[Review] Google Nexus 7 Roundup Review! 

By  hackersknight

Google Nexus is not a unheard name by any gizmo lover’s, this year Google launched their much awaited tablet Nexus 7. It taste of an ASUS designed device with minimal branding and latest version of Android OS Jelly Bean 4.1.

This year was over the top for the Google Android user, not only did Google hand out his latest, 7-inch, $199 Nexus 7 tablet, but it also introduced  a new version of Android(4.1) Jelly bean, upgraded it flagship phone, and rolled out the Nexus Q is a spherical media player function as wired audio and  video output, sounds like Social Streaming device, (we gonna review soon too).

Let’s find out more on the Nexus 7

Hardware and design

Nexus 7

Asus-Made Nexus 7 impressively tempting and styled. Like other tablets, what you mainly  find to see is a glossy, black display. But not in this case, Google is done something different this time, instead of walking on the same path, they made a display which is ringed by a matte sliver band which has the feel of taut leather.

Whereas on the bottom ridge of the device is a micro USB port and On the left edge, users will  find pogo plug connectors for a dock while on the right side (portrait mode) user’s will find the volume controller and sleep/power buttons. ,and on the front of the nexus there is a small camera embedded in the upper bezel.


Nexus 7 is 7.8 inches tall by 4.7 inches wide, with thickness around 0.41(iPad has 0.37 inches) whereas it weigh around 0.74 pounds.

Nexus 7 Hardware Review


Nexus 7 Internals

Nexus 7 is equipped with a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU clocked to 1.15GHz on four Cores (or 1.3GHz when running on just one), it comes in three specs 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of on-board storage(cost extra $50 bucks). Google didn’t bring with any idea for and download addicted so it will be an drawback as it doesn’t have any microSD slot here.

In fact, the back panel is not removable at all, provides protection and feels comfy to use but not removable words pinches the mind somewhere after long use of it.

The Nexus 7 device also have Bluetooth 4.0, with wi-fi 802.11b/g/n, and has a GPS chip, NFC9Near Field Communication), gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer.

It’s also got a 1.2 Megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a speaker embedded around the back of the device. and what appear to be a pair of built-in microphones.

On the part of the camera, it isn’t really useful for anything but Google+ hangouts  and it certainly get’s the job done. But if you are one of those who likes to go for snap with their tab, then probably you’re out of luck. There’s is no camera app on the device.

Their is also no 3G or 4G data service on-board and the storage limitation might get you  piss off easily, along with this there’s also little complain about for a tablet at this price.

“The storage limitation might be annoying to some users.


Nexus Display

Google Nexus 7 has 1280*800 LCD display,coated with “corning glass”(Gorilla Glass). The Screen has pixel density of around 216 ppi makes the text and images look crisp and clear on the 7 inch screen though not retina display quality, but not too far off either. On comparison to galaxy nexus(super AMOLED) the colors of screen looked a bit washed out in Nexus 7. But next to the new iPad, thing looked a little more balanced.


It’s Just buttery if you see the Nexus 7 performance. OS is undoubtedly by Android 4.1 and it’s  “project Butter” initiative, improves touch responses and bring smoothness while using. Apps response time is also good and quick, and speedy and stable in use. Particularly in 3D gaming that was optimized for the tegra chip set looked stunning and held steady frame rates, and basic tasks like multitasking were nearly instantaneous.

But as if it noticed that may be Google in attempting to smooth out and stabilizing the performance as it tried to deliver, created some very minor “SNAP BACK” issues when scrolling around quickly. It may be some problem with the software as this issue’ didn’t detected in galaxy nexus running on the same OS jelly bean. Well it’s just a nitpick.

Battery Life

Nexus 7 Battery Performance

Google not only worked on it’s project butter but also put effort to make the battery life pretty solid. But in general,the amount of power drain felt relatively predictable and detectable as you won’t stay in low-power mode forever and not it lose that there is Tegra 3. But while using at it paces you won’t feel to reaching for recharge too fast.


