Mobile and Wireless: Google Nexus 7 Tablet Impresses With Light Design, Features, Price

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-05 Print this article Print
Trim Design Is Light, Comfortable to Hold

Trim Design Is Light, Comfortable to Hold

Google's Nexus 7 weighs only a bit more than a pound and fits comfortably in the hand and wherever you need to stow it due to its 7-inch size.


Google's new Nexus 7, introduced to the world at a San Francisco media event on June 27, is a powerful new tablet that will compete not only with the Apple iPad, but also Amazon's Kindle and other late-model tablets on the market. The first thing you notice when you pick up Google's new Asus-built, Android Jelly Bean 4.1-powered Nexus 7 tablet is it's light, it feels comfortable in your hand and it only costs $199. The Google Nexus 7 is also quick to respond—both in delivering the feature or service requested (browser, email, video, music, etc.) and in its touch control. The new version of Google's Android operating system, Jelly Bean 4.1, sports a lot of new features, even though it is a point release. These include a new interface, new developer tools and plenty of new software add-ons.  Jelly Bean 4.1 also includes Voice to Type, which earned a loud ovation from the 6,000 attendees at the conference. The user does not have to be online to use this feature. The pricing alone will sway a lot of people on the fence about tablet costs. This slideshow highlights several pros and a few cons. Yes, there are a few issues with this tablet.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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