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Google Nexus 7 Review

Post  erwannur on 22nd December 2012, 10:31

Undoubtedly tired of the struggle against the iPad, Google announced its own branded 7- inch tablet: the Google Nexus 7 by Asus,
complete with stellar specs and a rock-
bottom price. We've now been given a new and upgraded
32GB option to join the 16GB offering, with
the price not raised above £199, which is
hugely impressive for a quad core, Tegra 3-
endowed tablet. Like other Nexus-branded devices, the
Google Nexus 7 tablet isn't actually hardware
manufactured by Google (as you may have
noticed, thanks to the suffix). As the Mountain View company has done
with Samsung, HTC and Motorola in the past,
Google paired with Asus to design and
manufacture this slender tablet. 15 best Android tablets in the world It's a smart move: among Android tablets,
Asus makes some of the best around, but
matching the rock-bottom £129 price of Amazon's Kindle Fire while exceeding its meagre specs would be a challenge for any
manufacturer. And make no mistake: the Nexus 7 by Asus
is more of an effort to stomp out Amazon's
unwelcome (and forked) version of Android,
although now it's having to fight the battle
against the iPad mini as well. That thrown-down gauntlet has been picked
up by the Amazonians already though,
thanks to the emergence of the Kindle Fire HD, which offered more storage and similar specs for the same price. In turn Google has now dropped the price of
the 16GB Nexus 7 to £159, ditched the 8GB
model altogether and released a new model
with a Kindle Fire HD-matching 32GB of storage, for £199. The good news is that very little has been
sacrificed along the way, unlike with
Amazon's initial offering. According to Android boss Andy Rubin,
Google's profit margin bears the brunt of any
sacrifices made, selling the hardware at cost
to get customers to pay for content from the
Play Store. And that's ensured the tablet is selling in
droves on our fair shores - millions of the
things have shifted, with more to come in the
pre-Christmas rush. But enough about why and how Google and
Asus have released the Nexus 7: is it even
worth £159 of your hard-earned cash? Features and design Being a Nexus device, you're getting pure
Google with the Nexus 7, which is the stock
version of Android; in this case Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We'll talk more about that later, but suffice to
say it's absolutely a selling point, and being a
Google-branded device running a stock
version of the OS, it's also going to get
updated to newer builds a lot faster than
most other Android tablets, as was the case recently when the new version of Jelly Bean
dropped. On paper, the specs for the Nexus 7 are quite
impressive. Powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3
processor with 1GB RAM and either 16GB
(priced at £159) or 32GB (£199) of onboard
storage, this tablet runs circles around the
original Kindle Fire and easily matches the Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini. In fact, it rivals many competing Android
tablets at twice the price (or more). Google
has also just released 3G/HSPA+ version,
which can only be had with 32GB of storage,
and comes in at £239. In grand Nexus tradition there's no microSD
card slot, a decision that we still can't quite
get our heads around. That means you're stuck with either 16GB or
32GB of storage, but its nearest competition
doesn't have microSD card slots either, so
while it's certainly disappointing, it doesn't
hamper the Nexus 7 as much as it could
have. The 7-inch 1200 x 800 HD backlit IPS display
packs a respectable 216 pixels per inch onto
the screen. Sure, it's not quite as impressive as a fourth-
generation Retina Display iPad at 264ppi, or the Google Nexus 10 with its 300ppi display,
but, given the price, you will have little to
complain about from the display. It roughly matches the Kindle Fire HD for
resolution, and easily trumps the display on
the competing iPad Mini, which packs a
meagre 1024 x 768 163ppi screen. It can be pumped up to a decent level of
brightness, and there's an automatic option
which will brighten and dim it depending on
the environment (which is a good way to get
the best display possible without draining
your battery more than necessary with a blindingly bright screen). That said, much like the Google Nexus 10, the
contrast seems slightly muted and you might
find yourself longing for the deeper, richer
colours available on the Kindle Fire HD and
the iPad. The front of the Google Nexus 7 by Asus is
devoid of hardware-based buttons, but a
1.2MP front-facing camera rests at the top of
the tablet front, which is covered entirely by
Corning glass, which has added toughness
over its original Gorilla Glass. The camera placement shows that Google
and Asus intended the Nexus 7 to primarily
be viewed in portrait. In fact, initially it was
released locked to portrait orientation, but it
has since been updated to support landscape. Unlike the Kindle Fire with its one lone
button, Google has wisely opted for three
basic hardware controls. On the right side is a power/sleep button
with a two-stage volume rocker just below;
the rest is done using Android's on-screen
software buttons for back, home and recent
navigation, including rotation lock, which can
be accessed via the notifications menu. The few physical buttons are all conveniently
sized and positioned, so they're always easy
to find, but never get in the way. At the bottom of the unit is a micro USB port
for charging the tablet or connecting it to a PC
or other USB device. Next to that there's a 3.5mm headphone jack,
while a thin speaker port is the only feature
of note on the otherwise rubberised back,
aside from Nexus and Asus branding. The top of the unit is devoid of ports entirely,
although a small pinhole can be found here
for the included microphone. While the Google Nexus 7 is primarily made
of plastic and glass, it certainly doesn't feel
cheap. On the contrary, it feels almost as
'premium' as one of Apple's tablets, with
little flex or other clues that Asus might have
cut some corners in manufacturing. 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. It's almost hard to comprehend how small
the Nexus 7 is until you hold its diminutive
box in your hand. At a mere 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm and
weighing 340 grams, once out of the box,
you can almost stack two Nexus 7 tablets
side-by-side on one iPad, which is just one
millimetre thinner. As slim and light as the Nexus 7 is, it's still
heavier and thicker than the almost
impossibly sleek 7.2mm thick 308g iPad Mini. Despite being so petite, Google and Asus
managed to find space for a nice bezel
around the screen itself (roughly 20mm top
and bottom, 14mm on each side), making it
plenty comfortable to hold without your
fingers or thumbs getting in the way of the screen. The back of the Google Nexus 7 is sealed on,
so there's no getting to the 4325 mAh
battery, which is a bit of a shame as it's
always re-assuring to know that you can
replace the battery if it ever wears out. The pockmarked back recalls the same vibe
as slipping on a pair of premium driving
gloves, and this look and feel makes it quite
nice to hold. Combined with the overall lightness of the
device, it makes it very comfortable to hold
with either one or both hands, and you could
happily use it for hours without it becoming
uncomfortable. It's one of the best plastic backs we've come
across and is substantially better than the
back Samsung used for the Google Nexus 10. While our review unit arrived with a white
back (similar to the ones gifted to developers
at I/O this year), Google is only offering the
black model to consumers. Speaking of which, the Nexus 7 is available
direct from the Google Play store, but the
company has also rolled the tablet out at
retail.
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Google Nexus 7 Review

Post  eyeshield on 22nd December 2012, 10:37

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