Google Nexus 7
A long awaited gadget
These days you will be hard put to find a cheap gadget, and especially a tablet. But it seems that Google manufactured such a device that costs only $199 (for the 8GB model) and $249 (if you decide yourself for the 16GB version). Even so, the performance of this tablet is one that will impress. We had nothing to complain about in our tests. Well, nothing except the lack of a camera on the rear, of a HDMI-out port and options to expand the device’s storage. But what the gadget did offer made it up for those cons. So here are our impressions of the Nexus 7.
Gorilla Glass touchscreen
We are going to start our review today by emphasizing just how much we congratulate Google for making its new Nexus 7 look different than its competition. At first look it won’t seem that way, because this tablet is also painted black. It is a whole lot lighter than the norm. And, compared to the others, it offers a different bezel. The latter has very thin left and right sides. Another element to make this product different to its counterparts is a backside which has a rubber-like texture that makes holding the tablet very easy. And it doesn’t run the risk of falling from the user’s hands that quickly.
The 7″ touchscreen located on the front is covered with Gorilla Glass. That means extra durability for the display, as proven by our tests, too. The type of resolution offered by this screen is good. There are 1280 x 800 pixels. They deliver good quality. We have to criticize it, though, because it can reflect objects quite often. However, looking at it when the sun is shining does not affect text visibility. But, besides that, everything from color to contrast is top notch.
The home screen can be customized according to the owner’s taste. There is a con, though. We noticed that whenever we turned the Nexus 7 the the landscape mode, there was no rotation from the display.
This tablet is a model that comes with only Wi-Fi possibilities. As such, the type of connectivity it employs is 802.11 b/g/n on a 2.4GHz band.
Surprisingly, the Nexus 7 does not feature a camera app. Even if the tablet does come with a 1.2MP cam. So there is not much you can do with it except maybe use it at a conference.
Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU
The device goes into action thanks to a quad-core (1.3GHz in a single core mode, 1.2GHz in 2-4 cores) Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Since it uses such a powerful CPU, compared with the specs of the competitors, the Nexus 7 ranks as one of the fastest tablets today. The processor on the Kindle Fire is slower than the one on Google’s latest device. If you want to also spend time playing games, the GPU works wonders. Lags were not present. What was present was a general smoothness of motion.
The tablet functions with the Android 4.1 otherwise known as Jelly Bean. The user interface is great, thanks to something called Butter.
The default browser employed on this model is Google Chrome. The tab interface on the latter is excellent. As is the speed when using the Internet.
Don’t expect excellent sound quality. If you want that, you’ll have to get a pair of headphones.
The Google Nexus 7 is the sort of tablet which has the best of both worlds. And by that we mean good performance at an affordable price.