Google's Nexus 7 worked pretty well last year and this time, Google-Asus have come up with yet another advanced tablet in the same league with a real jaw-dropping upgrade. Nexus 7 2.0 is an advance in most features except the camera. It’s a true value for money. Most of the reviewers are calling it as "Best Android Tablet in the Market". Check it
Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus for Google. At a close to its predecessor’s look Nexus 7 2.0 is superb again. The second generation Nexus 7 weighs around 290g for Wi-Fi and 299g for LTE model. At just 8.65mm thin, the device feels very comfortable in hand (Slightly thicker than iPad Mini). It is quite taller than old one. It has black plastic rubber body design with plastic faux metal edges. It has matte black shell finish on the back side. Overall Nexus 7 2013 has a solid design.
It has three speaker grills on bottom bezel and additional two speaker grills on back top. Specially carved Nexus logo is placed vertically at the center. On edges it has a power button, micro-USB SIM slot, Device offers Qi wireless charging technology. It has a 5Mp camera at the back top side. It is next to Kindle tablet in open speaker competition.
Overall Nexus 7 2013 is undoubtedly more advanced Android device with beautiful crispy display enhancements. At 323ppi, it shows great colors and crispy fonts which completely take it over iPad Mini's 264ppi display. It is surely a great multimedia device. As Android 4.3 supports, Open GL ES 3.0 it is certainly great news for game lovers. Open GL ES 3.0 enhances visual effects and motion speed, and with this time, Nexus devices will surely have more demand for gaming lovers.
With heavy 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (Krait 300 cores), Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of enough RAM Nexus 7 now stands very high in processing performance race.
Even with reduced battery support from 4325mAh on previous to 3950mAh, Nexus 7 2.0 is designed to last longer with its optimized hardware and supports almost full day on single charge. Asus also have made considerably great enhancement in speaker audio quality for a great multimedia experience. Nexus 7 now supports stereo sound playback. New Nexus 7 charges perfectly with Nokia's Fatboy, GS4 pad, Energizer dual pad charging docks.
Its 5Mp camera performs pretty well. Surely not comparable to other high-end devices but this time with an addition of a camera on a tablet device, now Asus's tablet looks complete. Its front facing 1.2Mp camera is very useful for video chats. Nexus 7 2.0 is greatly capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps.
Benchmarking indices, this time, rates Google Nexus 7 (2013) at least 35-50% higher in comparison to its predecessor Nexus tablet. AnTuTu Rating: 19883
It has 16GB and 32GB storage options available, without microSD slot. Nexus 7 2.0 has six LTE frequencies (1,2,4,5,13 & 17) and additional pentaband HSPA+ and quadband GSM/EDGE in North America. It is also supported with Verizon and AT&T's LTE bands, European bands.
In price competition, Nexus 7 new is near $100 less than iPad Mini for same 16GB Wi-Fi version and almost $160 less than iPad Mini's 32GB version costing at $429.
Again iPad Mini LTE 32GB model costs approximately $559 which is almost $200 more than Google Nexus 7 tablet (32GB LTE Nexus 7 $349). May be compensated with iPad Mini's bigger display.
New Nexus 7 has faster-processing power, more stunning display, bigger internal storage options, the addition of a 5Mp camera, more RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi and latest Android support again with additional features.
If you are not a fan of iOS's limitless apps and ecosystem and still want a top-notch price conscious complete tablet than Google's Nexus 7 is for you. With just a $230 price tag you get a Google's best Android tablet in the Market. It’s worth buying at this price!
Even if Android still has a limited number of apps and games compared to Apple's huge iOS marketplace, if cost is your limiting factor, we surely recommend you to go for Nexus 7 2.0. Undoubtedly the best tablet around, at the best price.
Alluring price tag
No microSD slot for memory expansion
Limited Google Play apps
No LED flash for camera limiting photo capturing the experience in the murky environment.
Google (Asus) Nexus 7 (Second Generation) - 2013 Specifications
7 Inch HD IPS LCD, 1920x1200p resolution, 323ppi Density (1080p)
Scratch Resistant Corning Glass
1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB RAM
Adreno 320 GPU, 400 MHz
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Operating Support
OpenGL ES 3.0 Supported
16GB/ 32GB Internal Storage
NFC-Android Beam, Bluetooth 4.0, Dual-Band Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth LE, AVRCP 1.3
4G LTE, HSPA+
5 Mp Camera Autofocus, with 1.2 Mp Front Facing
Stereo Speakers, Surround Sound by Fraunhofer
GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light
290g Weight, 8.65mm Thick
3950 mAh Battery support, Qi Wireless Charging