Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
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.
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
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