Google Nexus 7 hands-on

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.



1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

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

2. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Gonna pre order one tomorrow

5. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

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

13. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

6. rtol1

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 18, 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?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

7. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

iPAD mini is not amused.

8. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

12. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

14. BlackPower1966

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

That's true

15. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

20. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

26. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 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

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

11. BlackPower1966

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

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

19. dednikko

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

21. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

what finally. lte for verizon, att and tmobile? so its a quad band? unlocked tablet for 350!!!

22. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

24. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

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

25. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

27. exxxius

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

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