch display, which obviously stands in the phablet territory alongside Samsung GALAXY Note series.

One of the great things about this phablet that manages to impress me a lot is definitely its powerful gaming performance.

I have played many powerful games on this device, such as: Modern Combat 4/5, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger and even some PlayStation Portable games like PES 2015 and Prince of Persia Rival Swords. And all of these games run perfectly and smoothly even in full highest graphics.

So that's why today, I would like to share to you the list of games that worked perfectly on this phablet. I want to show you how amazing this device really is especially for playing any games even from different platforms besides Android OS.

Okay then, without further long introduction, in the following list below, I would like to share to you some of my favorite games which all have been tested on my phablet.

Modern Combat 5

modern combat 5 iconGame: Modern Combat 5
Platform: Android
Developed by: Gameloft
Genre: First Person Shooter
As many of you know, Gameloft is one of the most popular game developers on mobile platforms (from cell phones, smartphones and tablets). This developer actually has been around in this business for quite long time, even several years before iPhone came out.

Modern Combat 5 is one of its popular franchise titles. Actually, this game is hugely inspired by one popular console/PC game from Activision called “Call of Duty”.

As a matter of fact, Modern Combat series has been widely known as the clone version of Call of Duty game. And that’s shown clearly from its storyline, the characters, the gameplay and pretty much everything about this game is really identical with Call of Duty series.

Modern Combat 5 still follows the same footsteps of its predecessors, which is a First Person Shooter game with many dramatic cutscenes in the gameplay. Unfortunately, despite being a free-to-play game on Google Play Store, Modern Combat 5 requires gamers to stay online all the time.

To be honest, I really enjoyed playing this game on my phablet, especially with its gorgeous graphics and amazing gameplay. Not to mention, this game worked perfectly and smoothly without any lag on my phablet.

However, it became really frustrating for me to play this game because it always required me to turn on the internet connection of my device, which would consume a lot of my internet data. And this totally ruins the whole experience of playing this game, which is why I decided to delete this game a few months ago so I could install other games on this phablet.

But apart from that, Modern Combat 5 is still one of the best FPS games on mobile devices right now. In fact, I think there’s no other mobile game developer out there that is as aggressive as Gameloft in delivering console-quality graphics as well as gameplay to mobile platforms.

GTA Vice City

gta vice city iconGame: GTA Vice City
Platform: Android
Developed by: Rockstar Games
Genre: 3D open world action-adventure with third-person perspective
When I was still in high school, there was one popular game that got me hooked all day on my computer. And that game was Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

So as many of you know, yes, GTA Vice City is an open-world action-adventure 3D game that allows you to explore the city called "Vice City" and do a lot of crazy things with your character: from stealing cars, punching people in the face, shooting at police officers, flying a chopper and many more.

On my phablet, this game of course runs seamlessly without any lag whatsoever, even in full graphics. Overall, I have no complaint about this game. It runs really smooth and it plays great on my phablet. GTA Vice City is definitely one of the best 3D games I ever played on my device.

And the fact that this game uses almost all the exact materials and graphic sources from the original version released on PC, as well as the same storyline, this really makes this game totally worth it to buy on Google Play Store.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne iconGame: Asphalt 8: Airborne
Platform: Android
Developed by: Gameloft
Genre: Arcade Racing
Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft has been one of the most popular games on iOS, Android and Windows platforms since it made its first debut in 2013. I’ve actually been a huge fan of this game even since the first installment of Asphalt 1 was released on the cell phones (Java game).

Asphalt 8: Airborne actually kind of reminds me with one popular arcade racing game on consoles called “Burnout”, which is developed by Electronic Arts. So in this game, you will race against other drivers in many different tracks, competitions and countries in order to become the champion.

And similar just like Burnout, in this game you are allowed not only to race against other drivers, but also to knock them out from the race by hitting their cars using your nitro boost.

There’s actually one thing that separates Asphalt 8: Airborne from its predecessors (Asphalt 1 - Asphalt 7: Heat). And that is the ability of players to do extreme stunt jumps with their cars. So within the racetracks, there will be a lot of jumping tracks that enable players to do these extreme stunts and gain some critical points in the race.

Asphalt 8: Airborne is now FREE to download on Google Play Store and the great thing is, this game doesn’t require you to always stay online all the time during the gameplay just like Modern Combat 5. So you can always play it in offline mode without wasting your internet data.

GTA III

GTA III iconGame: GTA III
Platform: Android
Developed by: Rockstar Games
Genre: 3D open world action-adventure with third-person perspective
If you love GTA Vice City, then you will definitely love its predecessor, GTA III. So in this GTA III, you will be deployed in the Liberty City and fight your way to the top in order to finish the game.

The conflict starts when you and your friend (girl) are trying to escape from the chase of some bad guys. Unfortunately, your friend betrays you and even knocks you out with the bullet of her gun. A few days later after that incident, you find yourself being arrested by police officers who are about to take you to the prison.

GTA III is not free to download on Google Play Store, just like GTA Vice City. So if you have enough balance in your Google Wallet account or in your operator, you can use any of them to buy this game. But it's totally worth it especially if you're already a huge fan of this series.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 iconGame: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Platform: Android
Developed by: Konami
Genre: Soccer/Sport
I’ve been a huge fan of this soccer game ever since my parents bought me the first-gen Xbox several years ago. At first, I kind of sucked at playing this game because the controls were really hard to master. But after a few months doing a lot of trainings, I became pretty good at it. And the great news is, now I can enjoy the same experience of playing this soccer game right away on my phablet.

However, the Android version of PES 2012 is not as realistic as the console versions. It’s really easy to play and it doesn’t take a lot of time for me to master the controls. Scoring the goals in this game is also not something that will require a lot of trainings. This is probably why I decided to switch to the PSP version of PES 2012 because the PSP version somehow has more realistic gameplay just like the console versions.

Anyway, PES 2012 is not free to download on Google Play Store. So you have to pay for it either with the balance of your operator or Google Wallet. Unfortunately though, this game has been removed by Konami since long time ago. So you may want to switch to the PSP version of PES 2012, which offers a more realistic gameplay than the Android version.

Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 (SNES)

Game: Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3
Platform: SuperNintendo NES (with SNES emulator on Android)
Developed by: Rare (published by Nintendo)
Genre: 2.5D Adventure
The first gaming console that my parents bought me when I was a kid was Super Nintendo NES or known as SNES. And one of the games that got me so hooked all day on my gaming console was Donkey Kong Country 2, which is an amazing adventure game.

Donkey Kong Country 2 looks like a 3D game, but it's actually a 2.5D game, which is the combination of 3D and 2D. So the graphics in this game is 3D but the gameplay is 2D platform, so you’re only allowed to control the characters only in 2 directions, forward and backward, which kind of reminds me with the gameplay of Trine 2 from Xbox 360.

Amazingly, this game now is available to play also on my Android phablet. And the installation process is really easy actually. So you just need to download the SNES emulator on Google Play Store and then place the downloaded SNES file of Donkey Kong Country 2 (which is called as ROM) in specific folder that can be accessed later by the emulator.

This game is the original version ported directly from SNES, not the simpler version of it. So all the graphics, characters, storyline, gameplay and pretty much everything in this game is the exact same thing just like the SNES version.

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded iconGame: Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded
Platform: Android
Developed by: Nfusion Interactive
Genre: 2D adventure RPG
A few years before smartphones and tablets were invented yet, mobile game actually had found its way to the hearts of gamers through their cell phones.

And the development of mobile games back then was already advanced, with titles like Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, Prince of Persia Warrior Within and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 being available to play even on your tiny 2-inch cell phone.

Besides these games, there is actually one adventure game that is really addictive to play on my cell phone. And that game is called “Leisure Suit Larry”.

So in Leisure Suit Larry, you will play as the guy named Larry and your first tasks in this game are basically just simple activities inside your house that you usually do in your real life: like answering phone calls, cleaning your dirty clothes, etc. But the real journey in this game will start right when Larry leaves the house and goes to the airport.

On Android platform, this game is also available to download on Google Play Store, goes by the name of “Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded”. But it is a totally different game with the cell phone version, although the gameplay is basically still similar with the original version.

I think this game is really awesome and addictive to play. And I totally recommend it on your smartphone or tablet especially if you love playing simple adventure games with great storyline, funny conversations and a little bit of RPG elements in it.

25-in-1 Casino & Sportsbook

25-in-1 Casino & Sportsbook iconGame: 25-in-1 Casino & Sportsbook
Platform: Android
Developed by: gApp Technology
Genre: Casino and card-related games
When I was still in high school (which was around 12 years ago), I used to play Poker with my friends. This game was really fun and definitely addictive to play in long long hours.

And fast-forward to the present, now I can still find my favorite poker game on my Android phablet. To be more specific, there are actually tons of poker and casino-type of games that you can find on Google Play Store. But the game that got me really excited to play it on my phablet was the one called “25-in-1 Casino & Sportsbook”

As the name of this game implies, “25-in-1 Casino & Sportsbook” literally has 25 casino games that you can choose to play within the app. So you can play all of these 25 games in one app without needing to download any extra content in the future. This is probably why this game is pretty huge in size (46MB).

However, it's worth mentioning that this game doesn’t require you to spend your real money in order to be able to play it. So this game can be a great learning app for you especially if you want to practice your skills to play online casino games.

But of course, if you want to learn much deeper about playing online casino which involves real money, then onlinecasinoguide.co.nz can be the right destination for you.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 PSP

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 PSP iconGame: Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 PSP
Platform: PlayStation Portable
Developed by: Konami
Genre: Soccer
Okay, who doesn’t know Pro Evolution Soccer series? Well, this game has been one of the most popular soccer games for the past few years and vast majority of soccer fans out there really love this game a lot on their consoles.

Besides the console version, Konami actually also releases Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 on PlayStation Portable; with updated teams, jerseys, transfers, stadiums, graphics and of course, gameplay. And just like the console versions, this PES 2015 now has much improved gameplay and controls than its predecessors.

The great news is, if you don’t have PlayStation Portable at your disposal, you can still play this awesome soccer game right away on your Android tablet by using a PSP emulator app called “PPSPP” that you can download for FREE on Google Play Store.

