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Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB) Reviews

Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB)

  • 7 inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean),Memory: Slots: Onboard, Installed: 1GB
  • 4325 mAh battery (Up to 8 hours of active use)

7 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) Back-lit IPS display Scratch-resistant Corning glass 1.2MP front-facing camera 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less) 1 GB RAM WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth Quad-core Tegra 3 processor Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
what’s in the box: ASUS 16GB Google Nexus 7 Inch Tablet, AC Adapter, Micro-USB to USB Cable and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

List Price: $ 199.99

Price: $ 216.98

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  1. Kyle says:
    257 of 261 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfection!, October 14, 2012

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    This review is from: Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB) (Personal Computers)

    Words fail me on how much I love this tablet. I will say I’m slightly Google-biased, as I’ve owned Android phones before they were cool (and since), I use all their services (including Google+. Yes, there are people on there), and Google sent me a FREE Chromebook to beta-test it a year or two ago. So, yeah, I’m a little biased… =)

    BUT, I’ve waited to buy a tablet. There’s 2 iPads (both 3rd gen) in our house, and I do like them, they’re worth the $500. However, it’s not fun to just play with it. You need apps. Then, apps aren’t really fun unless you get the paid version. Then, a $500 tablet becomes $50 dollars more, just to get some basic apps and games! Plus, it’s cumbersome and weighty, so if you’re playing a game, you’ll be sitting it in your lap within 5 minutes.

    The Nexus 7 has NONE of those problems.

    1. It’s $250. (Yes, I paid $275 for the one here, but I’m a Prime member and I have a store card here, so it made sense to buy from Amazon). It is NOT worth that price. It’s worth $400 easy, in quality, look, feel, and performance.

    2. The wallpapers, widgets, etc. alone can entertain you when you first get it! I customize my screens and change them every week to keep me from getting bored of it, so I gladly welcome how amazing it looks! Jelly Bean is silky smooth and the UI just makes sense, especially compared to Gingerbread, which my phone is stuck with… =(

    3. Apps. There is enough on the device to get you started (including a copy of Transformers 3. Not that I’d pay for that *particular* title…), and the Play Store has so many naturally free apps that can do almost ANYTHING! Yes, if you get free apps, there will be some with ads, like with iOS devices, but at least you have a choice with almost every app, the prices for paid apps seem MUCH more reasonable, and Google gives you $25 credit just for buying a Nexus 7! $25!

    4. Size. This was the make-or-break for me. I’m an avid reader. On the iPad, I fell in deep, deep love with iBooks. It was the PERFECTION of e-reader apps. Still is, in my opinion. I can get all my college books online in PDF, and I also have ePubs that I read, mark, highlight in. Owning an Android phone, I’ve shopped the apps, but nothing came close to the reading experience of iBooks on the iPad’s nice 10″ screen, the 5+ highlighting colors, and the shelves to keep my books organized.

    That being said, I had reservations in buying this, as I doubted it could compete.

    Even w/o a good reader app, it won. A 7″ screen for a guy like me, who’s NEVER at home, was a much better match than I imagined! It LITERALLY fits in a jacket pocket. Now pants, it’ll depend on what kind, but the thought is that I can, will, and have taken this with me everywhere! It fits in my glove compartment, messenger bag, suit coat, jacket, you name it. With that alone, it beat the huge iPad, because now I was reading everywhere, instead of just at home. To make things better, I found an e-reader that’s a very close 2nd to iBooks, Mantano reader (GET IT NOW!!), so I don’t miss the iPad at all!

    Cons: Hmm. Well, ummmm…. there’s, no…. I got nothing. =)

    Actually, I have a couple.
    1. No HDMI port. That is a bummer, especially since Google is pushing their movie and TV selections so much, you’d think they’d give you a way to watch it on more than a 7″ screen…
    2. No 3G model… yet. ;D
    3. Google Now needs some more work and features if it’s going to compete w/ Siri. Not that it’s bad, just limited…
    4. Not many accessories, but how many do you need for a tablet? Phones, sure. But who would honestly dock their cutting-board-sized tablet? More case choices would be nice, though…

    Basically, I’ve waited years to buy a tablet, waiting for a decent, GOOD Android tablet. Here it is, finally. It’s waay cheaper than iPad, but not in quality AT ALL. It’s running pure Android OS, unlike the Kindle Fires. Combining a quad-core processor with Jelly Bean means it’s a MUCH better experience than any other Android tablet (I’m looking at you, Xoom), even rivaling/beating(?) an iOS experience!

    Buy a Nexus 7 if you want a 7″, $400 tablet for only $200 from Google.
    Buy an iPad if you want a 10″, $500 tablet from Apple.

