In-Depth Review of Google’s Nexus 7

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An UltraSharp display, powerful core, and a well-designed exterior make Nexus 7 an ideal choice for people who want the best without breaking the bank. Nexus 7 meets the right checkbox criteria to be included in the top league of Android tablets. Nexus Tablets have always been known for fast OS updates directly from Google and Vanilla Android for better performance and ease of use. Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) is built on the success of its predecessor and takes the Tablet experience to a whole new level.

Nexus 7 offers almost everything people want from a decent tablet including a sharp display, powerful processor, fast updates and a design that not only looks great but is comfortable to hold and use. Competitors normally find it hard to beat the value the Google Nexus series provides, and Nexus 7 is no exception.

Let’s have a look at the key specifications of Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2nd Gen) before going any further (Nexus 7 Cellular supports SIM):

  • Thickness and Weight: 290 grams, 8.7mm
  • Display: 7" LED Backlit IPS Display, 1200x1920 @323 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • Operating System: Launched with Android 4.3, Upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Processor and RAM: Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro 1.5 Ghz, 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB Internal, No Micro-SD card slot
  • Cameras: 5MP Autofocus Primary and 1.2MP Secondary Camera
  • Battery: 3950 mAh Non-removable Battery, Wireless Charging supported

Nexus 7 Features

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Design and Build Quality

Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) has an exceptional build quality and this tablet can endure years of use and abuse. Compared to its predecessor, the second-generation Nexus 7 is noticeably slimmer and weighs an acceptable 290 grams. Nexus 7’s front is covered with Gorilla Glass while the back is made up of sturdy, soft-feel polycarbonate. The tablet looks like as if it was made out of a single part and gives an impression of a unibody design.

Display and Speakers

This is where things start to get interesting. Nexus 7 offers an incredibly sharp 7-inch LED-backlit display offering true-to-life colors, excellent viewing angles, and incredible details. It brings multimedia and web content back to life and makes even the simplest of things, like composing an email, a pleasure. The built-in speakers won’t break any sound records, sometimes producing lower quality sound in noisy environments.

Battery Life

Although packing a smaller 3950 mAh battery compared to its predecessor, this tablet makes up for it with higher efficiency internal components. While it doesn’t possess the best battery score around, it manages to play 7 hours of video or 9 hours of web browsing on a single charge. That’s almost a full day of use on a single charge and isn’t bad by any definition. Wireless charging is also supported.

Camera

Most people wouldn’t expect miracles from a 5MP camera, but this tablet delivers in that regard as the camera is surprisingly good with fast autofocus. There is no LED flashlight in the tablet, so naturally it cannot produce great images in low light. Under better lighting conditions, it can take some nice pictures with a good amount of detail. Being a tablet, Nexus 7 isn’t expected to be primarily a photography tool, but it offers enough for casual shooting and video chats. The 5MP camera is also able to record fairly detailed 1080p videos provided the lighting conditions are adequate.

Pros

• Gorgeous display

Latest Android updates, on time

• Powerful and power-efficient internals

• Nice camera

• Solid quality build

• Reasonable pricing

Cons

• Audio output and quality aren't the best on the market

• No microSD card slot

Conclusion

Comparing the pros and cons, we can easily see why Nexus 7 is such an excellent option and provides such a great value for the money. A gorgeous display allows users to enjoy the tablet experience whether watching movies, surfing the net or bouncing through social networks. The acceptable 5MP camera is there if you don’t have a professional camera with you for quick shots, and it really works well during video calls including Skype. Aggressive pricing makes Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) an obvious choice for quality-conscious people who want the best price-value ratio. Alternatives to Nexus 7 include Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3, but with less capable hardware and better multimedia support. Apple’s iPad Mini is also a serious contender to Nexus 7, but is an entirely different breed (compared to Android) and comes with a hefty price tag.

If you do decide that Google's Nexus 7 is the right choice for you, you're going to want to take a look at these helpful Nexus 7 tips and tricks:

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