Sadly, there’s nothing new seen with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean camera interface. Yeah, it’s still sporting a very clean UI where only three icons occupy its layout, but the functionality and features set remain the same too. Compared to other things, it’s not as comprehensive with its shooting modes, but at least it offers the cool feature of Photospheres.

Shocking to say the least, especially when we’re talking about a tablet here, but the Google Nexus 7 actually takes some decent snapshots with its 5-megapixel rear auto-focus camera. The hardware might not be the most extensive on a device, but the results more than makes up for it. Obviously, the best results are taken outdoors where there’s plenty of lighting, as details are mostly average looking, but still enough to make them candidates for 6” x 4” printouts. In the color reproduction department, we’ll say that its casts vibrant tones that accentuate its looks, but when it comes to lowering lighting conditions, it becomes washed out – while noise and grainier details soften its quality.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 4.2
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 4.3
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Producing the same characteristic elements with its 1080p video recording quality, we can’t be too upset by the passable results put out by the tablet. In fact, we have only two complaints about the quality – the artifacting that’s present when panning quickly, and its jittery exposure adjustment. Aside from that, we’re able to tolerate everything else it’s able to put on the table to make it a go-to device for shooting videos when nothing else is present.

Google Nexus 7 Sample Video:


Checking out the Gallery app, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean doesn’t sprinkle any enhancements to it – therefore, it looks and offers the same features as before.

Likewise, the same can be said about its music player, which is none other than the usual Google Play Music app that we’re all familiar with by now. Visually, it’s okay, but its worth is found if you’re subscribed to Google’s “All Access” subscription, which allows users to stream content from Google’s expansive catalog.

Donning two speakers for stereo support, we wouldn’t say that there’s huge improvement with its overall volume output, as it remains mostly average with its pleasant tones. Thankfully, there are equalizer settings to fine tune its quality based on the song’s genre.

Out of the box, the Nexus 7 lacks support for videos encoded in DivX and Xvid. Regardless of that, it manages to play H.264 and MPEG-4 videos with no fluff at all. With its sharp and vibrant screen, our eyes are able to stay affixed to it, but when it comes to its functionality, it lacks the scope that we find on other tablets.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 0.47
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 0.286
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 69.2
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 74



102. azfar

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Is GPS issue resolved?

101. salvador98

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

It is the BEST tablet that I had, it's fast responsive cheap and compering with the nexus 10, 7 2012 version and the iPad line, I think that the nexus 7 2013 is the best electronic device B-)

100. rajaniramesh

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

recently bought this ,want to know where i cant get file manager for this

99. Apian

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

WTF 9.5

98. petethottam

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Ok, so I finally ditched the Big 4 carriers and their 2 year planned obsolence system. Cancelled my Verizon cell phone cell contract & relationship completely. No termination fee since my 2 year contract ended in June. No more monthly fees for talk, text, data. No more forking out money bags to Verizon ($1500 annually). After careful due diligence, decided that NSA subservient cell phone carriers were an unnecessary cost and luxury. Zero smartphone talk plan costs now (after an initial Google Voice setup fee of $20). No cell phone provider/carriers. Instead I’m using the Groove IP app (free) and the new Nexus 7 2 (2013 edition) w/ LTE. Down from $120 monthly via Verizon to $30 month for 2.5 GB 4G LTE via T-Mobile and unlimited data via wifi all on a state of the art 7 inch tablet w/ 323 ppi, 1.5 Quad Core. Upgrading for $4.99 to Groove IP LTe (w/ text msging) for both talk and text. Get a great phablet, Google Voice archiving/transcribing & org options all for $30 per month and unlimited data essentially b/c of the ubiquity of wi-fi in Metro-LA. Saves $1,080 annually. Bluetooth 3/4 makes it a no-brainer, IMHO. No wonder Verizon refuses to activate/certify the Nexus 7. Its the long sought Holy Grail / the “Golden Unicorn” in phablet/cell convergence.

94. ValdenesFernandes

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

The Android 4.3 will be available for upgrading on Samsung S devices?

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.

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.

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.

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

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,

81. RGreen

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Got to love it

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.

75. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Truly best!

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.

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.

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

68. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

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


Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

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

62. gazmatic

Posts: 822; 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

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

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.

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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0 inches
    1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3950 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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