Google Nexus 7 by Asus
The Asus Nexus 7 is a new tablet sold under the Google branding, but made by Asus. It has a 7-inch 280c800 HD backlit IPS scratch-resistant display, and weighs 340 grams. The full size of the tablet measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm. There are two versions - an 8GB and 16GB internal storage respectively. Both with 1GB of RAM. It runs the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
Up to now the majority of Android tablets have gotten a reputation for being, shall we say a little cheap and nasty. There are some great Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, but there are some bad, shoddily-built tablets. Not the Nexus 7. It may be small, but its solid, actually feels portable, more so than an iPad, and feels great when held thanks to its curved edges and textured back panel.
The new Retina Display iPad has set the standard for tablet screens. While the Nexus 7 doesn’t quite reach those heights, its screen is still very good, bright, and displays a sharp picture. And the viewing angles are tops. The Nexus 7 is a delightful nice device for playing games and watching movies on. And its here where the portability really comes into play. The Nexus 7 one of the most suitable tablets for sticking in a bag on the daily commute.
Battery life is pretty good, too. Eight hours worth should be more than enough for even the most intensive tablet user. That’s easily enough to fit in a few films, when browsing and indulging in a spot of Google Play gaming action.
Another main highlight is of course the new Android Jelly Bean operating system bringing with it a new and refined Android interface with no sign of slowdown when browsing its menus. Notifications are better, letting you easily spot when you’ve got mail, or a message from your favourite social networking websites even from the lock screen. Its menus are bright, simple, and easy to navigate. Even those dipping into Android for the first time will find the Nexus 7 a pleasure to use.
And it’s loaded with apps, so it’ll be a while yet before you grow bored of it. What with thousands of apps to download from Google play, and utilities such as Google Maps, and access to Google Docs providing some neat and helpful functionality. The Google Nexus 7 is also very well priced, at between £159 for an 8GB model, and £199 for the 16GB version, you get a lot for your buck.
The Nexus 7 will be able to take advantage of cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive, but the lack of microSD card storage will irk some. Thankfully those opting for the 16GB version will have more than enough memory before resorting to cloud-based storage.
Like the iPad there is a lack of Flash, meaning some web pages will not show up as they are meant to, and some apps. However such issues will become less of a problem as time goes on, as websites and apps get updated to cope with the absence of Flash.