• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Operating System: Google Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Pros:
  • Excellent performance
  • Bright HD display
  • Cons:
  • No expandable storage
  • Subpar camera

New and Improved Nexus 7

The original Google Nexus 7 was first announced last year to many cheers of those who wanted a more portable media device than the traditional 10-inch tablet device. Whilst it initially got a lot of positive reviews, component issues eventually marred what was an otherwise excellent portable media consumption device. With the new Nexus 7 finally available in Malaysia, we take a look at what makes it better than the predecessor.

Powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 320 GPU, the Nexus 7 is no slouch when it comes to performance specs. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and the seven-inch IPS display outputs at a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

The look and feel of the Nexus 7 has not changed all that much compared to the original. Thanks to the marvel of modern technology, not only has the new Nexus 7 slimmed down in terms of thickness, Google has also increased the display size by narrowing the bezel by 3mm on all sides.

After being bombarded by users about the lack of a camera, the Nexus 7 now also comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s nothing spectacular about the cameras as the performance of the shooters is negligible at best.

The Nexus 7 is an excellent media consumption device. It’s capable of playing back 1080p media without much of a hitch, and the 3,950mAh battery life means that you will be able to use the tablet during long commutes, such as train rides or even air travel.

The IPS display of the Nexus 7 also is bright enough that you can use the tablet under direct sunlight and still be able to see things on the display clearly, just as you would under the shade or even indoors. That being said, continuous long hours of use does tend to make the device overheat quite a bit.

CHIP CONCLUDEThe Google Nexus 7 is undoubtedly one of the best seven-inch tablets out there in the market right now. The tablet’s excellent performance, coupled with a compact form factor that can fit even in handbags is definitely the perfect device for the travelling media junkie.

(previously published in issue November 2013)

Google Nexus 7