Product Type: Google Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... it was cheaper than other tablets available on the market and I was apprehensive about spending lots of money on it incase it got stolen o... more
Petite, Portable but Powerful!
Google Nexus 7
Member Name: The_Baron
Google Nexus 7
Advantages: HD, weighs next to nothing, good processing, excellent android capabilities, good battery life
Disadvantages: Can freeze occasionally, not much settings customization, average sound quality.
Hardware: The Google Nexus may be best comparable to a dwarf MMA champion: it packs a huge amount of power into an incredibly light piece of technology. When you first hold the Nexus in your hand, you'll be surprised by how lightweight it is and it's probably less heavy than your phone. This makes it relaxingly easy to take around on public transport, use with one hand or make you forget you even have it on you so you can lose it. Comparing it to friend's tablets, it's streamlined design causes you to find other tablet computers quite bulky and unwieldy and if a larger tablet has a 7 inch screen it all just seems like wasted material.
Screen: The screen itself produces very high quality images; mine came with 'Ice Age' and it looked great! Load any HD films or photos onto your Nexus and it should be as sharply defined as on a laptop. Downloadable HD widgets, available from store, show off this gadget's capacity to produce impressive visuals even on very small bits of data. I do find the 7" to be a little small in general (no pun intended) but if you are going to buy one, make sure you get one that means it's so light and powerful it really works!
Software: Being as the Nexus (of course) has the latest Android capabilities and a HUGE library of apps, many of which you can have for free, software is continually updated and refreshed, with the tablet's capabilities being pushed with each new app released. It comes with an in-built easy to operate music player, book & magazine library and video player all with a large amount of downloadable media available on the store (although the books do go a bit overboard with the price range, but a lot of books can be downloaded as apps so try that!) all of which look great on the Google Nexus screen. One of the apps, called Flipboard, allows you to select your interests (TV, food, psychology, travel etc.) and then beams relevant news articles from across the web straight to your table; Real futuristic. The market is full of handy little apps like this, and of course it includes the usual traffic reports, weather forecasts and games.
The home screen layout is fully customisable and you can edit your background, place news updates and a whole lot more. As for the actual system settings, there is a disappointing lack of variability; no sound equalizer or other changeable settings to apply and make your tablet seem more unique to your preferences. However, the sheer amount of applications and the speed at which this tiny tablet can process them makes this a forgivable sin.
Realiability: For technology that looks like it would snap if you brushed your doorframe with it whilst walking past, the Nexus is very durable. In fact, it seems to be no less tough than it's bulkier counterparts at all. Although it is still worth investing in a case, I have dropped mine once or twice with no damage whatsoever! It also processes quickly often, but can freeze a little too often, although usually when the battery is low. And if you smudge a tiny speck of water on the screen it starts to behave like an erratic, opening and closing pages at random. Overall though, this is a realiable gadget and hasn't disappointed so far.
Battery: The battery life is decent, lasting about 8 to 9 1/2 hours although only about 6 if you have a few programmes running at once. For how much this tablet can hold, it does last surprisingly long, and doesn't take an age to chare either. My one complaint is when the battery does run dead, it's really DEAD and sometimes is difficult to turn back on.
Summary: Goes from 4 to 5 stars for it's cheapness!
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