However, the gaming performance of each PSP game will also depend on the hardware of your tablet (CPU, GPU and RAM). I mean, if you want to play heavy games like “PES 2015”, it’s recommended that your Android device should have at least high-end CPU and GPU. Not to mention, huge amount of RAM.

Prince of Persia: Rival Swords

Prince of Persia: Rival Swords iconGame: Prince of Persia: Rival Swords
Platform: PlayStation Portable
Developed by: Ubisoft
Genre: 3D adventure/platform
Besides PES 2015, there’s actually on other awesome PSP game that can also be played on your Android device. And this game is one of Ubisoft’s most popular adventure titles on consoles, Prince of Persia: Two Thrones.

However, on PSP, this game has been changed to “Prince of Persia: Rival Swords”, although the gameplay, storyline, graphics and pretty much everything about this game is basically the same one found in the original “Prince of Persia: Two Thrones” released on PS 2 and Xbox (classic).

And similar just like Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, you can also play this PSP game on your Android tablet through a PSP emulator called PPSPP. But, bear in mind that this game is really heavy either in size and graphics, so it’s ideal to play it on Android device with high-end CPU, GPU and huge RAM.

Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger iconGame: Dead Trigger
Platform: Android
Developed by: Madfinger Games
Genre: Zombie Survival FPS
Ever since “Walking Dead” TV series became really popular a few years ago, there has been a lot of zombie-themed games being rolled out on gaming platforms. If consoles and PC already have “Dying Light”, then tablets and smartphones also have its own zombie-shooting game called “Dead Trigger”.

Yes, just like in “Dying Light”, in “Dead Trigger”, you will also play as a guy who is trying to survive in zombie apocalypse. Many of these zombies are ready to take you out to the "dinner" (or breakfast maybe?) if you’re not fast enough to escape from hordes of hungry zombies that you meet across the street.

This game is actually quite fun and addictive to play, especially if you have a separate 3rd party gaming controller that you can pair with your Android device, just like what I do with my phablet. And the game is also FREE to download on Google Play Store.

So if you love shooting at zombies and slaughter them all with your grenades or bazooka, then “Dead Trigger” might be the one you should consider.

Unkilled

Unkilled iconGame: Unkilled
Platform: Android
Developed by: Madfinger Games
Genre: Zombie survival FPS
After gaining a huge success with “Dead Trigger”, Madfinger Games is back again with another zombie-survival FPS title called “Unkilled”. And similar just like its sibling, in “Unkilled”, the character you play in this game will also try to survive from the hordes of zombies by shooting them all with any guns at your disposal.

Unfortunately, despite being a free-to-download game, “Unkilled” requires users to always stay online all the time during the gameplay, which is similar with Modern Combat 5 from Gameloft. So everytime your internet connection is dropped, the game will restart itself from the beginning of each level/checkpoint.

For me personally, I think this game is not as fun and addictive as “Dead Trigger”. I mean, it’s really easy to kill the zombies and it’s not really challenging to play. I know that the graphics are more gorgeous and way more improved than in the “Dead Trigger”, but I think the gameplay of this game leaves a lot to be desired compared to its sibling.

But if you’re still interested to try it out on your Android device, then go ahead! It’s free to download on Google Play Store.

The list continues in the next review of my phablet

Okay then, those are some of my favorite games that have been tested on my Alcatel phablet and they all worked perfectly without any lag.

Actually, there are still some other games that I would like to share to you in the list above, but I thing it would be great if I could do it in the next review of my Alcatel phablet.

So if you want to learn more about that, be sure to stay tuned on this website!

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs Nvidia Shield Tablet: The battle between two great budget tablets

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs Nvidia Shield Tablet: The battle between two great budget tabletsFrom many tablet manufacturers out there, I think there is one company that has been really aggressive when it comes to making Android tablets as true gaming devices.

And it is no other than Nvidia.

I think this is weird because Nvidia used to be the one that supplied its own mobile processors, known as ‘Tegra’, for its partners or tablet/smartphone manufacturers.

And now, this graphics chip company becomes the one that competes with them.

That can be clearly seen through Nvidia Shield Tablet, which is assembled by Nvidia itself in its own labs and can be bought directly on the tablet stores right now, alongside other competing devices like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab series, Sony Xperia tablets, Google Nexus slates and many tablets from its own partners.

This is actually really similar with Microsoft that also decides to release its own Windows tablets under the ‘Surface’ series and competes against other Windows tablets/laptops from its partners.

And this Surface series has now stepped up to the fourth generation. So we can see how serious Microsoft in entering the tablet market.

But of course, as the manufacturer that competes against its own partners, Nvidia still has a lot of jobs to do especially in convincing people that its Nvidia Shield Tablet is the definite solution for users that are looking for a true gaming tablet.

And I believe its journey is not going to be really easy because there are many other tablets that are ready to overshadow Nvidia Shield Tablet on gaming tablet market.

Google Nexus 7 (2013) is definitely one of them.

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs Nvidia Shield Tablet benchmarks and gaming performance

Having been released 2 years ago in 2013, the second-generation of Google Nexus 7 has been one of the top choices for gamers out there that love playing games on their tablets.

And the good thing is, this Google’s tablet is more than sufficient to handle any heavy games on Android platform.

So this is the reason why I think it’s gonna be really interesting to see how these 2 gaming tablets, Nvidia Shield Tablet and Google Nexus 7, go especially in terms of gaming performance.

But of course, other elements like screen, cameras, storage and battery life will also get their equal share in this review.

So without further ado, here is my comparison review between Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Nvidia Shield Tablet. Hope you like it!

Introduction





When the first-gen Google Nexus 7 made its first appearance in front of audience at Google I/O conference in 2012, many people liked it a lot and were really amazed at how great this device really was especially in playing heavy 3D games.

It even managed to steal the spotlights back then in 2012 when most people there were not really familiar yet with Android tablets (although some Android tablets from Samsung and Amazon were starting to gain ground on tablet market).

But that soon changed drastically when Google made its Nexus 7 official.

After gaining a lot of great reviews, recognition and the most importantly, sales around the tablet market, Google was back again in 2013 with the second-gen Nexus 7 tablet.

Even though this tablet didn’t get the reception as huge as the first-gen model, it actually still managed to become the better version of its predecessor, which is why Google releases it in the first place.

It has a much sharper and more gorgeous display, a more powerful GPU, bigger RAM, better looking design, newer firmware and the most importantly, it also comes with a rear-facing camera, which was lacking on the first-gen model.

As the tablet that is being compared with Nvidia Shield Tablet in this review, of course, Google Nexus 7 (2013) is gonna have a though time to convince many people out there that this tablet is a better offering than Nvidia’s slate, especially when knowing that Nvidia Shield Tablet is made specifically for gaming.

Similar just Google Nexus 7 (2013), Nvidia Shield Tablet is also the second-generation model of its predecessor, Nvidia Tegra Note, which was released in 2013.

So when it comes to hardware, of course Nvidia Shield Tablet brings a lot of improvements here and there especially on its specs.

However, when put together in the same ring with Google Nexus 7, I think it’s quite obvious that Nvidia Shield Tablet is just out of its league.

It’s just too powerful and unmatched by Google’s tablet.

Okay, Google Nexus 7 may have the privilege to always receive the software updates faster than any other Android devices out there.

However, what Nvidia’s slate has to offer is just so much even better than what Google has in stores.
  • It has a bigger screen,
  • an amazing digital pen (DirectStylus2),
  • a 5MP rear-facing that takes better pictures,
  • more appealing and sophisticated design
  • and of course, more powerful performance, especially for playing games.
Not to mention, Nvidia Shield Tablet also has the power to play console-quality games that are basically ported directly from the console/PC versions of the games. And this is something that Google Nexus 7 is impossible to compete.

But there still some questions floating around in the air that must get their answers here.

So, between Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Nvidia Shield Tablet: Which one is the best gaming tablet in this review?

Which one is the better tablet in the whole aspect?

Is any of these tablets really worth it to buy, especially for gaming?

If you want to know more about what my take on these questions, especially my conclusion of this comparison review, be sure to read the rest of this review.

Design

From the design standpoint, this Google Nexus 7 is actually not a huge departure from its predecessor.

There’s just not much difference to be found on both models. In fact, it still looks pretty identical one to another.

The design of Google Nexus 7 actually kind of reminds me with the designs of Nexus smartphones, Samsung GALAXY Nexus or LG Nexus 4.

They all have the same Nexus characteristics all over them, although Google Nexus 7 tablet is more on the flat side, while Nexus smartphones have the ‘sexy-looking’ curves on top and bottom.

The design similarities of Nexus 7 tablets also continue on their bezels.

So just like the first-gen variant, the sequel of Google Nexus 7 still keeps the thick bezels on top and bottom, while the left and right bezels are made so thin around the screen.

According to some video reviews on YouTube (like MKBHD), the build quality of Google Nexus 7 is actually pretty good, despite being a budget tablet.

It may not have the premium feel or aluminum materials found on the iPad mini, but it still feels comfortable to hold on our hands and not slippery just like other cheap Android slates with glossy plastic finish.

Okay, next we go to the design of Nvidia Shield Tablet.

If compared to Google Nexus 7, the design of Nvidia Shield Tablet is actually more appealing and attractive than Google’s tablet.

Mostly thanks to its dual-color layer (grey and dark black) that Nvidia puts around the bezels of this tablet.

And this really makes it look quite elegant and gives it a modern and sophisticated aspect to this device.

Besides on the design, there’s also one other place that Nvidia Shield Tablet is more superior at than Google’s tablet. And that is its sound quality, thanks to its dual-front-firing speaker grilles.

So, on the front side, there are dual-front speaker grilles being placed on the left and right bezels (when positioned in landscape mode) where earpiece and home button/resistive buttons are usually found here on most of tablets.

But these dual-front speaker grilles are not just there for nothing because thanks to these speaker holes, it impressively makes this tablet capable to deliver a much louder and clearer sound quality in front of users, thus making the experience of watching movies or playing games more realistic and immersive.

This design concept actually has been used also on Nvidia’s previous Tegra Note tablet, with the same positions of dual-front speaker grills, not to mention, the same support of stylus and its slot, dual-color layer design and some other similar design characteristics.

