- Extraordinary overall performance
- Stunning screen quality
- Very comfortable to hold
- Android 4.3
- Nice design
- Some apps still need to be optimized for Android 4.3
- Google needs to catch up in app library
- Oversized bezels can be awkward
The Google Nexus 7 from last year was an amazing tablet and the best 7 inch tablet so far. However, and 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!
The Nexus 7 features a very nice, thin and light design with a solid build quality and feels great in one hand.
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.
The screen of the new Google Nexus 2 is actually not good, its amazing! The ultra-sharp 1920×1200 screen resolution with 323ppi is a stunning advancement from the 1280×800 & 216ppi on the older Google Nexus 7. Its almost ridiculous to compare it to the 1024×768 & 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.
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.
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 things 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.
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.
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.