Google is coming out with its own tablet the Nexus 7. In fact this tablet is extremely functional – its screen is excellent (1280×800 is passable HD), its battery life is an implausible nine hours, its speed powered by an advanced quad-core processor which at 1.3GHz responds more intuitively to the user’s fingers. These are th most notable features that makes the device good enough to demand serious attention in a sea of other Android tablets.
Asus, the manufacturer, cut costs through offering big margins around the screen and a plain black unit. Build quality is excellent and robust.
The software is also the best Google has ever made, but this is a media consumption device more than anything else.
Reorganising apps and widgets on the homescreens is now easier than ever, but this is a tablet aimed at people who, in all probability, have not used an Android tablet before. There’s a front-facing camera for video calls. There is improved dictation and voice recognition.
The Nexus emphasises the ‘Play Store’, rather than its Android roots.
In short, the Nexus 7 is not for geeks or tablet fans. It’s for a much wider market. The Nexus 7 is, overall, the device that deserves to take tablets from a niche category dominated by the iPad to a truly mass-market phenomenon.
Software : Android 4.1 Jellybean
Processor : 1.3GHz quad-core NVidia Tegra 3
Storage: 8GB/16GB; no expansion slots
Display : 7″ backlit IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1280×800 pixels
Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports : Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Camera : 1.2 megapixel front-facing
Battery : Li-ion 4325mAh
Size : 199x120x10mm
Weight : 340g