Much has been said about the new Nexus 7 tech specs, many sites (including this one) have made the obvious comparison to the older Kindle Fire and have concluded that the new Google tablet is a notch above.
But it is also shining above the cheap clone tablets out there, and in my opinion is worth the extra money over these cheap unbranded imports. Of course you may feel differently and as an independent fan site I encourage you to make up your own mind.
Nexus 7 Specifications
So what should you expect to find inside your tablets inner core:
- 7-inch LED backlit 1280×800@60Hz pixel IPS display: This sets the Nexus apart from many of the cheaper models. This is a good screen and will look great when playing back HD video content. It isn’t quite the high res of the iPad 3 but remember this is a smaller device, and at a budget price. But rest assured, this isn’t a compromise.
- 1.2 GHz Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with a 12-core graphics chip: This is a powerful CPU and will ensure your Nexus 7 will be able to handle pretty much anything a ‘normal’ user might throw at it. It’s good for HD video and should handle games well too if that’s your thing.
- 1 GB DDR3 RAM: This is a decent amount and should be ample for a mobile device.
- NFC: What’s this about? NFC technology allows communication between devices in close proximity, the application you’ll soon become familiar with is quick payments at the shops, but there are a load of other possabilities.
- Wi-Fi b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0: The latest wireless communication protocols, this should be standard across any modern tablets, all but the cheapest budget models should match this.
- Gyroscope and accelerometer, magnetometer: These sensors allow the Nexus to know just what you are doing with it, great for controlling games!
- GPS: Not a big deal for me as I don’t plan to take my tablet out of the house that often. But combined with a map app such as AndNav you’ll have your own navigation system.
- Front-facing 1.2 MP camera: The nexus has a basic HD camera on the front. You won’t be using this to replace your camera (and honestly, you don’t want to be one of the people you seeing taking snaps with a tablet!) but imo the front camera is a necessity. A major use of this device will be video messaging (eg Skype).
- Rechargeable 4325 mAh, 16 Wh Li-ion non-removable battery: The Nexus 7 is said to have a good 10 hours or so of video playback, this means that in less demanding use it will go on for a few days between charges. I would like to see a removable battery, but actually I’m not sure I’ve ever had to replace a device before because the battery has gone so maybe it doesn’t really matter.
So what’s missing?
There are a couple of things that will be deal breakers for many. In fact they made me think twice but in the end I accepted that at this price there had to be some compromises.
We are missing HDMI output via port or MHL, no expandable microSD slot, and no official support for USB flash drives via OTG. It will be interesting to see if the community can solve any of these limitations.
Is this enough to tempt you, have you pre-ordered already? Let us know!