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Nexus 7: The Tablet To Cure Your Tech Lust.
Google Nexus 7
Member Name: Jam144
Google Nexus 7
Date: 14/09/12, updated on 14/09/12 (15 review reads)
Advantages: Transportable. Affordable. Powerful. Extremely Good Value for Money.
Disadvantages: Lack of Extendable Storage. Lack of HDMI Port.
On paper the Nexus 7 is a top of the range device in terms of hardware. Complete with a Quad-Core Cortex A9 processor with each core running at 1.3 Ghz, 1GB Ram, and a 416 Mhz Twelve Core Graphics card this is one meaty piece of technology. For this kind of hardware you could expect a price tag of £500+ easily. If you did expect this kind of price you'd be way off the mark. The Nexus 7 sells for only £159! This is a pure bargain on hardware alone.
When your Nexus 7 arrives it comes in a lovely protective box made of very hard cardboard which gives you peace of mind when thinking about the delivery process. Open the box and you are greeted by the Nexus 7 in all its glory. 7" of pure screen real estate sit in place giving you flirtatious gestures and sidelong glances from out of its cardboard home. On further inspection of the box you will find an instruction manual, a usb-to-microUSB chord, a charging station, a UK Plug adapter, and an American Plug adapter.
Upon taking the device out of the box you will notice the front of the device is more-or-less purely devoted the screen real estate with very little extra bezel to make the device bigger than it has to be. On the top of the screen you will see a front facing camera, ideal for making video calls. (Although these will have to be over wireless internet as the device does not come with a cellular connection.) On the right hand edge of the device lie the power button, and volume rocker. While on the bottom you'll find the USB socket and the headphone socket.
One of the issues that I've found the Nexus 7 to have is that the volume rocker and power button are placed too far back on the device for easy access. This sometimes leaves you groping for a button. So if you turn your device on/off a lot, or tend to be something of a perfectionist when it comes to attaining that perfect volume level for your headphones you may have some problems. Another one of the downsides to the Nexus is its lack of any kind of removable storage. If you watch lots of HD movies or have a really large music collection you may be left hunting for Cloud Storage solutions to compensate for the lack of storage on the device.
Now the Nexus 7 also ships with the newest version of Android. Android Jelly Bean (4.1) Google have made a lot of improvements when it comes to this version of the OS. If you've used an older version of the Android Operating System upon first use I'll sure you'll be hit by just how smooth everything is in comparison to how it was before. Sliding now feels pleasurable and most of the jerkiness around some of the previous actions has been removed. Navigating on the Nexus is pure pleasure.
However Google have also removed some features that really didn't deserve to be removed. Firstly there is no rotation on the home screen. This may sound like a bit of a silly complaint but trust me it isn't. When you're doing something in landscape mode and then need to go back to the home screen or app menu for a bit having the device suddenly go into portrait is really jarring. Meaning you either have to turn the device round or try and navigate sideways. It really isn't fun over the long run..
For movie playback the Nexus 7 is great and can stream HD Movies with ease. The only issue I'd say in this department is the lack of a Micro-HDMI port so you can't connect it to the television. But on those long train commutes it makes a perfect little device for watching a film or a TV show on.
Also with the Nexus 7 being 7" instead of the usual 10" the device is a lot more portable. You can actually get this device into your pocket pretty easily making it great for carrying. However I would recommend you remove it before sitting, trust me, that's just not pleasant. It also feels a lot less obnoxious then using a 10" tablet does. You can use this device down the pub and still feel relatively comfortable about it. It's discreet.
Reading on the tablet is also good. While nowhere near as nice to read on as the Amazon Kindle with its E-Ink Display Technology, the Nexus is still pretty decent. Being 7" with a resolution of 1280x800 you can get a decent amount of text on the screen at any given time and you don't have to squint to be able to make it out. Compared to reading on a phone it is bliss and in comparison to a book, well it's a lot lighter so doesn't make your arms ache as much. In fact I find I can get a good two hours reading time on the Nexus while laid in bed without getting any arm ache at all. (Makes it great for reading the news on a morning.)
I would well and truly recommend this device. It's a great device that offers an enjoyable user experience while delivering great content. It's well and truly the best value for money tablet on the market.
Summary: A good affordable Tablet that can be used with ease in a variety of situation.
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