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Google Nexus 7 Review

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Google Nexus 7 Review
Amazingly, there’s a ton of juice provided by the 4,325 mAh battery it’s packing inside of its body. Fully charging it, we’re able to blow pass the one day mark with heavy usage with the tablet, which is an exceptional feat of its own. For those who aren’t as demanding, you’ll be able to easily achieve at least two days with light usage. Factoring its IPS display, power-efficient quad-core processor, and Jelly Bean performance optimizations, they’re undoubtedly aiding its battery life.


During our testing, we didn’t experience any fluctuations with its Wi-Fi connectivity, as it’s able to sustain a connection to a hotspot located approximately 30 feet away in another room. Even better, it didn’t drop the connection at any point either!


Conclusion:

It takes the correct set of ingredients to be a best-seller, but it requires winning the hearts and minds of consumers all around in order to be remembered long after it’s gone. Honestly people, the tablet industry is seeing a revival thanks partly to the arrival of the Google Nexus 7. Simply put it, the tablet sets the bar in what it means to be a tablet in this day and age. Obviously, we’ve seen a handful of competitively priced budget tablets, like the Amazon Kindle Fire and NOOK TABLET. However, with those offerings, you don’t receive the full potential of Android’s capabilities – and instead, they were simply vessels for their respective content services.

We can list all the wonderful reasons why to pick up the Nexus 7 over other comparable tablets, like knowing it’ll more than likely receive updates faster since it’s a Nexus branded device, but beyond that, it’s compelling in the fact that it’ll instantly capture the attention of consumers thanks to its killer $200 price point. Needless to say, this is a strategic move in closing the gap between Android’s market share against its main rival in the iPad. When you think about it, you’re still getting an all-encompassing tablet experience with the Nexus 7 – while being able to relish on all the dynamite new features found with Jelly Bean. And seriously people, who doesn’t want to experience the latest and greatest in terms of software?

Google has obviously learned from its past hardships, like being the sole seller of the Nexus One, but with this, they’re embarking in an entirely new quest. Of course, the tablet highlights the possibilities that can be achieved with even a budget tablet – such as having killer spec’d hardware to complement the updated Jelly Bean experience. Although it’s not hyped about as much as other things, the long term goal sought out with the Nexus 7 is to get consumers familiar with its various content services. Already, it’s having a profound presence here, as it’s blatantly presented to us right from the homescreen.

In the end, if you’re in the market for any tablet, there’s no reason why the Google Nexus 7 shouldn’t be on or near the top of your list. Sure, it’s not a particularly cutting-edge device in the hardware front, but there’s nothing else close at the moment that can match its sheer offerings at its phenomenal price point. This could potentially be the best-selling Nexus branded device thus far!

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.1.1
Build Number: JRO03D
Kernel Version: 3.1.10-g52027f9

Google Nexus 7 Video Review:



Pros

  • Extremely affordable $200 price
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Great battery life
  • Uniform responsive performance

Cons

  • No storage expansion
  • Lacks a rear camera
  • Not available in 4G/3G flavor
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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:18 29

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


First! , This tablet is incredible and cheap! so definetly should get one :D
Second , Who even takes Photos with Tablets....??? the front camera is enough right?
:D good tablet

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:27

35. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I saw a lot of exclamation points :p

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 23:09

46. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


The question is not who takes Photos with tablets but rather who doesn't take photos with tablets?!!!!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:23 14

2. STFUDonny (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Home run Google...

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:45 8

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


wow. 9! really good!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:52 7

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


Just I taken one from ebay today :D

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:55 9

5. tedkord (Posts: 3912; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nice to see Asus building these. They make great motherboards. But I still don't see why anyone wants a tablet. They're so far behind even low end laptops in power an flexibility. They do win on portability, weight and battery life, I suppose.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 03:12 8

16. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Tablets are a category for people who want something quicker and more intuitive then a laptop. What I'm getting at is that a laptop is for productivity and a tablet is for fun but can be very productive. Not saying that you are one of those people, but people generally bash tablets till they try them and see how convenient they are in comparison with a laptop. I could go on and on about it but I can't change you opinion... My point is that tablets are for those who don't want to lug around that 5 pound laptop just to check their Facebook or who want to emerge in a very intuitive multimedia universe...

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:20 2

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


It's a classic.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:57 7

7. bloodline (Posts: 686; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I dont why people of saying its googles competition to the ipad, it annoys me!

