Google Nexus 7 Review!

| January 27, 2013 | 2 Replies

This video was very kindly put together by Marques Brownlee

My Thoughts:

This has got to be (and I’m taking big risk here) the best tablet for the money in the marketplace at the moment.

The Google Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus and is available in a 16/32/64GB size hard drives.

Like other Nexus branded products, Google likes to do joint ventures with likes of Motorola (who they now own), HTC and Samsung.

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This is quite a smart move, because it allows Google to get into hardware markets really fast  and bring out quality products in record time.

It’s available from the Google Play store for £159, but you can get the 32GB unit from Argos for just £239.

If you were thinking about buying a Kindle Fire HD, then take a moment and have a look at the Nexus 7 too!

This device is quite narrow (7inch widescreen), weighs just  340g and also has Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean update under the hood. A speaker grille is located  just below the Asus logo with both the volume controls and power button on the right hand side edge.

It also boasts  a headphone and micro-USB sockets on the bottom edge of the device which is ideal place to have them.

In full  1,280 x 800 and with a pixel density of 216ppi it’s no slouch. Now, the spec’s aren’t as impressive as the Ipad, but just remember, you can’t buy an iPad for this sort of money!

The speaker is located at the back of the unit and to honest with you isn’t that great. However, there’s plenty of accessories you can buy online that actually project the sound of the speakers in your direction.

With the latest quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chips and 1GB of RAM, the Nexus 7 is superfast (I’d say fast enough for the majority of people) and actually scored 3,687 in the Quadrant benchmark and also managed 1,799ms to complete the SunSpider JavaScript test. That ain’t bad!

 There Isn’t A Rear Racing Camera

It has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera which is great for those 1-1 skype calls, but unfortunately there isn’t a rear facing camera (quite why you’d want to use it as a camera is anyone’s guess). There’s no card slot s to expand the storage capacity, but I’m kind of guessing that the vast majority of people are probably using this as a media device rather than a heavy duty work computer. Not only that, for this price, you really couldn’t expect much more. It’s already punching above its weight here!

Jelly Bean’s Project Butter advancements have clearly smoothed a lot of things out if you’re a keen gamer and you’ll find it plays most of the games out there with ease.

Overall, my vote for best tablet for the money (I even purchased one of these for the Mother-in-law), and better option than the Kindle Fire HD which has a lot of configured presets to your Amazon profile and store. You’ll also get any Android updates for the unit almost instantly since it’s a Google device.

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