The Nexus 7 Is How All Android Tablets Should Be
The Nexus 7 is the long anticipated tablet offering from the creator of Android, Google. Partnering with Asus they aimed to create a powerful android tablet focused on media consumption that came with a $200 starting price . The Nexus 7 packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB or Ram, 7 inch 1280×800 IPS display, 8 GB or 16 GB storage options and the first device to come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Awesome specs for a device that is only $200 for the 8 GB or $250 for the 16GB model.
Awesome hardware may be one thing but its nothing without software and that’s where Jelly Bean comes into play. Google has one against improved its operating system and while its not the major jump from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, you still get a good amount of performance improvements and features. Jelly Bean uses a new UI engine called “Project Butter” it’s aimed to create a much smoother android experience and it really truly does. You will notice that through the animations and transitions that the Android experience is getting better. Jelly Bean is also the first time I will say that stock android will work for the average consumer. What they did here is keep the phone style interact on the tablet. It makes things much simpler and a easy transition from using your Android smartphone to your tablet. There shouldn’t be much skinning and UI overhaul needed from manufactures when they make their phones and tablets with Android 4.1 in mind. Keeping things looking similar UI wise is something that Apple takes advantage of with the iPhone and the iPad with iOS.
Even with the nice price tag and specs there are some limitations with no micro SD card storage so currently your stick with the on-board storage capacity (I’m sure the Android hacker community will find a way round this) there is only a 2 megapixel from facing camera and no rear although most people don’t really take pictures with their tablets and the cameras are generally low quality in most of them anyways.
Watch our video review and you will see just how good this tablet really is and while the Kindle Fire truly opened up the 7 inch tablet market, then Nexus 7 will help bring better devices to take it over.