New Google Nexus 7 with Android 4.3
A lot of small tablets are in the market now, but Google’s hit Nexus 7 tablet is back and it’s a whole lot better. The Nexus 7 made room for itself in a market dominated by Apples offerings. However that was last year. Now we’re faced with a new year, with more competition and newer technology along with the everlasting chance of failure. The new Nexus 7, by Asus, has expectations that are left for top tier tablets and with that let’s see how it stacks up.
Nexus 7 2013 Dimensions
The size of any device is very difficult to imagine through simple measurements however the all new Nexus 7 is very similar to it’s predecessor and as the numbers show, the Nexus 7 has shrunken down where it needed to but at the same time remaining true to the form factor of the original Nexus 7. While the weight of a tablet isn’t going to affect you very much thanks to cases and accessories it’s is good to know that the all new Nexus 7 has trimmed down to 312g from last years release. The Nexus 7 is also quite a bit slimmer to a sleek 7.6mm, which is still more than the iPad mini’s 7.2mm. The bezels on the sides have been seriously trimmed down, but there are still thick bezels on the top and bottom which makes the tablet look very tall in portrait. This and the landscape oriented Nexus logo on the back show that Google wants you to use this more as a tablet in landscape than a bigger phone in portrait.
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New Nexus 7 Display
When the Nexus 7 came out, it really opened peoples eyes to 7 inch tablets and the smaller screen sizer really became a large selling point of the nexus 7 so this model stays true to it, maintaining a perfectly sized 7 inch screen. The display here comes in at a cool 1920 x 1200 which is essentially 1080p after the on screen buttons settle in. This resolution has inspired articles of it’s own thanks its peculiarly great resolution that most people assume would be absent in a budget tablet. The new Nexus 7 even beats the popular iPad mini which has a screen resolution of 1024 x768 and pummels it in terms of pixel density with 323PPI vs 163PPI on the mini. The display panel is also different with great vivid colors and unbelievable viewing angles.
This is a more standard area of the Nexus 7 specifications as it is running the newest version of Android that is available. The 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, combined with 2GB of RAM, is present here but it is a little odd that Google has chosen last year’s S4 Pro over this year’s budget chips like the Snapdragon 400. The performance here is definitely a lot more than you would expect in a 7-inch tablet. It gives Google’s latest version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean a lot of room to breath. Hopefully this ensures that the tablet doesn’t slow to a crawl mid cycle. There’s 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC here.
New Nexus 7 Features
Android 4.3 is loaded on this device at launch so it’s got the latest software and is promised the updates first. Android 4.3 is a really minor update that’s more like an optimization update with small tweaks like Bluetooth Smart/Low Energy support, Open GLES 3.0 for more advanced graphics and restricted user profiles.
The Nexus 7 combines its small size with well specced cameras to make a great package! The front camera is a 2.1-megapixel snapper and on the rear, there’s a 5-megapixel shooter. Both of these record full 1080p video at 30fps. These cameras are average but don’t worry because you shouldn’t be taking pictures on a tablet anyway. The camera app is on the device this time around as opposed to last year. Asus has put in some great stereo speakers here that are optimized to give true stereo sound in any orientation which is good because the iPad mini’s speakers were very disappointing in that aspect while having stereo speaker and delivering a mono effect.
New Nexus 7 profile
The price of the new 2013 Nexus 7 is $230 fro the 16GB with WiFi and it’s $270 for 32GB of storage. You can throw LTE on that 32GB model for $350. It will work on most of the large mobile carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and, Verizon (only LTE; not 3G/2G for Verizon). The Nexus 7 is available in any color you want as long as it is black. The Nexus 7, by Asus, looks like a really solid tablet for 2013 and has a really affordable stickler price to boot. It may not be toppled as easily as before by Apple’s new iPad mini.
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