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Google Nexus 7 review

8.5/10 AVG.
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8.5/10
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The Google Nexus 7 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 55 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • High-power NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB of RAM makes it easy to run most apps and even multitask
  • Affordable considering the number of high-end features it packs inside it

What's bad

  • No expansion slot / microSD card
  • No microHDMI output

The Google Nexus 7 weighs in at just 340g, has a thin 10mm profile, comes equipped with a 7-inch screen, and is overall hardly larger than a paperback novel. Yet despite all of this, it is definitely not a small fry. In fact, with its recent unveiling, Google has managed to easily set the bar for the next-generation of budget-friendly but high-quality Android-powered tablet computers. And best of all, it runs Android 4.1 Jellybean, the latest version of the Android software.

What makes the Google Nexus 7 so special is the fact that it houses a lot of high-end Android tablet features in its small casing. Powering the Google Nexus 7 is a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of on-device RAM, a 4325mAh battery, and choices of either 8GB of 16GB of internal storage. Google rates the Nexus 7’s battery as good for up to 8 hours on a charge, which is understandable given how thin it is. It’s actually quite an impressive feat since the built-in 7-inch screen features a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Other hardware features include a front-facing camera, various types of motion sensors, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, and microUSB connectivity.

The lack of certain hardware features might be a deal breaker for some. For instance, the Google Nexus 7 doesn’t come with a built-in microHDMI port or a microSD card slot. However, it’s meant to be more of a pocket organizer than a full-fledged pocket computer in that you can use it to complement your existing main kit of devices. That’s the reason for its immense portability and extremely low price point. Besides, it is the first and so far the only Android device that officially runs version 4.1 a.k.a. Jellybean, which brings about a bunch of important software improvements that many users will no doubt find useful.

You could turn it into a reading device or simply make it your main way of consuming multimedia content. Whatever you or the rest of the market decides to do, it’s clear at this point that Google has got a winner in the Nexus 7. And perhaps, at long last, it’s finally appropriate to stop and say, yes, these are the Droids that you are looking for.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


GottaBeMobile

The Nexus 7 (2013) is one of the best cheap Android tablets you can buy, and one of a handful worth considering in the $200 to $250 price range. Asus and Google don’t skimp on the important features like many budget tablets do, which adds up to a great experience that gets fast updates and com...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile
GottaBeMobile

After a year with the Nexus 7, there is a part of me that is glad that I invested that $250 in Google’s 7-inch tablet. It was a great device, when it worked properly. When I think if my time with these Nexus devices, the word that comes to mind is inconsistent. Owning a Nexus device is like ri...

- Adam Mills, GottaBeMobile
TechRadar

The Google tablet finally takes the Android problem into its own hands

- James Rogerson, TechRadar
Tech Advisor

Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us. If you're looking for a tablet under £200 then look no further than...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Good E-Reader

The Nexus 7 has a ton going for it. It is rare you can buy an Android tablet with no bloatware and no superfluous content to bog you down. Many people are obviously really drawn to Android, and the ability to craft your own experience. The Nexus 7 blends high performance hardware with solid resoluti...

- Michael Kozlowski, Good E-Reader


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Screen Size
7"

The Google Nexus 7's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4325mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4325 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Google Nexus 7 Specs

Overview
Release date July 15, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4325 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.9 x 12.0 x 1.0 cm (7.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 340 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 216 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch-resistant Corning glass
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus Nexus Tablet, Google Nexus Tablet, ASUS Pad ME370T

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Critic Reviews


GottaBeMobile

Delivers a good Android tablet experience with a brilliant 1080P HD display, quick performance and a thinner, better looking design

from GottaBeMobile

The Nexus 7 (2013) is one of the best cheap Android tablets you can buy, and one of a handful worth considering in the $200 to $250 price range. Asus and Google don’t skimp on the important features like many budget tablets do, which adds up to a great experience that gets fast updates and comes with access to the Google Play Store.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) is one of the best cheap Android tablets you can buy, and one of a handful worth considering in the $200 to $250 price range. Asus and Google don’t skimp on the important features like many budget tablets do, which adds up to a great experience that gets fast updates and comes with access to the Google Play Store.

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GottaBeMobile

Owning a Nexus device is like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on

from GottaBeMobile

After a year with the Nexus 7, there is a part of me that is glad that I invested that $250 in Google’s 7-inch tablet. It was a great device, when it worked properly. When I think if my time with these Nexus devices, the word that comes to mind is inconsistent. Owning a Nexus device is like...More

After a year with the Nexus 7, there is a part of me that is glad that I invested that $250 in Google’s 7-inch tablet. It was a great device, when it worked properly. When I think if my time with these Nexus devices, the word that comes to mind is inconsistent. Owning a Nexus device is like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on. It’s unpredictable.

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TechRadar

A remarkably solid device all round; the specs and screen are both good

from TechRadar

The Nexus 7 is astounding value for money. If you're on a budget this is the tablet to buy and, even if you're not, it's well worth considering, as its specs and performance make it competitive with tablets twice the price.

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The Nexus 7 is astounding value for money. If you're on a budget this is the tablet to buy and, even if you're not, it's well worth considering, as its specs and performance make it competitive with tablets twice the price.

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Tech Advisor

The benchmark cheap tablet

from Tech Advisor

Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us. If you're looking for a tablet under £200 then look no further than the Nexus 7.

Read full review

Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us. If you're looking for a tablet under £200 then look no further than the Nexus 7.

