The new Nexus 7 was recently revealed by the Android boss Google, and while the device has hit the Play Store today, some US retailers already started selling the device early. So here it goes, a full blown review of the refreshed new Nexus 7.
Design And Bodybuild
Saying that the overall design and bodybuild of the new Nexus 7 has improved greatly would be an understatement. In spite of being one of the cheapest tablets around, the new Nexus 7 is so well designed that you are bound to get the same feeling which you would have otherwise experienced by holding a premium flagship tablet. The flat uniform soft touch material on the back of the device is a major up from the previous textured rubberized backpanel.
Some people might feel that the new Nexus 7 is too ‘plasticky’ but considering the price range of this marvelous device, we will let that one pass.
In the era of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the refreshed Nexus 7 depends on the original Corning Gorilla Glass to protect its 7-inch 1200 x 1920 pixels LED-backlit IPS LCD display. This display has pixel density of nearly 323ppi and just for the sake of comparison, previous year’s N7 had 216 ppi pixel density.
Apart from being the highest resolution 7-inch tablet, the new Nexus 7 also touts better viewing angles and very vibrant and bright colors from the previous model.
Unlike the original Nexus 7 which missed out the rear camera, ASUS has ensured that you would love to carry this device everywhere with you. The new Nexus 7 comes with a 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus zapper on the rear side. Even though the megapixel count of this camera isn’t impressive, the all new camera app of Android 4.3 will definitely compel you to click pictures every now and then.
The latest Nexus tablet also comes with a 1.2 MP front camera which obviously doesn’t allow as many features as its rear counterpart, but even then has a pretty respectable video quality for video chatting.
Similar to the original Nexus 7, this year’s Nexus 7 too is a powerhouse with its Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and 2GB RAM. The device has Adreno 320 as its GPU which is well respected for rendering 3D graphics in the tablet and mobile space.
Unfortunately, the new Nexus 7 also lacks support for memory cards, however, this time the device is also made available with 32GB of internal storage apart from the usual 16GB memory, so the absence of memory card slot isn’t much of a concern this time. On the connectivity side, the device has 4G LTE, HDMI port, NFC and other common features like GPS, WiFi, etc.
The new Nexus 7 is the first tablet that ships with Android 4.3. Among the many new features that the latest Android offers, the most useful feature is the ability to make user accounts. Which means that now you can handover your tablet to your kids without the fear of them seeing your ‘educational’ videos.
Similar to the iOS, your apps are also synched on Android 4.3. In simple words, whatever application you install on your Android based phone will also be installed automatically on your new Nexus 7. This feature can be easily turned off through settings.
Frankly speaking, the leap from Android 4.2 to Android 4.3 isn’t as big as the leap from 4.1 to 4.2 was, but it still does add a lot of new libraries, making it one step closer to the yet to be released Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
If for some reason you were unable to buy the original Nexus 7 then this is your chance. The new Nexus 7 seems to be a wonderful device with equally wonderful hardware and software. The 16GB model of the new Nexus 7 costs only $230 and is definitely the best value for money tablet that you could expect to get in that budget.
That being said, analysts are expecting an even greater demand for the new Nexus 7 compared to the original model (which sold out in less than an hour on Play Store). So if you really want this bad boy anytime soon, we highly recommend that you head right away to the Google Play Store.