Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

Posted: July 27, 2012
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

The Google Nexus 7 is a 7" Android tablet powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM and the latest Jelly Bean OS for only $199. Matt Mira and Candace Bailey take a closer look at the new tablet for Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Google Nexus 7 tablet is manufactured by ASUS and is a little thicker than expected but not too bad.
  • The tablet is lighter than the Kindle Fire.
  • We like the design a lot and the back kind of feels like a leather glove.
  • The tablet design is pretty minimalist with no buttons on the front and only a volume rocker and sleep/power button on the side.
  • There is a front facing camera for video chatting but no rear camera, which is a good thing since those are pretty useless.
  • Even though it doesn't really stand out, the Nexus 7 is one of the best designed Android tablets.
  • The Nexus 7 screen doesn't compare so well with the Toshiba Excite 7.7.
  • The LCD screen has a 1280x800 resolution, which is pretty standard.
  • Overall, it's a good screen with crisp text and images so we don’t really have any complaints.
  • Compared to an AMOLED screen that we see on a lot of Android tablets, it just doesn't compete.
  • We understand why Google didn't go with an AMOLED screen, which really drives up the price and the Nexus 7 is priced competitively.
  • The Tablet is running on all of the best hardware and on the latest version of Android, making it one of the fastest Android tablets we've tested.
  • Under the hood is a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.
  • This is one of the only two devices right now that has this update.
  • Jelly Bean didn't have the speed bump that we saw with Ice Cream Sandwich and as you can see in the speed test, the Toshiba Excite has the same hardware but is just as fast as the Nexus 7 on ICS.
  • One thing that has improved in Android 4.1 is the lag, which is pretty much gone.
  • Google has a new initiative called Project Butter to make a smoother operating system and so far, it's working.
  • Everything felt snappier and more responsive.
  • We like the direction that Android tablets are going; it just needs a better apps ecosystem.
  • The battery life is pretty standard at roughly 8 hours.
  • Luckily, the back is not at all hard to take off and we found that the battery is huge, taking up almost the whole thing.
  • Because this is running a quad-core processor and an LCD screen, which hogs more battery, 8 hours is what you get.
  • You'll be charging this at least every other day if you plan on using it a lot.


  • $199


  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is easily the best Android tablet made to date at $199, even though there is not much stiff competition.
  • This is also the first tablet we'd recommend over the iPad, if $399 is out of your price range and you favor the 7" size.
  • We still want to see better apps for Android.

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