So Nvidia Shield Tablet is not very different with its predecessor when it comes to design. They look identical.

Between the 2, I think I will side on Nvidia’s tablet here because I’ve always been a huge fan of Nvidia’s tablets, especially with their dual-front-firing speaker grilles.

But even so, Google Nexus 7 is also a pretty attractive looking tablet.

It may not have the same great sound quality or sophisticated feel just like Nvidia Shield Tablet, but I think Google and Asus still did a great job with the design of this Nexus device.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)Nvidia Shield Tablet
4G LTE
Micro-SIM
Released 2013, July
Weight 290 g (Wi-Fi), 299 g (LTE) (10.55 oz)
7.0 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,
1200 x 1920 pixels, (~323 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Chipset
Adreno 320 GPU
2 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
5 MP rear-facing camera, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No Memory Card slot
16/32 GB Internal storage
GPRS
EDGE
NFC
GPS
HSPA+, LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth v4.0
microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
No Radio
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Sensors
No Java
Non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery
No SIM
Released 2014, July
390 g (Weight)
DirectStylus 2
8.0 inchCapacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16M colors (~283 ppi pixel density)
Dual bass reflex port audio enhancement
microSD Memory Card slot for up to 128GB
Internal 16 GB
2 GB RAM
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth
microUSB
5 MP rear-facing camera (2592 ? 1944 pixels) autofocus touch focus, HDR
5 MP front-facing camera with HDR
Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
ULP GeForce Kepler 192-core GPU
HTML5 Browser
No Radio
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
HDMI port
19.75 Wh Li-Ion battery

Comparing Google Nexus 7 with Nvidia Shield Tablet is definitely not fair and relevant because first of all, Google’s tablet is not on the same level with Nvidia’s slate, especially in hardware specs and performance.

However, considering that Nvidia Shield Tablet now costs only $199 for the basic 16GB of internal storage, which is in the same price range of Google Nexus 7, then the comparison review between 2 devices can still be justified.

Besides, Google Nexus 7 is still on par with Nvidia Shield Tablet in terms of spec sheet.

It has the same 1080p full HD display, 2GB of RAM, stock Android UI and there’s also 5MP rear-facing camera on this tablet, similar just like the ones found on Nvidia’s tablet.

However, as the real gaming tablet designed and made for playing console quality games, Nvidia Shield Tablet is of course a far more superior in graphical performance than Google’s Nexus tablet.

And that’s true because on paper, Nvidia Shield Tablet is armed with a quad-core Tegra K1 processor, coupled with a staggering 192-core Kepler GPU, compared to an outdated Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and Adreno 320 GPU found on Google’s device.

But the superiority of Nvidia’s tablet in gaming performance is not just on paper, but also in real world performance. But we’ll get more on that later.

In the other departments of both tablets, I think Google Nexus 7 has less to offer to users compared to what Nvidia Shield Tablet comes with on it hardware.

For example, on the sector of photography, Nvidia’s device is equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera along with another 5MP shooter on the back, as opposed to the 5MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras found on Google Nexus 7.

So we can clearly see from right here that Nvidia Shield Tablet looks well-prepared than Google’s Nexus slate.

However, despite being an inferior tablet in this comparison review, there’s actually one thing that possibly makes Google Nexus 7 a better offering than Nvidia Shield Tablet.

And that is their battery lives.

So Google Nexus 7 is powered by 3950mAh battery, as opposed to the 19.75Wh battery found inside Nvidia Shield Tablet, which is equal to around 5000mah battery (with the assumption of 18.6Wh being around 4960mAh battery).

But impressively, despite having a lower capacity of battery, it’s actually Google Nexus 7 that really excels in battery life than Nvidia Shield Tablet.

Of course, we’ll get more on that later.

Between the 2, I think Nvidia Shield Tablet looks like a much better offering than Google Nexus 7.

And that’s true because we already see that, in spec sheet, Nvidia’s tablet has a lot more things to offer than what can be found on Google’s device.

And besides, Nvidia Shield Tablet is also provided with an amazing digital pen (stylus), which according to what I’ve seen on YouTube (and a LOT), it is a great quality stylus similar just like the S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note.

Not to mention, Nvidia also releases the 1st-party Xbox-alike gaming controller specifically for this device.

So in the whole aspect, it’s quite obvious that Nvidia Shield Tablet looks more appealing to buy than Google Nexus 7, especially when knowing that Nvidia has sliced the price of this device to only $199 for the basic 16GB model.

And this is definitely one of the best ‘bang for the buck’ deals you can find today around the tablet market.

And I don’t think there are any other impressive deals like this right now.

Screen

Playing games, browsing the web, reading books and the most importantly watching movies are definitely such a pleasing experience when done with any of these devices.

And that’s because Nvidia Shield Tablet and Google Nexus 7 are both sporting the same 1080p resolution displays.

So there’s not much to talk about especially when it comes screen sharpness. They both have equally sharp looking screens.

However, as far as the sharpness, I think Google Nexus 7 is the one that comes out as the winner here compared to Nvidia Shield Tablet.

And that’s clearly because Google’s tablet comes with a smaller 7-inch screen, as opposed to the 8-inch display found on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

So all the pixels of its 1080p resolution are crammed into a much smaller display, resulting in higher pixel density than the one found on the display of Nvidia Shield Tablet (323 ppi vs 283 ppi).

And this contributes a lot to the sharpness of Google Nexus 7’s screen.

But even so, the difference of sharpness on both tablets is probably not really noticeable here especially given that both devices are packing the same 1080p resolution on their displays.

Plus the 1-inch screen size difference found on both tablets is not like really huge. So their screens are equally sharp and they both are undoubtedly ideal for enjoying media contents like movies or games.

User Interface

One of the things that I’ve always been impressed with Nvidia’s tablets is definitely the use stock Android UIs without any customizations whatsoever.

That actually has begun even when Nvidia Shield 'gaming console' (not Shield Tablet) was debuted a few years back before Tegra Note and Shield Tablet were even manufactured.

And Nvidia still continues that tradition by bringing the stock Android OS on its Nvidia Shield Tablet.

The same thing happens on Google Nexus 7.

So similar just like Nvidia’s device, Google still keeps the tradition going as well by using the stock untouched Android OS on its Nexus 7 tablet.

However, as a tablet released in 2014, of course, Nvidia Shield Tablet receives the latest Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat, as opposed to the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean found on Google Nexus 7, which came out earlier in 2013.

When it comes to features, Nvidia Shield Tablet actually has a lot to offer than Google’s tablet.

And that’s mostly related to the digital pen/stylus provided by Nvidia on this device, such as: lasso feature (the ability to crop the screen with stylus), note-taking app, drawing app and some more.

But there’s also one interesting app called Nvidia Game Hub (if I’m not mistaken), which gives users the exclusive access to Nvidia gaming ecosystem where you can find a plenty of console-quality games that can be enjoyed directly on Nvidia Shield Tablet (like Half Life 2, Trine 2, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, etc).

Meanwhile, as the one that comes with older-gen Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right out of the box, of course Google Nexus 7 is lacking especially on some new features and improvements found on the KitKat of Nvidia Shield Tablet.

However, Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat is actually just a minor update from the previous Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

So there’s probably not much to write home about when it comes to new features and design layouts on the new KitKat UI of Nvidia Shield Tablet compared to Jelly Bean UI of Nexus 7.

They still look and work slightly similar one to another.

The good news is, both Google Nexus 7 and Nvidia Shield Tablet are eligible for the new software updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

And most of us already know that this latest version of Android OS brings a lot of improvements and especially new design looks (known as Material Design) compared to the previous OS.

So it’s good to hear that both devices are gonna (or maybe already) enjoy all the goodness and goodies found on Lollipop OS.

Not to mention, there’s also one important feature called Project Volta which significantly improves the battery life of any Lollipop-powered device.

So I believe this is a really vital improvement for both Google Nexus 7 and especially Nvidia Shield Tablet, which according to reviews, it has average battery life.

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Okay, let’s get real here!

Nvidia Shield Tablet is powered by Nvidia’s latest and greatest, Tegra K1 processor, while Google Nexus 7 is equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset from Qualcomm, which is definitely not on par with the horsepower found on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

On paper, we can clearly see that Google Nexus 7 is definitely no competition here against Nvidia Shield Tablet.

And that’s true because Tegra K1 is a flagship processor and just extremely powerful especially in graphical performance, mostly thanks to its staggering 192-core Kepler GPU.

Meanwhile the Adreno 320 GPU found on Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset of Nexus 7 is already considered as outdated for today’s standards.

And it’s not even the flagship GPU from Qualcomm’s chipset portfolio in 2013.

So in terms of gaming performance, Nvidia Shield Tablet is just untouchable by Google Nexus 7. It’s even impossible for Google’s tablet to compete head-to-head against Nvidia’s slate, especially in gaming.

And that can be clearly seen when both devices are thrown with 2 of the most graphically-demanding games from Gameloft and Rockstar Games, Asphalt 8: Airborne and GTA San Andreas.

Of course, both tablets with their CPUs and GPUs are more than sufficient to handle games like Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Dead Trigger 2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, ShadowGun DeadZone and even GTA Vice City perfectly in buttery smooth performance, even in full highest graphics.

Meanwhile, as for Asphalt 8: Airborne, either Google Nexus 7 or Nvidia Shield Tablet also has what it takes to run this game smoothly in highest graphics (with all shadows, reflections on cars, sun glares on roads and some extra visual effects like balloons, planes, etc).

However, the different level of performance on both tablets can be clearly seen when both are tasked to run one heavy game called GTA San Andreas.

So on Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition), I’ve already seen this tablet really suffer a lot when playing GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics.

It runs really laggy and it’s just not playable for human being.

If I’m not mistaken, the framerate of this game on Google Nexus 7 is below 20fps or around that number, which is really sluggish for a normal gameplay.

So it runs really slow and full of stutters during the gameplay, especially when the road is filled with many objects like people and cars.

On the other hand with Google Nexus 7, this GTA San Andreas runs so amazingly well on Nvidia Shield Tablet, even in full highest graphics.

