Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

Google has released a number of Nexus branded "hero" smartphones in the past, but the new Google Nexus 7 is the first ever tablet to bear the Google Nexus name. Built by Asus, the Nexus 7 also has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system.

While the Nexus 7 offers nothing to consumers that can't be found elsewhere - save for Jelly Bean - it offers a number of refinements to the Android tablet experience in terms of both software and hardware. And it does it all at a sub-$200 price point that is meant to dethrone Amazon's Kindle Fire as the reigning Android tablet of choice for consumers.

With specs like a quad-core processor and a 1280 x 800 pixel display, that seems possible and likely.

From a hardware perspective, the Google Nexus 7 by Asus is not very different from existing Android tablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm (7.8in x 4.7in x .4in) in size, weighs 340g (12.0oz), and features a 7-inch ~IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass.

Unlike most other 7-inch tablets, though, Google's low cost flagship tablet offers users a fairly dense 1280 x 800 pixel grid to gaze upon. It's not as sharp as an Apple Retina display, but it's very crisp indeed, and it is easy to view both indoors and outdoors alike.

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Is it me or is the idea of a portrait-only homescreen a bit odd? What is it about the ICS launcher on tablets that doesn't work so well? Widget placement?

Mugwump00 said,
Is it me or is the idea of a portrait-only homescreen a bit odd? What is it about the ICS launcher on tablets that doesn't work so well? Widget placement?

There is always alternative software for Android or Custom Roms etc

A quad-core 7 inched tablet with Nvidia Tegra 3 which costs only 200$?
How can it be so cheap?
What does it lack in comparison with other tablets?

MariosX said,
A quad-core 7 inched tablet with Nvidia Tegra 3 which costs only 200$?
How can it be so cheap?
What does it lack in comparison with other tablets?

I think they're selling it without profit. $200 is what it costs to make this tablet. Awesome tablet for a minimal price.

Already got the first version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 inch and recently Samsung Galaxy Note, I have what I need for now. They are both awesome!

This should be better than my lousy ONDA tablet

Awaiting feedback from the first wave of adopters first.
Also its still not available at my location yet.

No 3G, no thanks. I already have a Kindle Fire for WiFi purposes and I'm not going around town looking for hotspots.

bjoswald said,
No 3G, no thanks. I already have a Kindle Fire for WiFi purposes and I'm not going around town looking for hotspots.

I just tether my iPad to my GNex phone.. why have two mobile contracts?

bjoswald said,
Good point. I think tethering will cost me extra, however, and I can't afford that right now.

In theory, I should pay more to tether too but I never have. I'm not quite sure how they'd known I was doing it anyway?

This is by far the most exciting tablet in the past year, at least...quad core cpu, powerful gpu, 1280x800 IPS, jellybean etc...UNDER $200!!!

Can't want to get my hands on one

Well despite the rear camera and subsequently, no camera app, it still looks good in my opinion and for half or 1/3 price of the "higher" tablets, seems like a quick and easy way to go, plus hardware in other senses is superior!

pr ordered mine
hope they ship them soon before the apple patent police get them.
If apple wants to survive this way
Its all gone to the lawyers for now
Man so much litigation. not good for the consumer.

csfeist said,
I am so looking forward to getting my hands on one of these. I already pre-ordered the 16gb version.

Same here. Especially excited after finding out that Final Fantasy III is available in the Android market.

csfeist said,
I am so looking forward to getting my hands on one of these. I already pre-ordered the 16gb version.

I would pick Samsung Galaxy Tab line over Nexus tablet anytime since the build is much better.

Chica Ami said,

I would pick Samsung Galaxy Tab line over Nexus tablet anytime since the build is much better.


i wouldn't!!! have you seen people complaining that there were in old version of Android and waiting for the new version or bitch that the new version is not going to come to the device??? here is your eye opener... buy nexus because it will get the latest software as soon as it is released. damn i have my 2 yr old nexus and i am getting jelly bean next week.
Dont forget, Asus makes one of the reliable laptops with low failure rates, even better than Apple and any other product out there.. if you still want to stick with sammy dont go anywhere complaining later.

nvllsvm said,

Same here. Especially excited after finding out that Final Fantasy III is available in the Android market.

With that said, then it's a must buy!

Chica Ami said,

I would pick Samsung Galaxy Tab line over Nexus tablet anytime since the build is much better.

Do you normally make presumptions about the build quality of unreleased products?