Google Nexus 7 Tablet Just Made the Kindle Fire Obsolete
Google finally unveiled their first tablet, and for the most part it lives up to the hype that has been surrounding it all year. It’s called the Google Nexus 7 and it is being made by Asus, who is no stranger to Android tablets with their popular Transformer line.
What makes the Google Nexus 7 stand out among the gazillion other Android tablets is the fact it has a 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor (that means it’s blazing fast) and a 7″ IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Oh, and the price starts at $199. That’s a pretty big selling point too.
Tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet that also sell for $199 have slower processors, 1024 x 600 resolution screens, and run Android 2.3 whereas the Google Nexus 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android.
Other 7-inch budget tablets in the sub-$200 range have even slower single-core processors and lower resolution screens in the 800 x 480 and 800 x 600 range. Plus most don’t come with support for Google’s app store.
The Google Nexus 7 is definitely going to take a good portion of the 7-inch tablet market with its combination of high-end specs and a starting price of $199. It’s pretty much a souped up version of the Kindle Fire, complete with a higher resolution screen that should be among the best when it comes to ereading.
Other features for the Nexus 7 tablet include a 1.2MP front-facing camera, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, GPS, a microphone, NFC support (Android Beam), Bluetooth, and an array of sensors: a magnetometer, gyroscope, and accelerometer. The battery life is said to be up to 8 hours for video and 10 hours for ereading.
Unfortunately there are a couple of details that keep the Google Nexus 7 from being the ultimate 7-inch tablet. First and foremost, it has no memory card slots. It also lacks an HDMI port for connecting to a TV. It doesn’t have a rear camera either. They had to cut costs somewhere and unfortunately those are the features that got axed. The lack of an SD card slot is going to be a big negative for a lot of people.
There are two models. One comes with 8GB of internal storage—it sells for $199—and the other comes with 16GB of storage space and it sells for $249.
Both are available for pre-order from Google right now and are expected to ship in 2-3 weeks. The Nexus tablet is being sold in the United States, Canada, and the UK, with additional countries getting added soon.
Google is also giving away a $25 credit for the Play Store with the purchase of a Nexus tablet and a free copy of Transformers: Dark Moon, along with some other free content too. That at least helps defer the annoying $13.99 shipping fee for ordering the tablet.