Nexus 7: Hot or Not?

A world without tablets seems so far away now, that some might not even remember it. Then, Apple changed everything back in 2010 with their release of the groundbreaking iPad. Everyone (both tech geeks and regular people) was blown away by its simplicity and its capabilities as both a hobby and business device. Afterwards, the competition marched in. Scores of tablets infiltrated stores and the internet, most of them running Android. The first notable one was the Motorola XOOM, the first tablet running Honeycomb (3.0), Android’s first tablet-optimized version. We even wrote an article on it upon its release.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago; June 2012: the iPad (now in its 3rd version) is still the biggest contender, and no Android tablet has really caught on yet. But at Google I/O, Google releases their much anticipated flagship tablet: the Nexus 7. Built by ASUS, this machine is not a force to be reckoned with (full specs below), and is offered with the small pricetag of $200 for the 8GB version. But that’s not the best part: the Nexus 7 comes loaded with the latest Android glory: Jelly Bean (4.1), which boasts some great new features, including project butter (the whole OS is runs as smooth as butter).

Wait a second…let’s get back down to earth here. I just stated all the good features of the Nexus 7, but there is definitely some bad: the tablet is missing a micro SD cart slot to add some storage (which people might need if they spring for the 8GB model), a back camera, and HDMI connectivity. Some might say that at this price, it doesn’t matter too much. But still: two hundred dollars is a considerable sum of money. Granted it’s substantially less than what an iPad costs, a buyer shouldn’t overlook the loopholes with this tablet. Here are the full specs, compared to the new iPad:

Nexus 7

2012 iPad

Screen size 7 inches 9.7 inches
Screen resolution 1280×800 (216 ppi) 2048×1536 (264 ppi)
Back Camera NONE 5MP
Front Camera 1.2MP VGA
Battery 4325 mAh 11560 mAh
Weight 340 grams 652 grams
Thickness 10.45 mm 9.4 mm
CPU Quad Core Tegra 3 Dual Core A5X
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Storage 8/16 GB 16/32/64 GB
Sources nexus.com apple.com

These specs show that the Nexus is a pretty good tablet for two hundred bucks. Sure, it’s missing a couple of things, and the display size might not be to everyone’s liking, but it’s already selling like hotcakes…My verdict is that the Nexus 7 is definitely hot! Go check them out.

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