Google NEXUS 7 Review: A Gracefully Cheap Tablet

Google dispatched a new array of devices in the tablet market, Google Nexus 7 manufactured by Asus which looks awesome. Nexus 7 is a piece that should be considered for your sincere appreciation for it is a tablet with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Quad Core Processor, a 7 inch IPS screen and an unmatched price tag of 159 for a 16GB model. It already has been over a year since it’s launch and many other tablet products came in the market but most of them were more of a copy and some of them got rave reviews too but Nexus 7 still remains our hot favorite when it comes to budget issues.

Google NEXUS 7 Review

Variants are made available and are now on sale. It costs £199 for a 32GB, £239 for a 3G version of 32GB and the cheapest in range is 16GB version which comes for a tiny amount of £159. But there is no memory card slot for expanding, so you’ve got to buy it according to your specific need for space. Though it has received many competitive vibes from other devices in the 7 inch category, in the market like Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, iPad Mini and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD, Nexus 7 still steals the show and is a strong contender because of it’s high resolution screen and it’s recent addition of Play Store. Nexus 7 still steals the show with the cheap price effect.

Review: Design

Nexus 7 as the 7 points out it’s screen size is a wonderfully designed tablet with amazing specifications like it’s very light weight only weighing 336 gm and very sleek and thin say 10.9 mm. Just because it’s a 7 inch tablet don’t assume that it’s not handy. It can be easily hold with one hand in a portrait mode mostly but can also be handled with ease in either orientation, just like your smartphone. You can easily put it in back pocket of your jeans or in your jacket pocket with its below average dimension size of 120 x 199mm.

The rear design is a dark brown, more of a black coloured rubbery surface which provides a good grip of fingers and palm on the tablet, feels good to touch. On the front, a glass screen interrupted only by a camera and light sensor surrounded by a metallic frame, silver in colour. On the right hand edge you’ll find volume rocker and power button, trying to keep ports and physical buttons to the minimum. The headphone jack and the micro SD port resides on the bottom of the tablet. At the rear bottom there has been provided additional slots for future accessory use like docking station and a pair of stereo speakers.

Review: The Build Quality

We tend to always expect that any tablet under the price tag of £200 will be of poor build quality, but Nexus 7 airs out all these speculations with its incredible build which almost force us to double check the prize. Both the front and rear faces are scratch proof and fits flawlessly in the metal frame. The buttons and ports are also of premium quality unlike other cheap tablets. One very small niggle was found fluttering on the screen at the top and the bottom edges, it only happened when pressure was put on the display. You’ll only need to take care of that while you are travelling.

Review: The Hardware

With such a low budget price tag Nexus 7 comes bearing surprising hardware gifts like it uses the same nVidia Tegra 3 quad core processor as found in many high-end tablets, backed up with 1GB RAM. Nexus 7 scored highly at the GeekBench 2 test with an average of 1452 over three runs and it scored a great framerate of 14fps in the Egypt HD gaming test. This shows the smooth working of Nexus 7.

The display shows great contrast, brightness and viewing angles, thanks to the high resolution of 1280 x 800 resolution giving a pixel density of 216 ppi. The highlight is the 7 inch screen which uses a backlit in-plane switching(IPS) panel. All this is better than Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 which costs more. It is great to browse and play games but it’s even better to watch movies and videos.

The reason behind not providing SD card slot for additional memory says Asus remains the fact to promote keeping files on cloud over local storage, however the Nexus 7 isn’t induced with 3G facility. In attempt to cut the costs no rear end camera has been provided since our smartphones bear better cameras and the purpose of usage of tablets is a bit different if counted otherwise but there is a fairly decent 1.2 megapixel camera for video chatting though.

You can easily tether Nexus 7 with a smartphone for data with the help of 108.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth, GPS and Near Field Communications chip are the other connectivity providers.

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