    Other than that, there is no difference or advantage.

    Rate this if this review helped you in the slightest! (or even if you read it all… =D)

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  2. A. Dent "Aragorn" says:
    1,063 of 1,106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD (updated), August 2, 2012
    A. Dent “Aragorn” (Minas Anor, GD) –
    (#1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB) (Personal Computers)


    NOV 29 UPDATE:

    Google just announced upgraded Nexus 7 tablets to be available on Nov 13. You will be able to get a 32GB Nexus 7 for the price of the current 16GB model.


    My initial review was a Nexus 7 vs. the first generation Kindle Fire and the Nexus was a clear winner. I have now updated my review for the Fire HD. It’s a close call but the Nexus’ 4-core CPU and its pure Android, more open makeup make it my preferred 7-incher. However, the rest of my family prefers the Fire HD because it’s such a great dedicated (Amazon) media consumption pad.

    We’ve been using a Kindle Fire since September 2011 (pre-ordered) and I am happy we ordered ours. Soon after purchase it was adopted by our daughter. She is using it to draw and paint, she watches Netflix for Kids on it, she learned how to search Youtube for arts and crafts ‘how to’ videos and she plays (mostly free) games from Amazon’s Appstore. The Fire wasn’t a full-feature tablet when it launched but we overlooked its hardware shortcomings, its off-mainstream Android and its locking us out Google’s much larger app store because the price was right and because the 7″ screen size made it lighter and more portable than the ‘full size’ 10.1″ alternatives. We are still happy with our Fire but we are happier with Nexus 7, our second 7″ tablet.

    Because Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle are both Android tablets very similar in screen size that sell for the same price, I am going to compare the two while I write about my experience with Nexus 7. Whenever appropriate, I will note the differences between Nexus and the Fire when such differences exist. If a feature is present on both tablets I will simply note its existence. I will prefix specific features with an equal sign if both tablets support it equally, a plus sign if the Nexus implementation is superior or Fire lacks it and a minus sign when a feature is better implemented by Fire or is a Fire exclusive.

    HARDWARE (Nexus 7 but it’s a close call)

    The Nexus comes pretty close to what we normally call the latest and greatest (written in July 2012).

    + GPS (Fire lacks it)
    + Quad-core CPU vs. Fire’s dual-core
    - 16/32GB models for Kindle vs. 16/32GB for Nexus
    - Dual-antenna for Wi-Fi on Kindle vs. one antenna on Nexus
    = Accelerometer
    = Backlit screen at 1280×800 are identical in specs and looks
    = Front-facing camera on both
    = Gyroscope
    = Micro USB port
    = Microphone on both

    Neither the Fire or the Nexus come with memory expansion ports or a rear-facing camera. The Micro USB interface will allow you to attach flash drives and even powered USB HDDs but the fact remains that if you buy an Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire HD you are stuck with built in amount of internal storage. At the same time, I will testify that I haven’t used 8GB yet on my much older 16GB XOOM. A rear-facing camera would have been a plus.

    CONNECTIVITY (Nexus 7)

    The better connected a tablet is, the more useful it becomes. Both the Nexus 7 and the Fire HD lack 3G/4G capabilities (Amazon will have a very expensive 4G model later this year), relying mostly on Wi-Fi to stay in touch with the world but there are some differences between the two worth noting.

    = WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
    = Amazon’s Appstore
    = Bluetooth
    + Near Field Communication (Fire lacks it) It allows two devices that support it to exchange information by touching each other. Not widely used at this time.
    + Google Play (Fire restricts access to Amazon’s Appstore only)

    I listed the app stores under connectivity mostly because Amazon made it impossible (unless you hack your Fire) to shop from anywhere other than Amazon’s own store and I believe you are confined to Amazon’s cloud services. There are no such restrictions on the Nexus. You can use Amazon’s cloud, Google’s or anyone else’s if you so desire.

    SOFTWARE (Nexus 7)

    + Android. Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 pre-installed, the latest version at the time I write this. It is very likely that it will be upgradeable to future versions. At the same time, it is not likely that the Fire’s custom Android 3.x will ever be upgraded. It’s possible but not likely.
    + Chrome. It happens to be my favorite browser. Amazon does not allow Chrome on its Fire. Fire’s own browser is not too bad but I personally prefer Chrome.
    = Flash. Nexus 7 or Android 4.1 rather does not support Flash which is too bad but it’s because Adobe decided not to support it on Android 4.1. Kindle Fire HD does not appear to support Flash either.

