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Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

The Google Nexus 7 is here, and it's impressive even before you look at the pricetag.

July 17, 2012
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Controls

Because of the number of physical buttons is limited to the volume rocker and power button, most of your interaction with the tablet will be governed through the capacitive touch screen, which is not only responsive, but is supported by an operating system that makes the most of it. When unveiling the newest iteration of Android (Jelly Bean), Google revealed that they had been working on a way to make their interface work better, and all the hype is true: throughout the day there was not one single hiccup in performance, not one stutter. "Project Butter" seems to deliver.

Connectivity

Perhaps one of the best things about the Google Nexus 7 is the fact that Google crammed so much into the tiny body of the Nexus7. Not only does the Google Nexus 7 have bluetooth connectivity for peripherals, but it also has an 802.11n wireless card, and Near-Field Communication (NFC) to enable the use of NFC tags. While there is no microSD card or HDMI out, this tablet seems to have the hardware for some more interesting wireless capabilities.

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Battery Life

We apologize for taking so long with the battery tests, but it happened that way because it takes a really long time for the battery to discharge even at full brightness. In our tests, the Google Nexus 7 was able to last 11 hours and 8 minutes playing a video on repeat, and it was able to read an War and Peace for 8 hours, 15 minutes before dying. As usual, we tested the tablet with all wireless turned off and the backlight cranked, so your mileage will probably vary if you keep WiFi on, tether a device, or lower your backlight.

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As it sits right now, this is the best battery life of any tablet on the market so far, including the iPad with that behemoth inside. It seems that the 4325mAh battery is very big for a 7" tablet, and consequently, it allows you to take this tablet anywhere. You could even take this on an intercontinental flight to Europe from North America, and chances are good that it would last most of the way, if not the whole time. Asus and Google really loaded this thing for bear.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Internet Apps
  9. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  10. Apple iPad 3rd Gen Comparison
  11. Motorola Xyboard Comparison
  12. Conclusion
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