You’re looking to buy a tablet and you’re considering the Asus made Nexus7 from Google?
This post will contain everything you need to know about buying a tablet, we’ll compare to the competition, ask the questions you need to think about, and we’ll show you the best places to buy a Nexus 7 in the UK.
For more information on the different models please take a look at the following links:
- Nexus 7 (2013): The second generation Google tablet is a great iterative improvement over the previous year’s model.
- Nexus 7 (2012): The original 7″ tablet from Google was a massive hit and still a great tablet in its own right.
If you are ready to buy, then read on!
Best Place to Buy a Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 (2013) has so far been sold at a standard price across the board. Unfortunately this means there is little shopping around to be done to find the best price, but at least it makes life easy! Your key choice is therefore to minimise delivery costs.
Where to buy a Nexus 7 online in the UK?
(Buying in the US? Click through here)
If you are looking to buy one in a traditional bricks and mortar shop (remember them?) they’ve been spotted in HMV (assuming they are still around when you read this), ASDA, Currys, etc.
If you know a good deal, or spot a discounted Nexus 7 whilst looking around, please let us know in our forum, the community has posted up some hot UK deals in the past.
Nexus 7 4G Model
If you need mobile network connectivity then you’ll need to spend a bit more to get the 4G version.
To get online you will also need to get a SIM card. Here are our suggestions, but remember, if you want 4G connectivity you’ll need a compatible network.
Why buy the Nexus 7 Tablet?
Haven’t made up your mind yet, looking for an overview of the tablet market and trying to understand where the Nexus tablet fits in? This section should help you out.
Why people rate the Nexus 7:
- Android as Google intended. The Nexus brand is closely tied into updates from Android. You’ll get the latest version and it won’t be stuffed with bloatware from a 3rd party company.
- Great spec at a great price. The Nexus 7 really punches above it’s weight thanks to Google’s incredibly low margins on the hardware. You’ll find it hard to beat the spec without paying more. The Nexus packs a fast processor, quality screen and excellent battery life.
- Perfect Size. It seems that the 7″ size is a real hit with consumers (proving that Steve Jobs didn’t get it right every time) and proving to be ideal for casual Internet use.
Should I buy the 16gb or 32gb Model?
Personally I don’t think you’ll regret paying more for the higher capacity model. First of all remember that you’ll lose a few gb to the OS before you even open the box. That said, I have the 16gb model (purchased before the 32gb was available) and the space is manageable – but more would be nice!
Even if you think you won’t load up much media you soon find that apps quickly eat away at that space. Add a couple of graphics rich games and you can quickly find yourself scrabbling around for storage.
But, if you have a specific use for your tablet and know that you’ll be streaming content or accessing files in the cloud then it might make sense to go for 16gb – why pay more if you aren’t going to use it?
If you are unsure and have the extra cash to hand, my recommendation would be to go for 32gb, but the choice is yours…
What are the Nexus 7 Alternatives?
Google’s tablet has strong competition and I don’t think there is an easy answer to which is going to suit you the best. We’ll list out some of the alternative options:
The main competitors:
OK, so let’s start with Apple. Some have argued that the iPad range is too expensive to be a direct competitor, but most consumers will find the Apple marketing machine drawing them in, so we better take a look:
- Apple iPad Mini: The 7″ model introduced to fight off the threat from Amazon and Google in the tablet market place. We go in to some depth on the iPad Mini vs Nexus7, and we also champion the Nexus 7 here. For more information on what the iPad Mini offers check the official Apple Page.
- Apple iPad: I think the 10″ Apple iPad has a different role to play in the gadget world, but inevitably any tablet is going to be held up against the Apple line. We take a more detailed look at the iPad vs Nexus 7 here. You’ll also want to check out the Nexus 10.
Interested in an iPad? That’s OK with us, it’s your choice! Click here to buy one from Amazon.
The Android based Nexus 7 rivals will need to work hard to compete for your pounds, whilst they each have their pros and cons and attempt to distinguish themselves from their competitors, they are much closer in price and capability:
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Internet retail giant Amazon’s popular Kindle brand. The Fire is the Android powered tablet that goes beyond the standard e-reading capability of the original Kindle. With tight integration into the Amazon market place and a good price it is an attractive deal for some. Click to find out more.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab: Samsung have really lead the way when it comes to competing with the Apple iPad range, yet they haven’t had the same levels of success. Nonetheless the Tab range is competitively priced and well specced. View the Tab range.
- Non-branded imports: If price is a key decision then the cheap Chinese tablet imports are always going to offer the best deal, however they normally come with lower resolution screens and no access to the Google Play App Store out of the box. They are often built with cheaper and therefore less reliable electronic components too. You can find these on Amazon here.
Made up your mind?
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