- Editor's Rating
- Great display quality
- Comfortable design
- Above average overall performance
- Google Play library needs more up-to-date apps
- Some apps are not optimized for Android 4.3
Quick TakeThe new Google Nexus 7 II tablet offers great performance at a competitive price, with a comfortable design and gorgeous display.
Despite sharing the same name as its predecessor, the 2013 Google Nexus 7 is the second generation Nexus 7 tablet from Google, built by Asus. The Android tablet is priced at $230 at the time of the review, about $30 more expensive than its older brother. This new Nexus 7 features a thin and light design and solid build. It weighs .66 ounces and is 4.5-inches wide. TabletPCReview noted the device’s matte-black finish gives it a classy look, but the bezels are a bit too big. TPCR said that overall, the device is comfortable to use.
TPCR called the 7-inch display with 323 dpi resolution “absolutely gorgeous,” and noted it’s a major selling point for the device. Text is easy to read and images are vibrant and highly detailed. The Nexus 7 defaults to the stock Google keyboard, which TPCR noted has large keys, is easy to read and is adequately responsive. The tablet has a headphone/mic combo jack, power/sleep button, volume rocker, microUSB port for charging/syncing. TPCR said the speakers produce stereo quality sound and noted it’s the best sound of any tablet so far.
The Nexus 7 runs on a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. It also has both front- and rear-facing cameras, while the original just had a front-facing shooter. TPCR noted the device is “snappy and smooth,” and reviewers did not experience lag or slowdown. Media and games also ran smoothly. The tablet is the first device to ship with the Android 4.3 operating system, which features multi-user restricted profiles and TRIM support. TPCR noted because version 4.3 is the newest OS, many apps are optimized for it, and also noted Google’s app library could use some bolstering. The Nexus 7 battery easily lasted an entire day with above average use.
Overall, TPCR was impressed with the Nexus 7 and noted it offers a “great value when compared to the competition.” While the fantastic display is a major selling point, the TPCR also found a lot to love about the overall performance and how comfortable the tablet is to use. However, TPCR was disappointed in the oversized bezels and issues that may arise with Android 4.3, although many of those will be solved as both Google and app developers catch up to the new OS.