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Google Nexus 7 – First Impressions

Sharon Machlis, the managing editor at Computerworld has recently got her hands on the new Google Nexus 7, the highly anticipated 7” tablet of the year that has been launched earlier this year. She has recently published a review video for the device. Apparently, she was so interested in buying one for herself that she reviewed the one that she bought, she declares at the start of the video. So what’s that interesting in the Google Nexus 7?


For starters, the form factor, as she describes, definitely creates a great first impression. The tablet is sleek – only 0.4 inches – and has great display properties for a 7-inch tablet. Of course, being small, the tablet has its advantages as it is very lightweight at only 12 oz. Booting time frame is also very small. On click it boots and displays the home screen in less than 30 seconds. Overall speed of the tablet is quite impressive. At the heart is the quad-core Tegra 3 processor and the 1 GB RAM, which together with the 4.1 Jelly Bean makes the tablet really quick and very responsive.

Jelly Bean has a nice overall feel to it. One thing that was noted was that the home screen cannot resize when you turn the tablet around from vertical to horizontal view. A new feature that has been introduced in the Nexus 7 is the swipe to use the Google Now feature. From the home page just swipe up and it immediately turns on the Google Now home page. For those who have used the assistant Siri, this is not as great and certainly Siri would win any day because of its versatility and the many commands it can understand. Having said, Google must be dying to develop a lot more features into this.

At $199 for the 8 GB model, the Google Nexus 7 is certainly one of the best tablets currently available in the market.

Via: Computerworld

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