Nexus 7: Google’s new 7-inch tablet with Android 4.3 [video]

Google Nexus 7

The new Nexus 7 is a fully updated version of last year’s popular Nexus tablet. It comes with Android 4.3, a much improved screen resolution and a faster processor. We reveal its five key features and judge how it fares against Apple’s iPad mini.

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Google Nexus 7 – five key features

Nexus 7 - Google's new 7-inch tablet with Android 4.3
A dazzling HD screen – The new Nexus 7 has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, which should make for an even better display that’s ideal for watching high definition films. Combined with an improved colour range, images should look bright and pin-sharp too.

Introducing Android 4.3– The new Nexus 7 runs on the latest version of Android Jelly Bean (4.3). Key changes include restricted multi-user profiles that control access to in-app purchasing, and support for more photo-realistic 3D graphics.

Increased performance – With a 1.5GHz processor, Google claims the Nexus 7 is almost 4x faster than its predecessor. Thanks 2GB Ram, it should also be a dab hand at multi-tasking on the go and smoothly transitioning between apps.

An added rear-facing camera – One sign that corners had been cut with the original Nexus was that it only had one camera. If you like taking photos with your tablet, you’ll be glad to hear the latest Nexus 7 has been equipped with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera in addition to its 1.2 front-facing snapper.

Lighter and slimmer – Not only is this Nexus tablet 2mm thinner than its predecessor, it’s also 50g lighter. This makes it even easier to squeeze into your handbag or rucksack and carry around.

Which? Expert View

Jessica_MoretonThe original Google Nexus 7 was the first credible, cheap tablet to hit the market. This latest update sticks to that same irresistible formula. If you’re after an affordable 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7 seems to have the edge over Apple’s iPad mini.

Google has promised the new Nexus 7 will be available in the UK over the coming weeks with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage; prices for the tablet will start from £200. It’s a thoroughly tempting proposition when you consider its 323 pixels per inch resolution and ultra-portable design.

Having previously garnered praise for its smooth web-browsing and processing power, I’m excited to see how this new entry in the Nexus 7 series performs once we’ve rushed it into our test lab.
Jessica Moreton, Senior Technology Researcher-Writer

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7 replies

  1. What are the downsides- no product is perfect, your review seems to say there are no problems, unless the entire technological world has hung up its gloves and gone home, no product is perfect. What are the drawbacks here?

    1. I believe that Google have made a statement that they will never ship devices which will allow memory expansion. I forget why they have done this though . . .
      Of course other manufactures of Android tablets make devices which do allow this.
      I agree that, given the otherwise spectacular specs of this iPad Mini killer (which shares this memory limitation), it’s a shame.

  2. I agree hopping pink rabbit – there are some downsides that aren’t mentioned.

    Still no ability to expand the storage via micro SD. So it’s £200 for 16GB which is realistically, once you have the OS sorted and all your favourite apps on, about 12GB of storage for all your music and video. If you’re taking advantage of the HD display, with HD films, they’ll be about 1.2 up to about 1.8GB each.
    So it is not ideal for taking on holiday for example, as you realistically will need to constantly delete and upload new files.

    One of the great features I find with tablets, is the ability to take a music and video collection with me wherever I go. I can take a mini HDMI cable with me, and I can connect up to any TV I like. I can be watching the bbc iPlayer or my stored films on the TV in a hotel room.
    But there is no HDMI port on the google nexus. You can buy an additional specific adaptor to turn the USB port into HDMI, paying extra for a feature it ought to have, and in the process losing the use of the USB port to charge in the meantime.

    The newer model also has a different material on the back of the case; it’s basically not as easy to grip.

    Better performance, still lacking in some respects. I got a Samsung tablet on the cheap making it come in £30 less than a Nexus, and I have two 32GB micro SD cards to store a catalogue of files – a far better package. However it also has no HDMI; again an adaptor is needed.

  3. Asus make the Nexus and have recently released their own Fonepad which is expandable and will also accept a sim card for your phone use and costs just £169. It is a very nice machine.

  4. I have just purchased the new nexus 7 after reading almost every reviewer giving it outstanding reviews. However unless I have a problem tablet I find it takes a long time to boot up and the touch screen is not as responsive as I expected. A little disappointed

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