HP Slate7 Extreme vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): Tablet Battle

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HP Slate7 Extreme vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back!

In my personal opinion, HP Slate7 Extreme has been nothing but a great well-rounded tablet. I’m actually still impressed with everything on this note device.

First of all, i like its Tegra 4 processor, i like its stylus, i like its stock Android, i like its rear-facing camera, i like its gaming performance, i like its dual-speaker grills, i like its design and pretty much everything about this tablet is just amazing.

I’m even more impressed with this tablet than Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition), although it has a much sharper 1080p resolution on its 7-inch display, as opposed to the 720p display on HP Slate7 Extreme.

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

However, what HP Slate7 Extreme has to offer to users out there is probably unmatched by even a 1080p tablet like Google Nexus 7.

I mean, compared to Google-branded tablet, the rear-facing camera of HP Slate7 Extreme is much better, it also has microSD card slot – which is lacking on Google’s tablet -, and then there are some awesome pre-loaded apps, which can be really handy if you love using the stylus.

Meanwhile, Google Nexus 7 is nothing but a great media-consumption and gaming tablet, nothing more. And these 2 elements can actually be found also on HP Slate7 Extreme.

So this is why, today, i’m really interested to bring up these 2 awesome devices into my next tablet battle - or comparison review, if you would.

I think it would be awesome to put these 2 tablets side-by-side and see which one is a much better tablet, especially on their gaming performance and other important sectors.

And this – in my opinion – is really important because in the next few months or years to come, i believe tablets will become more viral, more powerful and even have more functionality not just as a media-consumption device or gaming tablet, but as a solid replacement for serious devices like laptops or PCs.

Well, if you guys want to learn more about these 2 tablets and see my own personal comparison between these HP and Google tablets, including my scrutiny on their gaming performance, then without further ado, here you go, my comparison review between HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 (2013).

Introduction

Google Nexus 7 (2013):
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Some people might think that comparing these 2 tablets is not such a great idea especially given that their overall specs are entirely on the different sides of the road.

Google Nexus 7 might look more of a high-end tablet than HP Slate7 Extreme if we see its 1080p display compared to the 720p display on HP’s tablet. However, i don’t think their display difference should be taken into account as the way to not compare these 2 tablets.

Despite having low-resolution display, i still think that HP Slate7 Extreme has what it takes to compete against Google’s tablet, especially on many other sectors besides the display.

First of all, let’s check out what’s inside their machines. Google Nexus 7 is powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, coupled with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

I know that, on paper, this seems like it’s gonna be better than what HP Slate7 Extreme has inside its engine, especially in terms of performance.

HP Slate7 Extreme
HP Slate7 Extreme
However, despite having only 1GB of RAM, HP Slate7 Extreme is actually a much better performer than Google’s tablet. And that’s already proved by many benchmark tests across the net.

Not to mention, the superiority of performance on HP Slate7 Extreme can also be seen clearly when it handles some graphics intense games without any problem. But we’ll get more on that later.

The other thing that makes HP Slate7 Extreme more superior than Google’s tablet is definitely its stylus. And it’s not just a simple stylus for taking notes.

But the stylus of HP Slate7 Extreme is really amazing and even as great as the S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note.

So you can basically do anything with the stylus, like writing simple notes or even drawing some professional paintings.

And impressively, the writing and drawing experience with the stylus of this tablet is really awesome, as the thickness of the stylus can be controlled manually on the fly by using our pressure on the screen - similar just writing on a paper with a real pen or pencil.

HP Slate7 Extreme 2
HP Slate7 Extreme
And that’s not it. The 5MP rear-facing camera on HP Slate7 Extreme also takes much better shots than the 5MP mediocre camera found on Google Nexus 7, which has nothing to write home about in terms of quality.

Not to mention, HP Slate7 Extreme also has microSD card slot, which has been lacking on Nexus 7 even until now.

But the questions remain. With all of the great things found on HP Slate7 Extreme compared to Google Nexus 7, does this HP Slate7 Extreme have what it takes to be a better gaming tablet than Google’s tablet?

Do HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 deserve to be positioned alongside other flagship tablets on today’s tablet market?

