Product Type: Google Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Google Nexus 7
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Google Nexus 7
Advantages: Lightning fast, great battery life, fairly cheap
Disadvantages: Best to only buy online for the best deal
This tablet is amongst Google's new hardware range (which is actually made by Google). They are most well known for they software (including their search engine) so this step into the hardware market is interesting fro any technology fan such as myself, because of this, I decided to buy this tablet about 6 months ago.
The build quality of the Nexus 7 is excellent, I have had other tablets where they feel very plasticy and cheap. Even though the Nexus IS plastic, it doesn't feel cheap. It is surprisingly robust and after 6 months of ownership there isn't a single mark on my device despite extensive usage.
The speed and performance of the device is what most people reading this are most likely concerned about. I can put your mind at rest now by telling you that for a 7" tablet, it is amazingly fast. There are very few occasions where the device has lagged for me. These times have mostly been when running several intensive tasks at once e.g. video and games open at the same time.
The battery life of the device surprised me, I was expecting it to be very poor considering the performance of the device but it easily lasts me the entire day, even when I am using the built-in WiFi, watching videos, streaming music, playing games and so on. It even charges in around 2 hours from 0% to full power.
In comparison to other tablets on the market, this model is pretty cheap at only around £150 at the moment of writing this. I have found that not many places seem to stock the tablet though and your best bet it to search online only. Physical dealers tend to be far more expensive for some reason.
I personally have one issue with the tablet, however it is more a criticism of tablets in general, this si that I find it difficult to watch video on it whilst lying down. I a used to using my smartphone to watch videos where I can use my thumb and first finger at a right angle to act as a stand for my phone. If I try anything similar to this with the Nexus, it tends to fall off and hit me in the face - on the up side, the tablet has yet to brake - if anything I think my face is in more danger of breaking than the tablet is.
Summary: The best value for money tablet you can buy!
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