MY TAKE ON GOOGLE’S NEXUS 7. TAKE A LOOK!
Nexus 7-The review.
With Google entering into the tablet arena with a slate having a quad-core Tegra 3 processor,latest incarnation of the Android OS- ‘the Jelly Beans’,a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display,awesome refreshing bezel design things are intended to change. Tagged at a base price of $199, this tablet will definitely ruin Amazon’s party!
The Nexus 7 comes at a time when buyers are compromising performance for price(yes you guessed it right Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet and the Amazon Kindle’s). The Nexus 7 provides you with a beautiful screen, fast performance, a comfortable design, an excellent software and overall great media options unlike any other tablet in its league. And yea, Nexus 7 isn’t an iPad killer just because Apple offers you big crunchy things packed with awesome performance and excellent designs which ain’t cost anywhere below $300-$350 even if it rolls out a mini iPad!
Design wise, the nexus 7 is definitely easy on eyes-especially the white version Google I/O attendees received,though Google intends to sell only the black version of the tablet(that’s the sad part).But even the black tab does it’s best to stand out from its competitors.Its rubbery, leathery, subtle back texture with both “Nexus” and “Asus” embossed gives a cozy feeling when you see all those pics on the Internet with innumerable people posting the pic of their hand holding the Nexus 7(at-least it gave me)! It’s beveled edges make the tablet look thinner than it is and it results in a nice in-hand feel and this is something Amazon should have thought about when designing the boxy Kindle Fire! Another feature that’s pretty cool about the nexus 7 is its amazingly lighter than its arch rival- Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Weighing at about 340 grams,its the lightest tab available in the market. And yea,Google’s partners with Asus to roll out Nexus 7 for the public.
The seven-inch 1200 x 800 HD backlit IPS display packs a respectable 216 pixels per inch onto the screen.The front of the Nexus 7 is devoid of hardware-based buttons, but a 1.2MP front-facing camera rests in the middle of the top bezel is the lone distinguishable feature, which is covered entirely by Corning glass.
But the concern here is that the tab has no memory expansion(like almost every other tab in the market.though we would have LOVED to had that from Google), no HDMI out, and no back camera. Their exclusion is likely a cost-saving measure, but also makes the tablet that much more approachable for a layman.
The software-Project BUTTER
With Jelly Bean, Google gave Android more than just a few new features; it’s actually upgraded the user experience in a number of ways with what Google calls Project Butter. Animations — such as how your array of apps moves when you swipe — now move at 60 frames per second.
Besides that, Android can now predict where you’re going to touch the screen, animating the experience around that point.
All this leads to a faster and more responsive experience overall.
Inside, the Nexus 7 packs the usual assortment of features, including an accelerometer, magnetometer and yes, even a gyroscope and GPS chip, nicely timed to take advantage of Google Maps’ new offline mode for navigating when Wi-Fi isn’t available. One of those Google products that’s most welcome is Chrome, the new standard web browser for Android, starting with the Nexus 7. Chrome looks great on the tab in all those flashy videos on the Internet! One thing that would be handy is that since Chrome is now the most popular desktop browser in the world, the syncing will be extremely easy and useful from tab to desktop and vice-versa.
Also the Android update now has an app that allows you to search the Web with your voice. It’s not so much an assistant like Siri but still it understands what you speak out to the microphone. This is one thing that android still lags behind quite a bit and it would really be interesting to know if Google could do some really good upgrading to its voice recognition software to stand up to Siri.
The Nexus 7 includes 1GB of DDR2 RAM along side the quad-core Tegra 3 processor.It comes with an IPS screen with a wider viewing angle than the Kindle Fire’s(that’s a WOW factor!). The 1,280×800-pixel resolution will definitely give you sharper and a clean look because of the hardware.
Coming to the GAMING part of it,this tablet is going THE ULTIMATE GAMING PARADISE for a tablet user! GTA 3,Max Payne, Riptide GP and all others would give an amazing experience on the move! You name any of the games available in the Google play store and it will run to give amazing in-hand experience.
Coming to battery life,Google said that it would serve up the 9 hours of HD video play back.(I’m not too sure about that Google promise!)
The Final Take
Google tablet finally arrives and has almost lived up-to every rumor that we were hearing concerning the tablet.
We’re left with a powerful and affordable tablet that actually feels well-built and does a good job of demonstrating its power in games and movie performance. The concern that stands out is the lack of built-in expandable storage and the expulsion of the back camera. But if you see low price of the tablet, these things shouldn’t concern a lot.
Another thing that concerns me is that the 8 GB tablet has only 5.6 GB space worth of use. The rest tends to be pre-occupied by the OS and the pre-installed apps. This will definitely tend the user to flounder for more space.Also the Nexus 7 will only come with a WiFi for connecting to the web . This means that we’ll have no 3G and 4G options.
Nevertheless, this is just a beginning and the Internet Giant has shown it is in no mood stay static. They would already have started building the next Android version after hearing of Apple’s advances to jump into the the 7-inch market.
The Android 4.1 OS feels simplified while retaining its flexibility. TV shows and purchasable movies are welcome additions to the Google Play store-in addition to a $25 Google Play credit just for buying a Nexus 7, you will find a selection of magazines, including current issues of Popular Science, Family Circle, Food Network Magazine and Esquire.
The Nexus 7 may not be the best tablet ever built, but its media savviness and low price make it a crowd-pleaser. For the vast majority of people, it’s more than good enough, and if you aren’t yet married to the Apple platform, you should be pre-ordering one now.
- The Nexus 7 cost Google $184 to build
- Google selling Nexus 7 at a loss, not cost
- ASUS announces colorful Google Nexus 7 covers