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Google Nexus 7 review

The first Google tablet finally takes the Android problem into its own hands

With the Nexus 7, Google and Asus have abandoned the notion of offering a rear-facing camera on an Android tablet. It's probably a smart move – after all, how many of us have actually used the generally crummy cameras on our tablets anyway?

Instead, the Nexus 7 features a more practical 1.2MP front-facing camera, although Google chose to eliminate the dedicated Camera app from the device itself. It's understandable, especially with so many third-party candidates available from Google Play, but it does make the camera somewhat worthless for those just taking it out of the box. (Google Talk does come preinstalled, and a third-party Camera Launcher app is already available for restoring the Camera app).

Google Nexus 7 review

To test drive the camera, we installed the free Skype app from Google Play. Although it complained about the app not being certified for our device at first launch, we had no problem signing in and making a few video calls, connecting with other users on a MacBook Air and an iPad 2.

Gallery

Unfortunately, you're likely to have far less luck with popular photo-taking apps such as Instagram. Browsing that title on Google Play throws up an error that "your device isn't compatible with this version," and we're waiting for Facebook to tweak the app accordingly.

The stock Android Gallery app looks quite nice on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with large, gapless tiles of images that can be viewed as a slideshow with just a tap. Images load quickly and the Nexus 7 displays them in all their vivid, rich colour and detail.

The Gallery app also offers a wide range of editing and crop tools to enhance photos before sharing them, which includes the aforementioned Android Beam for tapping two devices together to make the transfer, no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth required.

Last but not least, Nexus 7 makes life easy on developers, tech journalists and even support folks by allowing screenshots to be taken simply by holding down the power/lock and volume down buttons at the same time. All Android OEMs should follow their lead and make it this simple.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
GPSYes
Product FamilyNexus 7
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30L
ColourNakasi Brown
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)340 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruVivid Technology, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height10.5 mm
Width198.5 mm
Depth120 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product NameNexus 7 Tablet
Product LineNexus 7
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number90OK0MI1100560U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Simple. Beautiful. Beyond Smart.

The Nexus brand represents a premium Android-based device that delivers the best Google experience available on tablet. It's the confluence of the latest software and state-of-the-art hardware and represents a literal nexus of digital life.

Nexus 7 is Google's latest Nexus experience device and the first tablet to feature Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean. It combines the best of both Google and ASUS design, with the most advanced software from Google paired with cutting edge ASUS hardware.

Package Contents
  • Nexus 7 Tablet
  • AC Adapter