Nexus 7 Software Review

And we came to the Core thing of Nexus 7 that makes it much more interesting is  it’s Recently launched Android OS Jelly Bean. Google Takes a huge leap forward from  the previous OS ICS (Ice cream sandwich) last year, and Google tried it level best this time in refining and tweaking new OS Jelly Bean. Which is remarkable!!!

Reinforcing the Feeling of Complete OS

Software review

Project butter is a program by Google which was it’s main project in enhancing the performance of OS, and they made it, jelly bean now has the consistently higher frame rate for screen animation and movement than any previous version of the software. Even the the things like ‌finger tracking, making touches more accurate and natural, this play’s as a big deal as in history, Android devices have lagged iOS just a hair for touch responsiveness.

In real time the new OS jelly bean, does shows the difference between ICS (Ice cream sandwich),  if you feels android as an complete OS then jelly bean, it just reinforce that feeling of  cohesive OS. But talking in general way things like multitasking, moving into and out of apps seems faster and much more fast and responsive.

If you thinks that is all Google done in it’s new OS, then you are wrong, there is much more fix and stability, for instance, the app selection dialog that lets user pick a handler for specific task is now much more visual. Roboto on other also matured a bit.

The thing which goes under big change in jelly bean is notification,with window shade pop-ups now being both actionable and expandable. It means you can see a clear view of all the new mails you have got, share images right from your notification bar, all without going into app. Expanding and collapsing of notification can be done by 2 finger gestures. But some times it might get complicated when all the notification jump into the app info screen. Tease the user and make feels to be bit crowded.

You can also now can create keyboard shortcuts in your personal dictionary, and Emoji has been added as an optional key set, and a new algorithm which Google claims will learn and adapt the more user tap away.Hmm that’s a welcome change. Another big change is that dictation can be handled now offline, so no need of worrying for connection. The Calender app has been updated with drop shadows and coloring, and animation that takes user into and out of app, sweeps upward and down while choosing them from multitasking. New Maps includes new offline options, makes it easier for the user to select big areas at once. Google do some homework and made it toggle switches more flat, and easier access to accounts.

Nexus 7 home screen

On Coming on to the Home screen, Android feels much more like iOS due to auto rearrangement while moving the objects, whereas widgets don’t fit on screen get re-sized instead of get rejected. but the drawback comes into the action when you try to rotate the screen in landscape position and bingo nothing works as an user you expect it doesn’t get changed means you cannot turn the tablet to landscape when you’re on the home screen. make user go bit annoying. Company has updated and added to its content offering in his new OS, adding magazines issues and subscription in new app and bringing TV purchase to its video store.

nexus 7 Software Review

The Biggest and most important change detected in Jelly beans is it the appearance of Google now-next big thing in Android OS further so far, in its natural search.
Google in rivalry to iOS Siri, came up with fantastic answer. The Google came up with very human sounding female voice to read and responding back to the queries.
It works same and utilize similar logic to siri for per-asked question. Google Now goes much serious this time and their hard work definitely seen here in voice recognition. it actually learns what user search through and starts identity patterns. Addition to it generate the information before you even ask for it. It Do much more it even estimate the time for your destination on the go!!! In short it’s fascinating.

In whole the nexus on software is Played pretty good. But still lacks of  developer support.


Nexus 7 Review Conclusion

Nexus 7 is an good tab for $199. Yet it works very stably without any problem yet so far. But yet there are still some issues tat need to be addressed. It Delivers much more in affordable price, with that sleek and smartness.

If you are an Andorido buy it, Enjoy it.  “Feels Like a future technology that got here a little early”.

Pros: Big New OS  Jelly Bean, Affordable Price, Fresh Look.

Cons: Limited Storage, Tablet App Selection.

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  • it’s got a corning glass v2.0 and not a gorilla version. So, the glass is prone to getting smudges and scratches or it is designed to handle roughness and pretty much rugged in built.

  • What about the available user space provided on the 8GB model apart from the space alloted and fixed for the default program files. I am more of like to use my tablet for movie viewing and playing HD games, would that suffice with the 8GB space and the display of 1280X800 is fair enough to handle 1080p hi-definition movies. That’s the least we can do as the google play store still hasn’t been activated here in India, just drop and play and accommodate the space accordingly

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