Product Type: Google Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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If it was up to me I definitely wouldn't buy it!
Google Nexus 7
Member Name: MsTricia
Google Nexus 7
Advantages: works ok, not awful, daughter loves playing on it
Disadvantages: lack of camera which is complicated and rubbish battery life
It was my daughter's birthday last month shortly before we went on holiday to Barbados and one of the presents she received from her dad was this Google Nexus Tablet. Personally I wouldn't have spent this kind of money on a tablet for a 4 year old child especially when I had one myself which she was happy to play on (when I allowed her) but dad thought it would be nice for her since Barbados was an 8 hour flight each way and would entertain her in our accommodation (which thank God it did as we had no TV for 10 days).
This tablet can be bought for £149 from Currys and although dad hasn't told me, I am sure he got some kind of discount on it?
This tablet was easy to set up, simply turning it on and it was up and raring to go! This was easy as it really annoys me to try and figure things out as I am not an extremely technical person. Being of the Google brand it was efficient for me already having a gmail account to set everything up on. It runs on Android same as my phone and Samsung tablet so I was used to using the Play Store app to download the requisite apps and games without confusion.
Navigating around the tablet is easy and similar to other tablets with a home screen, and apps located on different pages which one swish of the finger across the screen will introduce the user to all the different applications and functions.
In essence it's quite a basic tablet, very streamlined and really similar to my Samsung tablet, only thing is for me it doesn't really look as attractive (maybe I am just biased). The screen has really good clarity and crispness and whilst not HD the viewing features have been perfect as we have Netflix on it and my daughter can enjoy watching cartoons and films really happily and I do not notice any sharp difference between it and my Samsung tablet. It's the small version at 7 inches screen size but for a 4 year old I definitely think this is more than big enough.
The feel of the tablet is really lightweight and it can easily slip into my handbag and really doesn't take up too much room. Dad bought a Google Nexus cover which to be honest isn't the most attractive thing and isn't functional like other tablet covers which fold so the tablet can sit upright unaided on a flat surface so I would recommend to anyone else to buy one of these instead of the flimsy one we have!
There is a USB port for the charger that comes in the box which is easy to assemble and use. Some how though my daughter thought it would be a good idea to chew this after about a week of owning the tablet so it doesn't work too great! Luckily with most Android items it can take all universal chargers so my phone and other tablet (both Samsung) and this Google Nexus tablet all share the same charger with no problems at all!
Surprisingly the memory capacity is really good as my daughter as in excess of 30 + apps (most of which she knows how to operate and I don't!) and some stored TV shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Doc McStuffins and it never says that the storage is anywhere near full. Saying that there are no stored pictures or music (will explain later in the review!) so I'm sure that frees up a ton of media space!
Connecting to Wi-fi is really easy, and to be honest my daughter really doesn't need any internet when outside the house although she does complain she can't watch Princess and the Frog on Netflix when in the car!
Any downsides to the tablet??
My biggest gripe with this tablet is the camera. What could be wrong with it you ask?! Well there isn't a good one! As soon as dad brought it home and set it up of course the first thing I want to do is have a play and I was surprised to notice there was no camera. Looking at it from every angle there is no camera app and there is no hole on the rear of the device which could be a camera. My daughter was really disappointed with this as she loves snapping away and capturing me when I look my worst! It took me to do some research that there is a front facing camera only and it can only be used through a third party app which you have to download. Annoying. I think if this camera aspect was better, (especially as the megapixels are only 1.2) would have made this tablet much more worth the asking price. I asked dad why he bought this tablet and his response was in the shop they told him this was one of the best. More like they sold him hook, line and sinker as he clearly paid no attention to what he was buying! Typical!
Charging this device is also awful. It actually takes FOUR HOURS for it to charge to full capacity and the battery life dwindles ridiculously with any use of the internet. So it spends far more time constantly charging than it ever does in continuous use. Using the internet is also restricted to...of course Google Chrome. Google sure know how to make the user use only their software!
Any last points????
It only comes in black so nothing exciting and for me it is pretty basic but in all honesty for a 4 year old it does the job. My daughter loves playing on it and we do restrict her usage of it a day, and if we're busy she can go the odd day without using it at all. Personally though it was not my first choice to buy (hence why I didn't get it for myself) and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone else as for the same price you can get a Samsung Tablet which in my opinion does a far better job.
Summary: can get better for your money!
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