Head-to-Head: Google Nexus Vs. Apple iPad


Operating System

Nexus 7 will be the first device to run Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, the forthcoming release that will include a file manager, malware protection and further optimizations for tablets and possibly laptops. It also will reportedly be the first to have updates controlled entirely by Google. Not much more is known about Google’s next mobile OS, but based on significant improvements to Android 4.0, developers have clearly hit their stride.

However, comparing Android with iOS is almost like holding up a mirror. So close, in fact, that a court last December ordered HTC to halt Android phone imports as of last April 19, while Apple is offering settlements to other Android OEMs for iPhone patent infringements. There's no reason to think that the same reasons Apple was suing HTC might not apply to Google-branded devices running Android. And Asus might also take note; the company is under contract to manufacture the Nexus 7.

ADVANTAGE: iPad