Which one between HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 (2013) that is worth to buy?

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HP Slate7 ExtremeGoogle Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) Asus
No SIM
Released December 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
1 GB RAM
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, HDR
VGA front-facing camera
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage,
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
USB
No Radio
GPS
HDMI port
Java
Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
4G LTE (Micro-SIM)
Released July 2013
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, HSPA+, LTE
NFC
microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
No Radio, No Java
Non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery

In terms of specs, Google Nexus 7 looks more superior and more high-end than HP Slate7 Extreme.

And that’s mostly thanks to its full HD 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) display and much bigger 2GB of RAM, plus newer build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean – as opposed to the 720p display (1280x800 pixels), 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box (although it now can be upgraded to the latest version of Android).

However, in the real live situation, HP Slate7 Extreme could turn out to be a better tablet than Google Nexus 7.

Few reasons to believe are:
  • it has stylus (that even matches the experience of writing on S-Pen of Samsung GALAXY Note),
  • it has better gaming performance,
  • it has better cameras,
  • it has stylus-related apps pre-installed and the most importantly,
  • it has better sound quality – thanks to the dual-speaker grills used on the front of HP Slate7 Extreme.

Screen

In terms of sharpness and clarity of screen, Google Nexus 7 is definitely the one that deserves the crown here against HP Slate7 Extreme.

It comes with a 7-inch display sporting the full HD 1080p resolution, as opposed to the 720p resolution on the 7-inch display of HP Slate7 Extreme.

So pretty much everything that you throw on the screen will look insanely sharp and crisp on Google’s tablet.

Even one famous tech reviewer on YouTube – Marques Brownlee – was really impressed a lot with the full HD display on Google Nexus 7.

So if there is one department that Google’s tablet is really superior at compared to HP Slate7 Extreme, then it must be its display.

User Interface

Both HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 come pre-installed with the stock Android UI.

However, as Google-branded tablet, it’s really obvious that this tablet will get the best treatment when it comes to Android software updates.

Google Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, while HP Slate7 Extreme is injected with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

But basically, both software versions can be considered as equal in terms of latest features and experience. Both even look similar with the same standard design layout of stock Android OS.

So you probably wont notice any significant difference between the UIs of both devices.

The great thing of having this stock UI are:
  1. its performance will be really fast and smooth,
  2. the free memory (RAM) in default/first booting will be huge,
  3. not to mention, the battery life will be more efficient because there are not many pre-loaded apps and tasks running in the background.
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Actually, on the hardware standpoint, both of these tablets are equally great. Both perform really fast, and thanks to the use of stock Android on HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7, they are able to deliver smooth experience to the users.

Not to mention, multitasking many apps is also really convenient on these tablets given that stock Android UI.

However, Google Nexus 7 is definitely the winner here in multitasking department because this tablet is equipped with a huge 2GB of RAM, as opposed to the 1GB of RAM on HP Slate7 Extreme.

So opening many apps and tasks, even with live wallpaper running on the homescreen, this Google’s tablet still performs really smooth with no lag whatsoever.

But even so, both HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 are equally fast and consistently smooth.

It goes the same with the performance of these tablets when playing games. Tegra 4 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, along with its 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, plus 1GB of RAM are in charge on HP Slate7 Extreme.

Meanwhile, Google Nexus 7 (2013) is taken care by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

On paper, Google Nexus 7 seems more superior than HP Slate7 Extreme, especially on the RAM department. But that’s not the case here.

When playing games, the things that really matter on any device are their processor and their GPU.

Of course, RAM is important too especially for providing the space to run the entire graphics, visual effects and the resource files of a game that is playing.

However, HP Slate7 Extreme is already equipped with 1GB of RAM, plus it only comes with stock Android UI – which doesn’t take a lot of RAM in default -, so it’s more than enough to run any kind of games that you see today on the market.

In terms of gaming performance, i think HP Slate7 Extreme could be the winner here because it has a more powerful processor compared to the one found on Google Nexus 7.

It’s actually been proved by many benchmarks that Tegra 4 devices are among the top performers even alongside other flagship rivals across the market.

