Nexus 7 (2013) vs Nexus 7 (2012)

This means the already smooth running Jelly Bean runs even more effortlessly on the new Nexus 7 (2013) - you're rarely ever left waiting for anything to load.

That's not to say the old Nexus 7 (2012) offers up a poor user experience - far from it in fact - it's just that it's younger brother is even better.


The new Nexus 7 comes complete with a 5MP snapper slapped on the rear - a new introduction to the tablet as the original had to make do with a sole front facing option.

There's still a front facing camera on the new Nexus 7, and it's the same 1.2MP offering. It's not going to win any awards for clarity, but for the odd video call it's a handy feature.

Google Nexus 7

Back to the rear camera and we're still not sold on the process of using your tablet as a camera, but at least the new Nexus 7 is far more manageable in the hand than a 10-inch slate.

You won't be winning any photography awards with the camera on the new Nexus 7, but for the odd snap it's a handy addition.


Google is very much against the idea of expandable storage, wanting you to store all your stuff in the cloud. This means you have to make do with the internal storage options of both Nexus 7 tablets if you don't fancy taking to the sky.

While Apple treats us to the likes of 64GB and even 128GB of space in its headlining iPad 4, both the old and new Nexus 7 are rather more limited.

The original Nexus 7 launched in 8GB and 16GB guises, but the 8GB version was soon discontinued and a 32GB tablet was brought in. The new Nexus 7 follows suit with 16GB and 32GB offerings - we do wish there was a 64GB one as well though.


The original Nexus 7 came as Wi-Fi only to start with, but Google soon introduced a 3G version as well.

Meanwhile the new Nexus 7 offers up a 4G connected slate alongside the standard Wi-Fi only offering. With 4G connectivity you'll be able to browse the web, download apps and stream video with ease.

Asus has also managed to squeeze the wireless NFC technology into the new Nexus 7 (as it did in the original) allowing you to share content with other enabled devices, make wireless payments and pair the tablet with a range of accessories such as headphones and speakers.

John McCann
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