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Google Nexus 7 Tablet: Complete Review & Specs

No doubt Google Nexus 7 has hit the market with a bang and got the popularity around the globe in no time. Sales of Google Nexus 7 are going pretty good. Today, we have brought a complete review Nexus 7 tablet which will guide you from its performance, cons and pros.

Google Nexus 7

The family of Nexus was originally marketed as a set of reference devices, reflecting the wishes of Google for mobile devices running its operating system Android. Devices with the recommended hardware to work perfectly in the first place updated software created in collaboration with partners, HTC and Samsung. After the purchase of Motorola mobile Google became apparent that one of the following Nexus will be created in collaboration with this manufacturer, and while the role of partner in the production budget tablet was selected Taiwanese ASUS.

In fact, the choice is more than justified, as the tablets on the market ASUS is a very important role with its family Transformer. Seven-inch devices the company has not released, except for a line of “mobile companions” Eee Pad MeMO, which never made it to market, but experience it in any case does not hold. As a result, Nexus 7 has turned out really good, especially if you compare it to Kindle Fire.

Judge for yourself at the same value of Nexus 7 is built on a quad, not dual-core platform, equipped with a screen with higher resolution and, most importantly, running the newest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shop with a standard Google Play, and not the bulk analog of the Amazon. Well, the little things, the Nexus 7 has a microphone, camera, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC, which the Kindle Fire no. Unfortunately, the two most important functions for geeks (I mean of course a slot for memory cards and 3G-module), the novelty has not appeared, but to demand them from the device at $ 200 would be at least strange.

Completion

Nexus 7

Nexus 7 comes in a compact package with the company logo and the designation of the family of Nexus brand ASUS and Google. C force pushing (or breaking) the outer shell gives you access to the black box of mat board in which a tablet can also find a brief instruction manual and a compact charger is 10 watts with detachable cable, USB / micro-USB (charging and the tablet can be PC).
Those who prefer to use the device in the cover can also be purchased corporate cover-book. It is made of soft plastic with a matte finish, protects the back cover and the screen contains all the necessary cutouts for connectors and speaker and is available in six colors to suit every taste. There are solutions for the Nexus 7 and the third party, so if you want to choose a few.
Design and Ergonomics

Nexus 7

Nexus 7 has a typical 7-inch tablet size thickness is 10.5 mm, weight – about 340 grams. The front panel of the tablet is completely covered with protective glass Corning Fit Glass.
Hardware key is not here, and only in the upper part you can find a light sensor, and the only camera of 1.2 megapixel for video calls. The top and bottom edging 7-inch matrix noticeably wider than the side, as a result of holding Nexus 7 with two hands in a horizontal position much more comfortable than in the vertical.

Nexus 7

The upper part of the sidewalls of the tablet is made of silver plastic with a distinctive edge and the bottom is a rounded portion of the rear panel. The latter differs pleasant rubberized surface texture with a point, which allows more securely hold the tablet in his hands.
The rear panel can be found embossed logo NEXUS and ASUS, and a long slit with acoustics. Despite the fact that the hole is one thing, the developers could pay for the installation of two speakers. Nexus 7 is available in two colors white and black.

Nexus 7
The top of the first microphone in Nexus 7 is located on the left – the second microphone and four-pin connector dock. All available connectors made for the lower bound: the micro-USB and a standard 3.5 mm audio output. Finally, the right sidewall contains the power button and volume rocker key.

 

As a result, in terms of design and ergonomics Nexus 7 has turned out quite successful. It is not admirable appearance, but does not feel the cheap production of small Chinese “brands.” Pleasant to the touch and the slim design of the lack of clearly defined (and this, believe me, more dignity) can simply use it without being distracted with anything else. The presence of the hardware volume keys cannot simply more convenient to control the sound, but use them in third-party applications, for example turning the pages in the Cool Reader.