Its clearly not to rival the ipad, you can see that by the price and the specs. Its happy in its own little market segment and its only rival is the kindle fire.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:16 2

8. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


with a 3g or 4g capability it could been a master piece from google

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:45 2

9. robocopvn (Posts: 153; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


I douted if any one will not change the DPI settings to 160 for the real tablet using

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:59

12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


You just can't change the DPI settings that would just stretch apps on the screen
Instead you have to go in framework res apk and change in

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 05:13

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


Yes, you can do it by changing only bluid.prop

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:39

10. dreign91 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)


might be a silly question but if you download a third party camera app, does that still not activate the camera?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:02

13. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Theoretically yes it should work

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 06:08

18. dreign91 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Okay its just in all the reviews I've seen everyone complains about it (and rightfully so) I just didn't know if anyone ever tried it. I know it seems so simple but if it works that's an easy fix.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:41 4

11. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


The only con I see is the lack of expanding the 8gb limit on the tablet. Other than that, probably the best tablet for your money!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 09:57 3

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well there are 2 things, Google ideas have been taken from apple to improve their OS yet apple does not allow Google to do the same, witch is unfair, google is simpy saying, "hey when my ideas are cool It's ok to take them yet when your ideas are cool is not"

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 02:50 2

15. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Great tablet. Idk how lack of a rear-facing camera is an issue because it's pretty silly to take pics with a tablet. Only issue is the lack of expandable storage, but for $200 this will probably be my first tablet.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 04:21

17. Bluedroid (Posts: 57; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


Jelly Bean is an absolute stunner rockin at 60fps and now finally Android feels more refined and polished than ever and with IOS kicking the dust, Android all the way...

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 09:41

19. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


It would've been a perfect tab if they released a 3G version and put an expandable memory card slot on it.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 14:48

21. BaltiCzar (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


Love, love Android and Google. But I just can't justify buying a "media consumption device" (which is what tablets are for the most part) if it doesn't have expandable memory. So...on that note, just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Found a factory refurb for $209 w/ free shipping.

The Nexus 7 is what spurred me to buy a 7 inch tab (already have three 10-inchers) and ironically I wound up buying a Samsung. Too funny.

Anyway, I know that the Samsung Plus is dual core and that the Nexus is quad, but I'll take that trade off for the ability to slap in a 32GB SD card. Just my two cents.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 11:13

24. justme (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


The lack of storage is giving me pause too, but isn't there a 16GB model? If I'm using it primarily as an e-reader with only a few apps (not music or movies or games), would it be a good choice or should I still look for one w/SD storage?

Also Phonearena: if it's a good thing, you don't have to "stress about it". You just "stress (emphasize) it". Also-in the context you used, it's "discreet(ly)", not "discrete". Sorry-I get paid to notice that stuff; hard to get off the clock.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 12:05 1

25. BaltiCzar (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


There is a 16GB model. However, if all you're using this tab for is web surfing and as an e-reader, the 8GB model should suit you just fine. Even though the 8GB model will only give you a tad over 5GB that you can actually use as storage, books/e-pubs don't take up much space at all. Couple that 5GB with a cloud storage such as Dropbox/SugarSync/Cubby etc you'll be good to go.
I plan on dropping gobs of music as well as a few movies on mine so I feel I definitely need expandable memory.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 13:45

26. justme (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Gotcha-thanks.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 16:56

30. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


nexus 7 can host a usb flash drive or external hard drive, it does in fact have expandable storage.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:05

34. BaltiCzar (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


True, But that's a tad obtrusive for my taste. I'd rather stick an SD card in. If that's the way someone wants to go they could also go the bluetooth file transfer route and swap files from their phone to the Nexus 7 (considering many people have 16 or 32 GB cards in their phones).

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 22:49

22. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


"...he knows where you work, he knows where you live and what you like" Geez, the Big Brother just got its life easier lol.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 05:33

27. radiation21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


is there any sim slot in nexus 7

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 05:35

28. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Got mine and this is the best Android tablet I've ever had. Updates, beautiful and fast, can't see myself buying anything that would cover this UI with something like Touch wiz or the like. Glad I got the 16gb version too. Home run for Google. Now the countdown begins to see how long it takes Apple to sue and then have judge Koh grant them some injunction for some stupid reason like the fact that it has a battery or something.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 05:38

29. radiation21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


waiting for nexus 7 in India...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 02:37

32. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


NoGot mine and this is the best Android tablet I've ever had. Updates, beautiful and fast, can't see myself buying anything that would cover this UI with something like Touch wiz or the like. Glad I got the 16gb version too. Home run for Google. Now the countdown begins to see how long it takes Apple to sue and then have judge Koh grant them some injunction for some stupid reason like the fact that it has a battery or something.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 23:25

33. GoogleNexus7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Can't Wait to pick one up and google now is gonna be insane

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 15:57

36. monkeytown (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


unfortunately that HUGE bezel is a no-go for me

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:37

39. radiation21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


please tell me- is there any sim slot in nexus 7

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 02:53

40. radiation21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Is there any browser arrangement such as modem or sim other than WI-FI?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 16:53

41. austene (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Can't decide whether I want to get the Nexus 7 or not. I hated the Kindle Fire with passion. Just hoping the iPad mini comes out so you guys can compare the two.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 10:42

44. TshirtGirl (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


So I'm really wanting to get a tablet for apps and basic email. I'm TOTALLY unsure whether to get the google nexus 7 or kindle fire 2? Help!

