Not too long after its introduction, the Google Nexus 7 is still going strong in the tablet market. Google has decided to stop manufacturing the 8 gig version of the tablet and now provides the 16 gig version that starts at $199. For users who want even more space, the 32 gig version along with HSPA+ can be purchased at $299. The Nexus 7 comes directly in competition with the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD, and the Nook HD. With their own strengths and weaknesses, each tablet can fit various consumer needs. Let’s look at how the Nexus 7 has a competitive edge over other tablets.
Easy on the Pocket
The Google Nexus 7 is available at a considerably lower price compared to the iPad Mini. In addition, it has good battery life, a dynamic display, and runs on the latest Android operating system. At 7 inches, it is one of the strongest contenders in the tablet race.
What it Feels Like in your Hands
Besides a new slot for your SIM card and a heavier device, the new Nexus 7 feels and looks the same as its previous versions. Although black like most of its competitors, the Nexus 7 does its best to stand out from the crowd. Its leathery back provides great grip and is one of the most comfortable tablets to hold. The thin bezels provide it a cutting-edge look. When compared to the Kindle Fire HD, the latest Nexus tablet is considerably less weighty than the Kindle Fire HD.
Fitted with a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front, this tablet has the regular power/lock button on the top right edge and next to it are the volume buttons. On the lower right edge is a headphone jack along with a port to insert a Micro-USB in the middle. The speaker slit on the back is two inches long. Besides these features, there are unfortunately some areas where the Nexus 7 is lacking.
So What’s Missing?
There is no back camera on this tablet and that leaves a lot of consumers wanting more. With 8-megapixel cameras available on even mediocre smart phones, the Nexus 7 should have a rear camera. Also, there is no memory expansion available, so users who want more memory to save their data will either have to get another tablet or start deleting existing content on their tablet. Lastly, there is no HDMI-out in the Nexus 7, so users can’t stream media through the device to an HD television. These exclusions may displease a lot of Nexus fans out there, but they serve a purpose because that is how the Nexus 7 is available at such an affordable price.
A Bundle of Fantastic Apps
This tablet comes with several Google service apps such as YouTube, Google Play, Books, Music, and Magazines. There is another folder that includes Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google Plus, and various other services. These apps are quite useful and the fact that they are free makes the Nexus 7 a great tablet to purchase. Most of the time apps such as these have to be purchased, while here they are free.
Experience Google Now
The new Google Now feature has voice-recognition capability and displays useful information like local bus schedules, current weather, and local eateries. The best aspect about Google Now is that it is a very smart application. Once its settings are adjusted, the application can update traffic updates right before the user leaves work. In addition, regular sports updates and travel information is also available.
The Innovative Android 4.2
The new Android 4.2 also comes with other fascinating and effective tools. The Gesture Type facility is the operating system’s rebuttal to Swype. It can interpret gestures quite accurately and predict what the user wants to type. In addition, the settings for the tablet are easily accessible. A simple swipe down from the top brings forth a list of shortcuts that include general settings, battery life, Wi-Fi settings, and more.
A Dazzling Display
Another area where the Nexus excels is its screen resolution. At 1280 x 800 pixels, the zoom feature works quite well on this tablet. For those who find it difficult to read smaller text, the magnify feature proves to be of great help. However, some users found the anti-aliasing feature lacking.
The Final Verdict
Overall, the Nexus 7 is quite an impressive tablet for its asking price. Best of all, it comes with Android 4.2, which houses a world of amazing apps and thrilling games available free of charge. Although slightly smaller than the new iPad Mini, the Nexus 7 makes up its size with a wide variety of features it offers, making this little device a handy dandy tool.