Best buy 7 inch tablet - Google Nexus 7 (new)

The Google Nexus 7 from last year was an amazing tablet and the best 7 inch tablet so far. Luckily, the increased performance, amazing screen resolution, and continuous growth of Android have made its replacement even more a winner.
The first tablet from Asus and Google, the Nexus 7 has shown that premium products don't usually mean a heavy price. At $200, the Nexus 7 was the tablet with the best price-performance ratio. Even now, the 7 inch tablet is a favorite for many people looking for a tablet. Not content with that, Google has further upped its game this year with a new Nexus 7 sporting all-around improvements like a faster processor and a new 4.3 Android OS, but priced about $30 more. Has Google given us a boring upgrade? Or is the Nexus 7 a winning dynasty? Let's find out!

Design

The Nexus 7 features a very nice, thin and light design with a solid build quality and feels great in one hand. new_nexus_7_2_vs_kindle_fire_hd_reviewIt weights only 0.66lbs. making the Google Nexus 7 2 the lightest 7 inch tablet on the market right now, 0.02lbs lighter than the iPad Mini and even 0.08lbs than its older brother.

The width is 4.5 inches making it easy to hold in one hand and carry around in a purse or jacket. It actually feels like a phone with a big screen.

Google and Asus changed the back to a smooth all-plastic back which is a very positive thing. The matte-black color is classy and it seems like Google is sticking to the black color since no other colors are available.

The only not good thing with the design are the bezels on top and bottom which waste space. However, it doesn't really affect the user experience and is very comfortable to use.

Screen

The screen of the new Google Nexus 2 is actually not good, its amazing! The ultra-sharp 1920x1200 screen resolution with 323ppi is a stunning advancement from the 1280x800 & 216ppi on the older Google Nexus 7. Its almost ridiculous to compare it to the 1024x768 & 163ppi of the Apple iPad Mini.

The quality and sharpness of the screen will be visible immediately by surfing the web and noticing how text is easy to read and images are detailed. Watching HD movies from any angle will become an extraordinary experience, even outside, in direct sunlight, no problem for the Google Nexus 7 2.

Android apps won't make u any trouble even if they are not tablet optimized. The screen is one of the best things the Google Nexus 7 2 has to offer and is one of the great advancements, especially at the price it is at. If u would like to have a 7 inch tablet with Retina display, but can't wait for it, the new Nexus 7 will be the ideal replacement.

Additionally, one of the things that is usually ignored on tablets are stereo speakers. The Nexus 7 has speakers on its top and bottom, which will give you stereo quality sound. It's not very loud and is no Beats speakers like on the HTC One, but they produce the best sound on any tablet so far.

Performance

The Google Nexus 7 2 features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor backed up by 2GB of RAM. There are currently two versions, 16GB and 32GB. LTE is reported to be available pretty fast after the launch date.

The CPU is very good, but it is not the best available. For example, the Galaxy S4 features a stronger CPU, but if you really think about it, for the money u give, u get amazingly lot.

Navigating through the user interface and switching between apps is smooth and fast. There is no lag or slowdown. Every game tested was played smoothly and without any issues.

Nexus 7 from Google (7-Inch, 32 GB, Black) by ASUS (2013) Tablet

Price: $235.99

4.2 out of 5 stars (3790 customer reviews)

141 used & new available from $100.00

Android 4.3

The new Google Nexus 7 had the honor to be the first device with Android 4.3. The new OS is very similar to 4.2.2 and runs identically. The main difference is in the new features Android 4.3 presents.

One of them is OpenGL ES 3.0 support which basically enhances the graphical performance used in games for details and shading effects. Another feature which might become the most loved is the Multi User Profiles. What it does is that it enables you to add a profile which is restricted. This is generally useful for parents because they can limit the access to some aps and so protect their children from accessing things they shouldn't do. It also locks out the Google Play Store. There are also some Bluetooth enhancements which include Bluetooth Smart, LE and AVRCP 1.3 and add new possibilities.

However, one thing which is the most impressive of all on the new Android 4.3 is the TRIM support. Android tablets tend to get slower over time, but now when you upgrade your tablet to 4.3 or buy the new Nexus 7, you will see that it is as fast and will be as fast as the day you purchased it.

With the positive things mentioned, we have to let you know that there is also a negative one. But don't worry, it is not so bad and is usually always present when new operating systems arrive. Since Android 4.3 is new, some apps might not work very well on it because app developers need some time to make the necessary changes. Moreover, the apps tested were ran smoothly and had no issues.

Battery life

One user reports of using the Google Nexus 7 II for work and play around 15 hours while other report around 11-12 hours of usage. The conclusion is that it will not have any problems serving you an entire day.

Conclusion

Apple fans might say that Android tablets are sluggish and slow. And they were right, until now. The new Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 has totally changed everything. There is no lag, no stuttering which can often get on your nerves. Everything runs smoothly. It is $30 more than its predecessor, but you really get an incredible device for the amount you pay.

Everything about the new Nexus 7 is fantastic; the new design, screen, increased overall performance and the new Android. And still at a great price. We don't say that it is perfect, because every user has different needs, but when you look at the things the Google Nexus 2 offers and at what price, you get high value when compared to the rest. And at the end, it is not difficult to state that the new Nexus 7 2 is the best 7 inch tablet on the market right now.

Pros
  • Extraordinary overall performance
  • Stunning screen quality
  • Very comfortable to hold
  • Android 4.3
  • Nice design
  • Great price

Nexus 7 from Google (7-Inch, 32 GB, Black) by ASUS (2013) Tablet

Price: $235.99

4.2 out of 5 stars (3790 customer reviews)

141 used & new available from $100.00

Cons
  • Oversized bezels can be awkward



Bestseller 7 inch tablet - Kindle Fire HDX


The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 feature faster quad core processors and a much improved and sharper display which is a big improvement in comparison to their predecessors. However, the question that appears is whether they can compete with today's tablet industry leaders.

