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Features We Would Like to See on the Nexus 7 Successor


The Nexus 7 tablet is without doubt one of the best tablets money can buy right now. The device features a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution display, 1GB of RAM and with the quad core 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and a 1.2MP front facing camera. But many of us have a wishlist of the features we would like to see in the Nexus 7 successor, and plenty of our readers had their own thoughts to share about what they would like to see in the next iteration of the budget Nexus tablet. So with that in mind, we decided to compile a little list of what we would like to see in the Nexus 7 successor. Beginning with the display.

The Hardware

As mentioned in our response to a reader question about the Nexus 7 successor, there has to be a bigger display with a narrower bezel to give us a bigger tablet overall. This is what Apple did very well with the iPad Mini, which despite its big size was easily usable with one hand. However, these two tablets are far apart from each other in terms of price points, so it wouldn’t make sense for Google to go out of its way to make a pleasing looking device with quality materials. Regardless, we would like a slightly bigger display with a slightly better resolution.

Further, when we speak about the memory (RAM) of the tablet, we would like Google or the next manufacturer to bump it up as well. 2GB is the new standard now for tablets, and while 1GB is more than enough, it would behoove Google to upgrade the RAM which will give it that competitive edge over other budget tablets. And as far as the chipset is concerned, Google should benefit greatly from NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chipset which packs a resounding 72 core GPU for that bit of intense gaming you’ve always dreamt of. The rear camera issue has been debated in the past, and it’s very subjective and can differ from person to person. I wouldn’t mind a camera on the next budget Nexus tablet but at the same time I would be easily able to live without it. The 1.2MP front camera on the current Nexus tablet does its job perfectly. So these are the things we expect from the Nexus 7 successor as far as the appearance and performance is concerned.

The Storage

One of the other problems with the Nexus 7 is its limited storage capabilities. Yes, the 32GB variant introduced by Google/ASUS partially helped with that, but it still doesn’t provide the versatility given by a microSD card slot. But rationally speaking, if Google were to add in a microSD card slot for the next tablet, there would be plenty of problems for them. For starters, there would be no need for a 16 or a 32GB version as most of the users would get the cheapest model and expand the memory without having to spend that extra 50 bucks for something with more storage. This certainly doesn’t go well with Google’s product structure and we most possibly won’t see this being implemented in the Nexus 7 successor, although plenty of our readers wanted this feature on board.

Last but not the least, people want some of the major issues of the tablet resolved with the successor. One such issue is the reset bug. The Nexus 7 has had issues with freezing with no warning whatsoever. In such instances, it requires users to jumble across a few key combinations to get it back to working state, but in some cases it just doesn’t work. So people want the next budget Nexus tablet to either come with a fix for this or not have the issue at all. We can certainly expect Google to work on this with the Nexus 7 successor.

So this is basically what we would like to see added/fixed with the Nexus 7 successor. Is there something you think we left out? Let us know by leaving a comment below or write to us directly at –

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