When looking for a tablet from a top brand at an affordable price, the Google Nexus is what you want. As this was the first tablet I’d purchased, I was quite excited to get my hands on it; I’ve used other tablets plenty of times but I’ve never had my own.
The design of this tablet is perfect, with the grip on the back and the gorilla glass surrounded by a silver strip that makes it easy to grip. The dimensions of the Nexus are 7.81″ x 4.72″ x 0.41″ and the weight is just 12 ounces. Its light weight does not affect how sturdy it feels and its high quality for a cheap budget. The fact that there are no buttons on the main face of the tablet only serves to make the design sleeker. I much prefer the design on this tablet to the Blackberry Playbook as I found the Playbook rather heavy. In addition, there are buttons on the side that are used to lock and unlock the Nexus and adjust the volume.
The volume on the Nexus is not the greatest. It doesn’t go very loud – and I like my music loud – although the quality is pretty good. It makes a clicking noise when you tap different things which I had to turn off as it irritated me.
The hardware on tablets is – to me – always more important than the design. The Nexus 7 is run by a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM. There are three types of tablets available: the 8GB, 16GB and the 32GB. There is no real difference between the three versions, just different storage capacity. Before buying this, I read some reviews and saw someone say that a SD card slot would be cool – a sentiment that I strongly agree with.
The Nexus 7 has no rear facing camera although it does have a front facing 1.2MP camera which makes it perfect for Skype which I use a lot. It also has Bluetooth and GPS which not all tablets have.
The battery life is good; I usually charge it at night and it will last me all day even when I play apps and use Facebook quite a bit. That was essential for me. I haven’t used it with Bluetooth turned on but I have Wi-Fi constantly turned on (can’t live without my Wi-Fi).
The native screen resolution of 1280 x 800 and a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch makes the quality very clear while the IPS display allows you to view it at a wide angle without the colour becoming distorted.
The standard Operating System for the Nexus 7 is currently Jellybean 4.1 which is loaded and ready when you get it. The upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich makes a huge difference. In my opinion, it runs smoother and makes the tablet seem a bit faster and easier to use. The Nexus comes with apps already installed like YouTube, Google Play, Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google+ and Google currents.
Google Play is really easy to use on this and the access to apps is great. The plus with the 32GB version is that there is lots of room for apps and movies. The apps that I use the most on the tablet would be Facebook, YouTube and Temple Run.
What is my final opinion of the Google Nexus? You get what you pay for. I think it’s the perfect tablet for me as I will use it for games, YouTube and Facebook. There are some things that could be improved like the sound quality of the speakers but, for the price you pay, you get a top quality product. The feel, weight and speed of the tablet are brilliant. I can’t wait to see how this compares to other tablets in the future.