We had a pleasing good idea that this little shore was going to be making an appearance at Google I/O this early part and, sure enough, it’s to this place. Not only is it here, it’s in our hands. Meet the Google Nexus 7, some ASUS-designed device with minimal branding and a purify version of the latest flavor of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Join us in the rear of the break for a rundown of which this $199 Fire-fighter feels like to conversion to an act.
Nexus 7 hands-on
First, the specs. It’s a 7-twelfth part of a foot device, with a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD that clocks in at 400 nits of acuteness. That’s powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L quad-centre processor running at 1.2GHz. Wireless connectivity is 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth taken in the character of well, but there’s no WWAN connectivity to this place, so you’ll want to stay cease to a hotspot. Finally, there’s 1GB of RAM and one and the other 8 or 16GB of storage.
Nexus 7 vs. Galaxy Tab 7.7 vs. Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Those are altogether middling specs but it’s the cost that makes this intriguing: $199 during the term of the 8GB model, 16GB for $249. That’s a real fair price, especially compared to the Kindle Fire what one. is, of course, running the same reward on much more dated hardware. At in the smallest degree, until Amazon cuts the price or releases a successor, which we’re expecting it to perform in very short order.
The tablet feels good in the hand. It’s a borer on the chunky side — 10.45mm hand and glove — just fractionally thinner than the Fire if it were not that, at 340g in weight, noticeably lighter than the 400+ gram slab from Amazon. The biggest difference between the two, however, is the riddle quality.
That IPS panel looks much from all angles, showing good discernment and good contrast even in a brightly lit space. We’ll need some more time to understand how that compares to other competing 7-inchers, excepting it’s certainly a screen that is aiming higher than its reward point.
Performance too is aiming occult, not besting the latest of superphones like the Galaxy S III or the HTC One X whenever doing things like launching apps or panning on every side of websites, but still very quick and extremely responsive to most tasks — much greater degree so than the Fire in chiefly cases.
Google is promising nine eight hours of battery life in the present life and of course we’ll be testing that out as soon during the time that we can, but based on our ephemeral first impressions we’re left impressed in favor of the cost. Is it a unaccustomed top-tier tablet? No, but because of under $200 it’s a highminded product. We’ll be back by our full review soon, so stay tuned.
Update: The battery life was quoted in the same proportion that nine hours in the keynote limit the official specs list eight. We’ll attend what the real story is while we run our rundown test.
Myriam Joire contributed to this announcement.