Nexus 7 Reviews: Impressive Looks, Outstanding Hardware But Lacks Storage and Content
When Google Nexus 7 Tablet is due to be released in mid July, some Tech Pundits already had hands on review of Nexus 7 Android Tab. It scored well in most of the aspects which makes it best value for money Android Tablet till date according to most of Nexus 7 Reviews on web.
What is Nexus 7 Meant For
It is a seven inch tablet that does not try to compete with iPad, because it is far from being able to compete at many levels as applications or technical specifications. It is a tablet to consume media, to see series, movies, read, to browse web and to play.
Cheap in Price but Rich in Looks
Starting with the Appearance, Reviewers have praised ASUS for giving it an sturdy but impressive appearance. Nexus 7 has a great textured rubber material at the back with Nexus embossed at top while ASUS at the bottom. On this, Engadget says-
The design of the Nexus 7 feels reasonably high-end, starting with that rubberized back. Yes, it is rubber, but it’s very nicely textured, nice enough to fool one tech journalist into thinking it was leather.
The quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset inside is one of the fastest mobile processors around. Device has 1GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and has a GPS chip, NFC, gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer. Only Front Camera of 1.3 MP and no Carrier options so, no 3G or 4G services on board.
The Verge describes disappointment over lack of good Camera.
That camera isn’t really useful for anything but Google+ Hangouts and the like — though it certainly gets the job done. If you’re one of those people who likes to snap pics with their tablet — first, shame on you. Second, you’re probably out of luck here. There’s no camera app on the device.
IPS Screen has 1,280×800-pixel resolution packed into a 7-inch display which gives visuals like text and graphics a sharper look than most 7-inchers.
Battery life is claimed to be 9 hours of video playback and tests shows it really last for 9:49 Hours.
Android Jellybean Buttery Performance
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an updated version of the Google mobile operating system that takes what Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
As quoted on PC Mag,
The performance news gets even better with Android 4.1 thanks to “Butter.” That’s Google’s code-name for a project that makes everything in the Android UI smoother, and it works. Screen transitions are indeed smoother, and there’s no lag with the touch keyboard. The whole experience feels more polished and professional than previous Android iterations.
Games just rock here. I downloaded a few of Nvidia’s Tegra Zone titles, and both Zen Pinball and Riptide GP had the smooth ease of control which marks a really good gaming experience. There was no jerkiness, no lag, and no compromises. The Kindle Fire has games, but they aren’t as glamorous as the Tegra Zone entries.
Google Now - The biggest and most important change in Jelly Bean is the appearance of Google Now — a big evolution of natural search. Google Now functions much like Siri at a glance (though you can type or speak your queries).
Google Play Plays Nicely but Not Cheaply
Nexus 7 Review by CNET says, Google Play has been updated to include TV shows, purchasable movies, and magazines, finally bringing the store into modern times. After browsing through a few HD and standard-definition TV shows, it appears that Google’s prices for complete seasons match the prices for the same shows on iTunes. However, on the Kindle Fire, prices were routinely much cheaper compared even with the SD versions on Google Play.
What Nexus 7 isn’t Capable Of
Apparently, the Nexus 7 cannot do video out. There is no HDMI port, and several reporters have heard from inside sources that the Nexus 7 does not support MHL. MHL enables the micro-USB port on some devices to become HDMI out among other things.
Something similar is true for USB memory. The Nexus 7 does support USB-OTG (On The Go), but it doesn’t all of OTG. The Nexus 7 cannot use USB storage, nothing. Not even a USB thumb drive will work according to all the reports.
And to drive a nail in the coffin, Jelly bean does not support Adobe Flash and seemingly never will.
You Shouldn’t Buy Nexus 7 Tablet If
Do not buy this tablet if you want to surf the internet all day and that does not have 3G connection. Do not buy it if you want to have those applications that everyone talks about Android because many of the most popular apps are slow to arrive or directly available only to IOS.
Buy this tablet for reading, watching movies, writing emails when you have WiFi connection, to hang out where you are boring. It is cheap and trying to do it well.