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GadgeTell Review: Google Nexus 7 Tablet

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Google’s play in the tablet market is the Nexus 7, a 7-inch screen Android tablet clearly built for on-the-go use and once you play with this one for a while you’ll also see it was truly designed around and for Google Play. While little headway has been made with regard to challengers of Apple’s iPad, we have to say the Nexus 7 may prove one of the more a formidable opponents as the tablet wars roll along.

First off, just to be upfront, a few iPad features the Nexus 7 doesn’t have include no rear camera and the screen resolution, while more than adequate, doesn’t quite match that of the popular Apple device. You’re also not getting the same volume of content choices or the availability of the iPad’s enormous app library.

The good news is since the original Nexus 7 debut, Google has unveiled a new and upgraded, 32GB Nexus 7 priced at $299 with cellular data connectivity, as well as a new Nexus 10. All run on Google’s new Android v4.2 flavored-candy named “Jelly Bean. Add amazing battery life of around 10 hours to the equation and you’ve got the beginnings of a very appealing and formidable tablet line.

The familiar Android Market (the company’s app and content store) has been renamed Google Play and within here you’ve got over 700,000 apps and games, millions of eBooks and songs, thousands of movies, and a growing selection of TV shows and magazines. There’s a good amount of free content as well. Google tells us they are also working on adding more content for 2013.

The 1.2MP front-facing camera rests at the top of the tablet’s front panel. Unlike the Kindle Fire’s lone button (a product the Nexus matches up most closely with), Google has opted to go with three controls: a right side power/sleep button and a two-stage volume rocker button right below that. Everything else is done via on-screen controls.  The bottom of the device simply has a micro USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. A very thin speaker line is located just above these ports on the rubberized back and provides decent yet limited sound quality.

Some of the cooler features packed within the device include an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope and GPS chip, (timed well to take advantage of Google Maps’ new offline mode for navigating when Wi-Fi isn’t available). Web surfing is done via Google’s Chrome browser and the experience is as smooth and fast as any we’ve ever used and the 7-inch screen provides ample size for viewing this and any other content you choose. We’ll even go as far as to say the 7-inch size suits the tablet category quite well as it’s provides greater flexibility for a product category that screams on-the-go usage. In fact, what we liked most of all about the Nexus 7 is how good the device feels in your hand – light but solidly built, there is nothing chintzy about the Nexus 7’s design.

All in all a great option for those looking to get in the tablet game on a tighter budget.

FAST FACTS:

Google Nexus 7 – 32GB – $299

https://play.google.com

• 8GB/16GB/23GB onboard storage options

• Weighs 12 ozs

• Over 700,000 apps/games/ebooks/emags/etc available on Google Play

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  1. The Nexus 7 has significantly higher screen resolution than the iPad Mini, and the Nexus 10 has higher resolution than the iPad Retina.

    One of the unique features of Android 4.2 is the ability to support multiple accounts, something that is not yet possible with iOS. Each user’s data, settings, and apps are completely separate. Two people (or more) can really share one device, which is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying additional iPads.

    Selden
  2. Here is another new model released in December worth looking at — the Novo 10 Hero available at $225 is offered through a site called TabletSprint — and may be considered the best 10-inch tablet available this year under $300, and features a High Resolution 1280800 IPS screen, 16GB Memory, a strong Battery and Dual Core processor with Quad Core GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System, Wifi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and an option for 3G/4G connection. The manufacturer, Ainol Electronics received a “Best Tablet of the Year” award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012.

    The Novo 10 Hero also offers a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, a MicroSD Memory Card slot for unlimited storage (up to 32GB Memory Cards), front and back cameras with a 2 Megapixel rear camera; and has HDMI output, which is a nice feature to download movies and watch in Full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV. It also makes a great gaming device with its high resolution screen and motion sensor.

    Another tablet released last week is the Novo 7 Legend and may be considered the first “$100 TABLET” worth buying from any major brand, with features that include a quality screen display, Micro SD portable storage, Android 4.1 O/S, a MicroUSB port, and a processor with enough power to handle 3D games — Plus WiFi, Ethernet and 3G/4G Connection —

    The site TabletSprint also includes $25 in Bonus Apps with all tablets, and bundles in free 3G/4G wireless service with 500MB of free data every month with full internet access & VoIP voice calling — and TabletSprint offers December 24th delivery on orders placed by Friday, 3pm PST (California Time) –

    toddh
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