I personally love gadgets. And although I am on the fence when it comes to tablets I couldn’t resist posting this! I have been looking into purchasing a Kindle Fire but now that Google has announced their own 7 inch tablet I think I am going to purchase this instead! Read more to find out why I will be choosing this over all the others out there!
I had posted an article on What to Look For In A New Tablet. And I had strongly suggested getting an iPad. It just made more sense. Now that has all changed with Google announcing their own 7″ tablet the Google Nexus 7. Read on to learn more about it – and whether you should be yanking out your wallet to purchase one.
The overall specs of the Tablet are pretty standard with todays top-end smartphones. Quad core processor, awesome GPU, a decent 7 inch screen with high(ish) resolution. But if your like me? I would’ve expected a little bit higher end specs for a Google flagship device. But hey at least it will be getting the latest flavor of Androids OS 4.1 Jellybean!
- 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
- Back-lit IPS display
- Scratch-resistant Corning glass
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- 340 grams
- 8 or 16 GB internal storage
- 1 GB RAM
- 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
- Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro USB
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- NFC (Android Beam)
- Android OS Jellybean 4.1
Built by ASUS
What is interesting is that this is the Tablet ASUS was going to release this year. So if you know anything about ASUS at all you know they produce awesome hardware! From Computer Motherboards, to Laptops and just about everything in between – ASUS doesn’t mess around. So build quality should be very solid.
Taken directly from the Google Nexus 7 Features Page:
Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, meaning everything is faster – pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze. A 12?core GPU delivers rich and immersive graphics while patented 4-PLUS-1(tm) CPU design gives you processing power when you need it, and battery saving efficiency when you don’t.
Made for Gaming!
Also by partnering up with Nvidia with their Tegra 3 chipset and a 12-core GPU? Gaming on this should be awesome as well! Although I personally only play games such as Draw Something, Words with Friends, or Angry Birds. I’m sure games like Temple Run will be smooth and run flawlessly on it.
This will be the first (official) device running Android’s OS Jellybean 4.1. With a better notification system, new awesome widgets which are easier to drag/drop and resize, and some other additional features which makes this version of Android just that much more awesome! You can check out the features on there site here. Of course XDA-Developers already have their mitts on the newest version and are probably trying to get it to run on your phone now!
Amazingly this device starts out at $199.99 which is in direct competition with tablets like the Kindle Fire. But that is only for the 8 gig version. If you want 16 gigs? You going to have to pay another $50.00 which jumps the price to$249.99!
But this kind of makes sense. Why? Because at the base price – there is no way Google or ASUS is making any money? But by selling you another 8 gigs of storage (which costs about $10.00!) they can make a little bit of profit. Way to follow in Apple’s shoes when it comes to marketing!
With the Good of Course Comes the Bad?
There are always a few downsides when looking at a new product. Unfortunately the Google Nexus 7 has more than a few…
8gig or 16gig On Device Storage
With Apps, Movies, and Music taking more and more space on our hard drives. I can foresee that this device could get filled up quick! Couple that with no ability to add additional storage to the device and it makes it one of the few negatives of the device.
No Access to the Battery
I know – but its a pet peeve of mine. I like being able to swap out the battery if I need to. Not having to send it to a shop to have them do it. Again not a big deal but nonetheless not something I’m ecstatic about.
Late to the Game?
The other thing that could be a pitfall is Google being late to the game by introducing their own tablet. “Experts” state that Google should have introduced their own tablet with the introduction of Honeycomb instead of turning the reigns over to Motorola’s Xoom which was mostly ignored by consumers.
But I do agree as I stated with my Android App Market is now Google Play | What Has Changed? that I feared that Google is getting into the game late as well. So who knows? Maybe it will take off and put a small dent into Apple’s business (lol).
Not Good Enough?
With Microsoft recently introducing their Windows 8 Tablet -Surface, and Apple recently releasing the “New iPad” (wtf?) “experts” think that this Google offering should have been more robust with possible a larger screen. Other folks think that this offering by Google is ho-hum compared to the “high-end” market.
For me personally? This is a quad-cored 7″ tablet running a “pure” Android experience. I can’t stand larger tablets – if I needed a screen that size I would just have a Laptop!
Would I Recommend You Buy One?
Although I haven’t played with Windows 8 on the Surface. I can tell you that on a computer it is as clunky and un-intuitive an experience as you can get. And iOS continues to be the same boring OS that was introduced back in 2007 (but it works well…)
OK – but putting aside my own BIAS toward Apple and Microsoft? Would I recommend the Google Nexus 7 Tablet over an iPad? The answer would still be NO for the average consumer – I would still recommend to get an iPad. Why? For a lot of people the learning curve to using Android is still a large one. Apple just has a better overall user experience. It is simple to setup and use right out of the box.
But if you are willing to take the time to learn – or already have an Android device? Well then its a no-brainer – get the Nexus 7 now!
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OK, I’m Sold – Where Do I Get One?
So if your willing to put in a little time to learn Android or are like me a Geek and already love Android? Great!
This is only being offered directly through Google! You can go directly to the Google Play page here to snag one while you can! The page states “Shipping in 2-3 Weeks” so you won’t get it until mid-July.
Early pre-orders will get $25 credit for the Google Play Store for purchasing apps, movies, books etc! (So, if someone would like to spring one for me… lol!)
Check out the video below for the Google Promotional Video of the Nexus 7:
What do you all think? Do you think it is going to measure up to they hype? Or is it going to be just another Android tablet? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!