Friday, 29 June 2012

Google Nexus Tablet

Got Google?

Hot off the back of Microsoft's announcement of their Surface tablet last week, ASUS dropped the bombshell they’re teaming up with Google to release the Nexus 7.

Looking to replicate their smartphone success with their latest tablet offering, the Nexus 7 is set to be dinky, streamlined & most importantly a lot more affordable than its peers (er, hello?! At least half the price of an iPad); without compromising on appearance & abilities. Fighting talk, huh?

Google with ASUS are laying down the gauntlet with an affordable yet CeXy tablet. Will this new contender be the one to make Apple, Amazon & Microsoft nervous?

The Bling Bling




The Jelly Bean OS looks colourful, modern, easy to use & dare I say it, a bit more fun than an iPad.

Those who have had their hands on the device say you wouldn’t tell the low cost from it's appearance, the tablet’s design feels high end with a CeXy rubberized, textured back which makes it easier to hold (and we all know what slippery buggers they can be.)

The Nexus 7 has a shiny, silver rimmed 7 inch display with a smooth & clean reacting interface. Whilst it may not be retina quality, its clear, colourful & crisp. And more smudge resistant, which is HUGE news to me.

The tablet weighs 0.74 pounds, is 0.41 inches thick (the new iPad is 0.37 inches), and measures 7.8 inches tall by 4.7 inches wide.

And more importantly, Emoji has also been added as an optional key set. It's the little things in life.

The Nitty Gritty

Chugging away inside the Nexus 7 is a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU ,1GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage (the higher GB for more cash monies, obviously)

1.2mp front facing camera, but you can only use that for Skype & Google hangouts. Why you do that, Google? So frustrating. All phones, tablets, gadgets should have front and back facing cameras. Call me vain, I don’t care. BRB must tweetagram about it.

But that’s not all, there’s no camera app on the device. Word has it, you can find a third-party replacement but most of the popular camera apps don’t show up in the Play Store. Weep.

The Nexus 7 has Micro USB Connector, Bluetooth 4.0, 8hrs battery life without heating up like a hot water bottle when you ask it to do more than 2 things at a time, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and has a GPS chip, NFC, gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer but no Micro SD slot.

But for a tablet this price, who’d complain?

Overall

I’ve never been able to afford a tablet. No, that’s a lie. I’ve always spent my money before I could save up for a tablet. But, the Google Nexus 7 is one I would strongly consider. It looks like it might be possible to create a low priced tablet, without scrimping on functionality & design.

Although I don’t think it’ll surpass the iPad, (Apple fans are notoriously loyal, y'see) I think it’s great competition for Apple and Amazon.

To be honest, If I REALLY need to take a picture I should use a camera or my phone.
Because this looks a little ridiculous:




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