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Google Nexus 7
Member Name: giksy21
Google Nexus 7
Advantages: superb value, great technology
I am fortunate enough to have a gorgeous and very generous wife. We have known eachother most our life, and we are past the stage of buying eachother silly christmas presents that we don't really want. So this year, for the first time we decided to simply tell eachother what we would like. The result was that she got her beloved friends boxset, dvd player for the bedroom and a few other practical, yet pretty items. Ihowever went all tech minded and geek-like. I asked for a nexus 7, and she duly delivered. Yay!
After i delicately (I was like a tasmanian devil in the living room!) unwrapped my wifes perfectly chosen paper, I got to my prize fairly quickly. A surprisingly small box, that was as smart looking as it was functional. I must confess that the size of the box made me thinkt that the actual nexus must be tiny, despite the rather obvious clue in its name that means it has to be seven inches. The box itself was black, with a smart dust cover over it with company logo and pucture of the nexus on it. The inner box was black. Sharp, and classy. The kind of box you wanna take on a date, only to realise its too good for you.
Inside the box, the nexus was the full size of the box top, which settled my earlier size related worries (eek). After carefully taking it out, the rest of the box contained a plug/usb in three bits. Being an accomplished male, it took only two hours to assemble and we were ready to get on to the main event.
On powering up the nexus 7, you are welcomed by a cool looking x logo, that just looks cool. There is a bit of setting up to be done, registering for a google play account etc. Nothing too taxing, and all beautifully structured to get you up and running without any hitches. First impressions at this early stage were that the user interface was good, the screen was really clear, and that I somehow looked sexier using it.
After I got through the usual set up mumbo jumbo, I got my first real play. Essentially speaking its a multimedia recreational device. It is sleek looking in black and chrome. Develishly thin, and just the right size to make you wanna caress its every contour as you use it. The thin casing has only an on/off switch, volume control, usb port and headphone/speaker port. Thats it. Simple.
I went straight on to google play and downloaded a few choice apps. For example angry birds, which downloaded and installed nearly instantly, and ran super smooth, like a velvet glove belonging to Michael Jackson. Looks great on the seven inch high definition screen. All apps that i downloaded have been free, thanks to android, smooth and fast. Nothing I have been able to do on the nexus so far has been able to slow down its super fast quad core processor. Even some of the nexus only apps, that have graphics similar to some entry level consoles, ran without a hitch.
Other than that, the nexus is also great as an internet browser. It comes, rather unsurprisingly, with google chrome installed. It brings up pages quickly, and smartly. It is also very clever. The interface is as easy to use as the toilet, which I mastered as early as my late twenties, even the higher end stuff like what to do with the seat. Anyhoo, pages were easy to access, see and use. Even many pages at once is no problem. Again, I have been unable to phase this thing.
Music, and movies next. Having a micro usb is a bit of a headache, as it prevents you from plugging your pen-drive directly to the device. So my movies have not been used on nexus. I have been told that an adapter does the trick, and that they will work fine, and |I have no doubt about that. However streaming movies from Netflix for example is Kentucky bourbon smooth. I have had no issues with playback, and it looks well sharp in its high definition screen.
As a book reader, people were tellng me that kindle fire would be better, as the have been doing it longer, and have the kindle store to back it up. I however found the bookreader to be more than adequate. Also it was easy to get round this, as I simply downloaded the kindle app for free, through google play, and was able to effortlessly use all my existing kindle books on the nexus, with its excellent
clear screen, and also its backlight! I am sooo clever!
My darling got me the 32GB version, which I have been using endlessly since Christmas, and I think I have only filled up about 20%. Storage therefore is not, and seemingly will not be an issue. The super clear screen is great, and very shiny. It does therefore show up every fingerprint, so regular cleaning is necessary, though simple. The rubberised back, and light weight makes it easy to handle, even to the extent of holding it between two fingers and the thumb of one hand, as you would a paperback book. Battery life is great. I get a good 9 hours off a charge, using a good mix of media types, and with the volume up, and the brightness full. The internel speaker is great, but it's sound is much better through headphones. Camera is its main downpoint, having only a grainy entry level 1.2 mega pixel front facing camera, aimed at skyping.
To sum up, this is a great thing. Camera aside, It has no faults. It will not slow down, and is filled with the most up to date hardware and software. ASUS have created something special here, and kept it at a budget. In my lifetime, I always grew up with the philosophy that greatness comes at a price (just ask Batman.), but Asus have managed to keep this at a more than reasonable price of £199. A great gadget for people on the go, and a world of fun at your fingertips. I hope you found this real life review of the nexus to be easier to digest that the real tekky ones you get, but for those that need spec, here you go. Thanks, and goodnight.
Price : £199 (32GB), £159 (16GB), £239 (32GB and 3G)
Software : Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Processor : Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9
Memory slot : No
Display : 7in 1280x800 pixels
Connectivity : Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth
Summary: superb gadget, great price. Whats not to like?
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