Trim Design Is Light, Comfortable to Hold

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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.

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Touch Performance Is Excellent

Nexus 7 does what you tell it, and quickly. It is also Bluetooth-enabled, if you'd rather use a real keyboard. The touch action is quick and accurate, equal to an iPad and better than other Android and BlackBerry devices.

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Instant-On Gets You Started Quickly

Nexus 7 is quick on the draw and gets you working quickly, thanks to its 1.3 GHz, Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM—the most powerful processor-memory combination released in a tablet PC.

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Clarity of Screen

Nexus 7 is easy on the eyes. It features a generous screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels and a 1.2-megapixel camera. Storage options are 8GB or 16GB for the debut model.

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The Battery Lasts All Day

Google claims that the Nexus 7's battery that can support up to nine hours of HD video. In our initial user's test, the Nexus 7 lasted more than 11 hours before needing a recharge.

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Feature Set Outstanding

Google has gone all-out to supply this and future devices with easy-to-use, practical applications such Live@Google and Google Events that people actually use on a regular basis.

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Home Screen Ads Are Not a Positive Presence

Nexus 7's home screen shows not only application icons, but also covers of books and magazines that are preloaded on the device, such as a novel, "Esquire" magazine, and a movie. Recommended apps, books, music and movies are also displayed when swiping across to a secondary home screen. The icons represent the useless bloatware and adware that already clutters too many desktop and mobile PC home screens.

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Accelerometer Has Mind of Its Own

This view-balancing device is picky about when it decides to work. The normal view it offers is vertical. However, many people prefer a horizontal view most often. We could not induce the device to change over during a browsing session, for example, or for simply navigating the device. Thankfully, it went horizontal for the movie, as it did for the camera. It's apparent that the Nexus 7 isn't like the iPad, Motorola Xoom or others that allow users to deploy any view desired.

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Pricing: Reasonable, Indeed

At $199, the Nexus 7 price equals that of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which has fewer features. The Nexus 7 costs hundreds of dollars less than Apple's iPad, which goes for $500 and up.

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Bottom Line: The Nexus 7 Is Highly Recommended

The Google Nexus 7 is highly recommended for excellent performance, feature set, battery life and pricing.

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