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Google takes the glory, Asus does the work

Sim Ahmed | Aug. 14, 2012
The Google Nexus 7 tablet was launched to much anticipation earlier this year. Since the original Nexus phone, Google has held this range of devices up as a showcase of the Android OS potential.

Running a dozen or so of my essential apps (not at the same time) I didn't encounter a single force close error. Even when I did tackle multitasking, I found the system ran as smoothly as it did with a single app going.

Searching through online forums I found out there are some apps not supported by the Nexus 7. The CNN News app is a prominent example which just refused to work for this reporter. This is probably a temporary issue until developers start pushing out updates for Jellybean, but it would pay to look online to see if your essential apps are all supported before purchasing this tablet.

I didn't have the Nexus 7 for my usual one week review period, so my views on its battery life should be taken with a grain of salt. In general the experience was good. I would get eight hours of usage from a full charge when spending a lot of time browsing, viewing images, running apps and watching YouTube videos. I could squeeze up to nine hours if I contained myself to mostly browsing websites.

There is no 3G connectivity on the Nexus 7, so if you want to browse the web you're limited to when you're in range of wi-fi or a tethered phone.

The Nexus 7 has a 1.2 MP camera capable of recording video at 720p. The quality of the video is best described as "good enough". It's good enough for Skype calls with family and clients, but not good enough to record presentations or video for web.

4 Stars

SPECS

Dimensions: 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm, 340g

Display: 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches IPS LCD

OS: Android 4.1 (Jellybean)

CPU: Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3 Ghz, 1 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB / 16 GB

Price: $440

 

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