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Google Nexus 7 hands-on

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Google Nexus 7 hands-on
With the leaks that came out ahead of the official announcement, one could argue that Google’s thunder was stolen, and from a standpoint of understanding the specifications, pricing and availability, that is true.

However, there is “knowing” and then there is “holding it in your hands” which makes all the difference in the world. The new Nexus 7 is a great tablet to behold. We know that full HD displays are becoming commonplace, but the screen on the Nexus 7 is simply stunning.

Moreover, one also really appreciate the stock Android experience when it is paired with powerful underpinnings. The quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon processor has absolutely no problem handling Android 4.3 and while it does not bring a super laundry list of changes, some features are no doubt going to be welcome, like solid battery performance courtesy of Project Roadrunner.

The Nexus 7 goes on sale next week, starting at just $229 for the 16GB model which is a fantastic price for the hardware involved.




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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:07 3

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Grrr my next tablet for sure...now I just need to figure out which phone? This screen looks amazing, I would buy it for the screen alone!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:13

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yeah, I am wondering whether to get the Nexus 7 and pass on a Note III. I can use my Note II as a Wi-Fi hotspot to get Internet access. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:14 3

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Agree...320+ ppi on a 7 inch is no mock matter.
Quality product for quality price!
I thought the hands-on should've been longer and a l'le more detailed.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:14

18. Zeus.k (unregistered)


Awesome. I wish more companies could take this approach rather than focusing on sky high prift margins. Anyway Google is here to save the day. Now bring this to India play store with cellular connectivity and I'm sold

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:11

2. blazee (Posts: 240; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Gonna pre order one tomorrow

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:21 1

5. Tsoliades (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Awesome design. I'll stick with my original Nexus 7, though!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:17 1

13. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 933; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


thats what im thinking. the Next-Gen Nexus isnt that much different from the original once android 4.3 is updated. I have the 32GB Nexus7 and I love it

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:36 2

16. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its just a beefed up Nexus 7 will a way better screen. Current Nexus 7 is still fine if you don't care about the latest specs/benchmarks.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:21 2

6. rtol1 (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


@ 1:26 "...project road runner"

Did I miss something during the live presentation? Because I didn't hear any mention of a project road runner included among the features presented at the keynote.

EDIT: As far as I remember, project road runner was supposedly a rumored feature for upcoming versions of android but was ultimately not true. Unless I'm wrong?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:46

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


That's exactly what I was thinking too. I guess just the name itself was false but clearly they worked on improving battery life anyway, so Project Roadrunner it is then.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:27

7. PK1983 (Posts: 144; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


iPAD mini is not amused.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:35 10

8. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


iPad mini is under the ground with its orrible screen, Apple's retina got owned :D

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:40 3

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Don't forget the SoC of the iPmini - this is where the 1G Sammy tablet was. Back in what, 2009? Talk about obsolete, sheesh.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:49 4

12. domen151 (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


But the mini still runs very smoothly and handles all the games very well. You can't say this for 1st Sammy tablets ;)

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:21

14. BlackPower1966 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)


That's true

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:32 2

15. sniper1087 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


I agree I dont get why people think just because it has more cores is better, it also depends on software and if the software runs smooth why do u need more cores? IOS runs smooth on a dual core and so does WP8, and I think they dont need more than that. I dont hate the N7 but I would have preferred a bigger screen size, 8 inch would have been good, browsing on that little screen is not that great on landscape, I need to hear the speakers and see how loud they are, that might be good if they made them loud enough at least for media consumption

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:38 5

17. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Android is a much more powerful OS and it does a lot more than IOS/WP. Android has always had real multitasking and IOS 7 is just now getting it for example.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 17:58 1

20. JunitoNH (Posts: 758; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Also, iPad mini is not made like a toy. Nexus a great first tablet for a child. Should had been made by Leap, not Asus.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:20

26. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


I'm sure the iPad's simplicity lends itself to be more child friendly. I'm not sure what you're trying to get at with your comment

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 19:57

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Only because Apple kept the functionality of iOS 'constrained'. See how well the iPmini handles iOS v. 7. Or, if it handles it at all.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:47 2

11. BlackPower1966 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)


Looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 17:24

19. dednikko (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)


I'm kind of upset that my laptop's monitor is too low resolution to get a feel for how the display is on a screen less than half the size.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:31

21. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


what finally.

lte for verizon, att and tmobile?

so its a quad band? unlocked tablet for 350!!!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 19:28

22. Edmund (Posts: 645; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I had to have a good chuckle the other day watching an elderly couple that were interested in purchasing a galaxy tab 2 10.1

Customer : "I want to stick a 3G USB dongle in it to access the internet"

Sales person : "Um..Ah.. It doesn't have a USB slot.... (he should have said driver support) You'll have to purchase the more expensive version with sim card support"

Customer: (blank look on his face) "Oh.. OK. We'll mainly be using it to print photos"

Sales person: "Oh.. Umm..Ahh...Ahh... That depends on the printer (again completely ignoring the lack of driver support on android, both for cameras and external printers)... blah blah..blah.. more nonsense that I couldn't listen to.

Rather than say something like "What you're after is one of the cheaper Atom based Windows 8 tablets" he kept "umming and ahhing" pathetic excuses, ultimately trying to sell them something they didn't want or need. A true fanboy at his best.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 02:11

24. robocopvn (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


S4 Pro is a bit outdated. Wish it could have S600 :)

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:16

25. JunitoNH (Posts: 758; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


By the way, before you buy, read this article:

http://androidandme.com/2013/06/opinions/one-year-later-the-nexus-7-has-gone-from-the-best-to-worst-tablet-ive-ever-owned/

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 09:03

27. exxxius (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


Here you can see the most complete review of the new Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet & Also the cheapest prices @ :

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