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Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Google Nexus 7 (2013) 9.5

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Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Introduction:

When it was introduced last year, the Google Nexus 7 came out of nowhere and shook up the market in more ways than one, to reign supreme in the (budget) Android market. Before its arrival, cheap Android tablets typically came from no-name companies and were attached with funky model names. Seriously, everyone jumped on the bandwagon when it came to dirt cheap Android tablets, but where many failed to deliver something profound, the Nexus 7 seemingly redefined what we expect from the segment.

Not only were people impressed by the uber low price point on the Nexus 7, but it was also packing some admirable hardware under the hood to give every dollar attached to it some much-needed justification. One year later, we’re seeing its successor in the 2013 model of the Google Nexus 7 – something that continues the line’s affordable price point, while naturally receiving all of the improvements we’d expect to find. Even better, it’s coming straight out of the gate with the latest version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean, which hopefully deepens its worth. As much as we’d like to admit it’s shaping out become a hit, we’ll have to see if this Google Nexus 7 can continue to keep the standards high in this particular space.

Box and contents - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Box and contents - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Box and contents

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

Commissioned yet again for the task at hand, Taiwan based company Asus has done yet another marvelous job designing the 2013 version of the Google Nexus 7. Simply, it has all the qualities we want to find in a successive device, as it’s both thinner (0.34”) in frame and lighter (10.55 oz) in weight to make it even easier to grasp with a single hand. We’ll admit, the design isn’t the most captivating over other shakers in the space, since it follows the same modest design structure as before, which is most notable for its subtle tapered edges, cleaner looking soft touch rear casing, and skinnier left/right bezels. It’s a minimalist design at its core, a defining characteristic for sure, but it doesn’t compromise with its construction either. Sure, it’s not flaunting a premium design like the iPad mini, but it really doesn’t need to, mainly because the updated design has an endearing effect on its own.

The Google Nexus 7 has a minimalist design - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 has a minimalist design - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

The Google Nexus 7 has a minimalist design


With the minimalist design and all, the tablet’s façade is pretty clean looking, since the usual set of Android capacitive buttons are incorporated into the interface. However, there’s a single LED light that pulsates in white for notifications – while a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, enabled for 720 video recording, is perched in an offset position toward the upper right corner above the display.

Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Front camera - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
 

Front camera


Just as before, the right edge of the tablet is home to its physical power button and volume control – with each offering better feel and responsiveness than last year’s model. Furthermore, the microphone is also found on the same side as well. Up top, the only item we find is the 3.5mm headset jack – while the microUSB port is the single item that’s seen on the bottom side. Interestingly, the new Nexus 7 features two speakers that are placed in close proximity to the top and bottom edges of the tablet when it’s held in portrait.

Adding more depth, the Nexus 7 is now armed with a rear camera – a 5-megapixel auto-focus one to be exact, that’s capable of recording video in 1080p. Although it’s not something we’d particularly use all the time, especially when we’re talking about a tablet here, it’s nonetheless a pleasing addition to use when the tablet is the only thing within reach to snap something on the fly.

The sides of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The sides of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The sides of the Google Nexus 7 - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

The sides of the Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)


Display:

The Nexus 10 blew everything away with its high-resolution screen, for those in the 10-incher tablet segment, but the new Nexus 7 is doing the same thing in the 7-incher category. Frankly, it’s one darling of a display! Featuring a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD display, it simply delivers the goods in the details department, as its 323 ppi pixel density is undoubtedly breathtaking for its screen size. Everything just has a defined and sharp look, so much that fine text in the web browser pop with an effective amount of clarity from a normal viewing distance. At the same time, its strong brightness output, balanced color reproduction, and modest viewing angles help to sprinkle yet more lusciousness to its polarizing aura. Heck, we’re also able to view the display under the gaze of the sun with minimal impact to visibility!

Viewing angles - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Viewing angles - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Viewing angles - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Viewing angles





Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 591
(Excellent)
11
(Average)
1:1269
(Excellent)
6913
(Excellent)
2.11
5.45
(Average)
3.11
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 382
(Average)
4
(Excellent)
1:866
(Average)
7049
(Good)
2.12
10.04
(Poor)
6.21
(Average)
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posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:37 32

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This is definitely the best priced tablet of its class

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:16 16

8. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


best android tablet ever with highest pixel density in tablet and price and other specs are just awesome..........

