Google Nexus 7 Preview


Google Nexus 7 Preview
A Whole lotta bang for your buck!
Google and Asus had proved to make a winning team with their latest collaboration on the world’s first 7inch tablet with a quad core processor.

Nexus 7 was built for Google Play
Nexus 7 was built for Google PlayEnlarge Enlarge

The Nexus 7 easily beats its nearest competitor, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, on Hardware alone with a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM. A 1280x800 resolution display makes books and HD videos look very crisp and while it’s not as sharp as the Retina Display on the new iPad, we can easily forgive for its price of only €249, plus its boasts a higher resolution display than all other 7inch tablets on the market for similar price. The Nexus 7 has a non-slip matte back cover for good grip and although there is no back camera, a front facing 1.2megapixel camera is there purely for video chat as there is no camera app built in. The Nexus 7 uses NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth although it lacks 3G or 4G which means you’ll have to rely on WiFi.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with predecessor Ice Cream Sandwich behind
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with predecessor Ice Cream Sandwich behindEnlarge Enlarge

The Nexus 7 is the first device to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A welcome upgrade from its predecessor Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean administers Project Butter which makes a point about being nothing to do with new features but rather about ironing out the last dregs of lag time and lack of responsiveness which Android has historically become known for.

Google Now
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Probably the biggest feature added to the Nexus 7 is Google Now, a similar more pleasant sounding option to Siri but with far more to it. Google Now already knows everything about you simply because if you are a normal average human being currently alive in this world, then you probably use Google as your main search engine, so, once you open the app Google Now automatically has everything that it thinks you are interested in, such as your favourite teams scores, traffic conditions or train times and automatically produces the information. It can tell you of places to eat around you and shows their best dishes, flight times, your work, even transport links on your daily commute and alternate routes for bad traffic!

Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 Jelly BeanEnlarge Enlarge

The Nexus 7 is a gamer’s dream tablet but where it falls down is in ports and storage. The tablet has neither expandable storage nor an HDMI port and only has 8GB and 16GB models. But at only €249 we have to wonder are Google making any profit on this incredibly good product at all?

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