Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Interface and Functionality:

Ah yes, it’s the NEW Nexus device we’ve been waiting for, so it’s obviously treated to a new experience. To be specific, it’s running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience, which doesn’t depart much in the visual department over the last major version of Android, but there are some noteworthy new additions that help to deepen the platform’s functionality by just a smidgen more. As expected, the platform lays claim to an exorbitant amount of personalization, but there’s nothing new in the visuals aside from a few preloaded static wallpapers we haven’t seen before.

The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

The Google Nexus 7 is running a vanilla Android 4.3 Jelly Bean experience


After checking out some of the platform’s new features, some are naturally more practical than others, seeing that many of them are mostly relegated to behind-the-scenes. Here’s what’s new with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean:

Restricted Profiles – Last time around, we were ecstatic to find multi-user support with Android tablets, but with version 4.3, it now provides us with Restricted Profiles. Now, this is something wonderful to find if your tablet is widely used in the home, where kids, parents, and spouses all rely on the same tablet. Essentially, the admin can specify what apps are accessed by each user. Therefore, when those users log in, they will only be allowed access to apps that have been set to on by the admin.

Bluetooth Smart Ready – Primarily targeting those who have low-energy Bluetooth smart accessories, like some chest strapped heart rate monitors, devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean are optimized to work efficiently with these low power devices. It’s not something that’ll benefit everyone, but if you happen to fall into the category, you’ll surely come to appreciate it.

Wireless Display – If streaming video is your forte, like ones from YouTube, the Wireless Display feature of Android 4.3 brings your favorite content to the big screen in your living room – that’s as long as your television set supports Miracast.

Location awareness with Always-on Wi-Fi scanning – Again, another feature that’s more of a background process, this one allows devices running Android 4.3 to continue getting location information passively when Wi-Fi is turned off by the user. Seeing that always-on Wi-Fi scanning is present, it’ll continue to provide relevant data to apps without draining battery.

Accelerated 3D Graphics – Gamers will undeniably relish this one, since Android 4.3 brings forth support to Open GL ES 3.0. Basically, graphically intensive games will now sport more accelerated 3D graphics, which in turn, will give games even more photorealism than ever before.

Virtual Surround Sound – Armed with two speakers now, which means stereo support is in tow, the Nexus 7 with its Android 4.3 experience will give users that surround sound feel.

Generally speaking, this isn’t that huge refresh, but rather, it’s a miniscule update that mostly finds its usefulness with items in the experience that we’re not constantly in touch with on a direct level. However, it’s nevertheless nice to find that the platform is still seeing some optimizations that no doubt extends its totality.


Messaging:

Being stock and all, we’re presented with the tried and true on-screen Google keyboard – one that’s sporting the same layout as before. Due to the comfy spacing of its 7-inch screen, our thumbs have no issue whatsoever encompassing the entire layout. Better yet, the responsiveness of the keyboard keeps our fingers clicking away at a constant rate – all without much pause or accident. We can’t say the same about the landscape option, since it’s a bit more cramped getting our fingers into that natural typing position.

Virtual keyboard - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Virtual keyboard - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Virtual keyboard - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Virtual keyboard - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Virtual keyboard


Would you look at that? It’s stock Android, so we’re given the usual Gmail and standard email apps for all of our emailing needs. Being a tablet and all, they make good use out of the extra real estate, as they employ that timeless layered approach with their presentations. However, their functionality remains largely unchanged.

Email - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Email - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Email - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Email - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Email



Organizer:

Quickly glazing at the core organizer apps on the Nexus 7, there’s nothing different with their functionality and presentation from before – so they’re all very much the same as last time. Of course, Google Now’s exceptional behavior in tracking our habits continues to astound us, as it’s able to deliver pertinent data that centers around our daily lives.

Organizer apps - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Organizer apps - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Organizer apps - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Organizer apps - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Organizer apps



Processor and Memory:

Some were quick to point out the Nexus 7’s not-so-cutting-edge quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which has been eclipsed by more recent entrants, but it’s nonetheless still able to give the tablet that sense of speed and snappiness with its performance. Also armed with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, its performance gallops at a pace that undoubtedly shows us that it’s still one powerful thing to contend with. Sure, the benchmark scores might not reflect it, but heck, its real-world performance is enough to justify to us that it’s able to handle all tasks – both elementary and complex.

Indeed, we would’ve loved to see expandable storage with this, but alas, we’re comforted to find that its base internal storage capacity has been doubled from last year’s model. Whereas it was 8GB, this year’s model starts off at 16GB. With our 32GB review unit, it actually turns out to be 26.11GB out of the box, which is still an ample tally to accept.

Quadrant Higher is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 5854
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 3612
AnTuTu Higher is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 19786
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 10453
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 692
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 444


Internet and Connectivity:

Combining its high-resolution display and quick performance, it doesn’t surprise us in the very least that it’s a winner in the web surfing department. With Google Chrome in for the ride, it’s able to provide us swift page loads via Wi-Fi, instant rendering on the fly, and smooth navigational controls, to make every single aspect of the experience simply phenomenal!

Web browsing - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Web browsing - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Web browsing - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Web browsing - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Web browsing


At launch, the Google Nexus 7 is available in Wi-Fi only form, but another version stuffed with 4G LTE for all four major domestic wireless carriers will be made available in the near future – no word on an exact date though. Not surprisingly, it’s armed to the teeth with all the usual connectivity features we’d expect to find – like aGPs, Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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100 Comments

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: 2293; 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: 2293; 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: 1592; 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

lol..

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: 461; 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 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh

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