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Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet

Google steps into tablets with this lightweight 7” competitor.  At the same size and price of the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 tops the Kindle in most categories.  Manufactured by Asus, this tablet is also aimed at users who are looking for a less-expensive, lightweight but high-quality alternative to the iPad.  Inside it is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor which delivers more cycles per second than any tablet in its class. The Nexus 7 also offers a bright, sharp 1280 X 800 LCD display which makes small text extremely sharp and video very sharp.  This is not quite as good as the iPad’s Retina display or the Super AMOLED of the Galaxy Nexus, but it is still excellent.  Although there is no back-facing camera for pictures, there is a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for video chats.  The tablet also includes Near Field Communications (NFC) which permits two devices to send photos and videos to one another (with a tap).  In addition, NFC will support Google Wallet for payments when you authorize your device to do so.

The feel of the Nexus 7 is comfortable to the hand.  What makes it so enjoyable is the ability to have a lightweight unit you can hold in one hand.  Apple is now working on their 7” model (actually 7.8”) for probably the same reason.

The unit comes with 8 Gb of internal storage (or 16 Gb for $50 extra).  The battery yields an hefty 6 ½ hours of active use at moderate brightness.   When you only play music or video, the CPU slips into its companion mode which consumes less battery.  The more you use it actively, however, the less battery life you’ll get.  Google rates its battery at 9 hours for HD video play.

The big attraction with the Nexus 7 is the latest 4.1 release of the Android O/S, called Jelly Bean.

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