Screen

Display Nexus 7 is built on a 7-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, while the most similar in form factor models used screens with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and below. Backlight brightness is adjusted automatically or manually, ranging from 15 to 260 cd/m2, with a 50% level is 150 cd/m2. Image quality – in four-plus, great colors, and change the contrast begins only at too sharp for a typical use of viewing angles.
Matrix Nexus 7 is covered by protective glass of Corning, and yet even with careful handling it can be scratched, not putting much effort. Capacitive multi-touch support up to 10 simultaneous touches, coating well cleaned of dirt and slides easily under the fingers.

Functionality

Tablet Nexus 7 is built on the initial 1.2-gigahertz version of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L), equipped with 1 GB of RAM and data storage for 8 or 16 GB with no possibility of increasing its volume by using memory cards. Powered Nexus 7 tablet is running the latest version at the time of the review of the operating system Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Given the fact that we actually reference model from Google, the owners of Nexus 7 can count on the primary OS update in the future.
Despite the fact that the Nexus 7 is based on the slowest version of the Tegra 3, gigabytes of RAM and a modern architecture allows you to display high enough results in benchmarks and real applications. Navigation in the shell program, web browsing, watching videos and even games are working hard with no apparent slowdown (as far as is possible in principle for Android-devices). Internal battery capacity of 16 Wh tablet can work out 9.5 hours of video playback with the screen brightness 100 cd/m2, which is a very decent result. Moreover, in real operation like the minimum “leakage” of charges, left alone at night Nexus 7 has lost at least 10% of capacity, from which many owners have lost the habit Android-smartphone.
As we have already told you that Nexus 7 has no memory card slot, so that the data warehouse is sufficient to take care when choosing another 8 or 16 GB version. Do not forget that the, user can not all the declared capacity, for example, in a 16-gigabyte Nexus 7, you can use only a little over 13 GB. But in terms of communication modules, and additional sensors in the tablet more than good. By binding Wi-Fi-module developers have added Bluetooth 3.0, and the gentleman’s set of the light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope and G-sensor is complemented by a magnetic field sensor, GPS-module, and even exotic NFC, from which there is no practical use.

Interface

As we mentioned, Nexus 7 is running a fresh Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, in many respects similar to the previous tablet OS from Google. Standard locking ring cute animated point array, here you can go directly to the desktop or start working with text or voice search from Google.
5 available desktops to the user, service line and the search bar at the top and cover with six icons and three standard Android-buttons below. It is interesting that in standard mode (desktop and application list) is available only to the vertical orientation of the interface with virtually any application that can work in landscape position.

 

Notification Bar Nexus 7 contains the icons of recent events, indicators, Wi-Fi-network and the degree of battery charge and hours. Pull the top of the screen you get access to the system tray, the buttons lock the accelerometer, change to the settings and quick cleaning zone notification.

 

A set of predefined applications is minimal, but you can easily expand it yourself using the store Google Play. For example, a standard video player refused to play regular AVI-files, to view the video had to install a third-party MoboPlayer. The default browser in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has become the mobile Chrome, it is logical that at least from the perspective of Google. Recall that starting with version 4.1 Flash-plugin from Adobe is not available, so owners of recent devices, including Nexus 7, will have to get used to the content in HTML 5.

Results

Nexus 7 – 7-inch tablet is a budget built on a bunch of platform NVIDIA Tegra 3 and the latest operating system Google Android 4.1. The cost of Google Nexus 7 model in the U.S. is only $ 199 for 8GB and $ 249 for the 16GB version.

 

Also do not forget that the Nexus 7 looks very favourably when compared to Kindle Fire, released on the market for almost a year ago. But it will show itself in the autumn compared to Kindle Fire 2 and the expected hard apple fans of Apple iPad Mini, we still do not know, so that the final conclusion that we have before us the best fiscal 2012 to make the tablet too early.

Pros:

+ Cost
+ A bunch of NVIDIA Tegra 3 and Android 4.1
+ Good IPS screen with a relatively high resolution
+ Slim, lightweight and rigid chassis with a rear panel
+ Hardware volume keys
+ Microphone and camera make it easy to video calling
+ Presence of sensors like GPS, Bluetooth and NFC

Cons:

– No memory card slots
– On the desktop is not supported by the horizontal orientation of the interface

This was all regarding the Google Nexus 7 tablet and its performance, if you have any query regarding this tablet then, feel free to ask.