You know the drill, everytime any company comes out with a tablet offering, they get left in the dust by the Ipad, the number one tablet for what seems to be forever. Anyone choosing to go head to head with this behemoth gets said head cut off and the body left writhing in the sand. Android came out with their Honeycomb based tablets. No dice for them. Blackberry Playbook comes out. No way Jose, take that back to the drawing board. The Kindle Fire came close by undercutting the price, but the hardware left a lot to be desired and was too tied to the Amazon App Store and its meager media offerings. The tablet market is showing fast growth in the computing business and it was a matter of time before Google took another stab at it by making their own hardware and powering it with their latest, defiantely greatest Android version,Jellybean.Readers, Enter: Nexus 7.
Rather than go head to head with Apple on their tablet front, which would be a mistake because nobody is defeating Apple on that front anytime soon, Google have chosen to go for the people who dont have $400+ to spend. The Nexus 7 tablet markets at around $200, making it one of the cheapest tablets on offer. You would think at such a price, the hardware would suffer the consequences.Not so,please if you would, take a gander at the hardware specs of the Nexus 7.
Power 4325 mAh, microUSB charger
CPU 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 (T30L) quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with additional low- speed companion core,
Storage 8 or 16 GB flash memory
Memory 1 GB DDR3 RAM
Display 7 inches (180 mm) IPS LCD, 1280×800 px (216 PPI), LED backlit, scratch-resistant glass
Graphics 416 MHz Nvidia GeForce ULP with 12 cores
Camera 1.2 MP (front-facing)
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), NFC,Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0
Dimensions 198.5 mm (7.81 in) H 120 mm (4.7 in) W 10.45 mm (0.411 in) D
No, your eyes do not deceive you, it does say quad-core CPU.4 cores. Thats already more cores than my Core 2 Duo Macbook. Oh, but whats that under Graphics? 12 Core GPU? Whoa!!! Thats 16 Cores altogether housed in a 7 inch comfy frame that fits into your hands comfortably. At the Nexus 7 reveal at Google I/O 2012, the capabilities of said cores where revealed in a Game Demo. Needless to say, ShadowGun is going to be awesome! And in a bid to make sure you get the best out of your tablet, Google have energized their Google Play Market by now offering magazines and TV shows and Movies for rent, a la Kindle Fire. I could go on about the new Android 4.1 update, Jellybean with its new Google Now offering which takes on Siri head on and Project Butter’s buttery smothness with its triple buffering which finally does away with Android’s jerkiness. But thats a post for another day (Stay tuned).People may have qualms about the fact that it doesn’t come with a back camera, but really, who uses a tablet to take pictures?Isn’t that what your smartphone is for? Notice the screen is scratch resistant too. Needless to say, bye bye to those pesky screen protectors. Those things are scratch and oil magnets anyway.
We haven’t gotten a review unit, and unfortunately we werent at the Developer conference where all app makers got one for free (lucky bastards) but due to the vids, I must say for once, Apple might just have finally got some competition on their hands. Don’t take my word for it though, lets see what Theverge.com said about the Nexus 7 in their review.
“THIS ISN’T JUST AN EXCELLENT TABLET FOR $200, IT’S AN EXCELLENT TABLET, PERIOD” (Theverge.com)
(For a more detailed review,click the verge link)