Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Google Nexus 7. Low cost powerful tablet

| Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | |

The Google Nexus 7 comes with killer specs, at a really low price, therefore it seems like it will conquer the market shortly.
As well as other Nexus devices, the Google Nexus 7 provides the pure Android experience, without any UIs or other customizations.
Regarding the hardware, I must say that the Google Nexus 7 is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, with a quad-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and ULP GeForce GPU. You can find the full spec sheet and all the features on the manufacturer’s website.
Although it’s really powerful and cheap, this tablet has also some flaws:
  • Non expandable memory
  • No rear camera, front camera only   
  • The screen has poor sunlight legibility
Still, considering this price, we can surely live with those downsides. Let’s see what we can come up with regarding the design.The front is dominated by the 7 inches IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels) which is also scratch-resistant thanks to Corning glass.
Above the display we find the 1.2 MP camera which is really decent and does its job. Right next to the camera we find the ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the screen brightness. On the right side we find the power/lock key and the volume rocker a bit lower. The left side features pogo pins for dock connectivity and a microphone pinhole. On the bottom we find the 3.5 mm audio jack, as well as the microUSB port, which can be used both for charging and data transfer. The only notable thing on top is the secondary microphone.  On the back we find the loudspeaker grill, which isn’t so impressive.
The Google Nexus 7 is the first tablet which comes with Android 4.1 Jellybean, which runs flawless. In benchmarks, this tablet does really good, but falling way behind the Samsung Note 10.1.
The Nexus 7 has only a front facing camera, and besides, it doesn’t even have a camera app, therefore you must use anything else for taking photos, this camera is especially designed for video calls. The overall quality is decent; the Nexus 7 manages to handle video calls really great, the quality being restricted mostly by the network bandwidth, rather than the camera.
The Google Nexus 7 is powered by a standard 4325 mAh battery, which is more than decent, being capable of keeping the tablet powered on for more than 9 hours.

Conclusion

The Google Nexus 7 is an awesome piece of technology; thanks to its killer specs and price, this tablet will become a best seller in no time, out passing other powerful rivals on the market.
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