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. 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...
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9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

39. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

40. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

58. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 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???

82. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

13. Ballua

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

16. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

32. Ballua

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 12, 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 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?!

51. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

60. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

23. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

36. Ballua

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

45. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

android won ;)

53. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sorry but market share says otherwise....

26. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

37. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

77. taikucing unregistered

yeah, but overpriced hah

15. Levon

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

80. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

19. BMXN7

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

28. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

no cons? So why not 10?

38. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 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

29. Zeus.k unregistered

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

30. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

43. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Because S4 Pro is last year's processor.

46. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

42. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

44. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

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

50. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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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