Google Nexus 7 is Android’s Shining Star



Made by Asus, the Google Nexus 7 is a brand new Android-powered tablet that has been the subject of much excitement and speculation. It is available with internal storage amounts of 8GB or 16GB and includes 1GB or RAM for speedy and reliable performance while browsing the web or using any number of apps. It is built with quality and should appeal to any individual who enjoys the Android platform.

It is not meant to compete with Apple’s iPad for a number of reasons but can certainly hold its own against fellow Android tablets, particularly Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The device is conveniently priced starting at $199 but can be purchased even cheaper with a Newegg coupon. It contains exceptional features and hardware that essentially make it a wise purchase for anyone in the market for a tablet who doesn’t want to spend the money on an iPad.

  • The Google Nexus 7 contains a seven-inch screen that is made of tough and durable scratch resistant Corning Gorilla glass. In high definition, the screen has a display of 1280 by 800 pixels and 216 pixels per inch. The display is backlit and the device is currently only available in black. The build quality is excellent, especially with its rubbery back that offers the user a good grip on the device.
  • In terms of weight, the Nexus 7 is lighter than the Kindle Fire at 340 grams. It is also sleeker in design and is 0.4 inches thick. The side bezel is 0.8 inches wide and may seem a bit awkward for some users when gripping the sides in spite of the natural feel of the back of the tablet.
  • As with all Android devices, the Google Nexus 7 includes a micro USB port and comes with a micro USB connector for syncing with your computer. Battery life is very good with the 4325 mAh Lithium-ion battery, and you can expect up to 10 hours of both web browsing and reading eBooks. Watching high definition video on the tablet provides users with up to nine hours of juice, and you can expect up to 300 hours of battery life on standby.
  • A quad-core Tegra 3 processor powers the Nexus 7, offering a speedy performance and highly responsive usage whether you are playing games, browsing the Internet or downloading content. The front-facing camera is nothing to boast about at only 1.2 megapixels, but it suffices for video chatting.
  • One of the most exciting aspects of the Google Nexus 7 is that this is the first device to sport the brand new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. This is a much welcomed feature as it includes Project Butter, which works to improve the lag that has typically plagued Android devices thus far.
  • Standard Google apps are included in the Nexus 7 as expected. You get Play, Music, Books and Magazines options as well as Gmail, Google+, Google Maps and Google Now, a new voice feature that is said to give Apple’s Siri a run for its money.

All in all, the Google Nexus 7 is certainly worth the money and may be the shining star of all Android devices released in 2012. If you are in the market for a new tablet, do you think the Nexus 7 would suit all of your needs?

Renee G. is a lifelong bowler, animals lover and loves heavy metal music. She has a great love of writing, especially in the area of tech gadgets.

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