Google Nexus 7 Tablet by ASUS
Google has teamed up with Asus to produce this tablet at an extraordinarily adorable price. While the 2012 Nexus 7 was priced at $200 for the 16GB version, the 2013 model has received a bump in price to $230. Even so, this small tablet presents one of the best values on the market.
The 2013 Nexus 7 has seen several performance bumps over the previous model. A 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM make this tablet even more snappy and responsive than before. Google's latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes standard and while it might not be earth-shatteringly different, it maintains smooth tablet operation.
A bump in screen resolution now puts this tablet at 1920x1200 pixels, which is impressive especially when remembering this is a 7-inch screen. The 2013 Nexus 7 also now has dual cameras, having added a 5-megapixel rear-facing one as well as the 1.2-megapixel front-facing unit of the previous model.
The Nexus 7 is offered with 16GB or 32GB of storage, with the larger size costing an extra $50. 802.11n WiFi is standard, and the 32GB Neus can also be purchased with access to 4G LTE connectivity from the network of your choice. This device offers full access to Google's 'Play' service while Google's most popular Apps come pre-loaded, making the Nexus 7 just about ready to go straight out of the box.
Other updates include the addition of Bluetooth Smart, allowing connections with Bluetooth devices the ability to transmit data, and support for SlimPort, allowing the Micro-USB port to be used as an HDMI port with the purchase of an additional adapter. Multi-User restricted profiles have been added, making the current Nexus 7 a kid-friendly family tablet by allowing for setting up accounts with very limited online access.
Perhaps the only potential negative in the updates to the latest Nexus 7 is the design which, despite being smaller and lighter, no longer has the soft and grippy feel of the previous model. That being said, the tablet retains much of the same overall look: basic, black, and sleek with sturdy build quality that has a reassuring heft. Even when compared to all of the other tablets on the market today, latest Google's Nexus 7 makes a solid case for itself. The affordability is simply icing on the cake.