Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)


Google Nexus 7 Review (2013)
It might come to be a surprise to some, but this new Nexus 7 is actually sporting a lower capacity 3950 mAh battery inside of its body, which is down from the 4325 mAh one used by its predecessor. Fear not, though, seeing that enhancements with this latest version of Android combined with the tablet’s battery optimized hardware, help to provide us with 2.5 days of normal usage with its brightness set to automatic. We’re not complaining at all, seeing that it’s more than adequate!

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013)
8h 39 min (Excellent)

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Google Nexus 7 (2013)


When you’re at the top of the division, you really want to make it difficult for your competitors to keep up. Well folks, that’s exactly what the 2013 edition of the Google Nexus 7 is doing, as it’s just one awesome tablet that continues to keep its rivals at bay and playing catch up. Indeed, some people might be just a little turned off by the higher starting cost of the tablet, which is set for $230 for the 16GB packing version, a tally that’s $30 higher than its predecessor, but seriously though, it’s still at a bargain price point that’s ample enough to give its competitors a good run for their money. For goodness sakes, the forthcoming 4G LTE variant (coming with 32GB), which will brandish a price point of $350 when it’s released, is also a pretty fine offering on its own.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean came and went, and based on what we see here on the Nexus 7, it’s not particularly its main star attraction, but it merely helps to complement the tablet’s overall incremental improvements – both in hardware and software aspects. When all is said and done, the Google Nexus 7 continues to be the king of the hill when it comes to the 7-inch Android segment. Simply, it’s at the head of its class!

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.3
Build Number: JSS15J
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-g365a6e0

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Video Review:


  • High resolution display
  • Slim and light design
  • Good battery life
  • Speedy performance


No Cons

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

21 Reviews



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: 2299; 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: 2299; 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: 1595; 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


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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