Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

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iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Is The New Google Nexus 7 The iPad Mini Retina Killer?

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

While we were all waiting around to see what the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display was going to look like, Google and ASUS quietly dropped the new and improved Nexus 7 on us. Surprise, the Nexus 7 shows up with a brawny spec sheet and packs a wallop bringing lots of processing power and a brilliant, high resolution display. In fact, the new Nexus 7 is so much better than the old version that Google has quietly removed it from the Google Play Store with little fanfare.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Google Nexus 7 Spec Sheet

The new Nexus 7 comes equipped with a 1.5 GHZ Snapdragon quad core CPU coupled to 2 GB of RAM. It is available in either a 16GB or 32 GB configuration. The Nexus 7 brings the a 7 inch IPS display with an awesome 1920×1200 pixel display and a dense 323 pixels per inch. Note that the Retina display on a full size iPad is only 264 ppi so you can conclude that Google means business here. This display has an auto-brightness feature that does an excellent job of adjusting the brightness depending on your situation. The high pixel density means that the Nexus 7 works well as an eReader too.

The Nexus 7 comes equipped with the Android 4.3 Jellybean Operating System. Because this is a Google product that means you get the pure Jellybean experience with no custom built OS overlay. The latest version of Jellybean brings improvements to streaming, gaming and battery life. The new OS coupled with the hardware results in a snappy, responsive experience and multitasking is excellent as well.

The Nexus 7 now sports a 5 megapixel rear facing camera which to be honest is pretty average. You won’t be making any photographic masterpieces with that camera but that’s not really what you bought a tablet anyway. There’s also a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera to handle your video chatting and Skype sessions. (Google Hangout, anyone?) The Nexus 7 comes equipped with dual band wi-fi support 2.4G/5G 802.11 a/b/g/n and of course is also available in an LTE version. Bluetooth 4.0 is also present and accounted for.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The new Nexus 7 measures 7.87 x 4.49 x ..41 inches. It’s just a bit thinner than the original model which makes it fit into your hand nicely. The Nexus 7 weighs in at a feathery light .64 pounds. The case is plastic but it feels solid and durable. Google/ASUS have also done away with the pock marked rubbery coating on the back of the original Nexus 7. The front glass is the usual Corning glass found on these devices.

Lastly, the new Nexus 7 now packs a slightly smaller battery than the previous version but it’s rated for 9 hours of normal usage and honestly I couldn’t really tell the difference. The new hardware is more efficient than the previous version so even with a slightly lower battery rating I still rarely got below 60-70 percent with normal everyday activities like checking mail, Facebook, Tweeting and web surfing.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Nexus 7 – What I Didn’t Like

Unfortunately, the new Nexus 7 feels a bit light on storage, mostly due to the fact that the Android 4.3 OS takes up a significant 6GB of your RAM. This means that your 32GB Nexus 7 really only has 26GB of storage space so if you’re planning on getting the 16GB model you should keep in mind that you’re really getting 10GB of storage. Unfortunately there’s no microSD slot either which, while unsurprising considering current trends, would have solved the storage issue nicely. I mentioned the camera above – I do feel that this is the other weak spot on the Nexus 7 but since it’s a tablet and I don’t really use tablets to take photos it’s not a deal killer at all.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Nexus 7 – Conclusions

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The new Nexus 7 is a great tablet. It’s well built, reliable and powerful. You get access to the Google Play store which has matured to be very respectable when compared to the behemoth that is the Apple App Store. The new Nexus 7 blows the previous version away and stomps all over the first generation iPad Mini as well. The display is actually better than a 4th generation iPad with Retina Display and the guts and OS deliver a punchy, responsive user experience. Couple this with the price ($229 for the 16GB version and $269 for the 32GB version) and Google has delivered one of the best, if not the best 7 inch tablets on the market!

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