Friday, 29 June 2012

Google's entry in the tablet world with Nexus 7: Specs and Review

Google in its I/O 2012 keynote disclosed its own Nexus 7 tablet. While the rumors were all over the web about the specs and features of this tablet, most of them stay true. We were expecting something to be an iPad killer, but folks that not an easy task. Instead, Google backfired on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 tablet is equipped with quad-core Tegra 3 1.3 GHz processor and a 12 core GPU. The tablet is really responsive, thanks to the 1GB DDR2 RAM. The tablet is a WiFi only, which can be a losing point as most of the android tablets also support 3G. It is also packed with features like Bluetooth, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS and NFC ('Android Beam' to be more precise). And not to forget the the new OS Android JellyBean 4.1.



As it is directly from Google, without any tweaks running over it, its really intuitive and responsive. But, there's a slight problem in terms of user comfort. It always run in the portrait mode on the home screen. But it perfectly auto-rotates while apps are running. Coming to the design, it is really simple and subtle. At the same time it feels nice while holding and gives a great grip. There's no physical button on the front. It has a power/unlock button and the volume rockers on the right side. One thing it lacked was the rear camera, but it does have a front facing camera for video calls/Google+ Hangouts but that too only on WiFi as there's no 3G.

There's a voice assistant too named Google Now. It is not as much as Siri does but still helps in voice commands for browsing web. With the JellyBean there's also the Google Play v3.7 which now offers Movies, TV Shows, Magazines for legal download, but yes you have to buy them. The display is an IPS one which has a bigger viewing angle than compared to many 7 inches tablets and  surprisingly even better than some 10 inches tablets too. The resolution is 1280 x 800p which makes gaming and videos a great experience on the Nexus 7. The battery runs for about 9 hours on work and a day on stand-by, but still there's more to know about.

Durability:



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On the final words, i would recommend this one personally as it's a perfect combination of price and performance. In just 199$ to 249$ you can own one. But if you have time to wait then do wait for the new Amazon Kindle Fire which is expected to be launched on July 31st.


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