I’ve actually already seen it run also smoothly on Tegra 4 tablets like HP Slate7 Extreme and Asus Transformer TF701T.

So I’m not really shocked when seeing this game also run in buttery smooth performance on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

Besides, according to many PC/console game developers, Tegra K1 tablets have the capability to even handle anything that runs on PC.

So basically, you can throw anything from PC like games on Tegra K1 hardware and this device is still capable to handle these PC-quality tasks perfectly.

That’s actually one of the things I’ve been really amazed about Nvidia Shield Tablet, even more than any other tablets on the market right now.

So besides playing Android games, this Nvidia Shield Tablet amazingly also has the horsepower to run PC/console-quality games that are specifically ported from PC/consoles straightly to Tegra K1 hardware, or in this case, Nvidia Shield Tablet.

And its superiority to handle PC and console-quality games can be seen easily through the list of games on Nvidia Games Hub (just like Tegra Zone) where you’ll be able to find plenty of console-quality games like:
  • Trine 2 (PS3),
  • Half Life 2 (PC),
  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath from Xbox (but this game can also be played on Google Nexus 7 by the way),
  • Dungeon Hunter
  • Portal
  • and many other console titles that are ported by many popular console game developers exclusively only for Nvidia Shield Tablet.
So by looking at how powerful Nvidia Shield Tablet really is in handling not only all Android games, but also console-ported games, I think it’s no brainer that Nvidia Shield Tablet is just far more powerful and superior gaming tablet than Google Nexus 7.

But that’s not it. The superior gaming performance of Nvidia Shield Tablet is not the only one that makes it a better gaming device than Google Nexus 7.

There’s more. And one of them, actually, there are 2 of them: the superior sound quality and the support for gaming controller on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

So as mentioned above in the design section of this review, I’ve already told you that Nvidia Shield Tablet is equipped with dual-front-firing speaker grilles on the left and right bezels (in landscape mode).

And these dual-speaker grilles are not just some kind of accessory that Nvidia deliberately puts in order to make this tablet look cool and sophisticated.

So thanks to these speaker grilles found on the front side of the tablet, they really contribute to a much louder and clearer sound quality, thus making the experience of watching movies and especially playing games on this tablet really immersive and more realistic to users.

Impressively, the sound doesn’t get muffled easily when our hands are holding the tablet and covering the speaker grilles.

So kudos to Nvidia for putting these awesome speaker grilles on the front of this device!

Besides that great sound quality, Nvidia Shield Tablet is also more prepared as a gaming device than Google Nexus 7 because Nvidia also releases the official Xbox-alike gaming controller for this device.

So this Nvidia Shield gaming controller not only looks like Xbox gaming controller (with thick and fat body for the palm areas), but it also has all the complete set of buttons and triggers that are already optimized and synchronized to almost all Android games and also the Tegra K1 games (which are available to get on Nvidia Games Hub).

However, it’s worth mentioning that this gaming controller is sold separately with the device (and it's not cheap).

So if you want to get the complete package of Nvidia Shield Tablet, you have to pay more for the gaming controller (which is $50 if I’m not mistaken, while the device now costs only $199).

And also, I heard that some of the Tegra K1 games for Nvidia Shield Tablet (like Half Life 2, etc) can only be played with this gaming controller. And they will not work with the on-screen virtual buttons just like on Android games.

So in conclusion, I think it’s really clear which one between Google Nexus 7 and Nvidia Shield Tablet is the best gaming tablet in this comparison review.

Nvidia Shield Tablet is definitely the one that comes out as the winner here.

Nvidia Shield Tablet has way more powerful gaming performance than Google’s tablet. Nvidia Shield Tablet has a much better sound quality (which is really vital for gaming experience).

Nvidia Shield Tablet has the official gaming controller.

Nvidia Shield Tablet also has better storage capability with microSD card slot for up to 128GB, which Google Nexus 7 doesn’t have it.

And we all know how important it is to have a huge storage (internal and external) on a gaming tablet considering how heavy (in size) most of the Android games nowadays, not to mention the Tegra K1 games that are ported from console/PC, which are also heavy in size.

Last but not least, Nvidia Shield Tablet has the total support from many console and PC game developers especially to port their popular titles exclusively only for Tegra K1 tablets like Nvidia Shield Tablet.

However, there is one thing that probably could hold back Nvidia Shield Tablet from being the perfect gaming tablet. And that is its battery life. But we’ll get more on that later.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

In the department of photography, luckily both Google Nexus 7 and Nvidia Shield Tablet are equipped with their rear-facing cameras.

Nvidia Shield Tablet has the 5MP rear-facing camera, while Google’s tablet also has a 5MP camera on the back.

Unfortunately, according to some video reviews that I’ve seen on YouTube (theVerge, MKBHD and PhoneArena), the 5MP rear-facing camera on Google Nexus 7 has nothing to write home about especially in quality and sharpness.

And this is the opposite with the 5MP rear camera on Nvidia Shield Tablet.

Even from the first-gen Nvidia Tegra Note (which has all similar design characteristics and hardware just like its successor), the 5MP rear camera on this Tegra 4 tablet is capable to take some decent quality shots (as seen on many camera/photo reviews on YouTube).

So with that being said, then you can totally expect the same thing on the rear-facing camera of Nvidia Shield Tablet.

I even believe that its quality gets majorly improved by Nvidia especially when knowing that Nvidia has years of experience as well as expertise in visual computing world.

So I’m not gonna be surprised if the 5MP rear and front-facing shooters of Nvidia Shield Tablet are more than happier to take great pictures and even record amazing and sharp looking videos to users.

That’s why if you’re looking for a great machine to play games but you’re also really into photography, then you will make a great decision if you decide to buy Nvidia Shield Tablet, which now only costs $199.

In fact, this tablet is no doubt one of the best ‘bang for the buck’ tablets on the market right now.

Battery Life

So even before the end of this review, we already know that Nvidia Shield Tablet is the major here in many things than Google Nexus 7, from:
  • gaming performance,
  • gaming experience (huge support from PC/console game developers, great sound quality, storage capability, gaming controller, console quality games),
  • camera,
  • stylus
  • and design.
However, there is still one department which Nvidia Shield Tablet hasn’t been proved its quality. And that is its battery life.

So according to some reviews, Nvidia Shield Tablet is not that great in battery life, especially when thrown with some heavy 3D games.

This Nvidia’s tablet sadly doesn’t last very long for playing heavy games.

And this really contradicts with Google Nexus 7 that is impressive when it comes to battery life, despite using a lower capacity battery than predecessor (3950mAh vs 4325mAh).

So based on those reviews, Nvidia Shield Tablet could only last probably around 3 to 5 hours (maybe less than that) when used entirely for playing heavy games (especially Tegra K1 games).

And this is a shame because the true gaming tablet is supposed to have sufficient battery life in long hours because heavy gamers are mostly really demanding when it comes to battery life of their gaming devices.

But the good news is, Nvidia Shield Tablet is eligible to receive the latest software updates of Android Lollipop 5.0 OS, while Android Marshmallow will follow through in the near future.

And I know that this platform brings a lot of improvements here and there especially in battery life department (as seen on Project Volta).

So I believe this new OS will also fix and improve the short longevity of battery life on this device, especially for gaming.

My Personal Opinions

So my final conclusion of this comparison review is, from what I’ve seen on almost every aspect of both tablets, I think it’s quite obvious that Nvidia Shield Tablet deserves to be the winner here in this review when compared with Google Nexus 7.
  • It has a far superior gaming performance and experience (thanks to its gaming controller and good sound quality),
  • it has a more sophisticated design and better build quality,
  • it has better storage capability with microSD card (for up to 128GB),
  • it has better quality cameras,
  • it has an amazing writing/drawing experience with its digital pen/stylus (even as impressive as S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note)
  • it has great quality cameras (with autofocus and HDR)
  • and I think pretty much everything about this tablet is just far better than what Google Nexus 7 could possibly offer.
  • Not to mention, its insanely cheap $199 price tag also puts Google Nexus 7 in really dangerous situation here especially on the budget tablet market
So I think this is really easy to recommend Nvidia Shield Tablet instead of Google Nexus 7, especially if you’re still on the street looking for a great gaming tablet at cheap.

Nvidia Shield Tablet is just an amazing device overall.

However, despite being the loser in this comparison review, I believe there are still something to be appreciated from Google Nexus 7, for example like:
  • its strong battery life,
  • its support for future software updates directly from Google,
  • its sharp looking display
  • and its smooth performance.
Besides, this Google Nexus 7 is still on par with Nvidia Shield Tablet in some departments of its hardware like:
  • the same 1080p display,
  • 2GB of RAM,
  • stock Android UI
  • and it also has a rear-facing 5MP camera just like on Nvidia Shield Tablet (although its quality somehow on the weak side here compared to the decent cameras found on Nvidia’s tablet).
But at the end of the day, if you are currently looking for a great and even the best gaming tablet at really affordable price, then I strongly recommend you to pick up Nvidia Shield Tablet as it now only costs $199 for the basic 16GB model.

Anyway, to sum up this review, I’ll try to answer some of the questions I’ve previously asked above:

Which one is the best gaming tablet in this review?

Of course Nvidia Shield Tablet. And the main reason is, it has the capability to play games more than what Google Nexus 7 could possibly achieve with its hardware.

I think Nvidia Shield Tablet is just untouchable by this Google’s tablet when it comes to gaming performance and experience as a whole.

Which one is the better tablet in the whole aspect?

Again, it is Nvidia Shield Tablet. And that’s because:
  • it has more powerful gaming performance,
  • it has more sophisticated and more appealing design,
  • it has better cameras,
  • it supports the expandable storage via microSD card,
  • it has an amazing digital pen/stylus,
  • and pretty much everything about it is just better than Google Nexus 7.
Is any of these tablets really worth it to buy, especially for gaming?

Definitely yes. But only if you pick Nvidia Shield Tablet, not Google Nexus 7.

Okay, this Google’s tablet may be capable to run some of the latest and heavy games today (and even Tegra K1 game, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath), but when compared to Nvidia Shield Tablet, of course Google Nexus 7 is really inferior when it comes to gaming performance.

