Five reasons the Google Nexus beats the iPad

The iPad may be king of the tablets when it comes to sales, but for most uses, the Google Nexus tablet is a better choice. Here are five reasons the new Google Nexus beats the iPad.

More convenient form factor

When it comes to tablets, size does matter...and after using the Google Nexus for a while, I've found that less is more. The Nexus is far lighter than the iPad, at just over half its weight, and so I'm more inclined to take it with me when I'm heading somewhere. Even when I'm home, I find myself reaching for the Nexus rather than my iPad because it's easy to pick up with one hand or carry around. Whether I'm using Google Translate to look up a phrase for a French class I'm taking, need to find a location on Google Maps, or want to find a quick piece of information, it's much more convenient.

I favor the iPad for extended browsing sessions rather than for getting quick information, but I rarely use a tablet for that.

No Big Brother

On the Google Nexus, you don't face limitations on what apps you can install and use. Not so with the iPad, where Apple sometimes uses a heavy hand in banning apps. In the past, it's banned apps that allowed you to get information from the WikiLeaks site, and even banned and app by Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist Mark Fiore, until bad publicity made Apple change its mind. Apple has even banned people in China from downloading apps that mention the Dalai Lama.

On the Google Nexus, you can download what you want, either through Google Play or directly from the Web.

The Nexus is more customizable

iOS is certainly a very good tablet operating system, but if you want to customize it or tweak it, you're generally out of luck. There' only a small amount you can do. With the Nexus's Jellybean operating system (Android 4.1), you can tweak to your heart's content. And Jellybean is far superior to previous versions of Android, not only in its capabilities, but its speed and smooth operation.

Better built-in apps

Gmail, Google Calendar, Chrome and other Google apps beat the ones built into the iPad. That means you'll be using better apps for what you use your tablet for.

You save $300

The least-expensive iPad will set you back $499. The least-expensive Nexus costs $199. That's a whopping savings of $300. I'm sure you can find plenty to do with that extra cash.

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