Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

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.

The package contains:

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


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.

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.

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 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!



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is definitely the best priced tablet of its class

8. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

22. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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

24. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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

25. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

agreed, for the price and compactness it beats everyting,

47. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

54. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

57. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

92. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 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.

93. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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!

35. Ballua

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 12, 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."

41. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You nailed it Google (and Asus even) I think that this is the first review without "cons" hahahah :D #iPadMiniRIP

69. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Best tablet till date.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

74. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Screw that tablet... I want John V.

83. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012


4. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Awesome tablet, hoping to grab the LTE version

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Is this the Tbalet of the year? ;)

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

First review to not have "cons"... Nexus 7 FTW.

14. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

31. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I was just going to post that ;)

7. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Then why did you even click on this review?

11. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

34. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Butt hurt Nokia fanboy. Go away.

76. taikucing unregistered

still million times better than stupid overpriced windows RT

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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh

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