Google Nexus 7 review
The first Android Jelly Bean device is the best budget tablet available on the market. The portability, performance and price are unmatched, but is it cut out for business use?
In terms of build, the Nexus 7 does not look like a budget Android device with its metallic edging, rubberised back panel, and detailed IPS display. It's not the thinnest tablet, measuring in at 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm, but it does feel sturdy in the hand and is competitive in the weight department too, at 340g.
Google is not making a profit on the 8GB version of this device and we'd imagine the margins are pretty slim on the 16GB variant too. No, this tablet was designed with a one purpose in mind: snatching market share.
The 7in IPS 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, whilst not being as visually arresting as SLCD and Super AMOLED setups, is unprecedented at this price-point. The size is great for web browsing, reading, and watching video and the portability the small screen brings is a real boost. You can carry the device around in a jacket pocket comfortably.
Jelly Bean adds a level of finesse to Google's operating system that's been missing. Previously navigating around Android was tiresome and packed full of lag, stutter and freezes. This is no longer the case. Google's Project Butter UI brings Android inline with Apple's iOS.
Google Now, aimed at redefining the way you search the web, uses your location data, browsing history, and GPS position to bring you up-the-minute information of travel, weather and the best route to and from work.
Focused on speech, Google Now, unlike Siri, is actually rather useful, featuring built-in support for navigation, as well as excellent voice recognition accuracy. Search also looks different in Android Jelly Bean with the addition of information cards, featuring weather updates, travel information, and places of interest, that are unique to your location.
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