Google and ASUS teamed up to create a 200 dollar seven-inch tablet with a Quad-core processor, HD display and almost 10 hours of battery time. Add the high-speed Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean) and Google Play with 25$ store credit into the mix and you really have a great product for a decent price.
There are some caveats though; the Nexus 7 tablet only comes with WiFi and doesn’t go beyond 16 GBs of internal storage. So you can’t stream videos in your car and you are limited to just 16 GBs (maximum) to store all of your HD movies. While the 16 GB storage can be a bit restrictive, Google’s intention is for you to keep all your content in the cloud and stream as much as possible. The tablet is really optimized for using Google play which combines your applications, magazines, videos, music, books and soul in one place.
The general feel of the tablet is almost high-end; even the textured rubber back that almost feels like leather. One of the coolest features of this tablet is NFC (Android Beam), which allows you to beam any content directly to any other NFC complaint device it physically touches.
According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, their profit margin will take a hit, from both selling hardware at cost ($159.25 for the 8GB Nexus 7 according to IHS iSuppli) but also from pitching in additional perks such as a $25 Google Play credit for Nexus 7 owners.
At 340 grams the tablet feels fairly light and the Jelly Bean OS is blazing fast. The 1.2MP front-facing camera is just adequate for video chats and Google+ Hangouts. However, there has been some criticism about the screen contrast and Back-lit IPS display specially when comparing it to the Samsung galaxy tablet or the third generation iPad.
While it doesn’t necessarily replace an iPad, the Google ASUS Nexus 7 tablet gives great bang for your buck. For all android lovers the Nexus 7 tablet is simply a “got to have” device.