It’s the tablet that forced Apple into breaking news of an iPad mini and with a significantly cheaper price point, the Google Nexus 7 promises to be a serious contender to the iPad. But what’s it actually like? Here, we take a closer look to see how and whether it measures up.
The Nexus 7 is a collaboration between Google and Asus and follows the successful foray into the smartphone market with last year’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was met with favourable reviews.
The 7-inch screen sits in a device just shy of 8-inches high by 4.7-inches wide. This makes it a full 2 inches smaller than the iPad in height and screen size, but thinner by 2.5-inches. It’s almost half the weight of the iPad at 340g but still feels a solid device in the hand. The Nexus 7 is built by Asus and its familar perforated plastic case makes up the back of the tablet.
With a starting price of £159, the quality of build is extremely good.
The device has 1GB memory and ships with either 8 or 16GB of internal storage, although there’s no microSD port for increasing this, which is disappointing. It has a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A9 processor, which is slightly faster than the iPad’s dual core 1GHz. The Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android’s 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ Operating System and with its features including voice activated search and the resizing of apps, it should prove to be one of the most advanced mobile devices on the market.
The seven inch IPS screen, with 800 x 1200 pixels and 216 ppi pixel density is a real triumph. The resolution and brightness produces a crisp and clean image and mean that it’s better than any other mini tablet on the market at the moment.
Integration with Google’s Play Store is seamless and upon registering your device, you’re given a generous £15 credit to use on apps, movies or books to download to your new device. The device also came pre-loaded with the Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon film and the Bourne Dominion book, with the film streamed rather than downloaded to the device.
Mobilesplease will deliver a more detailed review as we get to spend more time with the Nexus 7. But from the time we’ve spent with it so far, it’s obvious why it’s got the folk at Apple worried.