Saturday, 29 September 2012

Google Nexus 7 - A quick review

Google has recently launched the Google Nexus 7 with the cooperation of Asus. To me, the Nexus 7 is a far cry from the mighty new Apple Ipad or even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, many people are finding smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 to be more comfortable to use simply because it is lighter on its weight and more pocket friendly. This is true due to the fact that the Nexus 7 comes in three flavours ie: 8GB (£159), 16GB (£199) and an upcoming 32GB in the very near future.

If you have just purchased the Nexus 7, you'd like the box as it is small and compact. It is actually very handy when you can easily put it in your bag and you will not feel that it is in your bag at all. It comes with all the necessary accessories but it could be better if it comes with a stereo headphone. However, let's start off with a review of its hardware.

The Nexus 7 is equipped with an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip which is quadcore and clocks in at 1.3Ghz. Supposedly it has a hidden fifth core but I do not have much to talk about the "Ninja Core" but you could have a look here. I find it interesting for Nvidia to have slapped five cores in a tiny cubicle cpu armed with an integrated gpu! That is just marvellous.

Apart from the chip itself, the slate is equipped with a HD screen with a support resolution of 1280x800 and it has 216ppi! That is not too bad though but lacked the necessary criteria to match the retina screen of the new Ipad. Even though the screen is not above 300ppi, the screen is bright and clear.

The Nexus 7 comes with a 4325mAh battery which last around three days with moderate use. To me, it is quite brilliant considering the fact that the new Ipad can last more than 10 hours but it is so much heavier! I think the Nexus 7 is sufficient for someone who wants comfort without sacrificing weight. Apart from that, it has all the 2012 specifications which includes 802.11n wifi, bluetooth, 1.3MP front camera for video calling and GPS. I have to mention that the GPS lock is pretty quick on the Nexus 7 running on Andriod 4.1. It locks much faster after upgrading to 4.1.1!

A normal Nexus 7 user will find the Nexus 7 to be reliable and the Jelly Bean OS is remarkable. The menu speed is quick and video Skype calls are smooth without any lag. Best of all, it is £199 for the 16GB and not many 7" tablets will provide with you the flexibility and the superior hardware like the Nexus 7. Well, many people will disagree as they think that the Amazon Kindle Fire HD will do the same like the Nexus 7 but it is not. I will stick my money with the Nexus 7. I will not touch the Sony Tablets as it is just overpriced but the Blackberry Playbook 64GB might be a good purchase as it is priced at £130 at PC World and Currys. However, I have to mention that the performance of the Playbook does not even come close to the Nexus 7.

If I have to criticise the Nexus 7, it will be the lack of a back camera. While it is not too damaging not to have a back camera, I think that it will be useful for Google to include a back camera taking into account the size of the tablet is compact and light. It is a shame that Google did not include a back camera. In addition to that, Google should have included an external storage slot so that customers could add more memory via a memory card. However, taking into account that price of the tablet, I think consumers are quite happy with the Nexus 7 but it could be improved better as mentioned earlier. I am happy with the performance of the Nexus 7 as there were no crashes so far and video Skype on the Nexus 7 is smooth. It is a good buy nonetheless.

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