Meanwhile, even though Snapdragon S4 Pro processor inside Google Nexus 7 is also powerful, plus efficient with the use of battery life, this chipset is already considered as outdated for today’s standards.

The difference of gaming performance between HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 can actually be seen clearly when both devices are faced with one heavy performing games – GTA San Andreas.

And i’ve already seen it on some YouTube video reviews that Google’s tablet really suffers a lot when playing this games in the full highest graphics.

It’s just not playable for human being (unless you’re an alien). On the other hand, this latest GTA iteration performs really smooth and fast on HP Slate7 Extreme, even in full highest graphics.

And that’s thanks to the staggering 72-core GeForce ULP GPU found inside HP Slate7 Extreme.

Besides GTA San Andreas, HP Slate7 Extreme is also more than capable to handle the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, Modern Combat 5, NOVA 3, Horn, Need for Speed Most Wanted and many more.

So basically, you can throw any games even the latest ones on this tablet and it will still perform really fast and smooth even in full graphics.

Google Nexus 7 is actually also a great performer for playing games.

Even though GTA San Andreas doesn’t run smoothly in full graphics, this tablet is still capable to run games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted or GTA Vice City.

And all of these games will perform smoothly even in full highest graphics.

But between HP Slate7 Extreme vs Google Nexus 7, i’ve gotta give the crown definitely to HP Slate7 Extreme because it handles any kind of games in buttery smooth performance with no problem at all.

As a matter of fact, given its Tegra processor, the users of HP Slate7 Extreme will also gain an exclusive access to Tegra Zone (but this name has been changed to NVIDIA Hub if i’m not mistaken) where you’ll be able to find a wide range of games optimized for Tegra-powered devices, including this HP Slate7 Extreme.

So games on this tablet will have much better and detailed graphics plus more advanced visual effects that can’t be found on other devices. And this is something that you cannot have on Google Nexus 7 tablet.

So bottom line, the gaming performance and experience is definitely a lot better on HP Slate7 Extreme than Google Nexus 7.

But even so, Google Nexus 7 is still a good gaming tablet.

In fact, there is one sector that makes this device more superior than HP Slate7 Extreme.

And that is its full HD display. So games look much even sharper on Google’s tablet than on HP Slate7 Extreme.

However, despite being more superior in many ways than Google Nexus 7, there is still downside found on HP Slate7 Extreme.

And that is its overheating issue.

Many Tegra 4 tablets are mostly plagued with this same issue. So their back covers get really hot after several hours of heavy intense use.

But if you don’t mind having this issue on this HP’s tablet, then you should have no worry at all.

Besides, you probably can use some external case protection on its rear-cover to prevent your hands from touching directly to the heat, which can ruin the whole experience of using this device.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 (2013), including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

If you’re into photography, then you might want to pick HP Slate7 Extreme instead of Google Nexus 7.

And that is because according to many reviews, the cameras – especially the rear-facing camera – of HP Slate7 Extreme are able to take some decent quality shots.

On the other hand, even though Google Nexus 7 is also equipped with the same 5MP camera on its back, based on many reviews, its quality is just not really great.

It gets the job done but the quality is not something to write home about.

Battery Life

In terms of longevity, HP Slate7 Extreme could be the winner here especially because it’s only sporting a 720p display, as opposed to the full HD 1080p display on Google Nexus 7.

So it’s probably not gonna squeeze a lot of power from its Tegra 4 processor.

Meanwhile, Google Nexus 7 with its quad-core processor plus full HD display could be power hungry especially if deployed with some heavy intense tasks like playing high performing games.

According to GSMarena, HP Slate7 Extreme is capable to deliver around 10 hours and 30 minutes of battery life in talk time (multimedia).

Meanwhile, Google’s tablet is believed that it could survive around 9 hours in talk time (multimedia).

But even so, i think both tablets are equally great in battery life, especially as media-consumption devices.

However, if you’re a power user and you’re gonna use any of these tablets to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing the games in the row -, then its battery life could drop drastically to just probably around 4 to 6 hours, maybe less than that.

My Personal Opinions

So in my conclusion, between HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7, i think it’s gonna sound really weird for all of you here because i personally prefer HP Slate7 Extreme than Google Nexus 7.

