Google Nexus 7″ Tablet

The Good
  • Quality hardware
  • Latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Full support for NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Best Value
The Best Value Tablet For 2012. Period.

With hardware that packs a punch and a scrumptious screen, the Google Nexus 7 is most certainly the best tablet for the budget-conscious consumer! And at almost half the price of the new iPad mini, it gets our Top10Reviews thumbs up!

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Google Nexus 7″ Tablet [Review]

Google has long produced a “pure Android” line of smartphones with the Nexus brand name and, with the latest release in that line of smartphones, the company unveiled two tablets for use by developers and consumers. The Nexus 10 (review coming soon) and Nexus 7 are named based on their screen size, with the Nexus 7 offering a compact, 7-inch experience that is both highly enjoyable and very affordable!

A Great, Understated Design

The Nexus 7 is produced by ASUS, though it uses the Google branding virtually everywhere. As instructed by Google, the manufacturer has given the tablet a simple, understated design that rivals the Apple iPad in terms of its simplicity and elegance. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is used for the display, making it both highly durable and very vibrant in appearance.

It all adds up to a supreme user experience, with a durable feel that starts with the display and finishes with the well-appointed back casing. With a simple design that leaves on-screen controls behind, consumers will enjoy the durability and visual appeal of the tablet’s outward appearance.

Standard Tablet Features are Included

Google’s Nexus 7 features a pure Android experience, full of the visual flourishes and usability enhancements that Google has long intended for all Android-based tablets and phones. First and foremost, the Nexus 7 comes with the latest Android operating system, known as Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean.” All of its controls are presented on-screen, with no physical buttons lying on the front of the device in order to control menus or navigation. This innovative approach is unique to Android, and it’s one that the competing iPad has so far declined to implement, much to the chagrin of many Apple fans.

Perhaps the most impressive feature is the Google voice search that comes built in with the tablet. Very advanced searches can be conducted with this personal assistant, far exceeding what Siri can handle on Apple’s competing iOS devices. Google expects to continually review, revise, and enhance this voice search component, giving it advanced functions that Siri may never be able to handle. That’s one of the central benefits of owning a device that’s manufactured by the leader in Internet search.

The Nexus 7’s Hardware is Impressive

The hardware that ships with the device is particularly impressive. A quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor is used, running at 1.3GHz. The processor is based on ARM processor technology, and has put the A9 framework to use in order to create a robust, and very snappy, performance during every application and game that was used during testing. The device also comes with an impressive 1GB of RAM, which helps it during particularly demanding games or applications.

It’s worth noting that, much unlike the competing iPad, the Nexus 7 uses a micro-USB port to connect to peripherals, accessories, and computers. That means that a far more vast market of add-ons is available for the Nexus 7, giving it a great deal more possibilities than competing products from manufacturers with proprietary ports and cables.

Bluetooth, near-field communication, and wireless networking are all supported. That’s far more than many competing tablets currently offer, especially as far as NFC is concerned.

Great Software To Complement A Sexy Shell

The Nexus 7 runs an unmodified version of the latest Android operating system, known as “Jelly Bean.” Android 4.1 comes with all of the company’s latest features and initiatives, including excellently redesigned Google apps and the innovative new voice search feature. It is expected that the tablet will be among the first to receive software updates from Google in the future, as this has been the case with the company’s Nexus-branded smartphones.

The Nexus 7 Display

The 7-inch display is LED backlit, which is generally the industry standard for smartphones and devices in 2012. Pixel density of 216ppi is afforded by the screen’s 800×1240 resolution, making it easy to use the device for long periods of time without encountering eye strain. With a Gorilla Glass overlay, the display is also tough as nails and designed to support life’s unexpected gravitational pulls.

A Great Tablet from Google

The Nexus 7 is the same size as Apple’s new iPad Mini, but it’s nearly half the price. With features that are on par with the Apple competition and, in many cases, quite a bit better, that makes the Nexus 7 one of the best new devices this year. Google has always been determined to compete on an excellent combination of value and innovative features, and the Nexus 7 is clear proof that the company is succeeding at that goal.

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  1. What size memory is the Nexus you have advertised for R 3249.95 – is it 16GB or 32GB?

  2. How much for all the software add-ons that are not mentioned but that one needs ie Word, Excel, adobe, Outlook? Anything else I shoudl know about ?

    • Top10Reviews says:

      If you have a Google email address you can use their software package (Google Drive) as a replacement for word, excel and outlook which work really great on this device. Alternatively you could buy an app, which allows you to create and edit office documents.

  3. Does the R 3999 for the 32 GB 3G & WiFi include cellular access?

  4. I want to buy my first tablet. just need WiFi basic word,exel and email. what is the main diference between 16gb and 32gb

    • Hi Willem,

      the 32gb version has more storage space (double, in fact) and is useful if you plan to store a lot of media on the device (videos and music). If you only plan to keep documents on the device you will be fine with the 16gb version.

  5. What is the difference between Google Nexus 7 and the Asus Nexus 7?

  6. Hello, Top10Reviews

    Do you perhaps have an email adress where wa can contact you?

    Many thanks,
    First Technology Office

  7. carol bysshe says:


    How can we download books in South Africa on the Nexus 7? I went onto Google play and its not available in SA?

  8. Phumlani says:

    Hi Guys

    I would like to find out if there is a place here in S.A where I can repair my google nexus 7 screen I have had it now for 8 months but my screen is broken now, can you please guys help?

    Thanks in Advance

  9. How long does a nexus battery last? Can it by any means compare to that of an iPad

  10. siviwe dowse says:

    I make a call on my nexus 7. How do I make calls?

  11. siviwe dowse says:

    I meant I can’t make calls on my Asus 3G Google nexus 7. How do I make calls?

  12. Where can I buy in south africa the new Nexus 7. The 32GB. With 3G and 4G and what Is the price, Rand value please

  13. I heard the following negative comment, which – to me – does not make sense:
    Google as an operating system: is not available offline
    Is this true?
    What negatives does the Nexus have?
    I’m THINKING of getting the Nexus 7

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