The Nexus range of smartphones and tablets is Google’s own brand. This means that you get pure, unmodified stock Android with every order and you’re the very first to receive software updates and patches. There are two major Nexus tablets: the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 9, respectively with 7” and 9” screen sizes. Each comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage with either just WiFi capabilities or support for 4G LTE.
A tablet is essentially an enlarged smartphone, usually with better specification and software modifications to fit the larger screen. They’ve existed for decades but only since Apple’s iPad have they taken on a sleeker form factor, making them both stylish and more functional and easy to use. They’re perfect for browsing the internet, playing games, writing up documents and watching videos, TV shows and films.
Purchasing a device on contract means that you can spread the cost of payment over a 12 – 24 month period and get a bundled monthly data allowance, allowing you to access the internet anytime, anywhere. This is fantastic for anyone who is often on the go or who would rather pay in smaller increments rather than all at once.
While Google doesn’t offer a huge amount in the way of tablet-focused features, the freedom and ease of stock Android allows you to completely customise your experience with full support and documentation on their website. Even if you aren’t the sort to modify much, you’ll be good in knowing that the performance of the device will not be weighed down by unnecessary skins or features that you’ll never actually use.
The two models, 7” and 9”, are very similar in specification. Both can support either 16GB or 32GB with unfortunately no microSD support for additional storage. The cameras on both devices are also similar, although the Nexus 9 has 8MP and a flash LED where the Nexus 7 has 5MP and no LED for flash. The battery on the 9 is also larger but will only last around 30 minutes longer than the 7 due to the larger screen size. Both run Android 5.0, Lollipop with the Nexus 9 running it out of the box and the 7 requiring an over the air update (usually automatic).
The screen size is where the real choice has to be made: the 9” screen on the Nexus 9 is perfect for watching films and playing games although this is at the cost of portability and price; the 9 starts at £319 while the 7 can be found at around £129. The Nexus 7 fits in most pockets too which is an understated advantage if you travel a lot. Both have a variety of official and unofficial cases, keyboards and other peripherals.
It’s always exciting when considering purchasing a new device. Most of the time you’ll be held back by the considerable financial hit that a buy would follow, however a contract will erase this fear as payments can be spread out into smaller, more manageable costs across a 12 to 24 month period. You’ll also be given a monthly bundled data allowance so that you can surf the web no matter where you are, fully utilising the tablet PC experience more so than you would without one.
The cost of contracts varies wildly and so if you’d rather have, for example, the additional large screen-focused features offered by a Samsung tablet over the fast performance of a Nexus device then the option is always open to take a look at a different brand. See below our table on costs and choosing the best option.
|Apple Tablet Contracts||Android Tablet Contracts||Windows Tablet Contracts|
|Contract Prices||Largely Higher Priced Contracts||Prices vary wildly||High, Mid & Low ranged prices|
|Apps||Largest amount of apps||Most diverse amount of apps||Least amount of available apps|
|Customisation||Restrictive||Large amount of freedom||Moderate amount of customisation|
|Connection||All 4G supported||Range from 4G to 2G||Range from 4G to 3G|
|Usability||Very easy to use and get to grips with||Can be harder depending on user knowledge||Moderately easy to use on larger screens|
|OS Family||OS X, UNIX||Linux||Windows|
|Internet Browser||Safari||Google Chrome ( or android browser)||Internet explorer|
|Manufacturer||Apple Inc||Google, LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony, ASUS, Motorola, and many more||Microsoft, Nokia, Bush, Linx and Connect 7”|
|Cross compatibility||All Apple products||All Android devices & selected Apple / Windows Products||Most Window devices, selected Apple / Android Products|