Google’s tablet may have a full HD razor-sharp display and huge 2GB of RAM – as opposed to the 720p display and 1GB of RAM on HP Slate7 Extreme -, however, on many parts of these 2 tablets, i’m gonna go with HP Slate7 Extreme because it offers a lot of benefits to its users, compared to Google Nexus 7 tablet.

On paper, Google Nexus 7 seems like a better performer than HP Slate7 Extreme. But apparently, in the real situation, it’s actually the other way around.

HP Slate7 Extreme – in my opinion – is a much better performer here and better tablet than Google Nexus 7.

One of the reasons to believe that is its stylus.

HP Slate7 Extreme has the stylus, along with the hole/port to keep it on the rear-cover (similar just like the S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note).

The stylus of HP Slate7 Extreme is really amazing and it’s even as great as the S-Pen of Samsung Note.

Thanks to the power of Tegra 4 processor not to mention the stylus technology developed by a company named N-trig, the writing experience of stylus on HP Slate7 Extreme is really realistic.

So you basically can do a lot of things with this stylus, like taking simple notes, saving pages or web contents or even drawing some professional paintings (of course, if you have the expertise for that!).

This stylus is so great you can even control the thickness by only using your pressure of the stylus on the screen.

Not to mention, just like Microsoft Surface Pro, this HP Slate7 Extreme also comes with the technology to recognize and reject your palm when writing with the stylus, in order to prevent your palm from being registered into the screen.

HP Slate7 Extreme is also really superior with its camera.

And i’ve already seen on many reviews that the rear-facing camera (even the front-one) is able to take some decent quality photos/videos (even slo-mo videos).

So if you’re into photography, you’re gonna love the cameras of this tablet.

And with the stylus, i believe you can do a lot of creative things with your photos.

Besides its stylus and cameras, there is also one thing that makes HP Slate7 Extreme a much better offering than Google Nexus 7 (2013).

And that is its gaming performance.

As i’ve already seen on the reviews on YouTube, GTA San Andreas runs really smooth even in full highest graphics on HP Slate7 Extreme.

On the other hand, Google Nexus 7 really suffers a lot when deployed with this same game in full highest graphics.

The game performs really laggy and it’s just not playable for human being, especially when CJ (the main character) is approaching the street filled with many objects and other living characters.

So with that being said, i think all of these benefits found on HP Slate7 Extreme are more than enough to convince you that HP Slate7 Extreme is a better tablet than Google Nexus 7.

This Google’s tablet may have a better sharpness on its full HD display and better multitasking with its huge 2GB of RAM, plus newer Android build.

However, in the real world quality, i believe most of users are not really bothered too much with the 720p display and 1GB of RAM on HP Slate7 Extreme. It still looks sharp and the overall experience is consistently smooth.

To end this this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve already asked previously above:
  1. Does this HP Slate7 Extreme have what it takes to be a better gaming tablet than Google’s tablet? Yes, definitely – it may only have 720p display and 1GB of RAM, however, when used for playing games, HP Slate7 Extreme is more superior than Google Nexus 7. It’s able to handle games like Modern Combat 4/5, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Horn, Need for Speed Most Wanted and even GTA San Andreas – all in full highest graphics.
  2. Do HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 deserve to be positioned alongside other flagship tablets on today’s tablet market? Yes, absolutely – NVIDIA may have the ‘refreshed version’ NVIDIA Shield – which brings some bumped up specs than Tegra Note/HP Slate7 Extreme, however, HP Slate7 Extreme still deserves its place on today’s tablet market, thanks to its beast performance, stylus, cameras and many more.
  3. Which one you should pick up between HP Slate7 Extreme and Google Nexus 7 (2013)? If you ask me, i would definitely go with HP Slate7 Extreme because it offers more benefits than just a media-consumption device like Google Nexus 7. HP Slate7 Extreme can be great not only for watching movies, reading books or playing games, but it’s also amazing for taking notes and even drawing professional paintings. 
Not to mention, HP Slate7 Extreme is also supported by many game developers to bring their titles with much improved graphics and visual effects, specifically for Tegra device like HP Slate7 Extreme.

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