So if you’re looking for a great all-around gaming tablet, then Nvidia Shield Tablet is definitely your best shot here.

Pros and Cons

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)

Pros:
  • Sharp 1080p full HD display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Great battery life
  • It comes with stock Android UI
  • It has the privilege to receive new updates of Android OS straightly from Google
  • Good gaming performance (but not on par with Nvidia Shield Tablet)
    Smooth performance
Cons:
  • It doesn’t have the support for expandable storage (NO microSD card slot)
  • It’s not really powerful for playing games like GTA San Andreas
  • Its rear-facing camera has NO quality on it (according to many reviews)
  • It cannot play console-quality games like on Nvidia Shield Tablet
Nvidia Shield Tablet

Pros:
  • It has microSD card slot for up to 128GB
  • It’s really cheap at just $199
  • It has a sharp 1080p display and 2GB of RAM
  • It has probably the best gaming performance on the market right now
  • It has great cameras
  • It has great sound quality through dual-front speaker grilles
  • It has an amazing digital pen/stylus (that even matches the quality of S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note or Microsoft Surface Pro tablets)
  • It comes with the stock Android UI right out of the box (with the update to Lollipop and possibly Marshmallow)
  • It has a sophisticated and more appealing design
  • It has the first party gaming controller from Nvidia
  • It has full support from many console/PC game developers to get the ported version of their games
Cons:
  • Average battery life (but hopefully can be fixed and improved with the new update of Android Lollipop)


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Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs HP Slate7 Plus: The fight between $229 tablet and $150 tablet

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs HP Slate7 Plus: The fight between $229 tablet and $150 tabletAround the budget tablet category (in the price range around $100 to $150), I think it’s still rare to see really great quality tablets that are just great overall.

I mean, if we look at cheap budget tablets like Google Nexus 7 (2012 edition), Amazon Kindle Fire 7 HD or Asus MemoPad 7 HD, there is just something about them that hold them back to being perfect budget tablets.

Take Google Nexus 7 (2013) for an example.

Okay, when it comes to performance, of course this Google’s tablet has the edge here in this department.

And then its design is also appealing for a budget tablet. Its stock Android UI is also pretty rich with features.

Its gaming performance? Well, you don't need to question it as Google Nexus 7 is more than capable to handle games like GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3 or even Asphalt 8: Airborne perfectly in highest graphics.

However, the absence of microSD card slot and rear-facing camera really hold this tablet to being a perfect budget tablet.

And it actually goes the same with other rivals like Kindle Fire HDX 7 and even the sequel model of Nexus 7 (the 2013 edition) that both also have no rear-facing camera and microSD card slot .

But that soon changed when I found one tablet from one of the largest laptop manufacturers in the world – HP.

One of its Slate7 series - HP Slate7 Plus, manages to capture my attention thanks to the overall quality that this device has to offer.

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs HP Slate7 Plus benchmarks and gaming performance

Well, if you’re currently looking for a really cheap budget tablet that has great set of hardware, then HP Slate7 Plus is probably the one for you.

And that’s because this HP’s tablet has almost all the elements of a great budget tablet.

It has fast performance (thanks to Tegra 3 processor), an HD display, a rear-facing camera, microSD card slot, stock Android UI and it only costs at $150 when it made its first debut (but definitely cheaper right now).

That’s the reason why today I’m really interested to bring up again this HP Slate7 Plus into my next comparison review.

And I believe one of the best challengers for this device is definitely Google Nexus 7, the second-gen model.

Well, if you want to know more deeply about how great these 2 tablets really are especially in terms of gaming performance, then you better check out my comparison between Google Nexus 7 (2013) and HP Slate7 Plus in this review.

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In my opinion, I think the second-gen Google Nexus 7 is a bit reluctant or half-hearted to be the perfect version of its predecessor.

I mean, for a tablet priced at $229 (when it made it first debut), there is still something missing about this device.

And one of them is definitely the absence of microSD card slot.

Okay, Google Nexus 7 has a full HD display, fast powerful hardware, huge RAM and not to mention, it already comes with a 5MP camera on the back.

But its lack of expandable storage just cannot be tolerated here because most of today’s budget tablets already 'adapt' microSD card slot.

And then, let’s talk about its performance, or to be more precise, its processor and GPU.

So Google Nexus 7 (2013) features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU along with the Adreno 320 GPU. And of course, 2GB of RAM gives a huge space in the memory for this tablet to execute many apps at once.

However, if we look at other $229 tablet from Amazon – Kindle Fire HDX 7 -, then we will realize that Google Nexus 7 is a slightly behind the race against this Amazon’s tablet.

And that can be seen perfectly when games like GTA San Andreas just doesn't run smoothly even in medium graphics.

Not to mention, the 5MP rear-facing camera of Google Nexus 7 (according to many reviews like theVerge and MKBHD) leaves a lot to be desired because the photos/videos taken with this tablet are nothing special to brag about.

So in the short conclusion, I think Google Nexus 7 is not really worth it for the price of $229, not because it’s too expensive, but it’s more because there are many other tablets that are just better overall in that price range.

But how about HP Slate7 Plus?

Well, if compared to Google Nexus 7 (2013), I think this HP’s tab really deserves for its cheap price tag ($150 or even cheaper right now).

As a matter of fact, I think that price tag is a steal because for only $150, you get many goodies like:
  • an HD display,
  • fast powerful performance with Tegra 3,
  • microSD card slot,
  • pretty good 5MP rear camera
  • and don’t you forget about HP’s years of experience in making great quality laptops to the market.
But the questions remain. With all of the great things found on HP Slate7 Plus, as well as on Google Nexus 7:

which one between these 2 tablets that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one that is so much better tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets right now, especially for gaming?

Well, you’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

One of the coolest things about Google Nexus 7 is, despite being made specifically for Nexus fans out there who mostly are tech-geeky users, for me personally, I think Google Nexus 7 still looks really sexy and appealing as a geeky tablet.

I know that Asus is the one that is responsible in manufacturing this device, including with its design.

But I believe Google also has tiny bit of involvement with the concept of this tablet.

So, kudos to Google and Asus for making this tablet powerful without compromising its design! It's a powerful tablet but it still looks great and appealing to buy.

Anyway, in terms of design, this second-gen Google Nexus 7 tablet is actually not a huge departure from its predecessor.

They still share the same flat shape all around the sides, similar size of rounded corners, plus thick bezels on top and bottom as well as the thin bezels on left and right.

This is way different with the larger Google Nexus 10 that takes some design cues from Samsung GALAXY tablets given that this tablet is manufactured by Samsung itself.

Meanwhile, compared to Google's tablet, HP Slate7 Plus actually doesn’t have its own characteristics and looks really generic with any other budget tablets out there.

There’s nothing special about its design. The corners are rounded and the thick bezels around the side have the same size one to another.

But apart from that, I think that HP Slate7 Plus is still worth it to buy of course not for its design, but mostly for the specs that this tablet has to offer:
  • like its HD display,
  • 5MP rear camera,
  • fast powerful performance,
  • stock Android software,
  • microSD card slot
  • and obviously, its price tag that only costs at $150.
Not to mention, the credibility of HP in making great quality products in the past few years also really counts a lot to making this device one of the best budget tablets on the market in 2013.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)HP Slate7 Plus
4G LTE
Micro-SIM
Released 2013, July
Weight 290 g (Wi-Fi), 299 g (LTE) (10.55 oz)
7.0 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,
1200 x 1920 pixels, (~323 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Chipset
Adreno 320 GPU
2 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
5 MP rear-facing camera, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No Memory Card slot
16/32 GB Internal storage
GPRS
EDGE
NFC
GPS
HSPA+, LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth v4.0
microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
No Radio
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Sensors
No Java
Non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery
Up to 9 h (multimedia) Talk time
No SIM
Released December 2013
7.0 inch Capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU
1 GB RAM
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus
VGA front-facing camera
microSD, up to 32 GB
8 GB Internal storage
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
USB
No Radio
GPS
Java
Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

So… the second-gen Google Nexus 7 looks really prominent here if compared to HP Slate7 Plus.
  • First it has a full HD display,
  • its GPU is more powerful with Adreno 320,
  • it’s equipped with 2GB of RAM,
  • there’s also 5MP rear-facing camera on the back,
  • its Android version is the newer Jelly Bean (4.3)
  • and it also has speed-of-light LTE connectivity.
On the other side of the ring, HP Slate7 Plus looks more humble with its 720p display, smaller 1GB of RAM, older Jelly Bean software (4.2.2) and less powerful performance (Tegra 3 along with 12-core GPU).

But this is acceptable given that HP Slate7 Plus only costs at $150 (even cheaper right now), compared to Google Nexus 7’s $229 price tag when it made its first debut in 2013.

Besides, HP Slate7 Plus offers an expandable storage via microSD card slot, while Google’s tablet don’t have it.

Not to mention, I also heard that the rear camera of Nexus 7 is really mediocre at best, when it comes to quality.

So I think, HP Slate7 Plus is still worth buying tablet just like Google Nexus 7, despite having some lower-grade hardware specs.

Screen

One of the things that makes this comparison review so weird is actually the release dates of both tablets.

So Google Nexus 7 came out FIRST in July 2013, followed by HP Slate7 Plus in December of 2013.

However, when it comes to spec sheet, it’s actually Google’s tablet that looks more prominent here compared with the newer-gen tablet, HP Slate7 Plus.

Take their displays for example.

Google Nexus 7 is sporting the full HD resolution on its 7-inch display, while HP Slate7 Plus comes second with 7-inch 720p display (or HD).

So we can see here that on paper, Google’s tablet definitely takes the crown from HP Slate7 Plus especially in terms of screen sharpness.

But it’s actually not only on paper, but also in the real world quality.

According to some video reviews I’ve already seen on YouTube, the full HD display of Google Nexus 7 not only has the sharpness, but it also looks really gorgeous and crisp with popping out and well saturated colors (not overly-saturated colors like on Super AMOLED screens on Samsung flagship devices).

But even so, despite sporting a lower resolution display, I think the screen of HP Slate7 Plus is still not too shabby for a $150 tablet.

