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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 4:02 pm  |  12 responses

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

Play hard, then play harder…

by Drey Wingate / @ProStatus85

Nobody predicted there being any real competition to the Apple iPad in tablet sales.

But the Google Nexus 7 tablet, powered by Android and made for Google Play, has stepped up to the plate, and is ready to knock the brains of tech heads out of the park. This tablet has all-new technology and is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean—the latest version of the Android nation.

Usually, the first thing I look for in a tablet is comfort in portability and speed. With an incredible 7-inch display, a quad core processor (Tegra 3) and an 8-hour battery, this tab is built to give consumers the best that Google has to offer. The Tegra 3 processor makes everything faster and can run multiple applications and programs at a great speed.

Another spec I look for is clarity. The display on this joint is not only crystal clear—it is also well protected by scratch-resistant corning glass. Text on the screen is very easy to read, watching movies in high definition is a lot more vivid as well as smooth and dynamic gameplay.

What I love most about this processor is its battery-saving efficiency. You don’t have to worry about the power dying down quickly just because you choose to have multiple apps open. The fact that I’m always on the go and traveling, I need to know that being away from a power source is not a downer for this kind of investment (which I may add is only $199 for the 8GB and only $249 for the 16GB). This tablet is designed to go the distance. You get more than nine hours of HD video play, 10 hours of browsing and up to 300 hours of standby time.

Thanks to the widespread variety of Google Play, consumers of all kinds get what they are looking for in the Nexus 7. Everything you want and need is right there at your fingertips. Google Play has over 600,000 applications and games, thousands of television shows, millions of songs and the largest selection of eBooks and magazines.

Organization is always very key for me. All of your Google apps are already pre-installed, including the Chrome Web browser, GMail, YouTube and the all-new and fun Google+. Everything is automatically synced across your tablet, phone and computer, making it easier for you to keep with documents, appointments and anything you have downloaded.

This brings me to my next check-plus for the tablet: the music manager. After importing your library from iTunes into Google Play, your music is instantly ready on your Nexus 7. This means no more syncing or having to worry about backups.

This tablet is something serious. It really gives a new meaning to the phrase “bang for your buck.” Google has been making its presence known in the tech game, but with Nexus 7, it has truly solidified its spot.

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  • LakeShow

    Motorola XYBoard till I die bitccccchheessss!!!
    Too much?
    sorry..

  • Comment_System

    This isn’t really competing with the Ipad though (to be fair, none of the tablets minus the asus transformer 2 can), its competing with the Kindle Fire and the Nook tablet. The rumored Ipad mini is going to compete with this, and the rumored 10 inch version of this tablet is going to compete with the Ipad.

  • Mooja

    Am thinking of buying our family our first set of tablets. I like the openess of Andriod vs the nazi hold Apple has over the ipad and will probably go with the Nexus. Anyone who thinks this table doesn’t compete with the IPad doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.carter.5661 Chris Carter

    Have it, love it, glad I purchased it. Rooting so I could mount a 32GB flash drive was super easy. Lots of bang for my buck and I got the 8GB version.

  • Beat

    I have been using one for about a month whilst travelling across Europe. The size, speed and direction clarity of text make it the real must have tool!

  • S_Deemer

    Rooting is no longer necessary, thanks to the release of the Nexus Media Importer app.

  • S_Deemer

    Even though I’m a happy Nexus 7 owner, claims of more than 9 hours of HD media play are not credible, as streaming movies or playing a processor-intensive game, such as Osmos HD will drain the battery at a much faster rate. Battery life is very good, but not miraculous.

    I use mine primarily for keeping up with the news and especially as a music player. The Google Play music app is among the best I have ever used, and allows me to listen to my Google Music library either online or off, as I have downloaded about 8gb to the Nexus. Interactions with other Google services such as Gmail, Calender, and Picasa is outstanding.

  • Quantumphysix

    Whatever. Apple forever!!!

  • Jack

    This is a fantastic device, and by far the best deal around. You get hardware that easily outperforms the iPad 2, costs vastly less on top of it, and it fits in your inside jacket pocket.

  • Jack

    This article isn’t about Apple, douchebag!

  • lavelle55

    Sure wish the nexus7 would play nice with I HEART RADIO, HULU, NETFLIX and adobe flash apps.

  • nitin gaidhane

    shall I get review of NXG tablet? please

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