Google Nexus 7 – My Thoughts

So Google have finally unveiled their Nexus 7 Android Tablet, is it worth your money? Read on to find out and also hear my thoughts on the tablet.

 

 

 

 

After months and months of speculation, Google finally announced their own Android tablet, dubbed the Nexus 7 at their annual Google I/O conference on 27th June 2012 in San Francisco. A picture of it is below:

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 (Image Credit: BroadbandGenie)

It’s a 7 inch tablet as the name might suggest with a stunning 1280 x 800 resolution Backlit IPS and scratch resistant Corning glass display, if you do the math that’s 216 ppi, not quite Retina standard but close enough. The front of the device also features a 1.2 MP front facing camera which Google says is ideal for Hangouts in Google Plus and at the bottom you find three soft touch capacitive buttons; back, home and multitasking.

The dimensions are 198.5 mm by 120 mm and only 10.45 mm thick; it also only weighs 340 grams making it a very portable device indeed. Google’s Nexus 7 is available in 8 GB and 16 GB models and since there is no micro SD slot, that’s the maximum storage you will have at your disposal so use it wisely.

The Nexus 7 is packing a NVida Tegra 3 Quad Core processor, clocked at 1300 MHz and 1 GB of RAM which should make for some pretty intensive gaming with no lag. It features 802.11 b/g/n Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities on board. There is a micro USB port for charging and transferring content to and from the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has NFC built in, as well as a microphone, acceloremeter, GPS, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.

Roughly every year or so, Google likes to show it’s new Android version and this year was no different. Google’s latest Android operation system, version 4.1 called Jellybean was officially announced at Google I/O and it was also revealed that Google’s Nexus 7 tablet would come pre-installed with Jellybean. For more on Jellybean check this great review by Dieter Bohn from The Verge >> http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/3/3134347/android-4-1-jelly-bean-review

The final bit of information for anyone interested in the tablet would be pricing and availability. Pricing in the UK begins at £159 for the 8 GB model and £199 for the 16 GB model, and that is an absolute bargain for what you get, a lot cheaper then Apple’s iPad that’s for sure. It’s worth mentioning that Google makes no margin from sales of the Nexus 7; Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google said: ‘When it gets sold through the Play store there’s no margin, it just basically gets (sold) through. In regards to availability, you can pre-order the Nexus 7 directly from Google Play and it’s expected to ship within two weeks, but it’s also been revealed that the Nexus 7 will be sold in Dixons and Carphone Warehouse so you could also wait and get it from there if you wanted.

So that’s sort of a rough recap on what the Nexus 7 tablet is, if you need more information please do check Google’s official Nexus 7 Introduction Video or read this brilliant Nexus 7 review written by Joshua Topolsky from The Verge, there is also a video review within that article worth checking out.

Now let’s move on to my thoughts and it’s quite long and detailed so bare with me.

For starters, I never really saw the point of tablets when they first became mainstream, starting with Apple’s iPad, I mean if you have a decent enough phone and a home computer, be it a laptop or desktop, do you really need a third in between sort of device? When Apple introduced the iPad, people found the need as being one of convenience but I was still very skeptical and that was mostly due to the price but also to the fact that I didn’t think I would use it much if I actually got it.

Let’s fast forward a few years, to when Google announced the Nexus 7, I was simply amazed by the price above all else. I mean I could easily justify spending £199 (may as well pay £40 more for 8 GB more of storage) on a tablet since it would only be slightly more expensive than a digital camera or something but putting that against a £400 iPad, I wouldn’t be able to justify that. Then I started looking at the specs and to have a quad core processor with a brilliant 7 inch display, the latest Android jellybean version all in a very portable device really at the relatively inexpensive price of £200 was an absolute bargain so I got very tempted, especially as it seems perfect for a first tablet. In regards to using it, it’s definitely more of a convenience device as with other tablets; it’s far easier to check your email or Twitter when you wake up first thing in the morning on a tablet then it is to turn on your computer and do it there. I also feel it will have an educational benefit, I’m a university student so I will be able to store all my Lecture notes on it and easily navigate between them and make notes as needed.

I’ve been hearing about a lot of technology websites slightly discouraging the purchase of the Nexus 7 in UK because users wouldn’t have full access to Google Play Music, Movies, Books etc. and this is somewhat true. I say somewhat because I have Google Music already, even though it’s not official in the UK yet and I’ve had it for quite some time, so for me it’s not an issue and I’m not too worried about Movies or Books anyway. For people that are, it’s a serious concern and my friend Amit Lal even went so far as to cancel his order simply because of no google play/books movies access. This is what he said:

Again it’s a valid point for people that are concerned but it doesn’t bother me. Google Music has ran fine for me on all the Android devices I’ve tested so far and I’m sure it will work just fine on the Nexus 7. Also the fact that it’s a Nexus device means that users will get the next Android version updates first, as is true with all of Google’s Nexus devices, i.e. Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus; so this is just another incentive to pick one up.

Ultimately, for the price and specs the Nexus 7 is an absolute bargain and a worthwhile purchase, however if Movies and Books are the main reason you want to purchase a tablet then you might want to consider an iPad and a Kindle respectively. As to whether I’ve pre-ordered one or not, I’ll let that remain a mystery for now…

Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

Thanks for reading to the end, feel free to leave any comments below, it would be great to get some feedback! Have any of your pre-ordered the Nexus 7?

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I’m a 23 year old Maths Graduate, who has a great passion for technology and in my spare time I make videos on YouTube to show my passion. I'm also co-admin here at TeckComesFirst and I joined this site back in January 2012.
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