Google Nexus 7 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet

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As of November 21st, 2012
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    Google's own 'Nexus' line of devices have received much attention lately, as it shows that the company is willing to get involved in hardware development to go along with its versatile software. Those in the industry are keenly aware that Google is not a hardware company, and the Nexus 7 does not signal a change in this policy. Rather than manufacturing the device, Google has teamed up with Asus to produce the tablet at an extraordinarily affordable price. At $200, the Nexus 7 is poised to squeeze pretenders out of the market while fortifying Google's position in the industry.

    The Google Nexus 7 is very different from other 7-inch, $200 tablets. This is not the watered-down, limited-functionality novelty device commonly found in this price range. Rather, the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM paint a different picture. In practical use, the Nexus 7 is snappy and responsive with any task. The powerful components can run the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system smoothly, and even demanding apps fail to cause slowdowns or hang-ups that are common in lesser-spec tablets. The 1280x800 pixel resolution of the display may not seem like much on paper, but remember that this is a 7-inch screen instead of a 10-inch one. The only on-board camera faces the user, and is used for video chat purposes. The Nexus 7 is offered with 16GB or 32GB of storage, with the larger size costing an extra $50. 802.11n Wi-Fi is standard, and the 32GB Nexus 7 can also be purchased with access to AT&T's HSPA+ network.

    Compared to other popular tablets, the low price of the Nexus 7 may be met with skepticism. Considering the robust internal hardware, it's difficult to see where Google could have trimmed the price so low. The Nexus 7 is a quality tablet, with no obvious signs of cost-cutting anywhere you can look. Build quality is very sturdy, with a reassuring heft that dissipates any notion of cheapness. Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes standard, and the Nexus 7 offers full access to Google's 'Play' service. All of Google's popular Apps come pre-loaded, making the Nexus 7 just about ready to go straight out of the box. Even when compared to all of the other tablets on the market today, Google's Nexus 7 makes a solid case for itself. The affordability is simply icing on the cake. Rating: 4.5/5

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