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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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Conclusion

At the $200 price point, the Google Nexus 7 has a lot to offer that isn't even met by many $500+ tablets. With impressive hardware and fantastic software, the budget option from Google does not seem like bargain-bin at all, as it outperforms most tablets in many areas regardless of price.

By outperforming every other Android tablet in color performance, having a very high PPI, and no major issues, this tablet is currently the best of the best in the realm of Android at the moment; if you're looking for a media consumption device. If you're looking for a bunch of hardware options like HDMI out, or additional storage, however, you're out of luck.

As far as the battery goes, it's the best we've seen in the labs so far: if you want to watch videos on an airplane, you can reasonably expect to enjoy your Google Nexus 7 for almost 11 hours assuming you have your movies pre-loaded and the WiFi off. While the battery itself isn't large relative to the iPad, it's very appropriately sized, and should keep you entertained longer than any other tablet on the market as of the publish of this article.

All in all, this is a tablet that makes the most of its limitations. While it isn't the top performer in every category, it certainly packs a performance punch for an extremely low price. If you passed on the Kindle Fire because of its limitations, you should know that the Google Nexus 7 costs the same, but is top of the line: the Google Nexus 7 is easily the best bang for your buck in the tablet arena right now.

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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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