Pros Amazing screen, colors are rich and vibrant, and blacks are black
2GB ram for multi-tasking and general snappiness
4G data available (LTE)
Stereo, loud speakers
Very thin and light
Cons No expandable memory
Average front and rear cameras
Summary I had the original Nexus 7 prior to this updated model. I love the 7" size for many reasons but bottom line is it's perfect for portable consumption. The downsides to the original were standby battery life, washed out colors (although very crisp resolution), and slow charging.Edit:
I received my tablet today and have been playing with it all day. First impressions:
- Amazing Screen!! It's literally like eye candy from the high resolution wall papers, to icons, to video. Watch something beautifully shot like Planet Earth, and be prepared to be in awe. Colors are rich and vibrant, and blacks are black, as they should be.
- Faster so far. Even with multiple updates running in the background, it ran 1080p video flawlessly and easily rotated from portrait to landscape and back. Boot time seems faster too.
- WiFi and Downloads at blistering speeds; Updates to apps over same N router I had before are literally 5X faster.
- Stereo, loud speakers. The original Nexus 7 had decent audio but it didn't have enough power and was mono. Now the amp has been upped and it's pumping two very good sounding speakers out of such a thin package.
- Thinner and lighter. Reading the specs, I kind of laughed when early reviewers gave the stats. But upon holding it, I can really tell the difference and it feels perfectly balanced. Build quality is on par with prior model, which in my opinion was very good.
- Battery Life - It's early, but so far after two system updates, something like 40 apps downloaded and installed, one hour of HD video watched, and four hours of playing around with the screen on, it still has 68% battery left. Overnight in standby, the charge only went down by 1%, so it's pretty clear battery life has improved substantially. I think the more efficient processor coupled with faster processing times (less CPU cycles) has helped a lot.
- Android 4.3. The biggest feature for me is the restricted account mode. For my young children, I can give them a sub-account to mine, with only limited app access. It's perfect since I've already paid for apps on my Android phone for their use and don't want to repurchase for a 2nd account. Also, since they are young, I feel more comfortable with them only having access to approved apps. You can even turn off the browser and Google search so they don't get into trouble.
I'll do a second update on standby battery time (supposed to have improved considerably) and charge time, as well other findings over the coming days. Also, while I would not trash my old one and drop around $270 on this one, considering you can sell your original on Ebay or elsewhere for probably 70% of what you paid, in my opinion it is definitely worth the upgrade, you will not be disappointed, and buy best price check this: tabletgreatdeals.blogspot.com/p/google-nexus-7-fhd.html
Updated on Dec 29, 2013
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"Wife stole it!"on by The1Lion
Pros Quick, great resolution, easy to use, multiple accounts on latest version of Android
Cons no expandable memory, volume control issues, no flash for camera's.
Summary I have the WiFi version and it is my first tablet. I originally bought an open box one but within two weeks had an issue. The volume would not move from mute. The volume keys and even trying to reset through settings did not work. I turned it off thinking if I reboot it may start working. But then it wouldn't come back on! Took it back and had it replaced with a brand new one which I didn't expect since I bought a open box originally :)"Mute" issue persist and now the notification pull down bar (or whatever it is called) won't go away and cannot click on apps, swipe or anything until we power off and back on. It's annoying as hell and I'm starting to wish I had just taking a refund instead of another expensive paper weight! Wish I was withing the return time frame, I'd return and get a refund.
The new one works fine and I have my 5 yr setup as a restricted account and my wife setup for her own account as well. I love that I can control which apps my son has access to. I also love that we can "share" apps for all accounts but the data is separate - so if I play Candy Crush and am on level 50, my son can be on level 10 and the wife on level 67 since we all have our own "version" of save data.
It is a nice quick tablet, only lag seems to be from internet at times (have a 6Mbps connection). I've streamed the Hobbit online and it plays fine through Flixster. Games like Minion Rush seem to take a while to load while others respond fairly quickly. Navigation is easy but I also have a HTC One S so have used Android OS previously - not that it would be hard for anyone else to figure out where everything is.
Cameras are perhaps a bit below what I would like but not too bad with front and back camera's - so you can skype with the front camera. WiFi works without any issues. Screen when set to "Auto" brightness seems a bit too dim for me so I occasionally set it to a higher brightness depending on what I am watching/playing/surfing/etc... Battery life doesn't seem to be too bad although we always seem to have to charge ours because one of us always seems to be using it! Mainly my wife watching her Filipino soaps :)
I do occasionally have an issue with the volume control. I often put it on "mute" when I play some games on it and there are times it gets stuck in mute - volume keys and the settings will not adjust it as it just returns to mute, just like the original one that I returned was doing. I have found if I log out and use my wife's or son's account and then log out and log into my account the volume keys or settings will work once again.
The 7" size is about the right size for my hands, I can hold it in one hand easy enough.
Updated on Nov 11, 2013
Updated on Feb 16, 2014If I could, I'd drop the rating obviously. Screen issues persist. If this is the best Android Tablet then it's time to go back to Apple I guess. I bought this because it was supposed to be the best, it's a joke. I feel like I should of just brought a lamp since I have to keep turning this off/on to reset and then get a reasonably working device. No more Google devices from now on! Even when you write Google support and tell them you have to keep turning it off & on to fix the issue temporarily, they tell you "try powering it off and then back on" - now why didn't I think of that?
Pros Full High-Def 1080p
323 Pixels Per Inch (Besting the Retina Display at 264 PPI)
Android 4.3 With Individual and Restricted Profiles
"Butter" For Smoothness
Perfect Size For One-Handed Use
One-Inch Side Bezels For Perfect Horizontal Two-Handed Use
Cons No MicroSD Slot
No Mini or Full-Sized USB Port
Less Grippable Back Cover
Rear-Facing Camera Should Be A Much Higher Megapixel Count
Flimsy Power Connector
Lack of Applications Optimized For It At Product Launch
Summary The best tablet of any platform and size! Amazing full high-def 1080p screen with bleeding-edge 323 pixel per inch count compared to the former leader, the iPad's Retina Display at a mere 264 pixels per inch count. The screen is so high-resolution that you do not even have to pinch and zoom to read text on a web page, it's readable without zooming. Add Project "Butter" for smoothness and Restricted Profiles finally makes Android Family Friendly and the only platform to offer both individual profiles on one device, but also restricted profiles to regulate activities for children.
Pros Great Screen, Great ipad like smoothness, Fast, Light and fits in the hand really well (giggity giggity)
Cons Random reboots, bluetooth seems to be finiky with a bluetooth mouse.
Summary I have a really nice Ipad at home and it works really well. I have always tried to get into android before but always ended up selling the stuff because it was always either too buggy or too ugly. I heard all kinds of good things about this thing so went to best buy and just decided to grab one. Man I have loving this thing. Its what I have been waiting for from another company other than apple for a long time. I will always keep my ipad but this thing has that ipad like smoothness and responds the same way. Loving it and for the price its the best tablet I think you can get right now. The screen is amazing!
Pros easy to use, fast, runs stock Android OS, receives updates quickly, amazing screen resolution, cheap, great feel, front and back cameras, compatible with all Google products, microUSB charging, strong scratch resistant screen, super fast processor
Cons no expandable memory, personal hotspot not working (personal issue), front camera is "eh"
Summary This is an amazing tablet for the price! I was hesitant to add the phrase, "for the price", because this tablet competes with $500, $600, and $700 dollar tablets. The screen resolution is the best of any small tablet except for maybe the iPad Mini 2 (Correct me if I'm wrong)... I have had almost no issues with anything. I love this tablet and it is a great value!