Nexus 7 Review – Truly the Best Android Tablet
There’s a lot to like about the new Google Nexus 7, even if the entry cost is 30 bucks higher this year (the $199 8GB option isn’t being offered for 2013). GOOG took all the good things about the original Nexus 7 and made them better.
The IPS display has been pushed from 1280 x 800 pixels to a whopping 1920 x 1200 for a razor sharp 323 PPI. This is one of the crispest displays I’ve seen in a tablet. Between being small enough to easily hold in one hand and that display, the Nexus 7 is one of the best tablets and a great e-reader.
But with all the horsepower on tap, the Nexus 7 is made for multimedia and gaming. It’s the perfect size for mobile video game fans and has the CPU, GPU and RAM to crush it on gameplay. The 7-inch tablet size is a little small for watching movies (I prefer a full-sized tablet for that), but movies still look good, there’s not much of a black bar to deal with when viewing HD content in landscape mode and the surround sound speakers add to the experience.
I found the back a little slippery and finding buttons by touch was a bit of a pain (the power and volume buttons are on the bottom of a rounded edge), but had no complaints otherwise. It’s not uncommon to read a Nexus 7 review that reports an issue with touchscreen false responses, but I did not experience the problem.
A few nice features that families might appreciate in this tablet include the option for wireless recharging (less worry about kids fumbling to insert the microUSB cable it uses by default), and the ability to create multiple user accounts so everyone can share the Nexus 7 with their own personalization. Of course, that will do nothing when the kids start fighting over whose turn it is to play Battle Dragons or After Burner Climax.
In short, the Nexus 7 showcases just how good Android tablets have become.