It still looks pretty sharp (720p resolution on screen smaller than 14-inches already looks sharp for my taste) and everything looks nice on this display.

But of course, the pinch-to-zoom gesture will always be the necessity here to use especially when reading tiny texts in books on web pages.

User Interface

As mentioned above, there is one thing that is pretty weird about these 2 tablets – their release dates.

So Google Nexus 7 was released 5 months away before HP Slate7 Plus made its first debut in December 2013. So this makes HP Slate7 a newer-gen tablet than Google Nexus 7.

However, it’s actually Google’s tablet that comes with the newer build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean than HP Slate7 Plus with its older-gen Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

But that’s not shocking given that Google Nexus 7 is Google’s own tablet.

So it makes sense if Google has all the power to release the latest build of software first for its Nexus devices before any other manufacturers have it a few months later, including HP.

But even so, both Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate7 Plus come with the stock version of Android OS, so there are probably not many significant differences found between the UIs of both devices.

They share the same Google Now Card, Google Voice Command, Project Butter and some other new features in Jelly Bean.

But of course, Google Nexus 7 certainly has some added features as well as new visual presentations all over the software.

So if you are a big fan of stock or the original version of Android UI with no added customizations whatsoever from manufacturers, then you will feel at home when using any of these tablets.

But it’s worth mentioning that HP tablets usually come with some HP’s pre-loaded apps like printer apps, HP solution app, etc. So you will see some of these new apps on HP Slate7 Plus.

But all of features of Android Jelly Bean certainly can be found on these 2 tablets, from the standard layout of homescreen, the standard widgets, the app drawer and some other things.

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One of the best things of having any of these 2 tablets is because they both come pre-installed with the stock vanilla Android UI, which is not really heavy in size and also efficient with the use of memory (RAM) and battery.

So this certainly helps a lot in making these 2 devices run faster in terms of performance, and of course, last much longer in battery life.

But as far as the gaming performance is concerned, it’s definitely Google Nexus 7 that comes out as the winner here in this review.

And that’s clearly because its quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and especially its Adreno 320 GPU contribute to a more powerful graphical performance than what Tegra 3 has to offer on HP Slate7 Plus.

Not to mention, its huge 2GB RAM also really takes an integral part in providing a much broader memory space for many games or apps to load simultaneously at once.

So basically, with this hardware package, you can expect to see some graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City or Dead Trigger 2 to perform quite well even in full graphics.

Unfortunately, according to what I’ve seen on YouTube, GTA San Andreas run extremely laggy (probably below 20fps) when set in full graphics (highest resolution, maximum shadows, maximum draw distance, etc).

But the good news is, it’s playable in low graphics setting, although this would totally ruin the whole experience of playing this awesome game.

Meanwhile, as a less powerful gaming tablet, HP Slate7 Plus is actually not too shabby at all especially considering its cheap price tag ($150).

It handles:
  • Modern Combat 4,
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne,
  • NOVA 3,
  • Dead Trigger 2,
  • Need for Speed,
  • GTA Vice City
  • and ShadowGun Deadzone all in buttery smooth performance, even in full graphics.

It all can happen thanks to the quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia, which has been widely known for its powerful graphical performance.

So no wonder if this tablet performs really well for gaming.

Besides, HP Slate7 Plus comes pre-installed with stock Android UI, so its software is not very heavy to load and it contributes to a fast and smooth performance on this device.

Between the 2, of course I will side on Google Nexus 7 especially given how powerful it is in handling Asphalt 8: Airborne in full highest graphics.

However, I also like HP Slate7 Plus with its gaming performance because it’s also capable to run this arcade racing game in highest graphics, although not as smooth as on Google’s tablet.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

Both Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate7 Plus are equipped with 5MP rear-facing cameras. So if you happen to really love photography, then you will not be left disappointed by any of these tablets.

However, it’s worth mentioning that according to many video reviews on YouTube, apparently, the 5MP camera of Nexus 7 has nothing special to write home about.

Its quality is mediocre at best and the photos/videos taken with its camera is not up to par with other flagship tablets out there.

Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to gather the information about photo/video quality of HP Slate7 Plus. So I don’t have anything to say here about this tablet.

But I think, for a $150 tablet, having a 5MP rear-facing camera must still be appreciated.

Besides, it might come in handy if you forgot to bring your digital cameras/smartphones at your disposal.

Battery Life

The second-gen Google Nexus 7 is powered by 3950mAh battery, while HP Slate7 Plus has a slightly larger 4000mAh battery inside.

But when it comes to battery life, I think it’s impressive how Google Nexus 7 (even with a higher resolution screen) manages to last longer in mixed usage (9 hours), compared to HP Slate7 Plus that’s only capable to survive around 7 hours and 30 minutes in moderate use.

I believe the newer build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean found on Google Nexus 7 has anything to do with its stronger battery life. Maybe it’s more efficient with the use of energy than the older-gen Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on HP Slate7 Plus.

But of course, if you’re a heavy power user and will use any of these tablets for doing some heavy stuff like gaming or watching movies without resting the screen at all, then you can expect to see these devices to last shorter probably around 3 to 5 hours, maybe less maybe more.

My Personal Opinions

At the end of this review, I just want to say, both Google Nexus 7 and HP Slate7 Plus are actually good quality tablets, especially for their price points.

I know that Google’s tablet offers more powerful performance especially for gaming than HP Slate7 Plus, but this HP’s tablet is also pretty good for a $150 tablet, mostly thanks to Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 12-core GPU found inside this device.

Google Nexus 7 is really good for playing games, and so does HP Slate7 Plus. And they both also have their own weaknesses.

Google’s tablet suffers a lot when playing GTA San Andreas, while HP Slate7 Plus doesn’t perform so smoothly when running Asphalt 8: Airborne in full graphics (although it’s still playable).

Overall, Google Nexus 7 is a worth buying tablet in the price range of $229, while HP Slate7 Plus is also a 'bang for the buck' tablet at $150.

Unfortunately, as a $229 tablet, Google Nexus 7 lacks an expandable storage, while HP Slate7 Plus has it for up to 32GB.

So this really puts these 2 tablets equal on the same level.

But at the end of the day, I believe the decision of buying any of these devices will come down to your personal preference and of course, your available budget.

So if you currently have around $230 at your disposal to buy a tablet, then Google Nexus 7 can be a pretty good choice for you.

However, if you ask me, you can actually switch to other options like Xiaomi MiPad or Nvidia Shield Tablet which both are my top recommendations for the best budget gaming tablets on the market right now.

Their Tegra K1 processor is just way too powerful if compared to the mediocre Snapdragon S4 Pro found inside Google Nexus 7.

On the other hand, HP Slate7 Plus with its $150 cost I think is really worth it for its price tag.

I mean, in low-end budget tablet category, I haven’t seen any Android tablet that has the same powerful performance and complete set of hardware (microSD card slot, 5MP camera, 720p display) that HP Slate7 Plus has to offer.

Besides, this tablet was released back then in 2013. And today we are in 2016, so I believe you can get this tablet at even lower cost (probably $100), which makes it even worth it to grab.

However, if you could add an extra $50 to your current budget, I strongly recommend you to pick up HP Slate7 Extreme or Nvidia Shield Tablet as both of these slates only costs at $199.

They offer much even more powerful performances than Google Nexus 7, thanks to their Tegra 4 and Tegra K1 processors (HP Slate7 Extreme and Nvidia Shield Tablet respectively).

Plus, you’ll get a plenty goodies like:
  • awesome DirectStylus digital pen (stylus),
  • good quality rear camera,
  • good sound quality (with front-firing speaker grilles),
  • stock Android UI,
  • microSD card slot
  • and some other more.
So you’ll make no mistake if you decide to buy any of these 2 better options.

So to end this comparison review, I’ll try to answer some of the questions I’ve previously asked above. Here you go:

Which one between these 2 tablets that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Of course the answer is Google Nexus 7. It handles Asphalt 8: Airborne perfectly without any lag even in full graphics.

Meanwhile, on HP Slate7 Plus, this game performs a little bit laggy in full graphics, although it’s still playable.

But then again, HP Slate7 Plus is a $150 tablet, so you cannot complaint if this device is less powerful than Google’s tablet, which costs more.

Which one that is so much better tablet in the whole aspect?

Between the 2, I think they are both equal in the whole aspect. I mean, Google Nexus 7 may have a full HD display, 2GB of RAM, more powerful CPU and GPU and a newer Android version.

But this tablet costs at $229.

Meanwhile, for a $150 tablet, HP Slate7 Plus offers a powerful gaming performance, stock Android UI, 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera and it also has a microSD card slot, which Google Nexus 7 don’t have it.

So you'd get what you paid for.

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets right now, especially for gaming?

Yes. Google Nexus 7 is a great gaming tablet for $229, while HP Slate7 Plus is also a good gaming tablet for $150. So they both are equally great for their price tags.

However, if you are a truly gamer, I strongly recommend you to switch to other options like HP Slate7 Extreme, Xiaomi MiPad, Nvidia Shield Tablet or HP Slate8 Pro. They are just way more powerful than the 2 tablets in this review.

Pros and Cons

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)

Pros:
  • Sharp and gorgeous full HD display
  • Powerful gaming performance than HP Slate7 Plus
  • Solid battery life
  • It now has a rear-facing camera
  • Smooth experience and great features from Android stock UI
Cons:
  • NO microSD card slot
  • Its rear-facing camera is not that great, as told in many reviews
  • Not as powerful for gaming as other mid-end rivals

HP Slate7 Plus

Pros:
  • Great gaming performance
  • It has microSD card slot or up to 32GB
  • It has rear and front-facing cameras
  • Tegra 3 is powerful especially when coupled with stock Android UI
  • Cheap to buy for a powerful tablet with complete set of features
Cons:
  • It's not as powerful as other mid-end tablets like HP Slate8 Pro, HP Slate7 Extreme, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Xiaomi MiPad or Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
  • It will suffer when playing GTA San Andreas

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Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs Archos GamePad 2: Which one is the true gaming tablet?

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs Archos GamePad 2: Which one is the true gaming tablet?I think the term of 'gaming tablets' is still pretty vague right now.

