Google Nexus 7 Review 2013

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Score

4.8 Overall
  • Performance
  • Hardware
  • Battery
  • Software
  • Price
PRO - Extremely powerful hardware with a processor twice as fast as most other tablets on the market.
- Pretty impressive display capabilities with large resolutions support and more PPI than other tablets.
- It uses the Android 4.3 OS which is pretty much the best OS out there.
- It features the OpenGL ES 3.0 platform, which is an amazing tool for gaming enthusiasts everywhere.

CONS - Short battery life, advertised to have more than 9 hours of uptime, the tablet hardly works more than 8 hours on a charge.
- The display could have been a bit larger
- Pretty generic looking casing

Ever since it was announced, the Google Nexus 7 has been shocking the market with its innovative features and overall quality. Before the Nexus 7, most Android tablets were made by no-name companies and had a questionable integrity. Of course, the opportunity was there for the taking so many designers thought themselves capable of delivering a good enough tablet to support the already amazing Android OS. Unfortunately, they each failed one by one until Google took it upon themselves to deliver the appropriate platform for Android in its cold war against the Apple iOS. The big problem with Apple products has always been the price so when this new amazing tablet from Google was announced for a much cheaper price, nerds everywhere could hardly contain their excitement. As time passed, it became obvious that the Nexus Tablet is here to stay and why not, even take over the market one customer at a time.

The package

Nexus 7 comes wrapped in a box containing a microUSB cable, a wall charger, a quick start guide and a product safety and warranty guide. This seemingly powerful piece of hardware runs an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS which according to many specialists, is the best OS on the market. There isn’t much difference between the old Nexus 7 and the 2013 version in terms of packaging, although the new one looks a bit more pleasing on the eye.

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Design

Speaking of eye candy, we have to admit that Asus did a wonderful job in building the 2013 Nexus 7 in a truly wonderful design. The tablet’s frame is thinner (0.34”) and lighter (10.55 oz) than the old one, which makes it much easier to handle with just one hand. Some will say that the overall design isn’t that impressive but in all seriousness, who in their right mind buys a device for its casing? Unlike the previous version, the 2013 Nexus 7 is smoother around the edges (literally) and even has skinnier bezels. Although made of plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap in any way, shape or form. Actually, it would be safe to say that the new Nexus 7 looks rather futuristic actually, or at least endearing in its own special way.

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Features

The new tablet has two cameras on it, a frontal 1.2 MP camera and a powerful 5 MP camera in the back. Although not groundbreaking in any way, the purpose of a tablet isn’t to take pictures and nobody in their right mind would even consider using tablets for artistic photography.

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The spacing of the power / sleep button and volume could have been larger in all fairness, as you might sometimes put the device to sleep by accident when all you wanted was to adjust its volume.

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As far as ports are concerned, the 2013 Nexus 7 has only a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microUSB port used for charging / syncing although we understand why its designers wouldn’t want to overcomplicate things.

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The tablet’s display is actually pretty amazing. The image is incredibly sharp, boosting a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution on a seven inch screen. Furthermore, the Nexus’ 326 PPI display is actually better than the iPad’s 264 and even denser than the Nexus 10′s 299 display. This makes for a huge improvement from the last version, an improvement that shows whenever images or videos are displayed. Although we wouldn’t want to be overly critical of the iPad mini which is its main rival, the 2013 Nexus 7 seems to be much superior as far as display quality is concerned.

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The 2013 Nexus 7 is incredibly fast. Its Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro runs at speeds as high as 1.5 GHz with 2 GB of RAM memory. This allows a much quicker multitasking experience and even a much better gaming experience for those who enjoy playing games on their tablets in their spare time.

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The Nexus’ battery life can last as long as six hours while running draining applications with up to nine hours of battery life under normal circumstances. It has to be said however, that a tablet’s battery life is greatly influenced by its user and the applications they run on it at all times.

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There have been plenty of news lately about the new Android 4.3 OS and how good it is. Well, the 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet actually comes equipped with the latest 4.3 version and many other tools as well. Among them, the OpenGL ES 3.0 is considered to be one of Android’s best features, as it finally gives game developers something to work with.

People who share a tablet with another individual will be pleased to know that the 2013 Nexus 7 has multiple user support which is a first. We’ve all been wondering why tablets don’t have a system like this in place for quite a while now, so it is reassuring to finally see its developers taking steps in the right direction.

Impression

With prices starting as low as $230 per unit, it is this reviewer’s opinion that fine people at Google have really outdone themselves. Not only is the device cheaper than everything else on the market, but it also has a better system configuration with hardware almost twice as fast. In a perfect world, the perfect tablet would still be pretty much Nexus 7 but with a bigger screen. A longer battery life would also be appreciated but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. All things considered, the 2013 Nexus 7 has all the makings of a truly wonderful piece of hardware that will undoubtedly dominate the market for a long time.