Initial thoughts on the Nexus 7
It’s been rumored for quite some time now but finally Google has revealed there Nexus 7 tablet at Google I/O 2012. Is Google trying to take a hit at Apple with this tablet? Are they trying to compete with the iPad? I think not in my opinion Google is aiming to take some sales from Amazon with this tablet. Its 7″ form factor, low $200 price point (on par with the Amazon Kindle Fire) and Entertainment ecosystem, Amazon will likely take a hit on sales thanks to the Asus Nexus 7. Not only is the Nexus 7 priced the same as the Kindle Fire, its specs are far ahead. The Nexus 7 specs are
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1280×800 IPS display
- 1.3MP Front Facing Camera
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L quad-core processor at 1.2 GHz
- 4325 mAh battery for 8 hours of movie playback time, 10 hours of reading and web browsing, 50 hours of audio playback.
- WiFi b/g/n
- WiFi Direct
- NFC (Android Beam)
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB/16GB ROM
- Dimensions: 198.5x120x10.45mm
- Weight: 340 grams
Its not only the hardware specs that are ahead, its software specs are leaps a bound ahead of the Kindle Fire. The Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest and greatest OS from Google. The Nexus 7 has a great ecosystem thanks to the Google Play store; Apps, Movies, Music, Books and now even Magazines are all available straight from Google on the Nexus 7. $25 to spend on Google’s Play Store and a free copy of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, is also included with the purchase of this tablet. Has Google hit a home run with this tablet? Who knows. Is it missing some important specs? Well that’s up to you, the tablet does lack HDMI out, and a micro SD card slot. Those 2 features may be important to some, and not needed for others. There is no doubt in my mind that this $199 Nexus 7 tablet is a great entertainment device, though lacking in some ways, it’s still one of the best 7″ tablet around, and being a nexus tablet, updates will come straight from Google. So there’s no worry there.