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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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  1. Didn’t you read the drop-test comparison? The iPad disintegrates. Nexus barely had a scratch on it.

  2. I feel that you’re really reaching to find a negative here. The back comes off with a little prying, but that’s a benefit more than a detriment because fixing it is WAY easier according to iFixit. Some units had the screen coming away from the body (not mine or my brothers, but some). That was fixed by the users tightening a couple of screws, which takes all of a minute. It’s still better than the iPad in dunk and drop tests. Check it out: just Google “nexus 7 beats ipad in dunk”, and you’ll have tons of articles showing how it bests the Apple beast in durability in every test, most notably Square Trade and the LA Times!

  3. “For those who have used the assistant Siri, this is not as great and certainly Siri would win any day”

    LOL, I guess the writer does not use the internet much. Read any good reviews lately?

  4. You beat me to it! I couldn’t believe they thought Siri could beat this thing in search! Have they been living in a cave for the past week?

  5. “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.”

    What! she or you or whomever obviously haven’t seen any of the Siri vs Google Search all over the web, Siri has not won any of them.

  6. I’m sorry, but this was not a very good review. A quick search for Jelly Bean Search vs Siri (even the one in the upcoming iOS 6 as it’s out in beta format) shows that Siri is absolutely horrible compared to the new Google Now Search. The newer search engine comprehends human speech faster, more accurately, across a broader range of topics, and offers answers faster and more accurately.

    Please, please do your homework before posting a review.

  7. “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.”

    Hogwash. Google’s assistant has proven to answer more questions correctly than Siri. And, Google’s has a less robotic sound when answering you. Just look at any comparison video on youtube and you will see.

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