Read full review

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Good E-Reader

Makes a very good e-reader if you are looking to reading pure text

from Good E-Reader

The Nexus 7 has a ton going for it. It is rare you can buy an Android tablet with no bloatware and no superfluous content to bog you down. Many people are obviously really drawn to Android, and the ability to craft your own experience. The Nexus 7 blends high performance hardware with solid resol...More

The Nexus 7 has a ton going for it. It is rare you can buy an Android tablet with no bloatware and no superfluous content to bog you down. Many people are obviously really drawn to Android, and the ability to craft your own experience. The Nexus 7 blends high performance hardware with solid resolution to make movies and web content look amazing. You will be hard-pressed to find another Android tablet that has the great price and high powered specs that this one does. You aren’t locked into any one content distribution system and can enjoy a pure and open experience.

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Expert Reviews

A brilliant little tablet at an incredibly low price

from Expert Reviews

It could be argued that the larger and more expensive Google Nexus 10 is a better accompanying device for today's sizeable flagship smartphones - and if you own the such a phone then it's a better buy. At this price, though, the Nexus 7 is a real impulse purchase, and having seen the quality of t...More

It could be argued that the larger and more expensive Google Nexus 10 is a better accompanying device for today's sizeable flagship smartphones - and if you own the such a phone then it's a better buy. At this price, though, the Nexus 7 is a real impulse purchase, and having seen the quality of the device we'd say just go for it. It's a fantastic tablet and one that practically everyone will find a use for.

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Cnet

Features a sharp screen, a comfortable design, and great battery life at a low starting price

from Cnet

With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer.

Thanks to some of the new features in Android 4.2, the Nexus 7 gets mostly better with age, but should you buy it? While th...More

With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer.

Thanks to some of the new features in Android 4.2, the Nexus 7 gets mostly better with age, but should you buy it? While that decision will depend on what your needs are, the Nexus 7 is still the overall best small tablet.

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The Verge

Incredible price and always-on connection is a nice change

from The Verge

If you're thinking about buying a tablet, you're still probably best off with an iPad. But if you're sold on a Nexus 7, I can't think of a good reason not to buy it with mobile data. I recommend buying the cellular version of any tablet, actually, but it's an even easier sell on this device. The deciding factor with other tablets is price: you pay a $130 premium on the iPad for LTE connectivity, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is only available for $399.99 from Verizon. At $299, the Nexus 7 costs only $50 more for the HSPA+ model — it's $100 more than the entry-level model, but you also get 32GB of storage instead of 16....

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If you're thinking about buying a tablet, you're still probably best off with an iPad. But if you're sold on a Nexus 7, I can't think of a good reason not to buy it with mobile data. I recommend buying the cellular version of any tablet, actually, but it's an even easier sell on this device. The deciding factor with other tablets is price: you pay a $130 premium on the iPad for LTE connectivity, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is only available for $399.99 from Verizon. At $299, the Nexus 7 costs only $50 more for the HSPA+ model — it's $100 more than the entry-level model, but you also get 32GB of storage instead of 16.

Even if you don't plan on using the data plan, spend the extra $50 — I bet you'll end up using it. I'm already looking for ways to hack a SIM card slot into my own Nexus 7.

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Mobile88

Affordable, compact and has a fast ­processor

from Mobile88

The Nexus 7 has a great looking 7in display and powerful quad-core processor running on Jelly Bean. It's great for browsing the Web, reading e-books, watching HD videos and playing games.

The addition of Google Now also makes it much easier to find relevant information.

However, the Nexus 7 lacks a number of features. It doesn't have a microSD ­expansion slot which means you'll just have to be happy with 16GB of storage....

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The Nexus 7 has a great looking 7in display and powerful quad-core processor running on Jelly Bean. It's great for browsing the Web, reading e-books, watching HD videos and playing games.

The addition of Google Now also makes it much easier to find relevant information.

However, the Nexus 7 lacks a number of features. It doesn't have a microSD ­expansion slot which means you'll just have to be happy with 16GB of storage.

And if you are the type that likes to shoot pictures you'll be disappointed that it doesn't have a rear camera.

Also, the review unit is a WiFi-only model. If you prefer to be connected at all times you should wait for the 3G model which Asus expects to ship in the near feature.

All in all, you are getting a lot of features in a 7in form factor. It is also one of the best Android tablets we have used so far.

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Mobile Magazine

The Nexus 7 is fast, very fast considering the price

from Mobile Magazine

The Nexus 7 isn’t perfect, but it is pretty damn close. Jelly Bean 4.1 is great, the processor is great and the fact that there is no 3rd party junk pre-loaded is highly appreciated. If you want a relatively capable tablet in a 7-inch form factor, it’s hard to beat this tablet.

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The Nexus 7 isn’t perfect, but it is pretty damn close. Jelly Bean 4.1 is great, the processor is great and the fact that there is no 3rd party junk pre-loaded is highly appreciated. If you want a relatively capable tablet in a 7-inch form factor, it’s hard to beat this tablet.

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User Reviews


F. Landivar

WORST ASUS COMMITMENT

I used the tablet almost one year and before warranty expires and without any physical or water damage the screen began having a vertical line. Sent for warranty and they denied it arguing customer damage despite the tablet was intact, no scratches, never dropped and used always with a hard case. Besid...More
I used the tablet almost one year and before warranty expires and without any physical or water damage the screen began having a vertical line. Sent for warranty and they denied it arguing customer damage despite the tablet was intact, no scratches, never dropped and used always with a hard case. Besides to denying a deserved warranty they were trying to steal trying to charge $185 for repair while the new model can be bought for $230 and the same model for $160. DONT TRUST GOOGLE ASUS WARRANTY and go with a more trusted brand. Less