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ASUS Nexus 7 in-depth review (First review!!)
This is my first time doing one of these, so please correct me if I'm doing or saying anything wrong I would really appreciate it if the more experienced forumers would give their feedback.
For starters, the N7 is obviously the first tablet in Google's Nexus line(unless you count the Xoom), so it wouldn't be a complete surprise to see this thing flop, but that seems to be the opposite of this situation with this quad-core beast.
Design and Feel
When I got the N7 in the mail 3 days ago, I had to say I was impressed with the nice design on it's back, as well as the silver bezel wrapped around all 4 sides. That NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and NFC chip are protected by a dark grey rubber cover. No rear facing camera will be found here, though. Instead, up on the top center is the word "nexus" engraved into the cover, as well as a much smaller "ASUS" towards the bottom right over the speaker bar. The volume rocker and power button are both situated near the top right corner of the bezel. I really liked that they were kind of hidden around the back to let the main body shadow it over. On the bottom is the 3.5mm headphone jack and MicroUSB port, exactly where they should be. Not as important on a tablet, though. I love the small size of the tablet. I have average sized hands, and I can type pretty comfortably on it with both hands in portrait the same way as I hold my Skyrocket. It's also very portable. Some of my shorts can fit in their pockets, but don't go around trying, I've had it almost fall to the floor several times. Nevertheless, it is still good for watching movies and videos as well as surfing the internet. Netflix is a joy on it, thanks to the Nexus 7 I have gotten addicted to watching One Tree Hill...
This has to be my favorite part of this particular review. Inside the Nexus 7 is Google's latest software, codenamed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. An extra plus runs along with this; no manufacturer skins overlaying it. Jelly Bean, thanks to Project Butter, is the smoothest version of Android, and because it is a Nexus device, updates are promised and delivered for years. Jelly Bean resembles Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in many ways, but it is MUCH smoother and snappier. I love it, and so will most(if not all) others who try it out as stock. No manufacturer skins means 10x the performance. Pure Google is a blessing.
As mentioned before, the tablet's main selling point was software(to the public). Most people here on AndroidCentral know at least a bit more, though That powerful 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor is EPIC at games. In particular, the Tegra 3 optimized games performed a lot better on the N7 than my Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Some might say it's because of the added features to many of these games. That COULD be the reason, but I also noticed that my N7 had an edge over the Skyrocket most of the time even on simple games like Riptide GP. There is no rear facing camera on the N7. That might be a deal breaker for some, but taking pictures with a tablet isn't the same as with a smartphone, so a front facing camera is all most people would desire. The 1.3MP shooter would look good on a smaller display, like that of a 4 - 5 inch smartphone, but on 7 inches, it gets sort of grainy. Considering it was only $250(I got the 16GB model), though, I am in no place to complain, especially since I haven't found myself using it often.
The Google/ASUS Nexus 7 only has one means of connecting to the internet: WiFi. Sadly, 3G or 4G was not an option. This may be a deal breaker for some. I didn't think it would be for me, but I soon found myself wanting to use it out of WiFi zones for things that require connectivity. Don't worry, though, once I got myself a suitable amount of apps and games from the Play Store's multi-hundred thousand tablet app selection, that urge disappeared most of the time. Considering Apple's original iPad was released earlier as 3G only, I wouldn't be surprised for Google and ASUS to release a 3G or 4G LTE model in the coming weeks or months. Keeping my fingers crossed!!
The ASUS Nexus 7 is a GREAT quad core Tegra 3 tablet, at a price point that really doesn't say so. Do not be convinced that it's small price targets the low end selection of devices. The Nexus 7 is easily the best 7 inch tablet you can buy, and one of the best tablets out there. Period. Disappointingly, it currently isn't available in many retail locations, and where you can find it, you'll only find a $250 16B model. Most will go for that option anyways, so not so tough.
If you get to this point, thanks for reading, and I hope this justifies your decision on whether or not to buy the ASUS Nexus 7. See ya next time!!