The “tablet” war is on! No this is not some kind of extra celestial objects from an UFO fighting to gain substratum. It is the technology giants grunting out to re-imagine and re-innovate the gadget we call “Tablet”.
First Amazon Kindle Fire, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Note and now the new kid in the block is the Google Nexus 7, bringing a boom in the gadget technology is a mere understatement! At a rock bottom price, the Google Nexus 7 brings in Android 4.1, an amazing performance and an eye catching brilliant design!
Another black tab! Yet, it does remarkably better to break free from the cookie jar mold of most black slates. Few unique things worth mentioning in this regard are the efforts taken in the finishing of the rubbery, grippy elements in the rear panel. It doesn’t look like an extra skin of course but solves the purpose of a handheld which should be comfortable when held in your hand.
Next point definitely has to be the bezel! Innovatively thin when held in portrait, however stands poles apart when you look at the top and bottom when compared with most other 7 inchers. The thicker bezel design might be useful for an everyday user to rest the thumb while navigating or for that case even holding the tablet, however aesthetically they are tad thick and impractically long. However, it is slim, sleek, handy and more importantly got looks to die for with that silvery trim! When you view the Nexus 7 from front, the 1.2 megapixel front camera sitting in the middle of the top bezel is the only distinguishable feature. Upheld on the right edge quite tactically placed is power/lock button. Edging ahead on the right bottom unfolds the headphone jack coupled with a Micro-USB port in the middle of bottom edge.
End of story here, what shocks such an innovative design is that there is no inbuilt memory expansion, no HDMI out port and more essentially a missing back camera. Possibly a cost saving measure but doesn’t quite appeal the layman tablet user.
Is Jelly Bean really that sweet?
As many would already know Google Nexus 7 will be the first device to be shipped and packed with the latest avatar of the Android OS version 4.1 Jelly Bean. The interesting part here though is Nexus 7 Is just as adaptable as its previous avatars. Its projection in Google Nexus is even more compact and robust
The Home Screen really makes a lot of difference in which the entire tablet handles and navigates.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is more about renovation and refinement from the already existing compact framework. It’s faster, smoother and definitely much more capable. “Project Butter” has improved Android 4.1’s speed to a silky –smooth 60FPS; it’s regarded as a major effort to squash android’s frequent problems with device lag and performance. It is now enabled to run the CPU and Graphics in parallel runtime and not necessarily bump into each other. Graphics, triple buffered to enable ease of scrolling and transitions soothing along and with an act smart processor which will swing into full gear the moment you touch the interface, makes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean extremely desirable specially when packed in the Nexus 7.
Google Play, a costly affair!
Google Nexus 7 is all arsenals towards the Kindle Fire fever! Quite strategically Google Play has been incorporated with the latest TV shows, payable movies magazine on e-reader. Honestly you start getting a feeling after few hours of “Chargeable” viewing that why can’t one use a live streaming open source app or simply Youtube? When Android is all about Open Sources! But it miserably fails if compared to Kindle Fire’s rates
|OS||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|CPU||1.2 GHz NvidiaTegra 3 (T30L) quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with additional low-speed companion core.|
|Display||7 inches (180 mm) IPS LCD, 1280×800 px (216 PPI), LED backlit, scratch-resistant glass|
|Weight (lbs)||340 grams (12 ounces)|
|Storage||8 or 16 GB flash memory|
4325 mAh, microUSB charger
|Input||Multi-touch Touch screen, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, GPS|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), NFC,
Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0
Navigation and Keyboard
Convenient, easy to use, robust and swift! These are the possible keywords for the futuristically designed keyboard. With enabled autocorrect, additional language packs and a better updated personal dictionary. It is a headline level text entering prodigy. Google Nexus 7 beats all end here by miles!
The Final Verdict
Google Nexus 7 definitely has an appealing screen, got great looks, responsive in order and does a pretty decent job when it comes to User Interface scaling. Shockingly insane though is that puny primary camera of 1.2 MP although the throw away price tag of just 199$ justifies that feature pretty well but then leaves it in a substandard state when coming to other in line tablets! It still doesn’t have the kill “I” approach as then it needs to have a galaxy of apps which every apple devices offer! To conclude Google Nexus 7 can be a steal as a tab as the gambling is on to the mass market.