Google’s Answer to Tablets, Refreshed

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Posted September 25, 2013 by Pauldro in Tech

In 2012, Google announced the Nexus 7 tablet to consumers. Built by Asus, it contained a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and NFC. Basically it had quality specs, but the best part was the price at $199. When you have a price like that, usually manufacturers skimp on quality and specs. This also a Nexus branded tablet which meant that the tablet would not have any of the OEM skins, and it will always receive timely updates.

On July 24th, Google announced the next installment of the Nexus 7 tablet. The Asus manufactured tablet has a 1080p HD screen with scratch resistant glass. The HD screen will produce crisp images, so all the videos, and images will show with high fidelity. This is great for people who enjoy viewing things in HD. (Imagine how digital comics will look in 1080p!). The tablet also includes a 5 megapixel rear camera for taking pictures, and the 1.2 megapixel front-facing for things like Skype. For those interested the Nexus 7 is powered by 2GB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, and an Adreno 320, so basically the Nexus will run smoothly while producing high quality images to the screen. The wireless capabilities include NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi, while also an optional LTE for a higher price.

Source: Google Play store

This tablet is such a great deal. The basic model (Wifi, 16GB) is $229, but for those who need a little more storage, the 32GB is $269. There’s nothing that can compete with it at those prices, and if they can, the quality isn’t as good. To put this into perspective, Apple’s 16GB iPad mini is $329. Even though it’s an apples to oranges comparison, one can see the deal Google’s handing out to its consumers. At $229 Google provides a quality 16GB, 1080p, S4 snapdragon powered tablet. The flagship tablet can be anyone’s for $229 from Google Play on July 30th, or the stores that will soon have it in stock.

Knowing from the last Nexus 7, this tablet will be a hot gift item, or something one must purchase for themselves. The build quality from the old version of the nexus 7 was pretty good, so I expect the same or better build quality. The device is a truly multimedia marvel, as it can do almost anything. Users can use this to edit documents on Google Drive, play tablet games, be social, look at pictures, watch movies, read digital comics, and many more things with the new Nexus 7. If people really want to get their hands on one, they should move quickly as things like this sell-out quickly, and especially during the holiday season, or even this fall for those who want to have all their textbooks in one device, while also having many cool e-textbook features such as highlighting and have it read to you.  Whatever you want it for, get it while it’s hot. I know I’m dying to get my hands on one ASAP.

 

Source: Google Play store

 

Specs from Google Play:

Dimensions: 114 (tall) x 200(wide) x 8.65(thick) mm or about 4.49 x 7.87 x 0.34 inches
Weight: 0.64 lbs
Screen: 7.02” 1920 x 1200 HD 1080p IPS display (323 ppi)
Cameras: Front facing: 1.2 Megapixel; rear facing 5 megapixel
Processors: CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro; GPU: Adreno 320
Wireless: Dual-Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n; NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE (optional)
Sensors: GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light.
Battery: 3950 mAh estimated up to 9 hours of active use, built-in wireless charging

 

Source: Google


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Pauldro

Paul Gomez loves comics, movies, video games, and technology. He's currently studying Software Development in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His one recommendation? Watch Regular Show.