When Google (GOOG) released the Nexus 7, it was designed to be the purest experience of Android tablets. And as this Nexus 7 review will show, GOOG succeeded.
See, the summer of 2012 was a different world when it comes to tablets. Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Amazon (AMZN) had caught everyone off-guard the previous holiday season by selling boatloads of inexpensive, 7-inch Android tablets. Their success began the erosion of Apple’s (AAPL) iPad as the best tablet on the market — forcing it to debut the iPad Mini.
In theory, those Android tablets should have been good news for GOOG, the owner of Android. But Google saw little benefit from all the Amazon Kindle Fire or the Nook HD. The Barnes & Noble and Amazon tablets ran customized versions of Android, stripping away Google apps and preventing access to Google Play.
So Google released its own 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. The first GOOG tablet was built by Asus and was an immediate hit, selling out on Google Play. The Nexus 7 review response was just as positive — Google genuinely had one of the best tablets on its hand.
Plus, the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 is significantly beefed up with a faster CPU and a screen being marketed as the “world’s sharpest 7-inch tablet screen.” It’s also thinner and lighter than last year’s version, making it ideal for slipping in a coat pocket or purse. Let’s take a closer look at the features of Google’s new Nexus 7.