Small tablets are chosen by customers mostly because of their compact dimensions – they are easy to carry and easily fit in any bag. Last year, the 7-inch Nexus 7 became a pretty popular suggestion in the class of small tablets. In this video review you will meet its successor – this is 2013 Nexus 7.
The design is far more ordinary and boring than the old Nexus 7
The design of the new Nexus 7 is pretty simple and clean. In fact it is far more ordinary and boring than the one on the old Nexus 7. The new one lacks the nice and soft back which makes it somehow rough and less comfortable to hold and use. But of course, it could have been much worse with some slippery surface on top. The surface here is matte and is not that much of a fingerprint magnet as we expected. The new Nexus 7 is also much thinner than the old one at 0.41 inches and a little lighter too. This is probably because the battery capacity has been a little reduced to 3950mAh Li-Ion piece. However this doesn’t result in a significant drop in its battery life. The device had enough charge for a whole day of browsing and playing games –around 7 and a half hours.
Battery capacity has been a little reduced
The 2013 Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a quad-core Krait CPU. This is a smaller chip compared to last year’s quad-core Cortex A9 chipset, but still quite productive and swift. There is plenty of system memory installed on board – 2GB. For its video performance and graphics the device is using Adreno 320 GPU.
The tablet runs on a smaller chip compared to last year’s Nexus 7
This hardware set provides plenty of power to handle well whatever software you wish to run on it.
Undoubtedly this mini tablet can get praised for a few things – one of them is display. Nexus 7 offers a wonderful 7-inch super bright and sharp IPS display. The resolution has grown up to 1920×1200 pixels which translated into the language of density results in a top-notch number of 323 pixels per inch. Nexus 7 triumphs over its competition, offering one of the brightest and sharpest display panels out there. It has a Corning Gorilla glass protection on top.
Nexus 7 offers a wonderful 7-inch super bright and sharp IPS display
2012 Nexus 7 offered only one camera – a front one. This year’s device has a set of two cameras – a base 5MP camera and a 1.2MP front-facing one. The front lens did a good job during video calls. The base one is free of a flash and provides decent photo quality. However both cameras struggle in the lack of enough light and the picture quality suffers from a lot of noise and graininess.
Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.3 OS on board. The device offers 2 options for internal storage – 16GB or 32GB with no option to expand that memory. Only the 32GB version supports 4G LTE – it costs $350.