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Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

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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: 1500; 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: 312; 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: 1500; 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: 312; 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: 924; 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: 312; 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: 924; 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: 34; 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: 2031; 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: 4336; 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: 407; 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: 937; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Best tablet till date.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:41 4

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; 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: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Screw that tablet... I want John V.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 04:29

83. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


lol..

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:55

4. Bootutu (Posts: 189; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Awesome tablet, hoping to grab the LTE version

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:04

5. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Is this the Tbalet of the year? ;)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:08 1

6. ThePython (Posts: 374; Member since: 08 May 2013)


First review to not have "cons"...

Nexus 7 FTW.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:32

14. aayupanday (Posts: 520; 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: 4104; 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: 1040; 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: 4104; 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: 407; 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: 5921; 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: 315; 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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:17 4

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Best tablet out right now. And when the new Nexus 10 comes out, it will be the best large tablet and the Nexus 7 will be the best smaller tablet. Apple may have a more mature ecosystem for tablets, but now that Android is gaining momentum in the tablet space, a LOT developers will optimize their apps for tablets within the year.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:09

39. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 245; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


How many times have heard that? Google Play is still complete crap compared to the App store and i'm not holding my breath for it to be improved dramatically anytime soon.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:17 5

40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I personally haven't heard it at all. I'm just speculating based on what I've seen, and what I've seen is the increased quality of Android tablets, which will lead to more sales, which will lead to more developer support for tablets. It's a very simple thing to predict.

The Play Store is definitely not "complete crap". I haven't found a single app in my few years of using Android that hasn't served me well, aside from some of the carrier added bloatware. A lot of apps are still not fit for larger displays, but like I said before, that is going to change with the advancement of Android tablets in the market.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:52 5

58. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


What is crap about Google Play??? In my 2.5 years of android experience, I have found all the great/useful apps on Google play.. Never had a problem.. Is it so bad to have lot of options for FREE???

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 20:18

82. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


lol yeah, "crap" that's free and gets the job done. At least on Android I don't have to pay 99cents for a friggin fart app, or pay for most apps that are paid apps in the appstore.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:31

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


Does not matter. A retina Mini will "kil em al", whatsoever, hah....

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:38 22

16. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


DENIED... stil there is no (decent) iPad Mini now, only an overpriced low spec version of the iPad ;-)
#AppleFail

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:49 7

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yeah in March/April of 2014. Then, in 4 more months, the 2014 edition Nexus 7 will own them all over again.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:58

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


Nah, I am seeing my sweety retina Mini coming this "busy fall". At that time, guess what?! there will be lots of guys out there having orgaisms with their hot iChick.lol. Sorry nexus, I am not seeing anyone around. hah...Besides, I am using a Nexus 4, and I don't see much of the differences between a nexus 4 and 7.1 except the size. The Mini, on the other hand, has a whole huge great apps from its big brother which made the device stand out. Why buy and why not?!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:37 2

51. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Most reputable leak sources are showing the 9.7 inch iPad being released Fall (September) 2013. The problem for an iPad mini with retina display is the yield at the mini size and bezel dimensions.

If you are hoping to be having an orgasm with your retina mini, it will have to wait until Spring, 2014.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:09 2

60. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I have... no idea... what you just said...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:02 9

23. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


hey Ballua,wanna know a fact ?
"The nexus 7² sh*ts all over the iPad,

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:07

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


Doesn't matter who sh*ts on whom, but matter who won the market. lol

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:53 7

45. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


android won ;)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:45 4

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sorry but market share says otherwise....

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:21 10

26. boosook (Posts: 1078; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOL... first of all, there's no retina mini, next when it will come out it will cost twice the price of a nexus7 for the 16gb version, plus $100 for any additional 16gb and $100 for the LTE connectivity, and just because it has the apple logo on its back.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:13 3

37. aditya.k (Posts: 474; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Sure, the price is gonna 'kil em al'.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:24

77. taikucing (unregistered)


yeah, but overpriced hah

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:33 1

15. Levon (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


According to the screen size, they could make it a bit smaller or vice versa. within the same size fit a bigger screen. But overall not bad.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 13:32

80. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I honestly am really enjoying the bezel size. Great for one hand use in portrait, and the extra bezel on landscape makes it easier to hold. Fantastic tablet is even MORE fantastic at that price.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:44 1

19. BMXN7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)


Excellent review by John V and one of the best quality and price tablet.This will be my first ever tablet as I was waiting for this so long.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:25 2

28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


no cons? So why not 10?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:16 1

38. aditya.k (Posts: 474; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Maybe it was missing Snapdragon 600 in the specs? At least, I don't know why! Or maybe he's like our school teachers, who won't give a 100 no matter what? :D

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:46 1

29. Zeus.k (unregistered)


Amazing. That's the exact same reason I just love Google. Now waiting for Nexus 5.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:51 2

30. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


How can someone say Quadcore Snapdragon S4 Pro processor +2GB RAM is not cutting edge...???

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:42

43. domen151 (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Because S4 Pro is last year's processor.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:04 1

46. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I thought the same but the S4 pro used in this tablet is an underclocked Snapdragon 600. Just look at the more in-depth mini review on Anandtech. After I get my hands on an overclockable kernel I plan on surpassing the S4/HTC One.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:40 3

42. domen151 (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


2,5 days of battery? I don't believe this.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:44

44. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


Waiting for new nexus 10 to replace my Motorola zoom 604.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:22 1

50. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


If Google can get the Nexus 10 rev 2 at $349 that would put serious pressure on Apple. $399 is good but not great. But for me the Nexus 7 2013 is perfect; nice balance of portability, power, features and cost. All we need now is Key Lime Pie hopefully in late fall/early winter. I would love to see native multi-windows within Android. I would rather run 2 apps at the same time than one tablet optimized app. The Nexus 7 and 10 has the resolution to do so. Good times are still coming for Android.

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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 APQ8064, Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2048 MB 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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