Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs 4


How do the screens stack up?

Nexus 7
iPad 4
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Nexus 7
iPad 4
e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Nexus 7
iPad 4
Battery life and SunSpider


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 7
iPad 4
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Significantly lighter weight 347 g vs 652 g More than 45% lighter weight
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Front view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Noticeably bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1280 x 800 More than 3x higher resolution screen
Thinner 9 mm vs 10.5 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster processor 1,400 MHz vs 1,200 MHz More than 15% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Faster web browser 850ms vs 1,720ms 2x faster web browser

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nexus 7  vs
iPad 4 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 2048 x 1536
Screen size 7" 9.7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 263 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes


Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls No Yes


Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
Expansion slot None None


Nexus 7  vs
iPad 4 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,200 MHz 1,400 MHz


Uses an open platform Yes No

form factor

Housing type Platic and rubber back Aluminum and glass
Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm 241 x 186 x 9 mm
Weight 347 g 652 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Google Nexus 7
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