Member Reviews: Nexus N7 2013, First impressions

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Without further ado, we'll hand you over to tsupersonic, who has reviewed the new Nexus N7 which was released only a few days ago.

Introduction

Introduction

Nexus 7 (2nd Generation - 2013) is officially being released July 30th 2013. I got mine courtesy of Best Buy, as they were selling them a little early.

Hardware:

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro @ 1.50 GHz (Quad core)
  • Graphics: Adreno 320 @ 400 MHz
  • Storage: 16 or 32 GB
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Display: 7.02” IPS LCD with 1920x1200 pixels (323 ppi)
  • Battery: Lithium-ion 3950 mAh (non-removable), Qi wireless charging
  • Camera:
    o  Front: 1.2 MP
    o  Rear: 5.0 MP
  • Dimensions: (7.9” x 4.5” x 0.341” inches) or 200x114x8.65 mm
  • Weight: WiFi: 290 g. (10 oz.) LTE: 299 g. (10.5 oz.)
  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Design: 

The new Nexus 7 is ever so taller and slightly narrower than its predecessor. It is wonderful to hold in your hands, and like its predecessor, it can be operated in just one hand. The button layout is exactly the same as the first generation Nexus 7. New for this model is the rear facing 5.0 MP camera with 1080P video recording capability, notification light (right below the on-screen home button), and also dual stereo speakers.

The display is very crisp and the viewing angles are excellent. Google says it is the highest resolution 7 inch tablet on the market yet. The stereo speakers sound good, and it makes it an ideal portable device for watching videos and listening to music. The bezels on the side of the display have also shrunk, while the top and bottom bezels have grown slightly. My only gripe is the power button is a little flush therefore making it a little difficult to push. Interestingly enough, the headphone port has moved to the top of the device. Overall, it is solid to hold in your hand, and I give it a 4.5/5 on design.

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I hope the new nexus 10 look like this but just bigger. Also hope it has a SD card slot and mini HDMI out. If so the Nexus 10 is the tablet for me.

Richard Cousins said,
I hope the new nexus 10 look like this but just bigger. Also hope it has a SD card slot and mini HDMI out. If so the Nexus 10 is the tablet for me.
Being a Nexus, it will most likely not have expansion via microSD. Google has said they are trying to get away from microSD expansion in their Nexus line, and they have held to that statement. HDMI out might happen, or I'm hoping they allow (full) casting via phones/tablets to Chromecast.