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Nexus7 Hands On

When Google announced the new Nexus 7 at breakfast at Google’s HQ, I was not only excited to see what the up graded device sported. I was also was also glad to hear that it had many new technologies with a low price of 229$ for the 16 GB version and 269$ for the 32GB version. The tablet is thinner, faster, and able to compete with all the other 7 inch tablets on the market. The one thing that helps it stands out too is quick updates to the newest Android version, such as Jelly Bean 4.3.

The tablet is 50 grams lighter, and 6 mm less long, which makes the tablet easier to hold with one hand. The back is a soft-touch back yet its easy to grip on hold onto. The display has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, so its truly HD. Google says that it is the world’s highest resolution 7-inch tablet with 323 pixels per inch (ppi). The screen also supports a 30-percent wider range of colors, which means Netflix and games look so much better on this tablet.

There is a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for Hangouts  of course and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The tablet is sporting a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor. The device’s memory has been upgraded from 1GB to 2GB, which allows faster app switching and more apps to run in the background. Bluetooth 4.0 and Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi are supported, as well as, 4G LTE support. NFC, HDMI and wireless charging. The new Nexus 7 also has stereo speakers and oh do they sound great. When playing music they sound really good, and the sound during games make you sound like your right in the action.

The Nexus on the back of the tablet is horizontal compared to the other Nexus running vertical. The speakers are on the top and the bottom by the USB charger. I think this was done because they wanted you to use the tablet in landscape mode more often. One because more games are in that setting, and two how tablets were meant to be used. Although I am used to running most of my apps in  portrait mode, I do like some apps when they are in landscape. Flipboard is an app that is better when in landscape, but I like reading books when the tablets in portrait mode. It’s a design choice that could influence how Google build apps for tablets.

The old Nexus7 got slower with updates and with use  of course, but the updates  caused issue with the tablet and many people had the tablet sit dormant than use it. I know I’ll get the most out of the tablet, by using it as my remote for the Chromecast we got. Overall the pro’s of the device out weighs any cons anyone can find. The Google play store is growing with new apps that are exclusive and better than iOS apps. All the while adding Textbooks and making game play with friends easier. I would buy this tablet over an iPad Mini any day, but that’s because the Nexus7 has a better screen, great battery life, and is super slick. It’s easy to hold but all the while feels a little cheap, but that may be because the tablets very lowly priced.

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