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We tested the Google Nexus 7 tablet, is it true what they promise?
The first tablet with the Google seal is about to be marketed in Europe. Made by Taiwanese company Asus, which built a solid reputation in the tablet arena with its Transformers, the Nexus 7 is 7 inches. It is also the first model to run with Jelly Bean, the new version of the successor to Android of the Ice Cream Sandwich and, for a small form factor, it ships with a quad-core processor.
What is Google's goal? To propose, at an interesting price (199 or 249 euros, depending on the version), a tablet with exceptional performance.
Mission accomplished? We tested this famous Nexus 7 to make sure of it.
The Google Nexus 7 isn't the slimmest or the most stylish tablet, but its finish is flawless. We have not encountered any loose screen issues, as was the case for certain customers in the United States. The plastic "back", a bit grainy, but very pleasant to the touch, inspires confidence in terms of robustness and the display glass is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass.
To get the lowest prices, Google chose to make concessions. The tablet is equipped with only a microUSB port and a 3,5mm jack.
No output for TV type microHDMI or MHL and, above all, without an integrated memory card reader. As the tablet is only sold in the 8 or 16 GB version, that is, at most 13 GB really available for personal storage, here we find one of the main shortcomings of the Nexus 7.
As for the lack of TV-out, it is still possible to do a DLNA media transfer through an app, like Twonky. That, with the condition of having a television with Wireless!
With an IPS screen, the Nexus 7 offers a high-quality screen with wide viewing angles, satisfactory brightness, and excellent contrast. It is the only 7-inch on the market that offers a screen resolution of 1,280 × 800 pts, which corresponds to the highest resolution in this format.
In terms of autonomy, it also reaches a high level, with a battery 4325 mAh, more than 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing and more than 9 hours of video playback. A result on the same level as the best large tablet formats. Only the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and its 5 mAh battery work best with small formats.
Ease of use: the strong point
The strengths of the tablet are also based on the Tegra 3 / Jelly Bean pair, that is, the alliance of the powerful quad-core processor of Nvidia with the latest version of Android (so far only available on Google Nexus mobile phones).
This latest version is not a revolution in terms of novelty, but some good improvements will beautify the user's day to day: scroll panel with more detailed notifications, possibility to resize certain widgets, better voice recognition.
Important point: in principle, the Jelly Bean wanted to provide a performance gain to the devices (Google Butter project). It's pretty clear that the Nexus 7 offers perfectly smooth and fast navigation. The powerful processor, as far as it is concerned, handles the most resource-intensive features: 1080p HD video and 3D games (with the latter, an access to Tegra Zone in the store that offers games exclusively optimized for Tegra 3)
The Chrome browser appeared on the Nexus 7 to replace the usual Webkit. Fast, it offers a very nice tabbed browsing. However, the flash drive It is no longer available on the Google App Store. It's a shame, much of the content developed in Flash still remains on the screen. Obviously, for those who want, it is still possible to recover the application Flash Player (archive .apk), install it manually on Nexus 7, and download a Flash-compatible browser, such as Firefox. In terms of multimedia, videos up to 1080p are displayed smoothly, but only the format MP4 it is compatible out of the box.
You will need to download a multi-format player Play Store to read your Xvid, DivX and other WMV files. Note that, through Play Films, the user accesses a selection of films for rent. To access music content, TV shows, or a Google kiosk (available in the US), you'll have to wait.
In conclusion, the Nexus 7 does not have a photosensor. Just a 720p HD webcam, which sits on the front and is only triggered via specific apps, such as Google Talk (for video chat !) or Camera Zoom Fx (for photo).
A good relation between quality and price.
Despite some weaknesses in terms of equipment, the Nexus 7 proposes, for an interesting price, the extreme ease of use and autonomy of a champion. It will be available from September 3, under the name of Asus Nexus 7 or Google Asus Nexus 7, in a 16 GB version at € 249 in most major stores (generally Asus resellers: Darty, Fnac, supermarkets, etc.) and its sites.
Online sellers without high street stores (or malls) are unlikely to sell it, as Google likely has almost exclusive online sales. Therefore, both versions of 8 and 16 GB (199 and 249 euros respectively) should be available quickly in Google Play, probably accompanied by a credit of a few euros to be used on it.
We tested the Google Nexus 7 tablet: the final verdict
Google Nexus 7 is satisfied with its excellent price-performance ratio. With a good quality display, pleasant to use and autonomous, it managed to forget most of its weaknesses. Its only real flaw is its low non-extensible storage capacity.
So far today's post in which we tested the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
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