Note: This post was written by P. Olson
Google Nexus 7 – The Nexus 7, named after its seven-inch screen, has been one of the most highly demanded tablets ever released. Created by Google and for Google Play, the Android tablet is designed around taking one of the largest collections of media and making it accessible and easy to use.
Google Play is one of the largest entertainment databases in the world. It contains the world’s largest collection of eBooks with over four million in stock, over 600,000 downloadable apps and games, thousands of movies and continues to grow its TV and magazine collection. Google Play is designed to have the biggest possible collection of media all in one place for easy access. With that in mind, the Nexus 7 was designed specifically to access Google Play for the optimal entertainment experience.
The seven-inch display comes with a 1280-by-800 high-resolution screen to create clear and vibrant pictures, making games and movies more stunning and text crisp and easy to read. The screen is made with a scratch resistant Corning glass to keep the display sharp even when used frequently. Although the specs are impressive, the screen and resolution don’t top the charts when compared to other tablets, like Apple’s iPad.
Nexus 7 was designed to have staying battery power, averaging between nine to ten hours of web surfing, watching videos or reading an eBook. The tablet boasts 300 hours of standby time, promising to keep the tablet from dying even when it’s not in use for a couple days.
More than anything, the Nexus 7 is a gaming tablet. It was built by ASUS, an originally small technology developer that has expanded to being a dominant player in the tech industry. The tablet also comes with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, the first mobile super processor that is made for speed and multi-tasking, meaning Nexus 7 users should rarely have to wait for pages to download or gameplay lag.
The Nexus 7 is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the newest mobile platform from Google. Jelly Bean is designed to be smother and more intuitive than any platform before it.
Of course, Nexus 7 contains all of the best aspects of Google’s arsenal. Complete with Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube, the tablet is well suited for users’ basic needs before even opening the app store. Nexus 7 will be featuring Google Now, which allows users to customize the information they frequently search for. Google Now can begin your day with a weather forecast, predict traffic conditions before work or update sports scores during the game, all automatically.
Nexus 7 also takes advantage of the Cloud providing plenty of storage for games, music and videos.
Is This Tablet For You?
The Nexus 7 is optimal for two kinds of people: gamers and Google fanatics. For those who mainstream their internet, mail and social media through Google applications, the Nexus 7 is going to have the easiest and quickest access to those components. Gamers who worry about downloading times and lag will enjoy the game-designed tablet, even if the screen quality isn’t as good as other tablets.
Nexus 7 is very portable, which can also be defined as small, the total size only being about the size of an average paperback book. Those who have trouble seeing smaller print or images might struggle with using the Nexus 7. And although Google Play offers a seemingly infinite amount of entertainment media, it lacks basic lifestyle apps for everyday living, making it not the ideal choice for someone looking for a tablet that will act as a planner and organizer.
Regardless, Nexus 7 tablets are flying off the selves and Google has had issues producing the tablet to keep up with the demand. The speedy manufacturing has led to some complaints of backlight bleeding and touch responsiveness problems. These issues should be rectified after the demand has slowed, however, they are common with new devices, the iPhone 4 having similar issues when it was first released.
The 8 GB Nexus 7 is selling for $199 and has a promised 3-5 day delivery time. The 16 GB runs for $249 and is currently out of stock, but interested buyers can get on an email list that will notify them of the next shipment here.
Will you get the new Nexus 7?