Google Nexus 7 Review

Although the tablet market was essentially created by Apple and then dominated by the iPad, there are many millions of people out there that find the 9.7 inch display simply too big for their liking, this has been proven in the United States by the outstanding success of the Amazon Kindle. Never one to miss out on the action, Google has teamed up with Asus and entered the market with a new tablet: the Google Nexus 7. Priced at less than £200, the Nexus has the potential to be the next big tablet device, but does it have the features to tempt you into buying?

Build

The Nexus 7 is a very aesthetically pleasing tablet and has a nice rubberised dimple-style back panel that is very comfortable and provides good grip. The black bezel display, which seems to be a recurring theme with Android tablets, is included here and is sleek and stylish in its finish. The Nexus is also a very light tablet, and at 10.5mm thick and 340g, proves to be lighter than what would be considered its main rivals in the 7 inch tablet market, the Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.  The device also has the usual physical buttons included: power, volume, micro USB.

Screen

If any tablet harbours desires of outdoing the iPad in the market, then it has to come up with something special in the display department. Thankfully, Asus has managed to do this with the Nexus 7, offering a 1200 x 800p resolution screen at a density of 216ppi. Of course with Apple’s ‘Retina Display’, the Nexus might not be on par with the iPad in terms of clarity, but it comes closer than any other tablet on the market. The screen on the Nexus is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

Camera

There has never been a great demand for fantastic cameras on tablets, especially when most people own smartphones. Google and Asus have decided that a rear-facing camera is not needed on their tablet and have instead decided to just go with a 1.2-MP front-facing camera which is ideal for video calling and vanity purposes.

Processor

The Google Nexus 7 packs a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, making it the first tablet of its size to come with a 12-core GPU. When it comes to streaming video, multitasking and 3D gaming, the 1.3GHz processor has the power to it all in its stride. A healthy 1GB RAM also adds to the appeal of this tablet, although it would have been nice to have a 32GB option to add to the current 8GB and 16GB options.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The big talking point surrounding this tablet is that it is to be the first Android device to run Google’s new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The new OS brings with it tons of new features including, a smarter keyboard, more sophisticated and offline voice search and the brand new Google Now service. Jelly Bean also features the new Project Butter UI making it smoother and more responsive that any Android OS that has gone before.

Battery

The 4325mAh capacity battery in the Nexus 7 is decent and should provide a good amount of battery life. According to Google it will be possible to achieve 9 hours when watching HD videos and gaming and 10 hours battery life when reading or web browsing.

Verdict

The Google Nexus 7 is a very impressive piece of tech and offers excellent performance with a solid and stylish design. At just £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB model, this is a tablet certainly worthy of your money.