The Google Nexus 7 offers real value for money, but it’s not perfect. Still, it’s all the tablet most people are ever likely to need.
Google unveiled the Nexus 7, its own branded entry into the tablet market, at Google I/O this week. In the days since its unveiling several websites have been putting the device through its paces, and their reviews have started popping on the InterWebs. This is by no means an exhaustive roundup, but it will give a taste of some trusted tech writers truly think of the Google Nexus 7.
Engadget puts their assessment of the Nexus 7 clear from the off, calling it “the best $200 tablet you can buy” in the title. It further states that the Nexus 7 is “an amazing package for something that costs a penny less than $200.” It’s not all positive, however, with a note that content on the Amazon Kindle Fire is still superior.
The Verge makes the important point that the “Nexus 7 isn’t just an excellent tablet for $200 … it’s an excellent tablet, period.” So it’s not only for the budget-conscious. The point about the lack of apps and content is made again, but with the caveat that this isn’t a deal-breaker. An 8.8 out of 10 score is fantastic for a tablet that costs just 40 percent of the price of a new iPad.
CNET states that the Nexus 7 is “clearly the best 7-inch tablet available,” but also compares the content available for it unfavorably compared to the Kindle Fire. The 1280×800-pixel-packed IPS screen comes in for praise but finds room to complain about the “uselessly thick top and bottom bezels.” The bottom line of, “Nexus 7 is easily the best 7-inch tablet available and one of the top tablets on the market,” says it all.
To sum up even further the Nexus 7 is a strong contender in the burgeoning tablet sector. Few people who buy it are likely to be disappointed, especially as it only costs $199. That’s a bargain for the hardware you’re getting, but you’ll have to accept certain missing features – no external memory card slot, no HDMI video output, no landscape mode on the homescreen – to be 100 percent satisfied.
If you have the money then buy a new iPad with its fantastic Retina Display. The rest of us will likely be very happy with the Nexus 7.