Camera:

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.

Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Camera interface - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Camera interface


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
No data
267
No data
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 4.3
No data
418
No data

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:




Multimedia:

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.

The Gallery app - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Gallery app - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

The Gallery app


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.

The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
The Google Play Music app - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

The Google Play Music app


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.

Video playback - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
Video playback - Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)

Video playback



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


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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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