Unlike its similarly branded predecessor, the new Nexus 7 boasts dual cameras, with the rear camera 5MP and the front 1.2MP.
Taken using the Google Nexus 7 (2013)
As you'd probably expect from a tablet at this price point, image quality isn't fantastic. While the addition of a rear camera is a definite boost, we didn't find ourselves using it very much, mainly due to the poor, often noisy picture quality. Saying that, we did find that images taken in good lighting were good enough for sharing on Facebook and Twitter, but the snapper failed to match its smartphone competition.
The camera is tricky to use too. Although the upgraded camera user interface in Android 4.3 is much nicer and cleaner than before, the lack of a dedicated camera button makes taking pictures awkward and fiddly.
Battery and storage
Google claims that the new Nexus 7 will offer around nine hours of video playback, and that matched well with our tests. Watching an hour-long episode of Breaking Bad drained around 10 percent from the Nexus 7's 3,950mAh battery, and we managed to get through just over nine episodes before the battery ran out of charge, just as Google promised.
During a day of average usage without much video playback, the Nexus 7 is just as impressive. We found that it breezed through an entire day with still 65-70 percent of its charge left, which means that it should make it through an entire weekend.
We have yet to use the 4G LTE model to test its battery life, but it's likely that this won't be quite as impressive.
The new Nexus 7 is available in models with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, although unfortunately that can't be expanded via microSD card.
There's no arguing the fact that the new Nexus 7 is the best 7in Android tablet on the market right now. The screen is one of the best if not the best on a 7in Android tablet, and despite its low £199 price, the tablet's performance and specifications mostly match those of a high-end £500 smartphone.
Our only real gripes are the poor camera and the lack of microSD card slot, but considering the tablet's price, we think we can forgive these flaws. µ
Nice design, market-leading display, all-round slick performance, vanilla Android 4.3 user interface, decent battery life.
No microSD card slot.
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