    BUILD (a tie)

    I like both tablets look and feel. Both the Nexus 7 and the Fire HD are strikingly beautiful tablets. One little issue for the Fire is its too well hidden power and volume…

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  3. D.L.C says:
    479 of 499 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A few issues, but overall a good intro tablet, August 18, 2012
    D.L.C (United States) –

    This review is from: Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16 GB) (Personal Computers)

    Full Disclosure:

    I own an iPad 3 and an iTouch and a four, going on five year old Motorola dumb phone.

    I’m not going deep into hardware specs, you can read other reviews for that.


    On October 29th, Google released the updated Nexus 7. The ONLY things that changed was that the 8gb version was discontinued, the 16gb version dropped to $199 and the 32gb version was released for $249 (both available for purchase NOW). The 3G cellular version is on sale starting November 13, 2012. Do not buy the existing Nexus 7 versions at current prices posted on Amazon! You’re paying way too much.

    [/END EDIT]

    Let’s address some of the perceived flaws and some of the real flaws of the Nexus 7.

    1) Storage. 8gb and 16gb (the two flavors the Nexus 7 comes in) can go real fast real quick in today’s age of HD movies. I took my 16gb iPad on a trip and I maxed out with movies incredibly fast, even after I shrunk them down to least tolerable quality. The Nexus 7 does deserve some criticism for no Micro-SD slot and I was not going to buy it for that sole reason. However, like all good Android Tablets, there’s a solution.


    It’s called USB On The Go. Essentially you take a USB OTG cable (like $1 on Ebay), plug it into your Nexus 7, download the Nexus Media Importer app (Currently $3 on Google Play) and then connect whatever side hard drive or flash drive you want. The largest size external media I could connect to (and have access too) is a 3TB Western Digital. So much for 8/16 gig limits! The only problem I encountered with large drives is that the Media Importer app (which streams media as well as allowing one way coping to the Nexus 7) is that it crashes when you try to stream media out of folders that contain huge amounts of files, like 3,000 mp3s. If you’re cheap, you can do much of the same via Stickmount and a file manager (Stickmount requires rooting). But the Nexus Media Importer just makes it ridiculously easy. Best $3 in credit I spent.

    With OTG and flash drives you don’t need the cloud. Ever. Seriously, whoever decided to not put in the MicroSD to force cloud should be fired at Google.

    Oh yeah. And this requires absolutely ZERO rooting. Take your Nexus out of the box. Download the Nexus Media Importer App. Buy the cable. Plug in your thumb drive. You’re good to go.

    As of today (10/5/12), I was able to connect a canon point and shoot, iPad 3, iTouch, 4 small flash drives (less than 2 GB), a 1 TB and 3 TB external hard drives (Western Digital), a SD card reader (with regular and microSD via adapter) and was able to pull/stream files off all of them (FAT and NFTS formatting, no EXFAT at the moment sorry!). For some reason my old Motorola ZN5 (ancient eh?) no longer registers anymore, but as long as you plug in relatively new devices you’ll be okay. An exception is I plugged in my 9 year old iRiver player and it streamed music perfectly.

    Don’t forget that OTG also lets you plug in and use keyboards (wired and wireless via dongle) and mice without rooting. Mice generate a cursor when plugged in. Also be aware that OTG may charge devices from your Nexus 7. For you true gamers, PS/3 controllers work as well. Not on all games, but games like Dead Trigger they’ll work just like they do on a PS/3. Like to see that on a Kindle Fire or an iPad!

    2) Display. Yes, it’s not an iPad. It’s also less than half the price of the new iPad. Text is still crisp and clean and colors are largely well done. Not iPad well done, but save yourself $300 well done. It’s fairly responsive, not iPad response, but better than many other tablets out there. I have no complaints about it. As for the screen separation, that seems to be more of an issue with the 16gb version than the 8gb. I haven’t had any ghosting issues either.

    3) Camera is pretty terrible. The front facing 1.2 megapixel is nothing to get excited about. And there is no back camera. I honestly don’t get why that’s just a big deal. You look like a tool using the back camera. Anyone does. Even Olivia Wilde (13 on a total possible score of 10 house fans!) would look like a douche using a tablet’s back camera to take video/pictures. Odds are you have your smartphone with a decent camera. Use that. There oddly though, is no app for the camera that ships with the Nexus 7. But there is a free Nexus 7 camera launcher app.

    4) Apps. True, the Apple ecosystems has far more apps designed for tablets than Android does. But most of your apps, like skype, facebook, office utilities are all there. Furthermore, rather than being stuck on iTunes you can install Amazon’s app store in addition to the preloaded Google Play store.

    5) No cellular connection. Fair enough, but it does have the capacity to get on to a hotspot. Meaning, just tether…

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