Okay, I know that most of today’s flagship tablets, even the budget ones like HP Slate7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 are perfectly great when it comes to gaming performance.

They handle most of heavy 3D games smoothly and they are running in full graphics of course.

However, I think there are still many other variables that must be taken into account in order to be great and even perfect gaming tablets.

One of them is definitely the support for the real physical gaming controller.

I know that Nvidia has already shown to the world one of its efforts to make the true gaming tablet by releasing the separate gaming controller for its latest Nvidia Shield Tablet.

And I also know that you can pair any 3rd party gaming controller such as: MOGA gaming controller on any Android device through Bluetooth connection.

However, Nvidia and MOGA are actually not the only ones that have a part in changing how we play games with our Android tablets. There’s another one. And that is (you probably already know it) Archos.

Archos through Archos GamePad series wants to make it easier for Android gamers to play games seamlessly without adding another 3rd party gaming controller to complement your tablets.

And it’s shown perfectly by how this company designs this tablet similar just PSP Vita or to be precise, exactly just like PSP Vita.

So today, I think I want to do another comparison review of Archos GamePad 2. But its challenger today is not going to be a similar tablet just like Archos GamePad, in terms of design.

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) vs Archos GamePad 2 benchmarks and gaming performance

This is why, in this review, I think Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) could be a perfect contender for Archos GamePad 2, especially given how these 2 tablets are in my opinion, equal when it comes to gaming performance.

Okay then, if you want to know more about how my review goes between these 2 gaming tablets, then without further ado, here’s my comparison between Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Archos GamePad 2.

Read on and enjoy!

Introduction





On the second-gen Google Nexus 7, the manufacturer of this device (Asus) made some bold choices especially with the selections of hardware that will be equipped inside this device.

And I can see how Google and Asus are working hard to make this tablet the better version of its predecessor.

But did they succeed? Well, the answer can be between yes and slightly no (in my opinion).

Okay, when it comes to performance, of course Google Nexus 7 is so much faster and powerful especially in handling games.

However, the performance difference of this tablet with its predecessor is actually not quite significant.

And that’s shown perfectly by how the second-gen Google Nexus 7 is not perfect enough to be a gaming tablet (but we’ll get more on that later).

And Google indeed answers some of complaints fired by its users for example by adding a rear-facing camera on the second-gen model (which the first-gen variant doesn’t have it).

But then again, the effort of Google and Asus to improve this tablet seems a little bit halfhearted as the camera of this device has nothing to write home about, especially in terms of quality.

But even so, I think Google and Asus did a great job with this second-gen Google Nexus 7.
  • It’s now much faster and more powerful (slightly),
  • it has a rear-facing camera,
  • it comes pre-installed with the newer software
  • and its battery life is also magically improved (despite using a smaller battery capacity than on the predecessor).
Meanwhile, the contender, Archos GamePad 2 stands in the different category than Google’s tablet.

And that can be clearly seen by the design of this tablet which combines the regular 7-inch Android tablet with physical gaming controller.

But of course, adding gaming controller on the body of Archos GamePad 2 is not the only effort of Archos in order to make this tablet a true gaming device.

There’s more. And one of them is choosing the right hardware, or in this case, CPU and GPU, that later will make sure that the gaming performance of this device is adequate enough to handle some latest heavy 3D games.

But the questions remain. With the great gaming performances found on both of these tablets, which one between Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Archos GamePad 2 that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this review?

Which one between these 2 devices that deserves to be the best tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these devices, especially for gaming?

Well, you’re about to find out the answers of these questions right at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

The design of Google Nexus 7 actually doesn’t get any major improvements over predecessor.

It still has the flat trimm all around the side with the same size of bezels, thick on top and bottom and thin on right and left.

Overall, I think the design of this Google’s tablet already looks nice. But in my opinion, I think Google Nexus 10 made by Samsung looks much sexier than this Asus’ made Nexus 7 especially with its curved design.

On the other hand with Google Nexus 7, the design of Archos GamePad 2 is definitely a huge departure from the predecessor.

And the noticeable difference found on the newer model is definitely on the choice of colors.

Now Archos GamePad 2 looks more elegant and I think, it has a more sophisticated and modern looking design than its predecessor, which looks like some kind of retro Gameboy.

But Archos GamePad 2 totally looks far different with its sibling. As a matter of fact, I think PSP Vita now has a new contender here.

Between the 2, I think both devices look great with their designs.

They look unique (especially Archos GamePad 2) and I think it’s pretty easy to identify both tablets even before the screen is turned on.

So good for them!

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Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)Archos GamePad 2
4G LTE
Micro-SIM
Released 2013, July
Weight 290 g (Wi-Fi), 299 g (LTE) (10.55 oz)
7.0 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,
1200 x 1920 pixels, (~323 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Chipset
Adreno 320 GPU
2 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
5 MP rear-facing camera, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No Memory Card slot
16/32 GB Internal storage
GPRS
EDGE
NFC
GPS
HSPA+, LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11
Bluetooth v4.0
microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
No Radio
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Sensors
No Java
Non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery
7-inch 1280 x 800 pixels IPS capacitive display
Rockchip RK 3188 1.6GHz Quad-core A9 Processor •
Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4
Android 4.2, "Jelly Bean"
2GB RAM
8GB/16GB
micro SD up to 64GB formatted to FAT32
0.3MP Front-facing camera
NO rear-facing camera
USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol
Dual band WiFi
Bluetooth
Gaming Controls:
- Two analogue thumb-sticks
- Directional pad
- 6 front facing buttons
- 4 shoulder buttons
- Built-in stereo speakers
- G-sensor
HDMI output (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
5000mAh Li-poly battery

On the sector of hardware, I think Google Nexus 7 and Archos GamePad 2 are both equal, especially for playing games.

However, in some other departments, we can see how these 2 tablets have their own strengths and weaknesses against each other.

First of all, let me start with Archos GamePad 2. Okay, this tablet is a true gaming tablet, mostly thanks to its physical gaming controller, which Google Nexus 7 doesn’t have it.

And then, if we move to the area of performance, this Archos’ tablet is also equipped with some elements that Google’s tablet is undoubtedly lacking, like the microSD card slot and a huge 5000mAh battery.

However, Google Nexus 7 also looks really shiny with its spec sheet, and even shinier compared to Archos GamePad 2.

It features a full HD screen, while Archos GamePad 2 still stands in 720p territory. And then, Google’s tablet also has a 5MP rear-facing camera, which Archos’ tablet doesn’t have it.

Last but not least, there are some other parts that make Archos GamePad 2 look inferior here, like LTE connectivity, not to mention, its processor and GPU can be considered as slightly more powerful than the ones found inside Archos GamePad 2.

But then again, Archos’ device has the actual physical gaming controller, while Google’s tablet doesn’t have it.

And this is really vital especially for a gaming tablet because it’s not a secret anymore that playing games with virtual on-screen buttons are just pain in the ass, especially when our fingers are sweaty (especially on the thumbs' areas).

No doubt about that.

So I think, the weaknesses found on Archos GamePad 2; like the absence of rear-camera, the lower-720p screen resolution and slightly less powerful processor and GPU; they all have been ‘fixed’ by the availability of physical gaming controller on this device.

Between the 2, I think both tablets are great when it comes to hardware. Okay, they may have some weaknesses here and there on some sectors.

But if pitted side-by-side on the same table, both Google Nexus 7 and Archos GamePad 2 are still on the same level overall.

Screen

As mentioned above, in terms of display, Archos GamePad 2 definitely comes second here when compared to Google Nexus 7.

And that’s clearly because it’s only sporting the 720p HD resolution on its 7-inch display, as opposed to the 1080p full HD resolution on the same screen size of Google Nexus 7.

So as far as the screen sharpness is concerned, of course Google Nexus 7 definitely has the edge here compared to Archos’ gaming tablet.

But it’s not just on paper, but also in the real world quality, as seen on many video reviews that I’ve seen across YouTube (PhoneArena and MKBHD)

But even so, having the 720p resolution on a small 7-inch display actually already delivers an eye-pleasing experience for most of users of this tablet.

It still looks pretty sharp, but of course, the pinch-to-zoom gesture will be used a lot here, especially when reading tiny texts on web pages or in books.

The good thing is, Archos GamePad 2 is only powered a Rockchip RK 3188 quad-core A9 processor, which is adequate only to handle 720p resolution.

So the performance will be fast and smooth, plus the 5000mAh battery inside this tablet could last longer, especially for playing heavy games.

User Interface

On the software side, both Google Nexus 7 and Archos GamePad 2 come pre-installed with the stock Android UI, which means, both UIs of these devices will not be inundated with too much unnecessary features that users will not use very often in the long run.

And this is great because it will ensure that both of these tablets can perform seamlessly in buttery smooth performance (because there’s not much going on in the memory/RAM), plus more efficient with the use of battery.

However, as Google’s own tablet, of course Nexus 7 will have a more privilege than Archos GamePad 2, especially when it comes to regular software updates in the future.

So no wonder if Google Nexus 7 became the world’s first tablet shipping with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Meanwhile, Archos GamePad 2 comes second with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

However, as a true dedicated gaming tablet, of course there will be some pre-loaded features found on Archos' device especially gaming-related apps like Game Hub or GameZone app, similar just what Nvidia puts on its Shield Tablet.

But I believe it’s not going to consume a lot of space in its storage or memory.

Between the 2, I think both tablets are equally great on the sector of software. It’s the stock version of Android OS with less-aggressive customizations so it’s not gonna burden a lot any of these devices, especially when they are tasked with so many apps at once.

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So what do we have here? Okay, first, let me begin with the second-gen Google Nexus 7.

This Google’s official tablet is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, coupled with Adreno 320 GPU, while 2GB of RAM is provided to give a huge space of memory for apps and tasks to load in the system.

And this Nexus 7 is also sporting the full HD display, as opposed to 720p display on Archos GamePad 2.

So in the whole performance department, of course Google Nexus 7 is more prominent than Archos’ tablet in this review.

But as far as the gaming performance is concerned, Google Nexus 7 actually falls between ‘good’ and ‘not that good’ areas.

I mean, this Google’s tablet may be capable to deliver the best performance when thrown with some latest heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5, NOVA 3, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger 2 or Need for Speed Most Wanted, even in full highest graphics.

