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
Brilliant for the price, but screen protection is a must!
Google Nexus 7
Member Name: cihstar
Google Nexus 7
Advantages: Excellent screen, cheap price, Android 4.0, Light + feels good
Disadvantages: Brittle screen, no rear camera
Given the very low price point, you could be forgiven for expecting the Nexus 7 to be stifled by sluggishness, low quality screen, poor build quality. I mean, after all, you've only paid £160!
But I can report this is absolutely not the case. From the minute you take the Nexus 7 out of the box you know you've picked a winner. The device is exceptionally light, and the rubberised backing feels excellent as you hold it. The device mostly feels built to a high standard, although giving it a small twist and bend and it can feel slightly flimsy.
The screen is wonderful, and plays back HD video with ease, and can be seen from all angles. The device lacks a rear view camera, which would have been a nice addition, as it rules out the possibility of taking photos with the device. It does have a front camera, but this is not much use other than for Skype as it is of a very poor picture quality.
The device runs the latest version of Google's Android Operating System, and since the Nexus 7 is part built by Google (well, they are partnered with Asus to build it) you will receive all updates as soon as they are available. It is excellent to use, and really has matured to rival and excel over iOS in many areas. The app availability is still lacking for tablets, but because of the 7 inch form factor normal phone apps do not look as out of place as they would on larger tablets.
Sadly, however, I have suffered one broken screen already on my Nexus 7. After changing trains, I took the device out of my bag to find the touchscreen broken and a huge crack down the screen. I should have taken more care to ensure my bag was not in a position that this could have happened, but I would definitely recommend buying a case to ensure this doesn't happen to you!
Summary: For the price, a must buy!
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