Hands-On With The Google Nexus 7

Google had just unveiled the Nexus 7 that will run the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google Nexus 7 is the new challenger in the tablet market. Built by Asus, Nexus 7 is the answer to iPad and Kindle Fire.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 sports 7 inches IPS (in-plane switching) screen, with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels housing 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU. The new tablet weighs just 340g. It grips comfortably into the hand. The back of the tablet is encased in plastic but doesn’t appear cheap.

However, Nexus 7 has no microSD card slot and is not employed with a rear-facing camera. The lack of microSD slot and no camera could be underwhelming. It seems like the device is cloud-based. Instead of being on the top or side, headphone port is at the bottom giving an uncomfortable feeling feel when using a headphone. Also, the placement of the speaker is a bit weird but it produces a good audio quality. The textured grippy backside rear with both “Nexus” and “Asus” embossed on it looks and feels high-end. The screen looks lively with the IPS display. It has a wider viewing angle than the Kindle Fire. The 1,280×800 resolution in a 7-inch display makes text and graphics looks sharper than other 7-inchers. The home screen doesn’t rotate and is in portrait mode only. Typing in portrait mode still gives a decent experience. Toolbar of apps are presented along the bottom including the Google services apps like Play, Music, Books, and Magazines. The battery life is claimed to have a very decent nine hours of video playback or up to 300 hours of standby.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

Codenamed as Jellybean, the latest version of the OS adds better voice recognition, smoother and faster, including app launching and improved precision when typing.

Nexus 7 is impressive so far. The screen really looks great and responsive. The new tablet demonstrated its power in games and movie performance well. The lack of local memory and rear camera can be disappointing, but considering its dirt-low price, it is still understandable for something that feels very well-built.


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