Well, there is yet another Android tablet contender in the marketplace, as of yesterday. Google revealed, and set up for pre-order to ship mid-July, their own Nexus range offering in the Tablet market.
Manufactured by ASUS, this 7″ tablet may just be what the market needs to push the various manufacturers to do what they do, but better.
- 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
- Back-lit IPS display
- Scratch-resistant Corning glass
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 8/16 GB internal storage
- 1 GB RAM
- Micro USB
- 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- NFC (Android Beam)
On paper this little pocket rocket sounds awesome! There are a couple of things that are noticeably missing. Firstly is an “outwards facing camera”, where most tablets have two cameras, the Nexus 7 only has the front-facing camera, mainly for video calls through Google+ and the like. For me, this is not a big deal as I really don’t take photos with my tablet. Too cumbersome and awkward. I don’t take nearly enough photos, but when I do, it’s usually with my phone, and sometimes with an actual (shock, surprise) digital camera.
The other thing the Nexus is missing is expandable memory. Available as an 8Gb or 16Gb fixed memory tablet, it does feel a little limited as to the useability. Google have released this as a “media consumption device” and are really pushing “cloud storage” through the Play store. However, currently owning a 16Gb Transformer, and I’ve never really come close to filling it up. I’m also not in the habit of leaving things on my tablet that I’m done with. Books I’ve read, movies or TV shows that I’ve watched I generally take off the device and store on my home PC.
The only way to order the Nexus 7 is through the Google Play store. This is both brilliant and a bit of a pain in the butt (which requires signing up to Google Wallet if you haven’t already). One one hand, you have direct dealing with Google, which probably keeps price down, it certainly keeps the price consistent. However, there’s no real way to get a look at it before purchase. There are plenty of “hands on” YouTube videos, so you may get an idea of whether it’s for you or not. There aren’t much in the way of accessories right now, although the Play store has a cover and additional chargers on notification for order.
Price point on the device is really good too. At the Google I/O Keynote, the screen behind the presenter said the price was going to be $199, which means starting at $199 for the 8GB offering, the 16GB has is $249 for the American market. In Australia, once again it feels like we are being punished for not living in the US, and we’re being charged an additional $50 per unit. The shipping cost to Australia is $20, which means for $268.99 and $318.99 you can have one of these in your hands in Australia. The only other ‘branded’ tablet of similar configuration on sale at Officeworks for $388.
Later this year, I had planned on purchasing an e-reader and upgrading my tablet to something thinner and more portable, which would have set me back around $1,000 total. Instead, I think I’ll get myself a Nexus 7 tablet, it will serve the purpose of both devices. I only have small hands, so the 7″ screen is actually perfect for me.
What about you? Does the Google Nexus 7 fit into your technology needs?