Performance:

Amazingly, there’s a ton of juice provided by the 4,325 mAh battery it’s packing inside of its body. Fully charging it, we’re able to blow pass the one day mark with heavy usage with the tablet, which is an exceptional feat of its own. For those who aren’t as demanding, you’ll be able to easily achieve at least two days with light usage. Factoring its IPS display, power-efficient quad-core processor, and Jelly Bean performance optimizations, they’re undoubtedly aiding its battery life.

During our testing, we didn’t experience any fluctuations with its Wi-Fi connectivity, as it’s able to sustain a connection to a hotspot located approximately 30 feet away in another room. Even better, it didn’t drop the connection at any point either!


Conclusion:

It takes the correct set of ingredients to be a best-seller, but it requires winning the hearts and minds of consumers all around in order to be remembered long after it’s gone. Honestly people, the tablet industry is seeing a revival thanks partly to the arrival of the Google Nexus 7. Simply put it, the tablet sets the bar in what it means to be a tablet in this day and age. Obviously, we’ve seen a handful of competitively priced budget tablets, like the Amazon Kindle Fire and NOOK TABLET. However, with those offerings, you don’t receive the full potential of Android’s capabilities – and instead, they were simply vessels for their respective content services.

We can list all the wonderful reasons why to pick up the Nexus 7 over other comparable tablets, like knowing it’ll more than likely receive updates faster since it’s a Nexus branded device, but beyond that, it’s compelling in the fact that it’ll instantly capture the attention of consumers thanks to its killer $200 price point. Needless to say, this is a strategic move in closing the gap between Android’s market share against its main rival in the iPad. When you think about it, you’re still getting an all-encompassing tablet experience with the Nexus 7 – while being able to relish on all the dynamite new features found with Jelly Bean. And seriously people, who doesn’t want to experience the latest and greatest in terms of software?

Google has obviously learned from its past hardships, like being the sole seller of the Nexus One, but with this, they’re embarking in an entirely new quest. Of course, the tablet highlights the possibilities that can be achieved with even a budget tablet – such as having killer spec’d hardware to complement the updated Jelly Bean experience. Although it’s not hyped about as much as other things, the long term goal sought out with the Nexus 7 is to get consumers familiar with its various content services. Already, it’s having a profound presence here, as it’s blatantly presented to us right from the homescreen.

In the end, if you’re in the market for any tablet, there’s no reason why the Google Nexus 7 shouldn’t be on or near the top of your list. Sure, it’s not a particularly cutting-edge device in the hardware front, but there’s nothing else close at the moment that can match its sheer offerings at its phenomenal price point. This could potentially be the best-selling Nexus branded device thus far!

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.1.1
Build Number: JRO03D
Kernel Version: 3.1.10-g52027f9

Google Nexus 7 Video Review:



Pros

  • Extremely affordable $200 price
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Great battery life
  • Uniform responsive performance

Cons

  • No storage expansion
  • Lacks a rear camera
  • Not available in 4G/3G flavor

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

9.2
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52 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

First! , This tablet is incredible and cheap! so definetly should get one :D Second , Who even takes Photos with Tablets....??? the front camera is enough right? :D good tablet

35. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I saw a lot of exclamation points :p

46. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

The question is not who takes Photos with tablets but rather who doesn't take photos with tablets?!!!!

2. STFUDonny

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Home run Google...

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

wow. 9! really good!

4. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Just I taken one from ebay today :D

5. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice to see Asus building these. They make great motherboards. But I still don't see why anyone wants a tablet. They're so far behind even low end laptops in power an flexibility. They do win on portability, weight and battery life, I suppose.

16. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Tablets are a category for people who want something quicker and more intuitive then a laptop. What I'm getting at is that a laptop is for productivity and a tablet is for fun but can be very productive. Not saying that you are one of those people, but people generally bash tablets till they try them and see how convenient they are in comparison with a laptop. I could go on and on about it but I can't change you opinion... My point is that tablets are for those who don't want to lug around that 5 pound laptop just to check their Facebook or who want to emerge in a very intuitive multimedia universe...

