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.
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
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 Bright, high resolution
Nice back (like it better then last one)
Weird shape makes it very easy to grip
Very vast and smooth
Cons Realy weird shape
It has a small screen, but that's personal
Summary Realy nice android tablet,
It does all you want it to do, and more..
I bet you're not even gnna use half of the functions. But that go's for all tablets
Good price for performance.
For those who say there are faster tablets (ugh.. ipad.. ugh), I say how much faster do u want it to go... 1/10 of a second?? i realy dont see the benefit if it makes it more expencive
"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
Pros - Superb screen
- Very fast
- OS updates arrive quickly
- PRICE, PRICE, PRICE
Cons - No memory expansion (just as most high end tablets out there)
- I'm not sold into the form factor for a tablet.
- Lack of true tablet titles in Google Play (only compared to the App Store, of course: supply is still very decent).
Summary Let's get the important part out of the way first: the reason I picked the Nexus 7 and not the iPad Mini was, pure and simply, money. I love Apple products and was looking forward to the Mini with Retina, but the price tag was a deal breaker. I just can't bring myself to shell out almost double the money than a Nexus (I picked the 32 Gb model, about $249 on sale vs $519 in Canada).
That doesn't mean that the Nexus 7 is a bad tablet. On the contrary, it's superb. Fast, great screen, light... you just can't go wrong with it. I read about some issues people had with it (screen, WiFi, GPS, reboots, etc), but I had none of that. I updated to KitKat immediately and had no major problems.
To me, it feels like an iPod Touch on steroids (as they said of the iPad when first launched), because of the form factor. I use it mostly around the house, so browsing would be nicer in a wider aspect ratio (like the Mini), but I don't really mind. You get what you paid for, and much, much more.
The screen is fantastic, and the tablet is very snappy. I had a few browser crashes, and some other apps, but nothing as an old Windows machine (before Win7, I mean). KitKat is very stable and a good performer, and the Nexus has a lot of power to handle it.
As I want to have the OS updates available, I went with the Nexus. I also wanted a nice screen and got it. Plus lots of apps, and here they are (not as many as the App Store, though; but more than enough). And I didn't go broke for it. I'm happy!