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Six things we hate about the Google Nexus 7

Ross Catanzariti | Aug. 10, 2012
Google's 7in Nexus 7 is one of the best Android tablets on the market, but does this mean it comes without flaws?

Google's 7in Nexus 7 is one of the best Android tablets on the market, but does this mean it comes without flaws? Certainly not. If you're in the market for a tablet and considering the Nexus 7, here's six things you should be wary of.

1. The screen isn't great

The Nexus 7 has a 7in LCD display with a resolution of 1280x800, which is quite impressive for its size. Despite this reasonable resolution, the display on the Nexus 7 has a few annoying flaws that become noticeable the more you use it.

The main issue centres around two aspects. Firstly, the Nexus 7 doesn't display blacks as well as many rival displays. This is very noticeable when you're watching a movie on the tablet like The Dark Knight, for example. In many dark scenes, what is supposed to be deep black often appears as dark grey on the Nexus 7.

The Nexus 7's display has a few annoying flaws.

Secondly, the Nexus 7's screen isn't as bright or vibrant as we'd have liked, even though its viewing angles are good. It lacks the true colour vibrancy of super AMOLED screens, like the one used on the Toshiba Tablet AT270. Colours are often washed out. If you've got nothing to compare the Nexus 7 to, you probably won't be bothered by this issue, but it will annoy users who are expecting a high quality screen.

2. Limited memory

The Google Nexus 7 comes in 8GB and 16GB models with no memory card slot for expanding this storage. While we aren't fussed with the exclusion of a memory card slot, we would have liked to see a 32GB Nexus 7 model. Many users will be happy with 8GB or 16GB of memory, but there's plenty of people who will crave more space.

For these people, Google will argue that cloud storage is available should you wish to store more data than the Nexus 7 allows. While this is certainly true, the idea of cloud storage won't suit all users and requires a constant wireless Internet connection. Further, storing large files like videos and movies in the cloud is neither a practical or overly affordable solution. Most people would rather have access to these types of files on the Nexus 7 itself.

3. No 3G or 4G option

The Nexus 7 is a Wi-Fi only tablet, so there's no 3G or 4G mobile data option. Wi-Fi will be enough for many users, especially those that only plan to use the Nexus 7 at home or in another location with a Wi-Fi connection. However, those who frequently travel will be left disappointed. On the train to work and want to grab that file from Google Drive or Dropbox? No can do.


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