Roughly a year after the original Google Nexus 7 was released, the second generation of the tablet rolled out to conquer the market once more. The ASUS Nexus 7 second edition has big shoe to fill and a tough job of convincing consumers to look at its direction instead that of the Apple’s iPads.
At first look, the new Nexus 7 is lighter, more powerful, and rolls out of the box with an updated Android version. Let us see how this follow-up was prepared by the guys from Mountain View.
The Google Nexus 7 second edition still sports a familiar form factor seen in the original release of tablet. However, at just 8.7 mm on the tapes and 290g on the scales, this new toy is thinner and lighter than its older sibling. The longer bearing makes the gadget look like other phone-cum-tablets. It really won’t make a lot of difference when you are holding the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 compared to significant smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 1520, Xperia Z of Sony or the Galaxy S 4 by Samsung.
With a few millimeters trimmed from its width, in fact, the new Nexus 7 is easier to hold. The designers also rid the device of the silver trims seen on the original Nexus. Those familiar with the older product won’t have to adjust with the placement of the ports and buttons. The second-gen Nexus 7 also features a smooth back cover, which surprisingly isn’t a fingerprint magnet.
The tablet was redesigned for the better. Its speakers now sound better and ideally placed at both ends of the device. The new Nexus 7 is made use of more premium materials as we understand.
If one component of the Nexus 7 second edition deserves the spotlight, it will be its screen. It still sports an IPS display, but the resolution has got an adrenaline booster and comes at 1920 x 1200 with a pixel density of 323 ppi. At the moment, it has the most magnificent screen in the 7-inch tablet niche after iPad mini with Retina display.
Under the chassis, is a Qualcomm-made 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor working in tandem with a 2GB RAM. This setup makes the boot very quick and a lot faster than any average tablet in the market today.
In terms of storage, Google has still not added a slot for a microSD and released the unit with just a 16GB and 32B capacity. Looking for comparisons, it still has a lot more space and a lot cheaper compared to the primary iPad mini.
The tablet now sports two cameras. The front-facing one remains to have a 1.2MP sensor while the rear camera sports a 5MP sensor without flash.
While we aren’t an advocate of people using their tablets for capturing photos and videos, the second generation Nexus 7 is handy enough to use it for such purposes. Surprisingly, the main camera snaps crisp images although one can notice issues with the auto focus and white balance.
The gadget can capture 1080p videos but panning the device while shooting might produce blurry and jerky footage. You can snap a picture while taking a video by just tapping the screen of the tablet.
The Nexus 7 was built to showcase the Android platform in its purest form so you might want to look at another direction if you love pre-done customization. Google made sure consumers get the new tablet with an Android 4.3 that hasn’t been modified.
You get five home screens that you can easily replace with your own tweaks and launchers. Launchers will be the safe and no-headache alternative if you don’t want to go deep into the setup. Just like any Android environment, expect a ton of widgets even on the lock screen. This setup is perfect if you are lazy, swipe your finger across the screen to unlock the device.
Android fans will be at home with the setup while new users might be a bit overwhelmed with the menus.
Aside from having a tweaked text input, Bluetooth Low Energy, better graphics performance, and OpenGL ES 3.0 support, the new Nexus 7 offers restricted profiles. Google has already allowed different user accounts but makes things even better by allowing or restricting particular apps for specific user accounts. So, this will be perfect for parents who don’t want their kids accidentally spending on apps or tapping contents that aren’t suitable for them.
The new Nexus 7 carries a smaller battery but Google says that it can last for nine hours on a single charge while doing the usual things people do with a tablet.
The Nexus 7 second edition has a great full high definition screen, smooth performance, and decent battery life. Above all, affordability is a high convincing factor. While you might miss a microSD slot and the texture of the original Nexus tablet, this new device is definitely the best tablet in the market that can give you the best value for your money.
The partnership between Google and ASUS is definitely bringing great products to the market, and so we can’t wait what this collaboration will bring in the next few years.