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Review: Asus Google Nexus 7

Review: Asus Google Nexus 7

After starring in an extended period full of rumors and leaks, finally the famous was released officially at the I / O 2012, presenting himself as the first from Google.

And who had the task of creating it? The manufacturer had the privilege of making this 7-inch tablet with quad-core, becoming the first device to operate with the new operating system 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The beauty of this new member of the Nexus family is that we have a tablet worthy to be considered high-end, including high performance, but at a very affordable price.

But hey, it was time to get to know this fantastic tablet, facilities, piece by piece and very detailed. So stay cordially invited to visit the W of Asus Google Nexus Labs 7.

Design and First Sight

Screen

One of the most important features of a tablet is undoubtedly its screen, as without it obviously would not do anything. In the case of our protagonist, we found a rate of 7-inch IPS, which has a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels and a density of 216 pixels per inch, in addition to 16 million colors. On the surface are well attractive features for the end user.

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According to the manufacturer this screen is multitouch, so the test went through our fingers and Nexus 7 came to support up to 10 fingers at a time at most.

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In terms of user experience, I must admit it’s the best. Responds well to the touch thanks to this type of screen is capacitive. Also has good experience when writing your virtual keyboard in either portrait or landscape mode.

As for quality, I admit that I did not like the colors at all, I did not find bright as I expected – compared Below we note that almost nothing is not – but anyway just looks good. The definition I found good but not “very good”, like something is missing from the screen to make it look really well defined.

Here I give a comparison with other similar product colors:

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Hardware

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Dimensions: 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm

Weight: 340 grams

Display: 7-inch IPS LCD, 1280 X 800 pixels, capacitive type, multi-touch, density of 216 ppi and 16 million colors

Storage: 8GB (unit under test) and 16GB

Platform: Android OS 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

Chipset: NVIDIA Tegra 3

Processor: ARM Cortex-A9 1.3GHz Quad-Core

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce ULP

RAM: 1 GB

Camera: 1.2 megapixel Front

Connectors: 3.5mm audio output and Micro USB port

Wireless connections: Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / and NFC

Location methods: Red, GPS and A-GPS

Battery: Integrated Li-Ion 4325 mAh

Other: Interface 100% original Jelly Bean, magnetometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, NVIDIA Tegra Zone access, screen protected with Corning Glass, among others.

Exterior Hardware

Our Nexus 7 has very elegant exterior design. We can see that frontally is black while it is aluminum sides, and finally the back is black, but with plastic materials containing resistant rubber coating that improves grip even for those with sweaty hands.

This part also combined with ignition keys and volume, which are made of the same material and color. However, Micro USB port and 3.5mm audio output is mixed with the aluminum rim with the rear housing.

Details minimal but good design.

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The tablet has only three physical buttons: the on / off and volume two, the rest is all touchscreen. These keys are located to the right side of the tablet.

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On the other hand (specifically below) shows microUSB port and 3.5mm audio output. In addition, close to these ports, we can see the computer’s speaker which sounds pretty good and strong.

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The team does not have SIM card slots for MicroSD cards.

Browser

Unlike other tablet sold in the Android market, our Nexus 7 comes with built Google Chrome browser and not the classic we used to do in earlier versions.

Google Chrome takes a tablet that has the same interface when operating in a computer, so you get the same experience you get to sail on a desktop computer. You can sync the same account you use Google Chrome desktop in order to synchronize your bookmarks and tabs you have or have opened.

 

Unfortunately there was not a disadvantage with the Android browser. Unfortunately with Google Chrome will not support Flash Player because the company decided so. Now, the good thing about Android is that there is always a better alternative, so in Google Play Store you can download Firefox or Opera, Adobe Flash Player and more you will enjoy using this add sites without problems.

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Multimedia

The Asus Google Nexus 7 has the Google Play Music composed player to play the music stored on your computer, or if you have hosted in the cloud music through Google Music service, you can also access it. For videos, the team incorporates the native Android Jelly Bean. Unfortunately the team has no FM Radio like most tablets, so you have to use an application that captures the signal from Internet.

Music Player

Well, most of us have ever tried Google Play Music Player. As I said before, the player that incorporates the Nexus 7 is exactly the same as featured on Google Play Store.

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With it you can play all your music stored on your computer or in the cloud with the typical options for random or repeat play. Also you have a 5-band equalizer, bass boost and 3D sound.

EQ also has predefined profiles that allow you to improve the sound considerably. There is one for every occasion:

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And what is the sound quality?

Well I must say it is good, provides good sound quality good, but from my perspective, the power of volume is not as high as one would expect, but it depends on each person and what volume level you like to listen to music . This was tested with Sennheiser headphones Ear-In.

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Video Player

As I mentioned previously, the Nexus 7 incorporates the video player on your version of Android Jelly Bean. The interface is simple – if not poor – but at the same time fast.

