Product Type: Google Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Beats the Kindle Fire hands down!!
Google Nexus 7
Member Name: EmilyWrites
Google Nexus 7
Advantages: Easy, Fast, Can add personal content from PC, Beautiful Picture Quality
Disadvantages: No USB Plug in the box
I appreciate my previous review on the Kindle Fire HD received a mixed reception, but I hope that once you read the following review on the Nexus 7 you'll understand why I was so hard on it. For those who don't know what I'm referring to, I bought a Kindle Fire HD for my son and was so disappointed with it that I took it back to the shop. I did a bit more homework before making my next purchase and chose this tablet, the Nexus 7. I've been hugely impressed with it so far, so much so that when I eventually have to replace my own 10" tablet (my beloved Motorala Xoom) - I will happily go straight for a Nexus 10.
Other reviews of this product refer to it as being a 'budget tablet' but in my opinion it is not. It is fact a premium product that is presently selling at a very low price probably due to being a fairly new brand on the market. This can do everything we want it to do (and more!) for significantly less cash than an ipad. And it isn't just the initial price you'll save on with this device, since it's an Android tablet - a lot of contents can be easily added to this for free.
My first impression of this was good - the box was stylish and the device was well packaged. It came with a tiny bit of charge on it, and a USB lead to use in future. It does have a plug with it that you can connect the USB lead to, but the plug isn't anything I actually recognise! It's not for use in a standard plug socket. I'm sure this is explained in the instruction leaflet but I've had no cause to bother reading this to be honest. I already have a USB plug adapter so I just used that. You can grab one yourself from places like Amazon and ebay for a couple of quid though of course it is a shame they didn't include on in the box.
Getting this set up was simply a case of turning it on! I was instantly greeted by the familiar Android set up - with relevant shortcuts waiting for me on the home screen such as Chrome, the Play Store, Play Books, Music etc. I set about downloading apps (all for free!) from the Google Play Store and shortcuts for them immediately appeared on my homescreen as soon as each installation was complete. What I loved about downloading things on this was that I could whiz through selecting what I wanted all at once, and the system coped smoothly with forming an orderly download queue. Once the downloads were all complete, I could move the shortcuts around quickly and easily by pressing and holding them then dragging them across the screen (or onto one of the other screens if desired).
I was also really pleased to find that the Minecraft app I had previously paid for on my son's previous android tablet was still paid for on this one - they didn't try and make me buy it again! Because I signed into Google Play with his existing gmail address, it automatically showed this app as paid for in the shop - I only had to download it again and it was ready to use as before.
What I love most about Android tablets like this is that I can load content I already own onto it via the USB connection easily. I've found that while it is allegedly possible to put your own content onto Kindle Fires and ipads - it isn't an easy and obvious thing to do. I have put an assortment of films, cartoons and music onto here from my PC that take just a few button taps to load and play on this device. The Nexus 7 doesn't make it difficult in a bid to convince you to buy content from their shop for the sake of convenience like I feel some of their rivals do. Getting content onto this from your computer is simply a case of making the connection then dropping and dragging your chosen files.
The overall quality of this is extremely impressive - the picture quality is crisp and beautifully clear, and the sound is a little better (and goes up louder) than I expected. The screen is smaller than some tablets being only 7", but this is great for those who want a more portable tablet or are buying it for a younger person like I did. Yes it is easier to watch films and things on a larger screen, but the quality is not affected in anything I've seen scaled down on here. There are also plenty of screen display options to make watching your content as good an experience as possible. You can run iplayer on this if you want to use it as a little TV (only while there's a wi-fi connection available of course though) as well as access online content from sites like Youtube and Project Free TV.
I don't know too much about the technical details behind the processor power and the like, but I do know that every single thing I've tried to watch, play and download on here has run smoothly so far. There's no buffering or stalling when you watch a film or play a music file, and downloads are all completed pretty quickly. I bought the 32gb size and so far have not even filled a quarter of the device putting on everything my son had stored on his last tablet.
The cherry on the cake for this with me is that it's suitable for my child to use. There are no inappropriate adverts like I found on the Kindle Fire HD, and in order to download or purchase things from the Play Store - my password is required. The only thing I can't really comment on yet is the battery life, I haven't had this long enough to properly assess that. It did seem to take a while to charge up fully today, but according to the manufacturer's details, it should now last for eight hours of use before it needs recharging. I didn't time how long we used it for before having to charge it back up to be honest, but I don't think eight hours is far out.
A well deserved five stars from me for the Nexus 7 - I almost hope my Motorola Xoom dies soon so I can get my hands on their Nexus 10 to replace it with ;-)
Summary: Love it
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