- James Rogerson , TechRadar
The Google tablet finally takes the Android problem into its own hands
- GSMArena Team , GSMArena
If this is what Android slates looked like from the start, they wouldn't still be playing catch up with the iPad.
- High-power NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
- 1GB of RAM makes it easy to run most apps and even multitask
- Affordable considering the number of high-end features it packs inside it
- No expansion slot / microSD card
- No microHDMI output
The Google Nexus 7 weighs in at just 340g, has a thin 10mm profile, comes equipped with a 7-inch screen, and is overall hardly larger than a paperback novel. Yet despite all of this, it is definitely not a small fry. In fact, with its recent unveiling, Google has managed to easily set the bar for the next-generation of budget-friendly but high-quality Android-powered tablet computers. And best of all, it runs Android 4.1 Jellybean, the latest version of the Android software.
What makes the Google Nexus 7 so special is the fact that it houses a lot of high-end Android tablet features in its small casing. Powering the Google Nexus 7 is a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of on-device RAM, a 4325mAh battery, and choices of either 8GB of 16GB of internal storage. Google rates the Nexus 7’s battery as good for up to 8 hours on a charge, which is understandable given how thin it is. It’s actually quite an impressive feat since the built-in 7-inch screen features a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Other hardware features include a front-facing camera, various types of motion sensors, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, and microUSB connectivity.
The lack of certain hardware features might be a deal breaker for some. For instance, the Google Nexus 7 doesn’t come with a built-in microHDMI port or a microSD card slot. However, it’s meant to be more of a pocket organizer than a full-fledged pocket computer in that you can use it to complement your existing main kit of devices. That’s the reason for its immense portability and extremely low price point. Besides, it is the first and so far the only Android device that officially runs version 4.1 a.k.a. Jellybean, which brings about a bunch of important software improvements that many users will no doubt find useful.
You could turn it into a reading device or simply make it your main way of consuming multimedia content. Whatever you or the rest of the market decides to do, it’s clear at this point that Google has got a winner in the Nexus 7. And perhaps, at long last, it’s finally appropriate to stop and say, yes, these are the Droids that you are looking for.
Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)
Delivers a good Android tablet experience with a brilliant 1080P HD display, quick performance and a thinner, better looking design
Owning a Nexus device is like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on
A remarkably solid device all round; the specs and screen are both good
The benchmark cheap tablet
Makes a very good e-reader if you are looking to reading pure text
A brilliant little tablet at an incredibly low price
Features a sharp screen, a comfortable design, and great battery life at a low starting price
Incredible price and always-on connection is a nice change
If you're thinking about buying a tablet, you're still probably best off with an iPad. But if you're sold on a Nexus 7, I can't think of a good reason not to buy it with mobile data. I recommend buying the cellular version of any tablet, actually, but it's an even easier sell on this device. The deciding factor with other tablets is price: you pay a $130 premium on the iPad for LTE connectivity, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is only available for $399.99 from Verizon. At $299, the Nexus 7 costs only $50 more for the HSPA+ model — it's $100 more than the entry-level model, but you also get 32... Full review
Affordable, compact and has a fast processor
The Nexus 7 has a great looking 7in display and powerful quad-core processor running on Jelly Bean. It's great for browsing the Web, reading e-books, watching HD videos and playing games.
The addition of Google Now also makes it much easier to find relevant information.
However, the Nexus 7 lacks a number of features. It doesn't have a microSD expansion slot which means you'll just have to be happy with 16GB of storage.
And if you are the type that likes to shoot pictures you'll be disappointed that it doesn't have a rear camera.
Also, the review unit is... Full review
The Nexus 7 is fast, very fast considering the price
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