The "1-Minute" Review
- 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.