Google Nexus 7 Review – Awesome Value for Money
Tablets have become such an integral part of most of us and that is the reason that many manufacturers of these devices are tending and trending these gadgets with new looks and tech specs. The Nexus 7, made by Asus for Google, was launched in the US in July last year. Now that the device is here, is it worth buying?
If you are out in the market to buy a tablet, should you get the Nexus 7? This would be the choice you would have to make for a ‘Best buy’. Let’s see if this makes a device worth buying.
Yes, this device (Nexus 7) would be a good buy. With a price of Rs. 15,999 the Nexus 7 is such an awesome value for money that it’s easy to recommend. In fact, even if your budget is higher of slightly lower, I suggest you give Nexus 7 a thorough consideration.
What makes this a never miss device when you are looking for a tablet?
There are several reasons why I feel the Nexus 7 is the best value for money tablet in the market currently. Let’s check them out one by one.
Awesome build quality
There are several tablets in the market which falls under your budget. But, most of them are not equipped with appreciable build quality. They feel cheap and plastic to your touch. But, the Nexus 7 is a different monster altogether. Nexus 7 is also made up of plastic but a rubber coating on the back cover not only gives it a premium feel and also makes it sturdy. The screen is topped with tough glass made by Coming – but it is not the Gorilla Glass – and a strip of aluminum surrounds the bezel, putting the device ahead of the other affordable tablets in terms of build quality. The sides have nice rounded feel to them and with weight of 340 grams, the tablet feels good in hand.
One of the important features of a Tablet is its screen. A weak screen can be very unsatisfactory and you will not enjoy viewing images or watching movies on the device. The poor touch response would be the worst experience as they do not allow you to have fun while playing games with it. A lower resolution will designed to tire your eyes post reading of two or three articles on the web.
The Nexus 7 is superb is all these features of a tablet. It provides accurate and striking colors. Viewing angles are nice. The touch sensitivity is just the top notch and the resolution of 1280x800p is good enough to make the text look crisp and sharp on the screen.
The tablet is powered by a quad-core processor – Nvidia Tegra 3 – that runs at a speed of up to 1.3 GHz. It has 1 GB RAM. The storage in the basic model is 16GB. But if you are willing to spend Rs. 3000 more, you can get the model with 32 GB storage. There is no support for microSD card. Similarly, the basic model only works with Wi-Fi. But he model with 32 GB storage that supports 3G through sim-card can be bought for Rs. 21, 999. The tablet comes with all relevant sensors like GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer. The Nexus 7 hardware doesn’t set any benchmark on fire. But it is no slouch either. The hardware is definitely better than what is available in similarly-priced tablets.
Most of all the budget tablets suffer from performance issues. Some have a user interface that lags while most can’t play demanding 3D games like Dead Trigger or Real Racing 3. The Nexus 7 doesn’t have these issues. The user interface is very smooth. There is no lag whether you are playing a demanding 3D games or browsing the web. Full HD movies in popular formats like MP4 plays well though you may have to download a third-party video player like MoboPlayer if you want to watch a lot of AVI, FLV or M4V videos.
The tablet has no rear camera and that should disappoint people who love to click photographs for tablets. But for most of the users it should not be an issue. The front camera – a much more important component in a tablet – is included and its 1.2 mega pixels resolution is good enough for use during Skype or Google Talk sessions. Battery life is average but still better than what other budgets tablets manage. On a single charge, the Nexus 7 lasts around 11 to 12 hours of use.
One reason why the Nexus 7 performs well is because it is powered by the ‘pure’ Android. This means the core software in the tablet comes directly from Google and contains no third-party components, which may or may not affect the performance. The Nexus 7 is powered by Android4.2, which is the latest version of the mobile operating system. Considering it is a Nexus device, the tablet is also guaranteed timely updates whenever Google releases a new version of Android. This means if next month Google announces the new version of Android (a very real possibility) with new features, the Nexus 7 will be among the first Android devices to get it.
The only reason not to get Nexus 7
Yes, there is one. And it may not be a deal-breaker for most people but for some it can be. The basic model of the Nexus 7 supports only Wi-Fi. If you have a budget of around Rs 16,000 and you must get a tablet that supports 3G, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a better deal. At the same time, if you can extend your budget, we suggest the 3G version of the Nexus 7 that costs Rs 21,999.
Another issue with the Nexus 7 is that even if you get the 3G version, you can’t use the tablet with cellular connection to make calls or send messages. You can use apps like WhatsApp or Viber to send messages or make calls but normal calls and SMS are not supported. This is not a major issue for most users as tablets are not the devices to make or receive calls — phones have that job — but some users may not like it.
Compared to Apple iPad mini
Apple’s iPad mini is a fantastic tablet. Depending on your budget, you can pick either the Nexus 7 or the iPad mini and you won’t go wrong. The iPad mini has a much better build quality and finish but is also slightly bigger compared to the Nexus 7. It also has a bigger screen (good) but with a lower resolution (bad). Also, the iPad mini has access to better quality apps, especially games, though for all practical purposes the Nexus 7 is as capable as the iPad mini.
Where it all gets interesting is at the price point of Rs 22,000. We feel that the 3G version of the Nexus 7 is a better deal at this price point if you are going to travel around a lot with the tablet. The support for 3G connection makes it lot more useful when you are traveling. But if the lack of 3G is not an issue, iPad Mini is a better choice.
Google Nexus 7 review: The best value-for-money tablet
TNN | Apr 13, 2013, 11.47 AM IST
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