A money-saving contender

<p>Google's new Nexus 7 tablet is clearly aimed at the iPad. It runs the latest Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system, which is very similar to iOS. It offers 600,000 apps, powerful graphics for games and an HD, 1280 x 800 screen (though it's nothing like the new iPad's hyperdetailed Retina Display.)</p> <p>The screen is smaller — at, as the name implies, 7 inches to the iPad's 9.7 inches. But the price is also a lot smaller, at $200 versus the iPad's $500 starting price (or the $400 for the older iPad 2).</p> <p>So if the Nexus 7 does the job for you, what would you do with the $300 you save? We offer some suggestions.</p>

Take a picture

<p>A Canon PowerShot SX230 camera, with a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 14X zoom lens. ($300)</p>

Get out of town

<p>A round-trip flight on Delta between New York City and Chicago. ($256)</p>

Take a hike

<p>Timberland Chukka canvas/leather boots ($295)</p>

Go for a spin

<p>A Schwinn Avenue hybrid bike — men's or women's. ($250)</p>

Share the love

<p>A second Nexus 7 for your friend and a day trip for both of you in a Zipcar rental. ($266)</p>

Google Nexus 7 vs. iPad: What Can You Buy with the Savings?