Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet

Google has finally made its entry in the tablet computer market and has given the world the Google Nexus 7. Here we take a look at the 7-incher and decide if it really is the best in its category and has the chance to become an iPad-killer.

Design

The Google Nexus 7 is your typical 7-incher in a black slab design unless you got your hands on the version of the tablet that has a white back panel. Though almost similar in appearance to the other tablets in the 7-inch category, the Google Nexus 7 sets itself apart from the tablet pack with its back panel that has a rubbery feel to it. This textured back panel of the tablet makes it a whole lot more comfortable to hold even for extended periods of time and the pimpled texture itself lends to a better grip on the Google Nexus 7.

In terms of its dimensions, the Google Nexus 7’s measurements come up to 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm and it tips the scales at 340 grams. With its size and weight, the tablet is average-sized and is comparable in size to both the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. When held in portrait mode, the bezels on the left and right side of the Google Nexus 7 are noticeable thinner while those at the top and bottom are decidedly thicker and this design aesthetic of the tablet gives it a longer, taller look for that matter.


Under the hood

Despite being priced competitively with the 8GB model having a price point of $200, the Google Nexus 7 still packs tech specs that are found on higher-priced tablets. Being the current Google flagship device, the Google Nexus 7 is already running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of the Android mobile operating system.

The operating system of the Google Nexus 7draws power from the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset found in its circuitry. This SoC brings to the tablet quad-core capabilities with its quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The processor of the tablet is complemented by 1 gigabyte of DDR2 RAM and this processor – RAM combination under the hood of the Google Nexus 7 ensures that its performance is always snappy and lag-free.

Aside from that, a dedicated ULP GeForce GPU joins the processor and RAM on the chipset to handle messy graphical situations. In terms of storage space, the Google Nexus 7 is made available in 8GB and 16GB models. Sad to say, the tablet does not come with a memory expansion slot so there is no option to beef up its onboard storage.

Display and shooter

When talking about the display of the Google Nexus 7, the tablet sports an LED – backlit IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch panel that measures 7.0 inches diagonally and packs a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display of the tablet itself is made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass so scratches are the least of your worry here.

As for its shooting department, critics said that Google decided to just put a single shooter on the Google Nexus 7 to keep costs down. For us, this is good business sense because the shooters in our smartphones will always be better than those found in tablets. The lone shooter of the tablet is found in its front bezel and it has a sensor resolution of 1.2MP. Aside from its capability of capturing 720p clips, the shooter’s primary use is for video calling and designed specifically to take advantage of Google+ Hangouts.

Conclusion

Google certainly has a big hit in its hands with the Google Nexus 7. The tablet steamrolls the Amazon Kindle Fire and the other tablets in the category with its impressive resume and low price point but it is certainly far from being an iPad-killer. However, Google has just made the tablet market more competitive with the Google Nexus 7.

Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD):
Approximately S$ 250.00

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