As though the first Nexus 7 was not enough for the world, and clearly most of us didn’t even finish digesting that awesome tablet when Google and ASUS decided to release a new version of it. The affordability and the specifications along with the performance that it delivers, is the primary reason why millions of people decided to purchase this groundbreaking tablet.
Read the full review to decide why the Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet you can buy (even though it has been over a year after its release).
The Nexus 7 (2013) Full Review
The second generation of the Nexus 7 brings in the specifications that none of us had expected. The specifications are rock solid: 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 16/32 GB non-expandable storage, 5MP primary camera, 1.2MP secondary camera, 2GB RAM, 3950 mAh battery.
While most people might say that they made a compromise by putting in the Snapdragon S4 Pro, I don’t have the same feeling though. It is because it has already been proven that the 1.5GHz Krait and the Adreno 320 GPU are great partners that can deliver spectacular performance.
A lot of trimming has been done on the newer Nexus 7. ASUS made sure that there is no unnecessary plastic making the device bigger and bulkier. This has made the device much pleasant to use, and it actually fits in our pant pockets with ease. This is one of the best things because not many tablets can be carried in pant pockets.
The back has a soft touch plastic that provides a better grip on the tablet. The volume rocker, the mini USB port and the power button has remained in the same place, the headphone jack has been moved up to the top.
The speakers aren’t that pleasant even though they are loud. Maybe this is due to the positioning of them or the projection. Either way, you are better off with a pair of headphones in most situations.
If you’ve been digging here and there in the mobile industry, then you might surely be knowing that the benchmarks are only a small part of a huge story. And even though Nexus 7 didn’t score some attractive numbers in those benchmarks, they are still considerable and above average than most other tablets.
I personally have never experienced a single lag in multitasking, gaming or watching movies. Everything is just smooth like a butter. There is literally nothing more that we can expect from it.
While testing the battery life, Nexus 7 just proved to be a beast. Even though it has only 3950 mAh, it made me felt that the components in it are capable of handling the juice that it provided and still deliver consistent performance. The standby time wasn’t spectacular but it lasted over 24 hours of inactivity, I’m not sure why. On a regular day, I was able to use the tablet for around 1 ½ day, and on heavy usage days, I did find the need to charge it during afternoon.
My usage consisted of web streaming, YouTube video streaming, pulling emails from 5 accounts, 1 Twitter account, some Google+’ing, and a couple of movies being watched.
- Sharp display with great color reproduction
- Buttery performance
- Highly affordable
- Feels great in hands, and fits in the pant pockets
- Camera could be better
- Expandable storage options could have made it a much sweeter deal
- Bad speaker experience
- Average battery
At the end, even if we keep the performance, the ergonomics, and the specifications aside, the Nexus 7 will still be a great choice because of the availability of the applications and the Android ecosystem. It is like you can get a solution to almost everything and also customize that solution according to your taste. This is something that Apple clearly lacks because there is just one thing that should fit all, if not, then those are the people who move over to Android.
To wrap this up, I will say that the Nexus 7 will be the best bang for your buck. And if you are being skeptical about the lower price and the performance, you’ve clearly read above what it delivers. So at the end, it’s just your mind that is stopping you from purchasing it.