6. MeoCao unregistered

It's a classic.

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I dont why people of saying its googles competition to the ipad, it annoys me! Its clearly not to rival the ipad, you can see that by the price and the specs. Its happy in its own little market segment and its only rival is the kindle fire.

8. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

with a 3g or 4g capability it could been a master piece from google

9. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I douted if any one will not change the DPI settings to 160 for the real tablet using

12. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

You just can't change the DPI settings that would just stretch apps on the screen Instead you have to go in framework res apk and change in

23. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Yes, you can do it by changing only bluid.prop

10. dreign91

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

might be a silly question but if you download a third party camera app, does that still not activate the camera?

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Theoretically yes it should work

18. dreign91

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

Okay its just in all the reviews I've seen everyone complains about it (and rightfully so) I just didn't know if anyone ever tried it. I know it seems so simple but if it works that's an easy fix.

11. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

The only con I see is the lack of expanding the 8gb limit on the tablet. Other than that, probably the best tablet for your money!

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well there are 2 things, Google ideas have been taken from apple to improve their OS yet apple does not allow Google to do the same, witch is unfair, google is simpy saying, "hey when my ideas are cool It's ok to take them yet when your ideas are cool is not"

15. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Great tablet. Idk how lack of a rear-facing camera is an issue because it's pretty silly to take pics with a tablet. Only issue is the lack of expandable storage, but for $200 this will probably be my first tablet.

17. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Jelly Bean is an absolute stunner rockin at 60fps and now finally Android feels more refined and polished than ever and with IOS kicking the dust, Android all the way...

19. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

It would've been a perfect tab if they released a 3G version and put an expandable memory card slot on it.

21. BaltiCzar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

Love, love Android and Google. But I just can't justify buying a "media consumption device" (which is what tablets are for the most part) if it doesn't have expandable memory. So...on that note, just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Found a factory refurb for $209 w/ free shipping. The Nexus 7 is what spurred me to buy a 7 inch tab (already have three 10-inchers) and ironically I wound up buying a Samsung. Too funny. Anyway, I know that the Samsung Plus is dual core and that the Nexus is quad, but I'll take that trade off for the ability to slap in a 32GB SD card. Just my two cents.

24. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

The lack of storage is giving me pause too, but isn't there a 16GB model? If I'm using it primarily as an e-reader with only a few apps (not music or movies or games), would it be a good choice or should I still look for one w/SD storage? Also Phonearena: if it's a good thing, you don't have to "stress about it". You just "stress (emphasize) it". Also-in the context you used, it's "discreet(ly)", not "discrete". Sorry-I get paid to notice that stuff; hard to get off the clock.

25. BaltiCzar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

There is a 16GB model. However, if all you're using this tab for is web surfing and as an e-reader, the 8GB model should suit you just fine. Even though the 8GB model will only give you a tad over 5GB that you can actually use as storage, books/e-pubs don't take up much space at all. Couple that 5GB with a cloud storage such as Dropbox/SugarSync/Cubby etc you'll be good to go. I plan on dropping gobs of music as well as a few movies on mine so I feel I definitely need expandable memory.

26. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Gotcha-thanks.

30. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

nexus 7 can host a usb flash drive or external hard drive, it does in fact have expandable storage.

34. BaltiCzar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

True, But that's a tad obtrusive for my taste. I'd rather stick an SD card in. If that's the way someone wants to go they could also go the bluetooth file transfer route and swap files from their phone to the Nexus 7 (considering many people have 16 or 32 GB cards in their phones).

22. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

"...he knows where you work, he knows where you live and what you like" Geez, the Big Brother just got its life easier lol.

27. radiation21

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

is there any sim slot in nexus 7

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh

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