Google Nexus 7 Tablet Impresses With Light Design, Features, Price

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-05
 
 
 

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.

Trim Design Is Light, Comfortable to Hold

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.

Touch Performance Is Excellent

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.

Instant-On Gets You Started Quickly

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.

Clarity of Screen

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.

The Battery Lasts All Day

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.

Feature Set Outstanding

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.

Home Screen Ads Are Not a Positive Presence

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.

Accelerometer Has Mind of Its Own

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.

Pricing: Reasonable, Indeed

Bottom Line: The Nexus 7 Is Highly Recommended

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

Bottom Line: The Nexus 7 Is Highly Recommended

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