Gone are days when you had only one device to choose under the label ‘Tablet PCs’. Now, however, due to several reasons, there has been a noticeable hike in the number of Tablet PCs and other sots of smart devices. Thus, nowadays, it is a tough task to choose the best Tablet PC! Among that huge list, ASUS-made Google Nexus 7 and Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 are ones that create big confusion while choosing. Some of our readers seemed to be confused about choosing between both devices, and that is why we decided to do a comparison between these devices — Nexus 7 vs. MediaPad X1 7.0. In this post, we shall discuss different aspects of both devices, such as hardware, build, performance, software as well as some minor yet important factors. First, we will give you an overview on both Nexus 7 and Huawei MediaPad X1.
Google Nexus 7 (ASUS Nexus 7) and MediaPad X1 7.0
Well, as you know, Google Nexus 7, which is built in collaboration with ASUS, has always been a biggest rival in Tablet PC industry, mainly due to its ‘Google’ness and comparatively lower pricing. Although released in 2012, Google Nexus 7 had a revised version called Google Nexus 7 (2013), which had far more impressive features than real version. Of course, the most prominent reason why users (rather Pro-users and developers) prefer Nexus 7 to other Tablet PCs is on-time updates from Google!
On the other hand, MediaPad X1 7.0 comes straight from Huawei Technologies. Since its launch, MediaPad X1 7.0 was a quite noticeable device when it comes to Tablet PC industry, due to its high-end specifications and other features. Now, we will have a comparison of MediaPad X1 and Nexus 7 based on various aspects. First, we will check out hardware part of both devices.
Hardware — We Will Start with Base
Nowadays, most important factor people consider when choosing a Tablet PC is its performance abilities! In this aspect, Google Nexus 7 will not disappoint you, because it comes with Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC that has a clock speed of 1.5GHz. There is also an Adreno 320 GHz GPU to boost graphics section. We have to take its 2GB RAM into account before judging Nexus 7. Also, to power these things, Nexus 7 has a 3950 mAh battery with an average backup time of 9 Hours and it offers wireless charging feature. Altogether, hardware part of Nexus 7 is impressive, indeed.
When it comes to Huawei MediaPad X1, however, things are different, as a 1.6GHz Quad-core SoC from HiSilicon is there to power your techy stuff! This SoC comprises a Mali-450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. MediaPad X1, as opposed to Nexus, has a battery of 5000mAh with backup of 25 Hours. Thus, when it comes to verdict, despite the fact that RAM is same in both, we will have to prefer the SoC from Qualcomm to other.
Display — How It Shows
It is unlikely that a user is going to be trapped if he/she is to choose between MediaPad and Nexus 7 based on display. It is because that both Tablet PCs come with display resolution of 1920*1200px and IPS Panel. For sake of protection, both come with Corning Gorilla Glass. And, we repeat, there is a TIE!
Build – How It Feels to Hold
Despite the fact that both Tablet PCs are 7-inches, there are slight differences when we consider dimensions of Nexus 7 and MediaPad X1. Asus has kept dimensions of Nexus 7 to 114*200*8.65mm whereas they are 103.9*183.5*7.8mm when it comes to MediaPad. So, you can see MediaPad X1 is a bit smaller and slimmer than Nexus 7. However, we guess you’d ignore this small size if you’re looking for a device to watch movies and play games with ease! And, more often than not, big screens are good!
Connectivity — Ways to Connect
Google Nexus 7 offers different ways to connect to the BIG world. It offers Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS with A-GPS, NFC and Bluetooth v4.0. In addition to these, there is also Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor etc to make things easier. Altogether, connectivity part of Asus Google Nexus 7 is something great. Also, there are Wi-Fi-only and 3G/4G Versions to suit your convenience.
There are some differences when it comes to Huawei MediaPad X1. Along with aforementioned features such as LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi, MediaPad also offers voice calls. While the 4G feature allows you to browser faster, voice-calling feature of it will make MediaPad X1 a wonderful Tablet PC that is suitable for multiple purposes. Thus, in the comparison, MediaPad does very well.
Camera — Shoot and Show
Well, this is when Google Nexus 7 seems insufficient, especially for a user who is enthusiastic about capturing photos. To let you do with photographs, Nexus 7 boasts a 5-MP rear camera as well as a 1.2MP front camera. Although the built-in camera application of Google may do quite well, specifications of camera are a bit sad.
Huawei MediaPad X1 has some serious improvements when it comes to camera section. To your surprise, MediaPad X1 boasts a 13-MP rear camera, accompanied by a 5-MP front camera. And, you know, how it would be to use both to take photographs!
Software and User Interface
This is where we have enough reasons to prefer Google Nexus 7 to MediaPad X1. Google Nexus 7 comes with something that other manufacturers do not offer (though then can) — Pure Android Experience! Thus, by preferring Nexus 7 to the other, you can get Android in its full form, nothing more or less! Nexus 7 comes with Android v4.4 KitKat and can bring you the best, when accompanied by impressive hardware. And, as you know, there is nothing called bloatware in Nexus-range devices. When considering timely updates to the list, software section of Nexus 7 is something great.
However, MediaPad X1 7.0 is a bit old when it comes to OS! You will get this device with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean in it and you can expect some bloatware as well! It is because of the fact that Huawei has put Emotion UI 2.0 over Jelly Bean v4.2 and we are sure that the presence of bloatware will be a problem for you.
The Bottom Line
While considering factors we have mentioned above, it is clear that Google Nexus 7 dominates the deal in most cases. As an example, we can see that the pure Android experience and Quad-core processor from Qualcomm are noticeable and impressive features of Nexus 7. The only section we can find otherwise is battery, where Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 offers a 5000mAh battery.