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Google Nexus tablet review

The Google Nexus 7 tablet is the first attempt at an own-brand tablet PC, made by Asus with an average starting price of £159. The Nexus is an Android tablet, running the 4.1 Jelly Bean system with a 7 inch screen and quad-core processor for improved performance. But as one of the first brand-own Android tablets, does the Nexus beat the current market competition?

Google Nexus tablet - Overview

The Google Nexus 7 tablet is a respectable 336g in weight with a 7 inch screen, smaller than the average tablet size of 10.6. The tablet's small dimensions (120x199mm) means the tablet is easy to use in one hand and fit in your back pocket.

Usually, tablets under the £200 price range are considered to be of poor quality when it comes to build and endurance, but the Google Nexus tablet seems intent on breaking this trend.

The tablet is designed scratch resistant glass and most components in the tablet are of high quality, resistant material. However, one problem with Google Nexus tablets (also found with HTC screens) is rippling at the corners of the screen when a lot of pressure is applied; this doesn't pose much of a problem, but it's something to consider Nexus when travelling and may require extra protection (i.e., padded case).

The Google Nexus tablet uses 1GB of ram, perfect for most tablet application, and storage space of 8GB or 16GB, depending on which of the two Nexus 7 products you buy. Overall, the general performance of the tablet was rated excellent by most customers and described as ideal for browsing, playing games and watching video content.

Pros

  • The Google Nexus 7 Tablet is affordable compared to most products and doesn't compromise on price where it matters most (i.e., performance and quality of materials used).
  • 7 inch, light-weight device which can be carried easily in pockets and held comfortably in one hand.
  • Impressive 1GB ram and Tegra 3-quad processor (found in most high-rate tablets) for improved performance.

Cons

  • Limited to 8GB or 16GB storage (note that most Android systems already take up 2GB of this space).
  • No 3G connectivity.
  • No microSD expansion.
  • No rear-view facing camera, only a 1.2 megapixel front camera for making video calls.

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