Google New Nexus 7 Tablet – Price, Review, Specs, Battery Life
As compared to the previous model, the new Google Nexus 7 tablet is costlier by $30. However, at $229 for the basic model, it is nearly thirty percent less expensive than the iPad Mini which costs $329. The new Google Nexus 7 tablet comes with a camera at the back for taking pictures. The sound quality is more distinct and the display is clearer than the older model. It is also the first gadget to come with the latest Android 4.3 Operating System. This OS has the unique option of creating profiles so as to restrict data access on your tablet by other users, like children.
Even though the Kindle Fire HD from Amazon.com is priced at $199, which is a lot less expensive than the new Nexus, it does not offer users complete access to the ever increasing library of Android apps so as to track flights, play games, check the prevailing weather conditions, get coupons from your favorite joints, read the news, and lots more! All this and more is available in the new Google tablet.
It is a known fact that the tablet market is dominated by the iPad Mini and the full-sized version, while the smartphone industry is predominantly android based. If you own an android smartphone, then you will realize that the new Google Nexus 7 is a great complement to your phone. The apps used by you on your smartphone will automatically come to the Google tablet, unless you specify otherwise. This allows seamless switching between the devices. Additionally, when customers’ are signed in, all their favorite joints on Google Maps, as well as the browser bookmarks will transfer to the tablet.
In case you were thinking of buying the old Nexus model, then you think again, pay the additional $30 and go for the newer model.
Features of the new Google Nexus 7 tablet
When held horizontally, you will notice speakers located on either side of the tablet that produce a much richer sound. Technically, the speakers can be considered to be facing the back. However, they are located along a curved border which means that the sound does not project away from you, but outwards.
The dimensions of the newer model are the same. However at 323 PPI, the pixel density in the newer Google Nexus 7 is a lot higher than the 216 PPI available in the older model. Also, movie titles, credits, and graphics in movies such as ‘Avatar’ appear a lot better and a lot sharper.
The older model came with only a front-facing camera that could be used for videoconferencing. The new Google Nexus 7 ships with a 5-megapixel back camera as well as a camera app. You can now take videos and pictures of all the events and things that are in front of you.
The new Google tablet is easy and light in the hands. When held vertically, it is fiver percent narrower and 17 percent thinner. At 10.2 ounces it is also quite light. Comparatively, the older model was a tad too wide and uncomfortable to grasp. The rubbery back in the new Nexus 7 is also a lot smoother.
The new tablet also comes with a longer battery life. It offers 9 hours of battery life when streaming videos and 10 hours when surfing the internet. As opposed to this the older model came with only 8 hours of battery life.
It may be noted that even though the Android 4.3 is available with the new tablet, the OS can be downloaded for various other devices, including the older tablet.
The profile creation option
Even though the restricted profiles option available in the new android OS is a good addition, it does have some chinks. You can disable the Facebook app; you can disable unrestricted access to internet by disabling the browser; and you can disable the app store to prevent your child from downloading unnecessary apps. However, there is no option to filter porn or similar unwanted materials. Also, when you allow access to an app, it is complete access. There is no option for partial access.
It may also be noted that certain apps do not work on restricted profiles, such as Gmail. In case you want a user to be able to check their email, then you will need to allow full access to the app or allow checking of email via the browser. The email app cannot be turned on in restricted profiles.
The iPad Mini versus the new Google Nexus 7 tablet
In case you own an iPhone then it is best to go for the iPad Mini. This way you do not have to pay twice for videos, music, and apps. You may wait till a newer version of the iPad Mini is launched.
If you own an android smartphone then you need to go through a number of things before deciding to purchase the new Google tablet.
Both the android and iOS platforms have an equal number of apps available for download and use. However, a number of big app developers tend to create apps for only the iPad and the iPad Mini. For example, the app which allows users to check out complete episodes of the CBS TV shows is only available for Windows and iOS platforms.
It may however be noted that the apps that are designed for android smartphones easily work on android tablets. The phone apps automatically adapt to the larger screen size of the tablets. The iPhone apps however become distorted when used on the iPad or the iPad Mini.
The iPad Mini comes with the non-HD display technology while the 7-inch screen of the new Google Nexus 7 is a lot sharper and clearer. Also, as compared to the iPad Mini, the Google tablet is lighter by nearly six percent. The Google tablet allows wireless charging. However, as it comes with only a microUSB charger, users will need to purchase a Qi-compatible wireless charger.
Google Now available on the Nexus is not as great as Siri. It is also possible to download the former on an iPad Mini, while the latter is not available for download on the Nexus.
The Nexus 7 however beats the iPad Mini hands down when it comes to the price. While the base price is $229 (16 GB), if you shell out $40 more, you can buy the 32 GB version. The price of the new Google Nexus 7 with 4G calling feature is $349 quite lesser than its counterpart in iPad Mini which costs $559.