Unfortunately, in one video review I’ve seen on YouTube (on Chris Nacca‘Oode’s YouTube channel), Google Nexus 7 really struggles a lot when playing one of the heaviest games on Google Play Store – GTA San Andreas.

This game is really sluggish in performance and pretty much, this game is not playable in full highest graphics, probably below 20 fps/frame per second (if I’m not mistaken).

But the good thing is, this game provides users the options to set the graphics to lower level.

So you’re still able to play this game on Google Nexus 7, even though in low graphics setting.

Meanwhile, as for Archos GamePad 2, this game is actually ‘on the same page’ with Google’s tablet.

I mean – okay, Google Nexus 7 may have the new-gen GPU (Adreno 320) compared to Archos GamePad 2 that is only equipped with Mali-400 MP4 GPU, which has widely used on oldest-gen Android devices.

But impressively, Archos manages to make this Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU capable to perform just like some new generation GPUs on other flagship devices.

And that’s shown perfectly when this tablet is tasked to run heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted and Dead Trigger 2.

And not so surprisingly, this Archos’ tablet manages to swallow all of these games without any problem whatsoever.

The games run smoothly and they all are set in full highest graphics. I know this because I’ve already seen it on YouTube.

However, I don’t think Archos GamePad 2 is capable to handle GTA San Andreas smoothly in full highest graphics.

But I’m quite sure that this game can still be played on this device, but only in medium to low graphics setting.

I actually used to see one smartphone from Huawei (Huawei Honor 3X if I’m not mistaken) run this game in medium graphics. This smartphone is also powered by Mali-400 GPU and the game was running smoothly.

Not to mention, it’s also able to perform well when playing Modern Combat 5 in high graphics (not sure if its full graphics or just high graphics setting).

So I can assume that the Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU inside Archos GamePad 2 is also more than happier to handle games like Modern Combat 5 or GTA San Andreas, although the latter is not going to run in full highest graphics.

Between the 2, I think I have to side on Archos GamePad 2 as the best gaming tablet in this review.

And it’s mostly because this Archos’ tablet is not only powerful in performance, but it’s also equipped with the actual physical gaming controller, while Google Nexus 7 doesn’t have it.

So this really adds a lot of points to Archos GamePad 2 in this comparison review, especially in gaming experience as a whole.

Okay, Google Nexus 7 may have some high-grade hardware (like full HD display and Adreno 320 GPU), but Archos GamePad 2 also has a powerful gaming performance just like Google Nexus 7. Plus, it has physical gaming controller.

So I think it’s really easy to take conclusion that Archos GamePad 2 is a more all-around gaming tablet than Google Nexus 7.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

Google Nexus 7 may not be the perfect gaming tablet just like Archos GamePad 2 in this review.

But when it comes to taking photos or recording videos, this tablet is definitely up for that task.

And that’s because it has a 5MP rear-facing camera, coupled with another 1.3MP on the front to do selfies or video calls.

So if you love photography, then you can count on this tablet to accommodate your hobby.

However, it’s worth mentioning that even though Google Nexus 7 is equipped with a 5MP rear camera, there are many video reviews across YouTube that are disappointed by its camera quality.

MKBHD, theVerge and PhoneArena are some of them. According to these reviewers, the camera of Google Nexus 7 leaves a lot to be desired.

This really shows that megapixel count doesn’t have anything to do with picture or video quality.

And we can see how Apple iPad with its 5MP iSight camera is more reliable to take great photos and videos than the 5MP rear-shooter on Nexus 7.

But apart from that, I think we should appreciate what Google and Asus provide on this device. I mean, Archos GamePad 2 doesn’t have a rear-facing camera (only 0.3MP front camera).

So even though the quality is nowhere to be found here on Google Nexus 7, at least it might come in handy in case you forgot to bring your digital camera/smartphone at your disposal.

Battery Life

One of the strongest points on Google Nexus 7 is definitely its battery life.

So Google Nexus 7 is powered by 3950mAh battery, which is smaller than the one found inside the first-gen Google Nexus 7 (4325mAh).

But the thing that really impresses me a lot is, despite using a smaller battery capacity, not to mention, a higher resolution display than predecessor (1080p vs 720p), this Google Nexus 7 is still capable to last really long in mixed usage.

That’s proved by how Google’s tablet is capable to survive around 8 hours and 30 minutes, slightly on the same level as the battery life of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.

So kudos to Asus and Google for being able to improve the battery life of this tablet without compromising other important sectors, like display or software!

The display is now much sharper and its UI also has more added features.

Meanwhile, Archos GamePad 2 is also not too shabby at all when it comes to longevity of its battery life.

It’s powered by a huge 5000mAh battery and this is considered as really huge for a 7-inch tablet, especially compared to Google’s tablet that has a tiny little 3950mAh battery inside.

According to what Archos states on its website, this tablet is really strong in terms of battery life.

Even for playing heavy games, there are many hours provided on this tablet for users before it begs to be recharged.

However, according to one review I stumbled upon across the web, I found that the battery life of Archos GamePad 2 was not that great, especially for playing games.

So I’m not sure who’s right and wrong here.

So you better get more information about this matter first before deciding to buy this tablet because battery life is really vital especially for playing games.

I mean, I don’t think you want to buy a gaming tablet that’s not gonna last for more than 3 hours. It’s gonna so frustrating over the time.

My Personal Opinions

So to sum up, between Google Nexus 7 and Archos GamePad 2, I think both tablets are great. No argue about that.

Google Nexus 7 has:
  • an insanely sharp display (1080p),
  • a huge 2GB of RAM,
  • a rear-facing 5MP camera,
  • a new Android software (plus future software updates directly from Google),
  • solid build quality, smooth experience,
  • fast internet connection (LTE),
  • strong battery life
  • and the most importantly, great gaming performance (if not the best).
So all in all, Google Nexus 7 is an all-around tablet with solid performance, although it’s lacking one important element – en expandable storage.

On the other hand, Archos GamePad 2 may not have the full HD display just like Nexus 7 or a 5MP rear-facing camera, but this Archos’ tablet really excels on some other important sectors.
  • It has great design,
  • powerful gaming performance,
  • microSD card slot, a huge battery,
  • 2GB of RAM,
  • fast and smooth performance with stock Android UI
  • and the most importantly, Archos GamePad 2 is equipped with the real physical gaming controller and microSD card slot, which Google Nexus 7 doesn’t have them.
So for playing games, no doubt that Archos GamePad 2 is just way up ahead against Google Nexus 7, and even other regular tablets with no physical gaming controller.

But at the end of the day, I believe the decision to buy any of these devices will come down to yourself according to your personal preference and needs.

I mean, if you’re looking for a true gaming tablet with the real gaming controller (without buying a separate 3rd party controller like MOGA), then you’re in the right track if you decide to buy Archos GamePad 2.

However, if you don’t mind not having the real gaming controller on your tablet, then Google Nexus 7 is also a great choice, especially in the price range around $229.

But if you ask me, I will strongly recommend you to switch to other options like Nvidia Shield Tablet or Xiaomi MiPad as these 2 tablets are more powerful in gaming performance and they are actually not expensive (Nvidia Shield Tablet = $199 and Xiaomi MIPad = $250).

They're both actually my top recommendations for great gaming tablets in the price range below $250.

Anyway, to wrap up this comparison review, I will try to answer some of the questions I’ve previously asked above. Here you go!

Which one between Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Archos GamePad 2 that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this review?

As mentioned above, I think Archos GamePad 2 is more reliable as a gaming tablet.

And that’s obviously because it has physical gaming controller and it’s also powerful in handling heavy 3D games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3 and many more.

Meanwhile, Google Nexus 7 is also great for playing games as it handles all the aforementioned games above perfectly and of course, in full graphics.

But if compared to Archos GamePad 2, of course this Google’s tablet is not going to be as impressive as Archos’ tablet because playing Android games with on-screen virtual buttons is not really comfortable, especially when our fingers get really sweaty.

Which one between these 2 devices that deserves to be the best tablet in the whole aspect?

I think both Google Nexus 7 and Archos GamePad 2 are equally great in the whole aspect.

Okay, Google Nexus 7 may have a much sharper display, newer Android software, a rear-facing camera and newer-gen CPU & GPU.

However, Archos GamePad 2 has the physical gaming controller, microSD card slot and huge battery.

So I think they both are on the same level in the whole aspect.

Is it worth it to buy any of these devices, especially for gaming?

I’m gonna say yes, but only if you have limited budget at your disposal (around $229).

And that’s because in the price range around $199 to $250, you can actually get a much better gaming tablet like Nvidia Shield Tablet or Xiaomi MiPad (or even HP Slate7 Extreme or HP Slate8 Pro)

Okay, Xiaomi MiPad and Nvidia Shield Tablet tablet may not have the actual physical gaming controller just like Archos GamePad 2, but with this tablet, you can throw absolutely any games and play them all in perfectly smooth performance.

All thanks to its Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and 192-core Kepler GPU found inside these 2 tablets, which are insanely powerful for gaming.

And besides, Nvidia also releases an official gaming controller for its Shield Tablet. So you can still get the same and even better gaming experience through any of these devices.

Pros and Cons

Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition)

Pros:
  • Good gaming device with solid performance
  • Smooth experience with stock vanilla Android OS
  • It now has a rear-facing camera (5MP), as opposed to the predecessor that has NO rear camera
  • Better looking design
  • Sharper and gorgeous full HD display
  • Regular software updates from Google
  • It's great for its low price point
  • Solid battery life
Cons:
  • It's not as powerful as other rivals on low-end tablet market
  • NO microSD card slot
  • Design is not as premium as other flagship devices like iPad mini or Samsung GALAXY Tab S

Archos GamePad 2

Pros:
  • It has microSD card slot
  • Stock Android OS
  • Sophisticated looking design
  • Great gaming performance
  • Made for gaming thanks to its physical gaming controllers
  • Huge 5000mAh battery
Cons:
  • NO rear-facing camera
  • It's not that powerful compared to other flagship tablets with NO gaming controllers
  • Average battery life especially for gaming (according to some reviews)


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