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Published On: Sat, Jun 30th, 2012

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review: First to get Android Jellybean 4.1 OS

This is the first ever device that has been introduced globally by Google with its all new Android Jellybean 4.1 operating system which is the successor of Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The device weighs just 340 grams and comes packed with all advanced features including the very first Jellybean which has been integrated to this tablet and no one else yet. Read the full review of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet review and know about its price, specification and features.

Design and Build :

The Nexus 7 tablet sports 7-inch IPS display with a good display resolution of 1280 by 800 and is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that is mated to a 12 core GPU. This itself speaks of the powerful performance that this tablet can offer to its users. With such great integration, we can make out that the device categorizes itself in high-end segment and will come for a price.

Nexus 7 is a simple looking tablet that holds three touch-sensitive keys at the bottom of the screen if the device is hold on vertical view. The device is surrounded by a black glass display that runs throughout the front of the device. And the back is completely different and comes with good gripping quality so that it does not slip from hand. The tablet is slim in appearance and is also light weight, so it can easily be hold in one hand and used. You will find perforated cover running throughout the back of this device which looks pleasing and is also very useful. It is also durable so you can try slipping it off of your hand (don’t try this at home!). And the look increases due to the brand name Nexus inscribed at the top back cover. The sides of the device hold same flow of rear cover that gives a perfect blend of buttons over the perforated matte-finished cover. Even though the back is plastic finished, the look does not get affected from it. In fact, the rear appearance denotes quality.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Specs

Overall, the design is very attractive and is perfectly engineered with convenience. The only odd thing is the placement of headphone jack that can be found at the bottom of the device in spite of what we basically find on other tablets at the top or at the side. However, the best thing here is the wireless headphones that will solve all your worries.

The Google Nexus 7 measures 198.5 mm x 120 mm x 10.45 mm and is considerably lighter as compared to the Apple’s iPad. In fact, it is lighter in weight than the Kindle Fire. It weighs just 340 grams and is rather a slim book, but not the slimmest in the market.

Memory :

Though it has been heard that the tablet will not be shipped with a microSD card slot, but there is a choice of memory that one can choose. You can either choose 8 GB Nexus 7 or 16 GB Nexus 7 version. And even if you are buying a 16 GB version, you might not require further expandable memory.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Features

Connectivity :

Google Nexus 7 tablet features wireless headphones as well as a headset jack, but as per the rumors this device will not include any microSD card slot which is very weird for users. The device is more of cloud-based, but there should be a dedicated slot as well which is very useful.  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC for Android Beam are some of the options that come as default with this device.

Processor :

The Google Nexus 7 tablet comes packed with a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and also includes a 12 core GPU that gives amazing response with great power to run apps, games and other things. Moreover, to support the content 1 GB on-board RAM is provided. This is a great combination used to offer a smart device to those who needs to fulfill all their requirements while experiencing a buttery-smooth performance altogether. With such powerful gaming specs under its hood, the device challenges those high-end devices that do not even stand in its comparison.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Memory

Operating System :

The best thing about this tablet is that it is all set to launch in the market with Google’s latest Android operating system called Jellybean that has been planned to be introduced with this device. With this new operating system, Google ensures that a lot of improvements have been made in terms of more user experience than what has offered in Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. In fact, Nexus 7 becomes the first Android tablet that will be shipped in market with Google Chrome as a default browser. This Android 4.1 Jellybean is also said to be the fastest Android version that gives Project Butter user interface technology.

Apart from this, there is also a major camera improvement made where the entire browser has been tweaked with some smart voice recognition upgrades. All in all, it can be said that a lot of changes can be found with many unique and user friendly features/specs.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Price

Performance :

Google Nexus 7 tablet features a wider viewing angle which is more than the Kindle Fire and there are several other factors as well which we need to consider. This is how Nexus can get a rival named as Kindle Fire. The device is powered by a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor that includes a 12-core GPU, giving amazing gaming experience. There is a Riptide GP that runs smoothly and the quad core processor is just fabulous.

All the apps get loaded very quickly and even you can swipe through the pages pretty effectively. Users get satisfying 60 frames/sec; all thanks to the Tegra 3 processor. Other than this, the Nexus has turned out as a leading device in the market due to its quad-core chip. This powerful processor enables Google to make some good profit through this tablet. This new Android comes with lots of improvements that include revamped Google Play that has been tweaked to incorporate magazines, TV shows, movies and other contents. The Jellybean also offers voice assistant just like Siri in Apple’s iPhone. So, this new voice recongnition system will enable users to experience web and other activities on gadget with the help of voice commands. And that new voice recognition system will be called as Firmware. The all new Jelly Bean will also be updated for other devices in future and the date can only be confirmed once the Nexus 7 launches in the market.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

Other Features :

This device does not come with 3G and 4G connectivity, so users might fail to get increased experience. The lack of microSD card slot will make you miss all those excitement which you would have otherwise enjoyed by storing all those HD movies. Apart from memory, the device comes packed with Bluetooth, microphone insertion, built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC for Android Beam, GPS, gyroscope, and accelerometer and magnetometer sensors. There is e-book reader to read books and browse/download a series of books of your choice. Also common features that other high-end devices include in menu list can be found in this device. High speed internet connection is provided with Google Chrome setup. So, you get computer-like experience through this powerful tablet.


The device sports a front facing camera that is useful for video calling or conferencing. So, you get good access to meet your business requirements as well.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Battery :

Under the hood houses a very powerful 4,325 mAh battery that gives straight 8 hours of active use on full charge. This is what Google has announced in public. Even if you use Wi-Fi, the battery will give you good backup.

Price and Availability :

This 7-inch device is destined to be available by mid-July 2012. However, the best part about this device is that it comes with amazing high-end features, but comes in very affordable price. Google has targeted the moderate ranged tablet market to fulfill the demands of common man and gives direct competition to the Kindle Fire. Google will sell its Nexus 7 Android Jellybean tablet for just $199.

Google Nexus 7

Brand Ties :

Google will sell its device under the brand name Asus as per their tie-up. So, you will find the back of the device embossed with both Nexus and Asus names. If we compare the Nexus tablet with Kindle Fire, the device looks lighter and smarter and comes with soft, textured backsides, giving complete comfort to hold.

Verdict :

There are many rumors that enfold the availability, price, specs, and features of Nexus. However, Google has revealed its Nexus and its specs at the annual conference and announced that the device will be manufacturer by Asus, a leading Android product developer. The best thing is that the device will be sold in the market for a price tag of $199 and will firmly challenge its rivals by showing off its amazing and unique features.

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