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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61. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The next Nexus 10 definitely won't be $350. It starts at $400 now, I only expect the price to go up for the next Nexus 10 just as it did for the Nexus 7 (though marginally). The latest leaks show it have the same display but with a Snapdragon 800 processor, and it will probably have more RAM. I expect it to be at least $450 (16 GB) for those specs, but I wouldn't be disappointed. It's still better than the current $500 starting point for the iPad.

64. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$399 or $429 is my guess. Exynos 5420 better be on the next N10.

66. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well there was a leak confirming there was a 10" Samsung tablet with a 2560x1600 display with the Snapdragon 800, so that's probably the Nexus 10. It doesn't really matter though, the Adreno 330 can push a 2560x1600 display effortlessly, and quad Krait 400's will handle any task you throw at it. Even if it did have the Exynos 5420, I highly doubt there would be any difference in performance.

48. weirdfisher

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Lumia 1020 + Nexus 7 + MacBook Air = WIN

49. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

I purchased the Nexus 7 from Best Buy on Friday. I freaking love it. But what does everyone use their android tablet for? I use it basically for web browsing and a little gaming. But I could easily do all of that with my GS4. I love my new N7, I will keep it. But why do I need it? This question has been bothering me ever since I purchased the OG Transformer a few years back (Sold it a few weeks later, have not had a tablet since the new N7.) I guess it is just a really cool toy, I am fine with that, but I really want it to serve some purpose.

59. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I'm in the same boat with my note 2 and I actually might pass up the note 3 this year for maybe a smaller phone like the iphone just because of how good this tablet is. The iphone is still crap when compared to the big dogs but it's going to be redundant/unjustifiable to have a Note 3 at 1080p fight the Nexus 7 1200p for my attention. The iphones are not the best but I am looking to mix it up.

55. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Apple will have to put the ipad mini 2 at under $200 to beat this. Cuz u know the specs wont be nearly as high.

56. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Even though i dont need another tablet, this is by far worth the money.

88. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

dammit i keep thinking your me when i see a comment and think i didnt say that

62. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

9.5...? ooook this better be one awesome tablet that doesnt slow down over time..... oh no playstore in my country so i doubt i would get it for 99bucks


Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

R.I.P iPadMini great work by Google and ASUS , best tab in its class !!!

65. Irad123

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

there's one thing that I don't get: who films with their tablet? why is it so important to have a quality camera on the back?

67. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's not. The only thing you might need a back camera on a tablet for is augmented reality apps.

70. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

With the apps like InstaGram that have the ability to take pictures as well as video, you may want a tablet that can do that well

68. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The good news is that it's basically a S600 CPU so everyone can stop whining.

71. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

If I didnt buy the original Nexus7 6 months ago, I wouldve waited for this one. Whether you buy the original or this 2nd-gen version, you cant go wrong with either one. The good thing about the next-gen version is that thei're going to make an LTE version later this year which would make it more popular. I love my Nexus7 and I would go as far as saying that its the best tablet in the market when it comes to price, reliability, and specs

72. stopresisting

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Just picked up my Nexus 7 today and said goodbye to my Samsung Galaxy tab 2 10.1 after only 3 months. Wanted something smaller and was leaning toward the Galaxy note 8.0 when I found out about this new rendition of the nexus 7, and so glad I did. I am absolutely in love with the nexus. Only wish that it had micro SD expandability, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.

73. scissorhands97 unregistered

i just noticed...why is there never a device ever rate 10? its always an 9, 9.1, 9.3 and 9.5. try 10 for once.

75. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Truly best!

78. Sballa

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Dear all, i wanted to ask you if the new nexus 7 4g could work in italy? Can you ask to some dealer or to google because i want to buy one in the U.S. but i don't know if the 4g will work in Italy. Thanks in advance.

79. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If you know what 4G bands your carrier uses, match them up with the ones Google put out for the Nexus 7. 4G LTE is only supported in the U.S for the Nexus 7, but you can still get HSPA+ on bands 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8, which frequencies are (in order): 2100, 1900, 1700, 850, and 900. I don't know any Italian carriers, much less the bands they use, so you'll have to take it from there.

81. RGreen

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Got to love it

84. rancor1223

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Great specs. For me a bit too big screen, but I understand this is Nexus line so notning else was ever expected. But that design, I think it was way too simplified. If I saw such a phone on a bus, I wouldnt care, because it's not interesting, I has no distinguishing signs (excluding the text on the back, where you usualy have you hand).

85. stopresisting

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

The design is simple and that's perfectly fine. If the thief standing alongside you on the bus isn't interested in your property because it looks cheap, that's an even bigger plus. All I care about is hardware and specs, not some stupid white gadget with the apple logo on it.

86. rancor1223

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

No, people in my city definitely aren't walking around with high-end phones. That was just an example. A by the way, I prefer Windows Phone. Not Apple,

87. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

almost got one yesterday but the $%^#*^ in front of me took the LAST FREAKING ONE !!!! oh well lets wait another month

89. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Can only say I bought this and I do t think I will be using my fourth generation I pad as much. The browser is way fast. Glad I didn't buy I pad mini. Really quick in every thing. I haven't seen any lag. I am an apple guy but this rocks.

90. Rice_Fed

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

As silly as it may sound. I wished it has an IR Blaster. The One thing I like about my Tab over this. I'm getting it sure, but maaaaaan.

97. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

I agree with you. While this is a much better tablet than anything Samsung has to offer outside of the Nexus 10, I would have liked to have seen an IR Blaster. It would have made this tablet perfect. Still, nothing else on the market can compare to it so it has my money, unless Samsung decides to make a Google edition Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Then, Nexus might have some competition.

91. persikon

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

At first didn't want to buy it, was going to wait for the retina iPad mini, after meticulous thinking, this tablet was the winner, So I ordered via Google Play Store devices, three days after it arrived. And the first thing I noticed was the weight, man so light, also that was very comfortable to hold. Super ppi screen, it has basically the same res as my 24inches monitor! So gorgeous to contemplate. My everyday phone is the Samsung Note i717 (1st note att ver.)Coming from that buggy, sluggish, laggy phone to this. It's heaven! Super responsive keyboard, doesn't randomly disappear, going between apps is virtually lagless, all games are super playable, the only one was Batman, that i could notice some stuttering. So if you are still thinking about into getting it, just go for it. It's has the more important thing in a device is: "usable". For the price is a no brainer. Also let's hope it doesn't die after the 1st year like its predecessor.. thanks for reading and sorry for any spelling fault.

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