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 23:16 1

45. technut (Posts: 52; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Google + Asus = Success.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 15:40

49. knightlore (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I was looking for a tablet for the last four months, I'm quite fussy about my gadgets, so lucky I waited, now got the best tablet on the market at the moment, even thou it got no flash player, or camera, it don't matter, I didn't want a camera or 3g, as I got HTC Sensation xe.

Lets just say the Nexus 7 as got it all......

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 16:56 1

51. tkvdog (Posts: 44; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Just Picked Up A 8gb Sweet Tablet!Fast&Smooth Great Work Google/Asus AAAA+++++$199.99+$25.00 In Play Store Money ='sFab Deal:)

posted on 12 Aug 2012, 15:00

52. abhishekjain.ims (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)


guys when this tablet is scheduled to launch in India ?

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 22:31

53. radiation21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


this is useless...it has no sim slot or port for modem.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 22:33

54. radiation21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


we expect that the Indian version of nexus7 would have sim slot...otherwise it will be useless in India

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 09:15

55. wildcat67 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Looking at getting a tablet and primary use would be browsing internet, music, movies and reading... does the Google Nexus 7 have enough space for all of this... or should I be looking at the Samsung... or even the Nexus with 16g?

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 14:23 2

56. technut (Posts: 52; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


IMO you should go with the nexus 7 16 GB model. Here's a solution if you need more storage:http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/47003/nexus-seven-gets-usb-drive-supported-cable

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 08:49

57. kairan975 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)


There is no doubt that Google Nexus 7 is great. However,Google Nexus 7 also has a few drawbacks,like the storage space is not expandable and only one camera. Why not try Ainol Novo 7 Venus? Ainol Novo 7 Venus is a great alternative in my opinion. It is also powered by Quad Core CPU ACT-ATM7029 based on Cortex A9 that runs up to 1.5GHz,it has dual cameras,features the same 7 inch 1280X800 IPS screen as Google Nexus 7. One drawback of Ainol Novo 7 Venus is that it has 8GB Nand Flash,but expandable to 32GB - this is very important and matters,I like this.It's sold at $149.99 only from JSXL Technology. I share this just because I think the more choices of Tablet PCs,the better for us. Have a look jsxltech.com/products/ainol-novo-7-venus-quad-core​-cpu-act-atm7029-7-inch-5-point-touch1280x800-ips-​screen-mali400-quad-core-gpu-1gb-ddr3-8gb-nand-fla​sh-hdmi-bluetooth-2-1-gps

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 08:58

58. sopna (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)


motiurrahman.info

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 23:20

59. raj1samir (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


"There is no doubt that Google Nexus 7 is great also has a few drawbacks, space storage with camera
like the storage space is not expandable and only one camerassotry Ainol Novo 7 Venus?
Ainol Novo 7 Venus is a great alternative in my opinion. It is also powered by Quad Core CPU ACT-
ATM7029 based on Cortex A9 that runs up to 1.5GHz,it has dual cameras,features the same 7 inch
1280X800 IPS screen as Google Nexus 7. One drawback of Ainol Novo 7 Venus is that it has 8GB Nand Flash,
but expandable to 32GB - this is very important and matters,I like this.It's sold at $149.99 only
from JSXL Technology. I share this just because I think the more choices of Tablet PCs,the better for us.

sxltech.com/products/ainol-novo-7-venus-quad-core-​cpu-act-atm7029-7-inch-5-point-
touch1280x800-ips-screen-mali400-quad-core-gpu-1gb​-ddr3-8gb-nand-flash-hdmi-bluetooth-2-1-gps

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:13

60. salvadornexus7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


its a the most amazing tablet that i ever had, i got the nexus 7 and the nexus 10
i think that the nexus 7 is the coolest tablet....
people i shoud you buy one like this
AMAZING !!
it very poweful

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Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

OS: Android 4.4 4.3 4.2.2 4.2.1 4.2 4.1.2 4.1.1 4.1
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Display7.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi) IPS LCD
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches
(198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm)
11.99 oz  (340 g)

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