We all regularly recycle our mobile phone and upgrade to a newer model as new technology in smartphones is continuously developed and improved. The same can be said for the highly competitive market of tablets.
The Nexus 7 is the new Google tablet and is being launched with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System. This has made real improvements to the smooth running of the device and ensures faster multi-tasking, animations and frame rates. However it is not the final version of Jelly Bean so no doubt there will be extra tweaks made over time.
The Google Nexus 7 is being marketed to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire and has a competitive starting price of £159.00. The Nexus 7 is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and has 1GB RAM. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus the Google Nexus 7 comes pre-loaded with the Chrome Browser which is a definite improvement on previous devices. The battery life of the N7 is also good, lasting on average about 8 hours.
The Nexus 7’s 7 inch 1280 x 720 resolution screen is better than that of the Kindle Fire. It is clear and vibrant and responsive and can be viewed easily at different angles. The screen is great for gaming but less successful for viewing magazines, when it is required to switch to text mode and lose all the visual design.
The Nexus 7 is a small tablet and lighter than the Kindle Fire making it easy to hold for an extended period. Unfortunately the speakers on the Nexus 7 are mounted on the back of the device so you may find you need to use your headphones to get clearer sound.
The Nexus 7 is a budget tablet, and as such some features have had to go. Noticeably this Google tablet has no rear facing camera, but is restricted to the 1.2 megapixel front camera. Furthermore the Nexus 7 does not have great storage capacity coming in only an 8GB or 16GB version and with no microSD card slot there is no capacity to expand on that. The Nexus 7 also lacks any 3G or 4G connectivity and relies instead on Wi-Fi. However, to compensate for this Google has enabled Voice Dictation to be taken offline and you can download Google Maps and view them offline.
The Nexus 7 does come with NFC technology so you are able to transfer files to other Android devices via Android Beam. In theory NFC allow allows you to make credit card payments but the Google Wallet app is not yet available for the N7. This highlights the disadvantage still faced by Google tablets, that there is still a lack of tablet-specific Android apps available.
So to sum up if you are looking for a small tablet which isn’t going to make a big hole in your budget you could do worse than opt for the new Google Nexus 7. It runs smoothly and has the basic functionality required from a tablet with the advantage of a fast processor and operating system.