I have had my current Nexus 7 for almost a year now and it has been my go-to tablet that I carry with me all the time. Works great. So when Google announced the new Nexus 7 tablet shipping with Android 4.3, I debated whether or to get one to replace my current model. The only limiting factor to my current version was that it was the 8GB model. After much debating, I went ahead and picked up the 32GB model from Best Buy and I can say that it was a good decision.
|Original (left) and new Nexus 7|
First, let me thank Google, ASUS or whomever for making it much, much easier to take it out of the box. Those who bought the original Nexus 7 know what I am talking about. Once out of the box, I found it even more comfortable to hold in one hand and its performance much better than the original. I immediately noticed the snappiness of opening and using my everyday apps such as Evernote, Pocket, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Player, TweetCaster Pro and Chrome. This performance boost is provided by a 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an Adreno 320 400MHz GPU, and 2GB of RAM.
|New Nexus 7 (top), Nexus 7 and iPad Mini|
The display on the new Nexus 7 is 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi) capable of 1080p HD playback and it is made of scratch resistant Corning glass. The picture was gorgeous from watching both Enter the Dragon from the Google Play store and streaming anime from the Crunchyroll app. Along with the highest-resolution seven-inch tablet on the market, other noteworthy hardware features of the new Nexus 7 include:
- 1.2MP front facing and 5MP rear facing cameras
- Stereo speakers capable of Fraunhofer powered surround sound
- Battery life of up to 9 hours with active use
- Wireless charging
- Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n
- NFC (Android Beam)
- Bluetooth 4.0
Bottom line, I found the Nexus 7 to be the best 7-inch tablet on the market today. You get the most bang for your buck. It has a great processor, beautiful display, and it's smaller and lighter than the previous model. What's not to like? You're getting a lot more for $100 less than the iPad mini, at least until Apple decides to release a new model. The only thing I have now is to decide on what do with my old Nexus 7.