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    Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review – Part 1

    Posted In Reviews - By Nitin Narang on Sunday, November 4th, 2012 With 1 Comment

    Last few years has seen the tablet landscape maturing with Apple’s iPad being the de-facto ring master but Google and Microsoft strategic entry is sure to disrupt the equilibrium and create new pricing levels /categories and more choices for buyers. It is too early but Google’s Nexus 7 is not in league of iPad although it stands out among Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, RIM playbook and others 7” tablets. The recent  sales numbers of approx. million pieces a month further reassure its dominance among the peers.

    As I wrote earlier , technology improvements, market consolidation, user growth and changing consumer habits is redefining consumption

    Nexus 7 Box

    Nexus 7 Box

    landscape and most major players including Microsoft (Surface brings its hardware and tablet entry), Amazon, Google and Sony are working to get their ecosystems more robust and self contained(device, content platform, app store, services and cloud). The sad part being they all are ending up as sileod walled gardens in their own right, could only wish if ever these platforms and devices can coexist and inter-operate.

    Google made its tablet debut with Nexus 7 (in selected countries) in June 2012priced at $199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB version. I have used my Nexus 7 16 GB tablet for couple of days now and below is the first impression.

    5 things which I Liked in Nexus 7

    1. Google Now – add the rights cards and you have all the info on the finger tips
    1. Screen quality is good, swiping through screens is very fast and responsive
    1. Good battery life
    1. Light weight and easy to hold, can easily slide in my back pocket
    1. $25 voucher and bundled free content

    5 things which I did not like in Nexus 7

    1. Missing In-built support for landscape mode
    1. 3G– but you can’t really complain at this price
    1. Quality of speakers is below par
    1. Power on / off is not intuitive
    2. No HDMI out
    Google Nexus Display

    Google Nexus Display

    New Releases :   Google is expected to discontinue 8 GB and launch two new Nexus 7 models that includes 32GB of memory and adds a pentaband HSPA+ radio. The new models will come with a price tag of $249 and $299 respectively, while the 16GB Nexus 7 gets price cut to $199.

    Where to Buy : Nexus 7 is available from Google Play store as well as leading electronic stores
    Accessories : Case is must buy. I ordered the case along with the protection screen (don’t feel much need of protection screen but the combo made eligible for the free shipping on Amazon)

    Nexus 7 Software

    Out of box, Nexus 7 came with an older version but upgraded to latest and greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The upgrade was seamless and it came back right the first time.

    Specifications

     Display
    7 inch multi-touch capacitive LCD screen, 1200 x 800 HD backlit IPS with a respectable 216 pixels per inch
    Dimension
    198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm / 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
    Processor
    1.2 Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
    Storage
    Initially introduced as 8/16 GB. Later 16/32 GB
    Memory
    1 GB of RAM
    Communications
    Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, DLNA
    Webcams
    1.2 MP forward facing camera
    Audio
    Stereo speakers / 3.5mm headphone jack
    GPS
    For navigation and location-based services; includes accelerometer, 6-axis motion sensing (gyroscope) and digital compass (magnetometer)
    Ports
    Micro USB port
    Weight
    340 grams/ 0.75 lbs
    Glass
    Corning glass, Scratch-resistant surface
    Battery Life
    4325mAh battery into the Nexus 7, about eight hours of active use
    Add On
    NFC
    Connection
    Micro USB port
    Controls
    On the right side is a power/sleep button with a two-stage volume rockers

    What’s in the Box ?

    Nexus 7 32GB tablet, USB charger cable, operating instructions

    Nexus 7, Mini USB Charger

    Nexus 7, Mini USB Charger

    First Impression

    Google Nexus 7 has validated the 7” segment with a bold statement. Will it be a game changer is still to be seen but it is definitely a great device and top ranking in its segment

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