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 Tablet PC   Rating   Launch   OS   Display   inch   Resolution   ppi   CPU   GHz   RAM   Storage   Bat/h   lbs   kg 
Google Pixel C3.62015-10Android 6.0LTPS LCD10.22560 x 1800308Nvidia Tegra X11.73.0032,6410.51.130.51
Google/HTC Nexus 93.92014-11Android 5.0IPS LCD8.92048 x 1536299Tegra K12.302.0016,329.50.930.42
Google/Asus Nexus 7 II4.22013-07Android 4.3IPS LCD7.01920 x 1200323Snapdragon S41.502.0016,3210.00.640.29
Google/Samsung Nexus 103.92012-11Android 4.2PLS LCD10.12560 x 1600299Exynos 51.702.0016,327.51.330.60
Google/Asus Nexus 74.02012-06Android 4.1IPS LCD7.01280 x 800216Nvidia Tegra 31.201.008,1610.00.750.34

By default, tablets are ordered in chronological order, but you can sort them by clicking on the corresponding column headers.

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Comparison chart

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Weight comparison lbs / kg

Battery life comparison Rating comparison
     
Google/Asus Nexus 7 II  Google/Asus Nexus 7 II weight comparison bar 0.64 / 0.29
Google/Asus Nexus 7  Google/Asus Nexus 7 weight comparison bar 0.75 / 0.34
Google/HTC Nexus 9  Google/HTC Nexus 9 weight comparison bar 0.93 / 0.42
Google Pixel C  Google Pixel C weight comparison bar 1.13 / 0.51
Google/Samsung Nexus 10  Google/Samsung Nexus 10 weight comparison bar 1.33 / 0.60
Google Pixel C  Google Pixel C battery comparison bar 10.5h
Google/Asus Nexus 7  Google/Asus Nexus 7 battery comparison bar 10.0h
Google/Asus Nexus 7 II  Google/Asus Nexus 7 II battery comparison bar 10.0h
Google/HTC Nexus 9  Google/HTC Nexus 9 battery comparison bar 9.5h
Google/Samsung Nexus 10  Google/Samsung Nexus 10 battery comparison bar 7.5h
Google/Asus Nexus 7 II  Google/Asus Nexus 7 II rating comparison bar 4.2*
Google/Asus Nexus 7  Google/Asus Nexus 7 rating comparison bar 4.0*
Google/Samsung Nexus 10  Google/Samsung Nexus 10 rating comparison bar 3.9*
Google/HTC Nexus 9  Google/HTC Nexus 9 rating comparison bar 3.9*
Google Pixel C  Google Pixel C rating comparison bar 3.6*

 

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Google Tablets Chronology

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 Google Tablets Timeline

            
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In 2005, Google spent $50 million snapping up a small startup called Android Inc. It had been a more or less secret project since 2003, and work continued under a similar 'fog of war' until 2007, when the Android Operating System was formally unveiled by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of corporations with an interest in agreeing certain industry standards. The first smartphone shipped with Android was the HTC Dream in late 2008.

Google entered the tablet market in 2010, via the Nexus range of products. Early devices were made in collaboration with Asus, while for the Nexus 9 they partnered with HTC.

In late 2015, Google seemed to signal a change in direction, and announced the Google Pixel C tablet, to be manufactured by Google themselves.

Google Pixel C

The first tablet developed and marketed by Google alone. It was partly the result of Google's experience with the Chromebook range of laptops, and featured an interesting keyboard - the keys are almost as far apart as on a laptop's keyboard, but a few less used keys were moved to the touchscreen. Reviewers noted how heavily it borrowed in design concept from the previously-maligned Microsoft Surface range.

HTC Nexus 9

The fourth in the Nexus line, the powerful Nexus 9 ran Android 5.0 and sold for $399. It was praised for its great front-facing speakers and criticized for elements of its design. We previewed it here.

Asus Nexus 7 (2013)

An upgrade in almost every way, the Nexus 7 II was slightly taller, narrower, and thinner than its 2012 predecessor. The result was a device that sat much more comfortably in the hand - though we were confused about why only the side bezels were trimmed. 

It suffered the same problem of having no expansion slots, but like the Nexus 10 it had a wonderful screen - it had twice as many ppi as its closest Apple competitor.

Samsung Nexus 10

This tablet seemed to represent a major shift away from stuffing performance into devices and towards improving the whole 'look and feel'. It was an Android tablet that started to give the kind of user experience enjoyed by Apple customers.

Meanwhile, the display was, at the time, unmatched. A 2560 x 1600 pixel display, boasting 300 ppi, had a stunning effect. We gave the tablet a positive review, though we recommended users take a look at other options too.

Asus Nexus 7 (2012)

Apparently released in competition with Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 had no rear camera or upgrade slots. Although in many ways limited, it outshone its most direct competitor.