It clearly offers great options, you can only get from one point to another in the video, rewind, pause and fast forward, nothing more. The good thing is that you can play video files with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 and up to 30 fps (Full HD) MP4 format, but you can play other files like MKV, AVI, DivX, XviD, etc., if you install other free player from the Play Store.

 

Software

The Asus Google Nexus 7 is shipped with the operating system Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, which was recently updated to version 4.1.2 without adding major improvements. The GUI is the original operating system. In that interface transition effects with 100% smooth no lag thanks to Butter Project, development that allows these effects and animations are displayed at a rate of 60 frames per second. This is achieved thanks to the power obtained on the CPU and GPU.

While at first glance graphical interface is very similar to the one with Ice Cream Sandwich, as has its differences, but is minimal. One is the speed it takes the equipment when operating with Jelly Bean. Everything gets faster as this version of Android known leverage resources you have available, and if we add the Project Butter and new animations and transitions, resulting in an operating system that is fast and 100% fluid.

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Own application operating system can not talk much, since the members of the great family Nexus stand mainly for being the least invasive to the user with their own apps, so the first thing you find when you buy your Nexus 7 is with applications Google as:

– Chrome
– News (Currents)
– Google Calendar
– Google Earth
– Gmail
– Google Now
– Google+
– Latitude
– Local
– Maps
– Messenger +
– Navigation
– Play Music
– Play Store
– Google Talk
– YouTube

And that’s it, the rest will be the applications that you will install it when you do. It’s like having a blank backdrop to paint whatever you want.

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Another thing that changed in this new version of Android is the notification bar which is now more interactive and displays more of the notifications is showing you.

For example, when you receive an email message part will show in the same bar and it will offer options to answer the email. In the case of making a capture, it shows you a part of it, in the music player shows you the playback controls and album art.

Some notifications are expandable with a two-finger gesture. They show more or less information as desired.

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Camera

Well, here we do not have much to say as the Nexus 7 does not include a main chamber as most tablets, only incorporates a front camera for video calls. This camera is 1.2 megapixels and the Nexus 7 offers no application to use, can only be used with some apps that serve to make video calls, such as Skype.

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Performance

I know you want to see how it goes in this little tablet performance of Google, but that includes a powerful hardware inside. So as usual, we conducted several tests and benchmarks so you can see how your performance goes Based on the following results:

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We were unable to run Neocore as usual because the app simply not running on the Nexus 7 when starting the latest version.

And the big question: How long does the battery of the Nexus 7?

I performed two tests based on the use the users could give. With the battery charged to 100%, internet browsing and listening to music, the battery lasted 7 hours and 45 minutes. While only seeing an HD video, the battery lasted 9 hours and 24 minutes. Both tests with the screen brightness to maximum.

No doubt the Nexus 7 offers a good range knowing that only has about 4,000 mAh battery.

Conclusion and Evaluation

When we receive the Asus Google Nexus 7 in the office, what caught my attention was the light and easy to carry that it be, that I really liked. In fact you can even put it in the back pocket of your pants and you will notice that you walk or bringing a tablet, and happens to look like you have your own wallet … This is not to say I do, of course.

Its design, despite being simple, I liked. Found to have good materials resistant rubber finish is at the back allows you to better grip.

The display vivid colors I expected to find, but unfortunately it was not. Although the screen has 16 million colors, highlights are not as one would expect. The rest of the screen is good, has a good response rates in both the images and the tactile.

Sound?

The Nexus 7 speaker sounds loud enough to be just one. But equally acceptable and sound delivery is not saturated with the volume turned up. But when you connect headphones, things change and you get a good sound, with powerful bass and treble, but lacks a bit of volume.

Android is the one to make this tablet operate, and how well that works. This version of the Google operating system that runs really smoothly, especially animations and effects thanks to Project Butter I explained in the Display section.

Camera??

It was weird not find a camera on this tablet, even though the vast majority of tablets on the market that integrates a camera to capture photos and videos. Now, thanks to at least have a front camera for video calls you can do on Skype or another service. Personally I find most useful front cameras on tablets that a main chamber.

In short, it is a tablet that I personally liked, highly customizable, easy to transport, has a good battery life, a screen with the ideal size to be watching a movie while you go on a trip, have sufficient connectivity to be connected to your social networks and email, with a nice design, elegant, durable, etc. The only thing I liked were the colors of the screen, but it’s a minimal detailing but I’ll add just as tacky.

Do I recommend it? Of course I recommend! The problem is how to get it …

What Imperdible

  • NVIDIA Tegra 3
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • It is lightweight and convenient to carry
  • Good battery
  • Android Jelly Bean and Butter Project
  • Quality of materials

The unpresentable

  • Quality screen colors
  • The battery charge is too slow
  • Rather low in volume headphone
  • It’s difficult to get

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