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:58 11

22. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


as I previously said: to much fanboyism can cause exagerration and blindness, we all know that the Samsung ATIV Q is currently the best tablet available, ok before you're going to disagree look at the specs..
Am not saying this tablet sucks, in fact I am 10000% going to buy this.
but truth is real.
the new Nexus 7² is one of the best and deserves this score

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:05 11

24. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I mentioned that the 2013 nexus 7 is the best of its class. By class I mean, the price range, the size,portability and all the other factors

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:18 11

25. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


agreed, for the price and compactness it beats everyting,

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:10 4

47. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1310; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Technically he said best "Android" tablet ever. Not to say that is right or wrong either, but it doesn't mean we should go around throwing in a tablet that cost more than $1,500 into the mix to prove a point. He was most likely just meaning it's the best tablet for the price, because how many people have thousands of dollars to go spending on a tablet? I would say not many.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:09 3

54. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I know, that's why I agreed with tiara6918, (the comment on top of yours)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:48 1

57. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1310; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Yes, but I was referring to the comment you were originally replying to which was made by tusshharish.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 00:57

92. ikkuh (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2011)


"how many people have thousands of dollars to go spending on a tablet"

For me it's a matter of principles, and should be for everyone. Some brands take 200%-300% profit. It's a shame, but even more shame that ppl are willing to pay that kind of prices.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 21:00

93. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


200%-300% you must not know anything about how stores work. Literally everything you are buying even if you get a huge "sale" they are making 200%-1000% profit sometimes even higher!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:02

35. Ballua (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Here you go: "It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price."

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:39 2

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


John V. are you showing off your hickey? lol

What is that all about? You should have worn the Steve Jobs turtle neck to cover that bad boy up! lol

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:39 23

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


You nailed it Google (and Asus even)

I think that this is the first review without "cons" hahahah :D

#iPadMiniRIP

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 15:25 1

69. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Best tablet till date.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:41 4

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Dear John!

I want your review unit, pls. send me a message to get the details.

Thx

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 19:03 3

74. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Screw that tablet... I want John V.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 04:29

83. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


lol..

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:55

4. Bootutu (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Awesome tablet, hoping to grab the LTE version

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:04

5. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Is this the Tbalet of the year? ;)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:08 1

6. ThePython (Posts: 897; Member since: 08 May 2013)


First review to not have "cons"...

Nexus 7 FTW.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:32

14. aayupanday (Posts: 576; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Google could have used the Snapdragon 600 instead of the almost year old S4Pro in this Nexus 7 and reserved the S800 for the upgraded Nexus 10.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:39 13

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It is pretty much a Snapdragon 600. The S4 Pro in this Nexus 7 (APQ8064-1AA) uses Krait 300 cores and DDR3 RAM like the Snapdragon 600 instead of Krait 200 and DDR2 RAM in the usual S4 Pro (APQ8064). Essentially it's a Snapdragon 600 -200 MHz to the CPU.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:53 1

31. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I was just going to post that ;)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:11 1

7. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lmfao at the score... I don't care if it's $99, I still wouldn't have any use for an android tablet

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:17 17

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Then why did you even click on this review?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:23 9

11. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Why Bro?
Google is hurting you in some ways?
Or you are only a Windows fanboy that misses that crappy "Office" app?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:39 14

17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


If you don't care and not interested, don't click on the article/review and post a comment.
Simple courtesy.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:45 14

20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Feeling butthurt over how the Nexus 7 2013 edition owned the iPad mini?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:01 6

34. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Butt hurt Nokia fanboy. Go away.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:23 1

76. taikucing (unregistered)


still million times better than stupid overpriced windows RT

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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

OS: Android 5.0 4.4.4 4.4.3 4.4.2 4.4 4.3
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Display7.0 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels (323 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2 GB RAM
Size7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 inches
(200 x 114 x 8.65 mm)
10.55 oz  (299 g)

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