HP Slate 7 vs. Google Nexus 7


The Nexus 7 was last year’s top pick when it comes to budget-friendly Android tablets. The $199 Jelly Bean flavored slate is better performing and has better app ecosystem than the Kindle Fire HD. This year, another device looks to challenge the Nexus 7 courtesy of HP. We pitted the Slate 7 against Amazon’s Kindle Fire in our previous post. Now let’s find out how it would fare against Google’s seven-inch tablet.




The Slate 7 and the Nexus 7 almost looks the same. Both displays are ringed by a metallic band and their backs are made out of soft easy-to-grip materials. Their respective dimensions also don’t deviate that much. But if you would look more closely, the ring around the Slate 7 is made out of steel while the one on the Nexus is tough plastic. This might explain why the Slate is an ounce heavier than the Nexus. The materials on their backs are also different: the Slate 7 doesn’t have that leathery feel that the Nexus 7 provides. But the Slate 7 comes in red so that’s a plus.



The display of the Slate 7 is made using FFS technology which, according to HP, improves viewing angles and disregards glare. However, it lacks the sharpness and vibrancy of the Nexus’ IPS screen. You’ll notice that the images and texts on the Slate 7 are washed out compared to the Nexus. The Nexus’ display also has more pixels than the Slate 7′s display (216 against 170 PPI).

Performance and Battery Life

The Slate 7 is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz while the Nexus 7 runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU. Here you’ll know that the number of cores beat clock speed as the Nexus 7 overwhelms the Slate 7 in terms of performance. The Nexus switches between screens smoother and opens up apps faster. The HP Slate 7 is actually not bad but the Nexus 7 is the clear winner.

Battery life also goes to the Nexus 7. While playing video with brightness at 65% and sound to maximum, the Slate 7 lasted around five hours. The Nexus 7 lasted for nine hours at the same settings.


Both run Jelly Bean but there’s a notable difference: the Nexus 7 can be upgraded to Android 4.2 which has a few more features than the Slate 7′s Android 4.1. The good thing about these two is that they both run stock Android. This means there are no skins and there are no bloatware. Check out our article on Jelly Bean to learn more.


The 8 GB HP Slate 7 is scheduled for release in April and will be sold for $169. The 16 GB Nexus 7 is sold for $199 while the 32 GB version is sold for $249.

Summary of Specs

Specs HP Slate 7 Google Nexus 7
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean
CPU 1.6 GHz dual-core 1.2 GHz quad-core
Storage 8 GB w/ microSD slot 16 GB/32 GB
Display 7" 600 x 1024 px FFS LCD 7" 800 x 1280 px IPS LCD
Dimensions 7.76 x 4.57 x 0.42 in. 7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in.
Weight 13.12 oz. 12 oz.
Connectivity Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC/4G(separate model)



Let’s make this quick: the Nexus 7 is faster, has a better display, and better battery life than the Slate 7. If you had $169 to spend for the Slate 7, you should just wait for it to reach $199 and get the Nexus 7.

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