There was a time when the talk of Android wanders to the likes of golden-skinned CP3O, brainy Marvin the Paranoid Android, stiff-necked Robocop, and of course, T800 of The Terminator fame. Android has taken a new meaning in recent years. Nowadays, when you hear of the word Android, your mind automatically pictures smartphones and tablet computers.
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Android is actually an operating system specifically designed for mobile devices with a touchscreen interface. It is vital for hardware such as these tablets to allow installation of Android and other software without any hitches. This is where most problems come in. With so many products being introduced in the market, you can never be sure that you are getting the value of what you pay for.
The Asus Nexus 7 Tablet, however, is not among such poorly manufactured devices. Introduced in 2012, this Android tablet comes with enough features to compete well with other popular tablets. The best thing about the Nexus 7, though, is that it sells for only $200 which places itself among the cheaper models out there. To quip, the Nexus 7 works like a premium tablet but is more affordable.
With dimensions of 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 millimeters and a weight of 340 grams, the Nexus 7 fits perfectly in your hands making it very compact and easy to handle. It is also portable enough to fit inside your suit’s inner pocket.
Its design is superb by any standard. The glass display at the front is fused to the back perfectly by a silver lining giving it a more sophisticated look. The back, meanwhile, is rubberized and does not give off that shiny plastic look. To give it a sleeker persona, the makers of this Android tablet placed power and volume buttons at the right curved edge of the device.
The Nexus 7 Tablet sports a 7 inch display that is protected by a layer of Corning Fit Glass. The device also has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch which are a bit lower than some of the other Android tablets out in the market. It is, however, good enough considering you can own one at a measly 200 dollars.
The Asus Nexus 7 utilizes the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and has a 1 GB RAM. The Nexus 7 comes in three different memory storages. These are the 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB models. One problem with the Nexus 7 is that there is no external microSD slot which prevents more data from being stored.
The 32 GB Nexus 7 model uses HSPA+ cellular technology to connect to the Internet. This is a vast improvement from its two relatives, the 8 GB and 16 GB models, which rely on WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n) for connectivity. The 32 GB Nexus 7 also utilizes NFC which is great for file sharing. If you intend to use the Nexus 7 tablet as a VoIP device, it is wise to consult RingCentral or any other provider of your choice regarding its compatibility. Otherwise, the Nexus 7, including the lower GB models, may be used for Internet calling. These devices also allow the use of free apps like Facebook, Skype and Viber for calling other mobile devices particularly smartphones and tablets.
One knack against the Nexus 7 is its camera. The device only has a front facing camera with 1.2 megapixels. However, it is still excellent for video calls.
Overall, you do get what you pay for with the relatively new Asus Nexus 7 tablet.