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Google Nexus 7 review

The low priced Asus built Nexus 7 will shake up the tablet market
Wed Jul 25 2012, 13:20

Product Google Nexus 7
Website Google Nexus 7
Specifications 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 7in 1280x800 resolution touchscreen display, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 4325mAh battery, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 198.5x120x10.5mm, 340g
Price 8GB £159, 16GB £199

THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 TABLET is here, and it arrives with one thing in mind - to shake up the Ipad dominated tablet market. At just £159 for the 8GB model, the Nexus 7 shows that it is the tablet to bring Android into the tablet market properly. However, with Apple's third Ipad tablet dominating the UK market, and Amazon's Kindle Fire offering a budget Android tablet to the US market, is Google's Nexus 7 tablet too late?

Design and build
The design of the Nexus 7 is very striking, not just because of its high-end feel but also because of its pocketable dimensions. Measuring a svelte 198.5x120x10.5mm and with a weight of just 340g, the tablet is certainly one of the most portable on the mobile market, even managing to squeeze into our pockets.

This chassis is light because the Nexus 7 is crafted mainly from plastic, but don't let that put you off. The device features a textured plastic back panel with an interesting polkadot design, which looks just as good as it feels in the hand. This rubberised back panel also means that, unlike most tablets, the Nexus 7 is very easy to operate one handed.

Google Nexus 7 design

Although we were impressed with the tablet's design overall, we weren't too keen on the painted chrome bezel surrounding the screen, which looks like it might chip a little too easily. Although the device managed to withstand a few accidental drops, we're not convinced it could take much more.

Asus, under Google's strict guidelines, has built the Nexus 7 with a 7in 1280x800 resolution touchscreen, which comes coated with a new One Glass Solution that the company claims makes the screen more responsive then other tablets, as well as more vibrant looking and resistant to scratches.

In terms of performance, we noticed no lag whatsoever when navigating using the display, and swiping through home screens was nice and slick, aided by the swish onscreen transitions.

Google Nexus 7 three quarter view

Clarity wasn't quite as impressive, although if you don't mind draining the battery with the screen fired-up to full brightness, it's great. Text looks clear, HD videos look brilliant and web sites look nice and vibrant on the screen. One slight issue we noticed was with the tablet's colour clarity, which just doesn't match that of the Apple Ipad. When compared to similarly priced tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 and Motorola Xoom however, the Nexus 7 features the best display.

For those of you thinking that the Nexus 7 could replace your Amazon Kindle e-reader device, think again. We took the device outside on a sunny day, and struggled to focus on the display due to glare, although it wasn't as bad as the poor clarity we experience when using Apple's latest Ipad outdoors.


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