Google Nexus 7 Review: The Android Tablet to Beat

Google stormed into the tablet market last year with the Nexus 7, a low-cost but high-quality 7-inch tablet that significantly lowered the price barrier for Android media consumption. Despite the iPad mini launching just a few months later, the Nexus 7 sold extremely well, leading it to be the most prolific Android tablet, and seriously pushing other OEMs to produce quality devices for a low cost.

Enter 2013, and it’s time to refresh the Nexus 7 with a new model and new specifications. Asus is still producing the device, it’s received a serious speed boost, a better quality display, a rear camera and new features. Yes, it costs $20 more than last year’s model, but at $220 it still presents itself as a remarkably attractive proposition for people who want to read, watch or play.

The first Nexus 7 established itself as a cheap yet quality device, so will the Nexus 7 keep the bar raised to its lofty standards? Does the 2nd-gen 2013 model present enough value to warrant an upgrade over the original?

Read: Google Nexus 7: The TechSpot Review

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Using it now, it's amazing. Don't know why tablets would ever need to be bigger, this is very convenient. It's the size of a book so you can put it down anywhere and take it around easily. Great screen, and fast too, although previous nexus 7 seems about the same speed, but I guess that speaks to how well they optimize the software. I've never seen either model hiccup. I don't know how people put up with iOS, it's constantly chugging.

Geezy said,
Using it now, it's amazing. Don't know why tablets would ever need to be bigger, this is very convenient. It's the size of a book so you can put it down anywhere and take it around easily. Great screen, and fast too, although previous nexus 7 seems about the same speed, but I guess that speaks to how well they optimize the software. I've never seen either model hiccup. I don't know how people put up with iOS, it's constantly chugging.

Dont know why it needs to be bigger? I've returned mine cuz it was too small for internet reading and movie watching! I need a 10in. The nexus 10 is 410$ tho!!

It's the size of a book and I don't have problems reading paperbacks... Most web sites are optimized for column display and if you double tap on that all you lose are the ads on the side... Which is a benefit if you ask me!

Anyway my previous device for browsing sites was an iPhone and I didn't have any issues reading on that, so take my experience with a grain of salt I guess.

I have a laptop but never feel like breaking it out, and I can browse the web on my TV but I'm usually using it to watch something or play a game so I don't want to make the movie/game smaller or minimize it. I'm sure that would annoy the other people in the room anyway!

For the sake of having a real discussion on Neowin I'll just throw up the usual suspects stupid comments: Surface RT is better, Google copied Microsoft, Scroogled, Doesnt have windows RT lol, Boy thats a great product if you dont like privacy, Does it come with ads?, and the list goes on to 1,735.

Love this tablet except it still has multi touch issues. Even though Google released a software update, it still hasn't fixed the issue for all the users plus some users have also mentioned that speakers don't seem to work properly out of the box plus reboot issues. I really recommend checking XDA forums before picking this tablet.

StandingInAlley said,
Love this tablet except it still has multi touch issues. Even though Google released a software update, it still hasn't fixed the issue for all the users plus some users have also mentioned that speakers don't seem to work properly out of the box plus reboot issues. I really recommend checking XDA forums before picking this tablet.

Aside from taps being registered twice (which the update fixed for me), I've seen none of those issues. I had a reboot once, but its Android...you are bound to get one sooner or later on any device.

I haven't experienced any of what you're describing. The only thing I can say about the touch is that iOS devices seem better able to discern what you want to point at in tight spaces, it truly seems automagic in comparison, for example android seems to zoom in and force you to be more specific, but iOS just does it and always gets it right. Still rarely comes up though.

I still prefer android though. With iOS I'm always waiting on some stupid transition. But you spend too long with any interface and you're bound to discover something to loathe about it.

Edited by Geezy, Sep 20 2013, 4:54am :

Man, competition is brutal.....for my bank account. As it is, I have too many gadgets around the house that I don't use. This Nexus 7 is on my list after I sell my Asus Transformer Prime.

They display on the new Nexus 7 is stunning. Without a doubt the best 7" screen on the market. I really liked using this tablet even though I only had an hour with it. I am tempted to pick one up but I think I will be more likely to go with the new Nexus phone as I use my phone a hell of a lot more than my current Nexus 7.

If you are in the market for a small tablet powered by Android you can't go wrong with the N7. It really is a fantastic device.

Actually if you consider that when the first N7 launched, the 8GB model was 199. The new N7 is 16GB for 229. If you compare it with the 16GB model of last year, it is actually 20 dollars cheaper at launch.