Google today announced Nexus 7, a seven-inch quad-core Android tablet device that will be "specially designed to access content on the Google Play" marketplace. The news came this morning at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco, just days after Microsoft's big Surface announcement.
The Nexus 7 will cost $199 for an 8 GB device ($249 for 16 GB) and can be ordered now for delivery in mid-July. To be manufactured by Asus, the device will be as technically capable as Microsoft's ARM-based Surface but will cost about half as much. While Microsoft is clearly targeting Apple's iPad market, most speculation assumed Google was taking aim at Amazon's Kindle Fire. However, with the exception of the screen size and OS, Nexus 7 surpasses Kindle Fire in every way. That said, we think the company has far loftier aspirations. Here's how it stacks up against Apple's iPad 3.