The two Kindle Fire HDX tablets are ideal for gaming since they are powered by the strong Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Following the competition, Amazon has also bumped up the screen resolution of the 7 and 8.9 inch tablets to 1920 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600 respectively. Another improvement is the introduction of Amazon's new Fire OS 3.0 which is a skinned version of Android. The OS will sport both the HDX and HD tablets.

As expected, Amazon has designed the two HDX tablets to rival the best tablets on the market right now. The price tag for the 7 inch tablet is a clear indicator that the Kindle Fire HDX will compete with the new Google Nexus 7 which is, however, cheaper. The 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HDX will be available for $379 which is more than the tablets in our comparison, but is justified by its bigger size and sharper display.

kindle fire hdx

Moreover, the old Kindle Fire HD tablets will get a minor refresh not to be forgotten. The old Kindle Fire HD - Amazon's bestseller - is available at $139 featuring now a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor in comparison to the old 1.2 GHz CPU.

The 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX will surely be one of the biggest competitors to the new Nexus 7, which in our opinion is currently the best 7 inch tablet for the money. Both the Amazon and Google tablets have a display of same size and identical screen resolution. The things that give Nexus 7 the edge is the amazing design and unique Android experience. Not only has Google made its second-generation Nexus 7 thinner and lighter, but the newer slate sports a soft-touch back and edge-to-edge glass design that makes it feel like one of the most premium tablets out there. However, the Kindle Fire HDX is equipped with the most powerful processor in the 7 inch tablet market which might be a big advantage in comparison to the new Nexus 7.

Looking at the comparison, the iPad Mini has an advantage in battery life. It survived more than 10 hours with WiFi enabled, brightness at 40 percent and while surfing the web. Other specs of the iPad Mini, such as the screen sharpness and processor are not at the level of the Amazon and Google tablet, but a truly fantastic design and iOS are factors which might justify its price, or not.

The Asus Memo Pad HD7 which is the bestseller on our website is not as strong as the top 7 inch tablets but what sets this tablet apart of the rest is its price. For $149 you get a 16GB edition and a device as good as the old Nexus 7 for far less money. It is $10 more than the Kindle Fire HD but the expendable storage and excellent battery life make us suggest you to spend the extra $10 and acquire this amazing tablet.

The Kindle Fire HDX tablets are available Amazon.


Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers

Price: $229.00

4.3 out of 5 stars (13227 customer reviews)

30 used & new available from $164.90

Kindle Fire HD 7", HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers

Price: $139.00

4.2 out of 5 stars (14260 customer reviews)

10 used & new available from $114.99



Comparison of best 7 inch tablets


Model
Google Nexus 7 (new)
Apple iPad Mini
Kindle Fire HDX
Kindle Fire HD
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
CPU
1.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 graphics
Dual-core Apple A5
2.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics
Dual core 1.5-GHz
1.2-GHz Quad Core Media Tek MT8125
RAM
2 GB
1 GB
2 GB
1 GB
1 GB
Display
7-inch (1920 x 1200)
7.9-inch (1024 x 768)
7 -inch (1920 x 1200) or 8.9-inch (2560 x 1600)
7-inch (1280 x 800), 8.9-inch (1920 x 1200)
7-inch (1280 x 800)
Operating System
Android 4.3
iOS 7
Fire OS 3.0
Fire OS 3.0
Android 4.2
Expendable storage
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
32GB via microSD, One year free ASUS Webstorage Space
Battery life
8 hours, 26 minutes on LAPTOP Battery Test
10 hours, 33 minutes on LAPTOP Battery Test
Estimated 11 hours mixed use,
17 hours when reading (7-inch) / Estimated 12 hours mixed use, 18 hours when reading (8.9 inch)
Estimated 10 hours mixed use (7-inch, 8.9-inch)
9 hours, 40 minutes on LAPTOP Battery Test
Connectivity
Wi-Fi/4G
Wi-Fi/4G
Wi-Fi/4G
Wi-Fi (7-inch), Wi-Fi/4G (8.9-inch)
Wi-Fi
Size
7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches
7.87 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
7.3 x 5 x 0.35 inches (7-inch), 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.31 (8.9-inch)
7.5 x 5 x 0.4 inches (7-inch), 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches (8.9-inch)
7.7 x 4.7 x .4 inches
Weight
10.24 oz
11.04 oz
10.7 oz (7-inch Wi-Fi), 11 oz (7-inch 4G), 13.2 oz (8.9 inch Wi-Fi), 13.5 oz (8.9-inch 4G)
12.2 oz (7-inch), 20 oz (8.9-inch)
11 oz
Storage
16GB or 32GB
16GB, 32GB, 64GB
16GB, 32GB or 64GB
8 GB, 16GB (7-inch), 16GB, 32GB (8.9-inch Wi-Fi), 32GB, 64GB (8.9-inch, 4G)
8GB, 16GB
Cameras Rear/Front
5-MP/ 1.2-MP
5-MP/ 1.2-MP
Front Facing HD Camera (7 and 8.9-inch), 8-MP rear (8.9-inch only)
N/A (7-inch), Front-facing HD (8.9-inch)
5-MP/ 1.2-MP
Ports
micro USB, SlimPort, 3.5mm headphone jack
Lightning dock connector, 3.5 mm headphone jack
USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
micro USB, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Starting price
$199
$287
$229
$139
$149