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New Nexus 7 review

Supercharged with Android 4.4, the Nexus 7 is now an even better tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

The Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 - when you think of budget Android tablets these are the two most likely to spring to mind.

While the HDX 7 has its roots in Android, the onscreen experience is rather different as Amazon has completely rebuilt the interface to push its own services.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

It's a far more walled-garden approach than traditional Android, but that in turn provides an easier to learn interface and if you're already invested in Amazon's ecosystem it's a smart choice.

In terms of specs the two tablets are very similarly matched, but the HDX 7 benefits from a slightly newer processor and GPU - although there's not a huge performance difference.

Tesco Hudl

Perhaps a bigger rival to the Nexus 7 is the Tesco Hudl, priced at an incredibly reasonable £119.

Unlike the Kindle Fire HDX 7 the Hudl runs an almost stock version of Android KitKat, with just a few additional Tesco focussed features.

Tesco Hudl

The screen doesn't have a full HD resolution and there's less RAM and an inferior GPU under the hood, but considering it's almost half the price of the Nexus 7 those are things you can live with.

You'll get better performance and a superior viewing experience with the Nexus 7, but if you don't want to spend £200 the 7-inch Hudl is a great option.

iPad Mini 2

If you're in the market for a small size tablet and have cash burning a hole in your pocket you'll want to check out the iPad Mini 2 with Retina display.

It has a larger, 7.9-inch display and a supremely premium metal chassis which elevates it above the Nexus 7 in terms of design.

iPad Mini 2

Apple's iOS 7 interface is now well known and the App Store provides far more tablet centric applications than Google Play.

Of course the big sticking point here is the price, and with the iPad Mini 2 starting at £319 it's considerably more expensive than the Nexus 7.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
Product FamilyNexus 7
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30L
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height198.5 mm
Width120 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product NameNexus 7 Tablet
Product LineNexus 7
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number90OK0MI1101090U
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.

Package Contents
  • Nexus 7 Tablet
  • AC Adapter