The most highly rated feature of the Google Nexus 7 is that it is pure Google experience and will get updates faster than other Android tablets. The exterior design is simple while the software is more complex. Specs are very good to excellent.
Google Nexus 7 specs include: 7" 1280x800 pixel 216 ppi IPS display, Corning glass, 4325mAh batter, microUSB port, NFC (Android Beam), 1GB RAM, 8/16GB storage, microphone, GPS, WiFi, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
In general, reviews of the Google Nexus 7 were very good when compared to other 7" tablets. When compared to computer-like use of the full-sized iPad and Apple media/app system, the Google Nexus 7 fell a little short of expectations However, it is considered a better deal than the iPad mini that does not show HD video.
Sacha Segan called it well-built with a grippy back with a high res screen, giving it Editor's Choice. He liked the fast Chrome browser. He thinks the Kindle Fire is easier to use. The speakers are okay for personal use. The iPad replaces a PC while the Nexus 7 is for portable media and information touch-ups. The Kindle Fire HD is a media shopping viewer.
Display Mate reviewed the screens of the both the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD to find that although both had nearly the same specs, the Kindle Fire HD received a slightly better grade for very good calibration
LaptopMag reported that with Jelly Bean 4.1 on the Nexus 7, the voice recognition has improved so that you can dictate without being connected to a network. Voice dictation wasn't as good as voice search. The Chrome web browser was very fast and syncs with desktop versions of Chrome. Benchmark tests were excellent. When it was released the Nexus 7 was given Editors' Choice.
IGN found that the Nexus 7 is very portable, can handle intense games but Google Now is better suited for a phone. The Google Nexus 7 was an astounding value for content consumption, mobility and worth getting.
The best deal we could find is Walmart online showing the Google Nexus 7 16GB for $199.99 in stock, 97 cent shipping or free site to store pickup, state sales tax does apply.
So should you buy the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD? To decide you will want to explore the best uses for the Kindle Fire HD, which we will do in a future review. The Nexus 7 is a good fast upgradeable 7"inch tablet suited for Android fans, games, media consumption and general tablet use.
Compare to Kindle Fire HD or iPad mini.
BOTTOM LINE REVIEW:
- Nexus 7 Best-Reviewed Features: pure Android Jelly Bean, Apps, fast quad-core processor and beautiful responsive touchscreen.
- Nexus 7 Least-Liked Features: no expandable storage, no HDMI connector, plain looking, bezel too big and not designed for drawing. Lack of rear camera and some lag.
- Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5.
- Network Ratings: Wi-Fi only.