Pros + Speedy performance from the quad-core Tegra processor
+ Good battery life.
+ Build quality is very good, no cheap glossy plastics.
+ Exceptional features and performance for the money, a great value!
Summary I'm a Mac user with a Windows Phone and didn't think much of Android after a bad experience with a gingerbread phone. I came back to Android cautiously and with lowered expectations simply because the Nexus 7 seemed like too much of a bargain to pass up. I was VERY pleasantly surprised with what I found. Android seems to have improved dramatically since the last device I used, which is good to see. I was also comfortable with this device because it's a Nexus product, so there is no OEM shovelware heaped on it or crappy UI skins to slow it down. It's just pure, unadulterated Android and it's great. After hating Android for 2 years, this fantastic product brought me back into the fold. Thank you Asus and Google for delivering the best tablet for the money the world has ever seen. I just love this thing. Performance is very good, the capabilities make my friend's iPad mini seem like an etch-a-sketch by comparison. The battery life is impressive. Build quality is better than it has any right to be for a $199 device. They really raised the bar here. I am so pleased I'm recommending these to everyone I know.
Pros 16 GB Internal Storage, Fast performance on downloads, Chrome as default browser on board, Pre-loaded with Transformers Dark Of The Moon Move, Free $25 Google Play Credit, Nexus gets the OTA SW Updates prior to others given the pure Google experience
Cons No SD Slot (I've got a few Cloud Services that can dub for the extra space for documents, Music and other files)
Summary Upon unboxing this (LOL, no it ddn't take me s long to do it as shown in the Unboxing a Nexus 7 is fun Montage video), I was prompted to download the Android 4.1.1 OTA Patch update, which fixed up a few Software issues and added Google Wallet to the device. Since then, I've downloaded apps on this on a slow WiFi at work in a matter of 2-3 seconds flat. And we're talking about sizeable files for Tablet and Mobile Apps here, which on 3G on my Android Gingerbread phone will take upto 10-10 seconds to load, occasionally more. And for the early adopters, you get a Free Google Play Credit of USD $25, which gets initialized upon signing into the device and into your Google Account. The Store will also load the Free copy of Transformers Dark Of The Moon into your Account and this will be stream-able from your other Androids as well.Apologies for the typos. Upon unboxing this (LOL, no it didn't take me as long to do it as shown in the Unboxing a Nexus 7 is fun Montage video), I was prompted to download the Android 4.1.1 OTA Patch update, which fixed up a few Software issues and added Google Wallet to the device. Since then, I've downloaded apps on this on a slow WiFi at work in a matter of 2-3 seconds flat. And we're talking about sizeable files for Tablet and Mobile Apps here, which on 3G on my Android Gingerbread phone will take upto 10-20 seconds to load, occasionally more.
Addressing what many users are dinging as Cons for this device, No SD/Micro SD Card Slot, no HDMI and No Backside Camera:
1. Seriously, how many of you will take a device greater than 7" in size outdoors with you to snap photos. Think about it! Most Tablets that have the camera, the resolution will not be that good to start with, plus there is usually no flash. So what is the point? This tablet was meant to be a media consumption device, similar to the likes of Amazon Kindle Fire, which by the way, IMHO is useless in front of this device. You atleast have the FFC to do things like Video talk over GTalk chat or Skype so stop complaining please folks! The Amazon Kindle Fire is severely lacking on this end!
2. No SD/Micro SD Slot: People! Use Cloud Services! That's what they are there for. This will likely be the wave of the future. Google offers Drive for free and provides you with 5 GB to start with. I got lucky and signed up for Pogoplug from CNET when they had a limited time promotion to sign up for 10 GB for free. Not only do I have a backup space here, I can sync stuff via this method from my PC to the Tablet. Consequently, I've built up 15 GB of Cloud Storage space here to have my documents on to alleviate the constraints that may prevail way down in the future for my device. And ofcourse, if I should need more, then I can always find other Clouds to work with to mitigate this.
3. No HDMI output to TV: Have you ever heard of DLNA (Dynamic Link Network Alliance) Protocol? It's the wave of the future through which Wireless Audio and Video Streaming is enabled. Tell me seriously, who all hard connects their device till today for this purpose these days? Not many especially if you have a TV/Smart TV with DLNA Built In and Ready to go. Just set it up that way and you will accomplish what you need to stream media from your mobile or tablet to the TV.
All you haters dinging it here need to know more about before bashing in haste. Seriously! Don't hesitate folks! Get yours today! Well worth the money!
Updated on Jul 22, 2012
Pros Android 4.2
Tegra 3 Processor
Cons Although a Improvement, it still lags a bit
The Nexus design is good, but easy to dent
Summary I bought this at a time where i was starting to get interested in tablets, but could not afford a IPad nor a different 10 Inch Android Tablet. I looked at the Kindle Fire, which in my mind still wasn't good enough and other 7 inch Tablets (IPad Mini was not released at the time) Most of which had Ok reviews. When i heard of the Nexus 7 and its strong reviews, i decided to pick one up.I now use a app called Memory Booster, i recommend it because it has removed any lag from the tablet and makes it even faster.
The Nexus experience was something different, new and i liked it. It does everything it says and works great. The only problem i have with it is the fact that it still lags (a little bit) But project butter has improved my overall opinion towards Android.
If you cant afford the IPad Mini or some other Tablet, the Nexus is the way to go
Updated on Apr 7, 2013
Pros Size, weight, screen, SPEED, NEXUS!
Cons no sd card slot...i could care less
Summary This tablet is FAST! I have yet to have a quirk with it after owning it for 2 months and using it heavily day and night!
Pros -Great display with a great resolution.
-Insanely fast Tegra processor.
-Plenty of RAM.
-Powerful speaker for a portable device.
Cons -Does NOT charge when plugged into a computer.
-Does not feature an SD card slot. HOWEVER you can use a USB host cable and connect up to 32gb flash drives.
-Display can be unresponsive at times.
Summary The Nexus 7 is something that you don't really come by often. A great little 7" tablet that actually functions like a higher-end $400 one.I've experimented and it DOES charge via USB on your computer, but you MUST turn down the clockrate if you overclocked it and you MUST turn down the brightness.
One of the key things I've always wanted in deciding on a tablet is price. I haven't been impressed by tablets enough in the past to spend over $200, that is until I heard about the Nexus 7.
Another thing I look for is a good modding community. The Nexus 7 has quite a few custom kernels for it that allow you to overclock it. Some people report getting it as high as 2 GHz, but I settled on 1.8 GHz. (Overclocking voids warranty and it puts your hardware at risk if you don't know what you're doing.)
The Nexus 7 does have downfalls, however. The one that bothers me most is how it doesn't charge when connected to a computer. This is vital to me because when I'm at my desk I use my USB ports to charge my devices. The standard 5v that a computer USB port puts out simply doesn't stand up to this device. Various sources say you must disable anything running and turn down the brightness, but I'd like to use this when at work at my desk as well.
The other big problem is that it doesn't feature any kind of expandable memory slot. You CAN use USB OTG, but that requires buying a host cable.
The last big issue is the touch screen responsiveness. While it is extremely sensetive, sometimes you'll have to tap twice to get something to register. It may be a software issue, I'm not 100% sure.
If you're looking to get into the tablet market but aren't too sure, give this a go. I picked mine up for $250.
Updated on Sep 25, 2012