Google Nexus 7 Tablet: Jelly Bean And Much More - HotHardware

Google Nexus 7 Tablet: Jelly Bean And Much More

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When designing the Nexus 7, Google wanted the tablet to be comfortable to hold. Asus and Google have achieved this goal by giving the Nexus 7 rounded corners and edges and a soft back. The tablet is very comfortable to hold in a single hand. And while the textured back of the tablet makes it easier to grip than some others we've seen, the tablet could still slide out of your hand if you don't provide a little resistance.


The Nexus 7 measures about 7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches and weighs approximately 0.75 pounds. Although the Nexus 7 has a similar footprint to many other 7-inch tablets, its footprint is most similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, as you can see in the chart below. It's also worth noting that the Nexus 7 is the lightest of these four tablets.

Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Amazon Kindle Fire
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
Size (inches)
7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41
7.6 x 4.8 x 0.41
7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45
8.1 x 5 x 0.48
Weight (pounds)

With the exception of a black bezel and the 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, the Nexus 7's front is largely consumed by the 7-inch display which supports a resolution of 1280x800. This display is covered in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass for durability. Although it's not impossible to get fingerprints on the Nexus 7's display, the tablet's oleophobic coating seemed to do a better than average job at avoiding fingerprints than many mobile devices we've tested recently.

Viewing angles with the Nexus 7 are excellent and it is possible to read the screen outdoors in direct sunlight, though the Nexus 7 faces the same challenges in direct sunlight as other tablets: reflections and glare.  Overall, visibility under direct sunlight was comparable to other tablets we've seen, if not a little better.


The Nexus 7's front-facing 1.2 megapixel webcam is located at the top of the device, in the center of the bezel. On the left edge of the tablet, you'll find a microphone as well as a 4-pin connector. The right edge of the tablet houses the Power/lock key and the volume key. The microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack are located on the bottom edge of the Nexus 7.

When you flip the tablet over, you'll notice the soft, textured surface of the Nexus 7's back cover. This textured surface does not attract fingerprints. The Nexus 7's NFC area is located in the upper half of the tablet on the back near the Nexus logo. A speaker grill can be found near the bottom.

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Im really thinking about selling my galaxy tab 10.1 and getting one of these. Its to tempting.

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For me, many differences are a consequence of the Nexus's 16:10 Aspect Ratio vs the iPad's 4:3. Please follow this link with my 50 cents after having played with the device for a week...

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Nexus 7's Camera Sucks. Hardware specs are not tempting.

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well worth the $250 bucks!

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One of my friends finally got ahold of one of these, and I have to say its a pretty fluid device all in all. Only gripe is the lack of the MicroSD slot, and camera quality is only fair at best. Though, the camera is pretty secondary when it comes to tablet use. Android pulled it off pretty well I think with their project butter, and user friendly UI. For the cash, this is a great media consuming device to add to the competition out there.

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Awesome stuff, thanks google and asus.

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