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Google's Nexus 7 tablet review

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is jointly designed by the search engine giant and Asus. This is not the first time Google is pairing with hardware manufacturers to produce one of its gadgets. It has worked with HTC, Motorola and Samsung in the past. This time round Google paired with Asus, a renown hardware manufacturer of some of the best Android tablets in the market. But, is Google’s slender Nexus 7 tablet by Asus really worth its asking price of £159?

Nexus 7 specifications

On paper, the Nexus 7 is a refined tablet with impressive specs. It is powered by a quad-core, Tegra 3 processor with 1GB RAM. The tablet boasts either 8GB or 16 GB onboard storage and runs on an Android 4.1 JellyBean.

Unfortunately, the tablet supports relatively fewer Android tablet apps. Nevertheless, weighing a mere 340 grams the 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm tablet rivals many Android tablets selling at twice or even more its price.

Nexus 7 design

Google’s Nexus 7 features a respectable 7-inch, 1200 x 800 HD backlit IPS display with 216 pixels per inch on the screen. A 1.2 mega pixel front-facing camera is set at the front-top and covered by Corning glass.

While the Nexus 7's display is not as impressive as a third generation iPad Retina Display that gives 264 pixels per inch on screen, you will not have too much to complain about from the display given the tablet’s price.

Nexus 7 controls

There are no hardware-based control buttons at the front, but the tablet does make wise use of basic hardware controls that consist of a power/sleep button and a two-level volume controller.

Other controls including home, back and recent navigation are on-screen-based and use Android’s software buttons technology. The on-screen software buttons are accessible via the notifications menu.

Overall assessment

Google and Asus deserve credit for managing to pack a host of impressive features in their sleek, slender Android tablet. The bezel fitted around the screen 20 mm at the bottom and top and 14 mm on either side of the screen, in particular, makes the Nexus 7 quite comfortable to hold and use without the fingers getting in the way of the screen.

However, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet by Asus does not dethrone Apple and Samsung's reigning tablet champions. Google’s tablet does, nonetheless, give Amazon’s ambitious Android tablet forays a run for its money. Overall, Google's Nexus 7 tablet is a good buy if you are looking for quality build at competitive pricing.

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