Asus Nexus 7

Verge Review

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is not exactly a surprise. Nor is the fact that I’m able to work on a review of the product just hours after the device was announced. For years now, Google has had the uncanny habit of not only making big announcements at its I/O events, but then immediately sharing what it has shown off with developers and members of the press. This year was over the top. Not only did Google hand out its new, 7-inch, $199 Nexus 7 tablet, but it also introduced a new version of...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .41 inches
Weight .75 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 7 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.1
Media streaming DLNA
CPU brand Nvidia
CPU family Tegra 3
RAM size 1 GB

Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 7.82 inches
Width 4.72 inches
Thickness .41 inches
Weight .75 pounds
Color Black
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 7 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1280 px
Resolution (Y) 800 px
PPI 216
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.1
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

CPU brand Nvidia
CPU family Tegra 3
Clock speed 1.3 GHz
Cores 4

GPU

Brand Nvidia
Model GeForce

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 8 GB, 32 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 3.0
NFC Yes

Front Camera

Effective pixels 1.2 megapixels

Ports

Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 4326 mAh
Quoted use time 8 hr

Benchmarks

Quadrant 3605
Vellamo 1740
GLB 2.1 Egypt 720p 32 FPS
GLB 2.1 Egypt 1080p 17 FPS

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    Reviewed by Luca_Paulina (Currently owns)

    I've had the N7 since it launched and I also have an iPad 3. From the day I got the N7 I haven't used my iPad much since. I travel a lot and find the size, apps and android the perfect travel companion. I read books, watch videos, play games, read the web and work (with g docs) and its not failed me. I was slightly hesitant about the ecosystem but there hasn't been a case when I can't find the exact same app that was on iOS.

    I don't think there is such thing as the best tablet around or anything but I do believe that people should buy products based on what 'they' want from it. I wanted a tablet that wouldn't restrict my use and allow me to work while on the go. Apple's iOS and products don't suit most people due to the strict limitations placed on what the user can do. While Steve Jobs said its a post pc future, I believe Android has come closest, I can do everything on the N7 that a computer allows.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Lewnatic (Currently owns)

    As someone who has not seen any potential in Android as a good ecosystem and considerable competitor of iOS the Nexus 7 Tablet did a good job on teaching me better. Not only is it one of the most well-designed tablets on the market but it also comes with the benefit of being Nexus device receiving updates almost immediately. After 3 months of owning the tablet I can safely say that the Nexus 7 is a great device with a stunning display, iconic design and rapidly growing ecosystem. You cannot go wrong with this one.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by darcyrheault63 (Currently owns)

    Absolutely brilliant design and ecosystem implementation with JB 4.1.2. Once it is changed to tablet mode it becomes even more excellent as far as UI goes,

    Speakers are tinny and the camera, although I know it is used mainly for video chat, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera is just not enough. But as I said it is only for video chat. And personally I am happy that there is no back facing camera on this. I have my Galaxy II for that.

    well done Asus and Google.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Buckminster83 (Currently owns)

    Previously owned an iPad 2. Sold it before I purchased this. First off - I HATE iOS. Any version is just pure garbage. If designers (which I am one) weren't so blinded by their self-love and desire to be technologically "hip", they'd never have designed apps for iOS and Apple would never have that one advantage over every other mobile device. Apple products may have the overall best hardware, but what is really needed? Retina Display is the biggest joke ever. Can you tell the difference? Sure. Do you need to? ... Really? Why do you need retina display? To be more like real life so we can just live 100% of our lives in a device?

    The Nexus 7 is not only extremely comparable to any Apple iPad (or Mini), but it's very affordable price tag makes it a knock-out. The only people buying Apple products from either A) the moment the Nexus 7 was released or B) the moment the iPad Mini was released - are people who are clinging to a fantasy. With a device so well built, so usable, and with such a great operating system like Jelly Bean - it's hard to imagine that people will just look beyond it and continue to think Apple is selling you the product they SHOULD have.

    The exterior design is great. I feel no need to baby this or not allow any scratches or throw it in my bag and have to worry about breaking it. I didn't dare drop my precious iPad 2 or any of my iPhone/Pod/Touches. The Camera (which should only be facing - this isn't a camera to shoot pictures with) is the only real issue. It's not a bad camera. But it could be better - especially when there are so many great ones out there. But... compromise for the price easy. Everything else is great. Ecosystem will get better (already is great) and, say what you want, but Google is the backbone of the web. Maybe Play doesn't have every movie you ever wanted. Maybe Android apps are not super designer-y like iOS apps. But why would you be so shallow as to buy an app for it's looks? I've tried many iOS apps both in the past and even in the last couple weeks that have been recommended highly because of the UX. Great UX. Bad content. That's typical for designers.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Jab0rnal (Currently owns)

    This is a brilliant device that is set at the right price. There is no need to over pay for a device that does the same thing. A little work on the ecosystem is needed but it will get there sooner rather than later. I have owned 2 ipads, both have now been sold because i no longer use them because of this device.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by dehv (Currently owns)

    Love this device, vanilla Android should be on everything.

    At this price it's worth every penny and is a definite must have. You can argue this has better specs than the newly announced iPad Mini and the price difference makes this a no brainer for the Nexus 7.

    This latest update of Android Jellybean is a proper sound OS, buttery smooth experience, Google Now works like a charm, it just seems to all work very well. If you're tiring of iOS which has never been up to scratch you should definitely give Android a try, might excite you about technology again. (I can say this because I've owned both platforms)

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by retrolab (Currently owns)

    Excellent price point without having to sacrifice build quality. It is the new measuring stick for which all other tablets will refer to. The screen is crisp, the colours are not over-saturated. Jelly Bean is everything great that you and I already know it to be. It was an excellent buy for my wife and I, and a truly comforting device without compromise. Highly recommended.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by joora (Currently owns)

    Great tablet for the price! Form factor and weight well optimized, snappy performance. Camera suitable for video calls, not much else. Good screen viewing angles and great pixel density. Nice rubbery feeling on the back. Jelly bean runs and looks great. I definatelly reccomend it, especially as a daily commuter's companion.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Interslice (Currently owns)

    I'm now convinced that 7" is the best form factor for a tablet. You pick up the Nexus 7 easily with one hand and treat it like a book filled with all of your favourite content...... It almost makes the iPad look awkward. Jelly Bean is a fantastic operating system, and the Nexus 7 is really good hardware, even more so at the price point. Thank you Google for making a quality and affordable tablet. Highly recommended as a tablet for anyone, especially if it's your first.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by anthony_dp (Currently owns)

    Очень удовлетворен покупкой, отсутствие камеры не считаю большим минусом, но наличие 3G модуля и версии с большим объемом памяти не помешало бы. Быстродействие приятно удивляет, экран практически Не утомляет глаза, очень удобный и компактный, сборка плотная и без люфтов. В штатах цена конечно ок, но в Украине купил за $375 что не есть круто.

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