In my last article (found here) I went over what you should think about when choosing a tablet that is right for you. This article’s purpose is to go over the Google Nexus 7, in more specific detail. And as in the last article, the information provided here is both basic (for those wishing to find out what this newer technology is all about) and partially advanced.
The Google Nexus 7, with its stunning 7-inch display, all day battery life, high-capacity storage, and mobile data to keep you connected, is the perfect travel or commute companion. The Asus branded, Google Nexus 7 has taken the world by storm! Quite literally as it has eaten into the iPad’s sales thus forcing Apple to begin producing what PCMag has called “the lackluster iPad-mini“. In case you are wondering… the Nexus 7 outperforms and is more capable than the iPad-mini. Read on to see how.
- More portable than ever:
- The Nexus 7 is designed to go wherever you go – and now with the ability to connect to mobile 3G data networks – the Nexus 7 can take you just about anywhere at all. It can now operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide.
- Speed and Performance:
- The Nexus 7 is built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor so everything is faster – pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze. Patented 4-PLUS-1™ design gives you processing power when you need it, and battery saving efficiency when you don’t.
- 1,280-by-800 Gorilla Glass screen with a black rubber back panel for easy gripping. The screen isn’t as bright as the Kindle Fire HD, or as crisp as Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD, but in a typical viewing room, it looked vibrant and the addition of Gorilla Glass will help protect it if you happen to be a bit clumsy. It should be noted that PCMag’s review found the screen to be noticeably sharper than the iPad mini.
- 7.8 by 4.7 by 0.4 inches and 12 ounces:
- About the same weight as the Kindle Fire HD. Very light and easy to hold onto one-handed for long periods of time – making it great for ebooks! The Nexus 7 is also small and light enough to fit in a purse o pocket! The photo above shows the Nexus 7 to be as thin as a pencil!
- Long lasting battery:
- The best battery life of the leading 7″ tablets. PCMag’s tests resutled in 10 hours, 50 minutes of video playback with the screen at maximum brightness, easily surpassing the iPad mini’s 7 hours, 37 minutes, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s 7 hours, and the Nook HD’s 5 hours, 16 minutes. Google is promoting that standby-time is 300 hours. In my research I haven’t found anyone able to get that much yet. But you should be safe leaving it on for a few days at least without charging.
- 1.2MP front-facing camera:
- Useful for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps in high definition.
- Not the best sound compared to the other leading tablets. The speakers are integrated in the back and direct the sound through an opening toward the bottom deliver sound I would describe as “not unpleasant”. It’s loud enough, but you will want your headphones for better quality.
- The operating system is Android 4.2 as of the date of this post.
- This is the latest Android system and is not changed in any way as the other leading tablets in this category are, leaving you to anything and everything you may want that Android is capable of. The full Google Play store is available, AND if you want to install the Amazon App store, you can do that as well, and take advantage of their “free app of the day”. (follow instructions on Amazon to do this, or you can contact me for help as well.
- Made for entertainment:
- With Google Play, all the entertainment you love is right in your hand: more than 700,000 apps and games, millions of eBooks and songs, thousands of movies, TV shows and magazines — all available without wires or syncing.
- Designed with gaming in mind – With quad-core performance and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer — do a barrel roll then tilt, touch and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring the growing selection of tablet optimized apps and games on Google Play.
- Stay in sync with Google apps:
- The Nexus 7 comes with all of Google’s Apps – like Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. With tons of free cloud storage, easy to use apps stay in sync automatically across your tablet, phone and computer/laptop.
- Google Now:
- Google Now brings you just the right information, at just the right time. It shows you how much traffic to expect on your way to work, lets you know if your flight is delayed, and brings you live scores from your favorite sports teams. All automatically.
The Nexus 7 may not have the brightest screen, but as the new kid on the block, it may be the best “all-around” tablet out there. That’s something Apple simply cannot say at this time for the 7″ range of tablets. If you find yourself using Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs, this tablet may be the one for you. It’s quick and responsive, and if you like to “tinker” with things, this tablet has a huge online community for that as well.
Where to buy:
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You can buy the Google Nexus 7 16GB at Amazon. They offer the best price and typically have free shipping on the device. Click here to view on Amazon.
You can buy the Google Nexus 7 32GB at Amazon also for what is the best price here.
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