The Nexus 7 2013 sets the bar for the next generation 7 inch tablet market yet again. The concept of mixing the software of Google and the hardware of Asus together into one cohesive product is truly amazing. On one hand, there’s the full stock Android experience that opens the possibility to personalize your tablet to your liking. On the other hand, Asus’s hardware team provided a nice balance of external and internal hardware. The result? A powerful punch of value without the tablet feeling cheap or unwieldy. So what features are the defining factors that differentiates this 7 inch tablet from other tablets?
Google Nexus 7 2013 : first impressions
As we opened the box of the Nexus 7 2013, we were quite astonished by the overall quality of the device based on the $229 price point. The black rubberized shell surprised us — as even the high-end Samsung tablets and smart phones were often seen with plastic shells, and to see a rubberized shell on the Nexus 7 2013 and not a plastic shell is quite comforting. If you want us to be more critical, the volume rocker and the power buttons on the right side of the device was not impressive, mainly due to the lack of tactile feedback and a cheap plastic feel. Of course, at $229, it’s not a deal breaker. Regardless of this shortcoming, the Nexus design is well thought out. It is sturdy, simple, and ergonomic. Google’s signature no physical on-screen button provides the user with a clutter free device, but sacrificing a little part of that full HD experience to offer you this feature. This is a small trade-off, and we enjoyed the Nexus style built-in buttons more over the hardware buttons that come with non-stock android tablets. That leads us to the question – how ergonomic is it? The reduced thickness and portrait height allows us to comfortably carry the device in one hand. This change makes the tablet easier to hold than it’s predecessor. The thinness, rubberized feel and the overall 7 inch form factor contributes to an overall easier thumb typing experience on this device. We were even able to fit the Nexus 7 into some jacket and male jean pockets with this design overhaul; thus, making it nice and mobile. Overall, we like the design. It had a conservative appearance, felt durable and solid despite the low price tag.
Google Nexus 7 2013 : Features
The defining feature of the Nexus 7 2013 model is definitely the the gorgeous full high-definition IPS display. Colours on this device are brilliant, and are much more closer to the iPad 4. Black-levels of the Nexus 7 are not as contrasting as the previous generation Nexus 7. Not being able to show as many shades of grey makes it more suitable for reading text and photos rather than watching videos. The brightness of the device is much more commendable as the the screen’s maximum brightness is a tad higher which is great for reading in areas of direct sunlight. Although the Nexus 7 2013 has the most detailed 7 inch screen we have ever met, the touch screen experience is disappointing. We had a multi-touch issue with our touch screen. Though it is likely that the early batches of this device has an early teething issue that will be ironed out by the time you read this. We decide to show you the issue anyways.
Nexus 7 2013 : Performance
Now, you may intuitively think that since the Nexus 7 2013 is priced relatively low, Asus would have to cut corners in some respects. Hardware wise, balance is a virtue. The Nexus 7 2013 is actually relative powerful. In some scenarios, the Nexus 7 2013 tops the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in some processor benchmarks; however, it seemed to struggle against the Sony Xperia tablet Z. Keep in mind the Sony Xperia tablet Z is $499, so we expect the processor to be superior. Even so, the Nexus 7 2013 is no slacker. It is equipped with a powerful Snapdragon S4 pro processor with battery lasting up to 9 hours. This is quite impressive. Surfing the web and playing games on this device was very smooth. However, since our device had a multi-touch issue we could not enjoy to its fullest.
Nexus 7 2013
The Nexus 7 2013 is not a normal 7 inch tablet. The design, hardware and quality of materials makes this product exceptionally well-executed even at a low price of $229. The creators wanted the design to be simply simple and durable enough to last a reasonable amount of time, and at the same time, deliver the first full high-definition 7 inch IPS tablet to the masses at a way too reasonable price. It’s really difficult to find another device that is as fully featured. On top of that, you receive a well-balanced device in terms of battery life and raw CPU power. That lead us to the question, if you were to describe the Nexus 7 2013 in one word, what would it be?