Nexus 7 User Video Review
How you are doing, this is Mr. Thaibox123 and in this video I’m bringing you my full review of this, the 2013 Nexus 7.
Welcome back everybody and I have imported a Nexus 7, the brand new 2013 from the states because Google for some reason decided to only launch this in America and launch nowhere else in Europe even though there is obviously a huge market for it.
That is absolutely bizarre to me but for those of you who are in the UK at least, you are going to have to wait until the end of August to pick up the Nexus 7 and it is going to come in at 40 pounds, more expensive than last year’s model at 199 pounds with a 16 gigabyte version. I am not too sure of the release date for the European based Nexus 7. In the US this comes in at $229.00 which is $30.00 more expensive than last year’s model.
Now anyway actually into the actual review itself.
First off, let’s take a look at the build quality and also the design. So this is like I say the brand new 2013 Nexus 7.
In terms of build quality and design, it actually has changed quite considerably from last year’s model. It feels a lot nicer in the hand. It no longer has that kind of textured back. You now have this sort of just soft almost rubbery back to it with the Nexus logo in landscape mode which is quite interesting and we also have those brand new two dual stereo speakers unfortunately on the back; however, those stereo speakers are definitely an improvement over what we had before but still are not as good as the HCC1 speakers or indeed the Nexus 10 speakers. They are still very good but like I said nothing spectacular.
We also notice on the back we have a brand new 5 megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the camera on the Nexus 7 is a complete letdown. The actual images and videos are totally oversaturated. It has a real lack of color depth and for me which would be totally unusable other than that situation when you really have no choice but to use this to grab that snap or to grab that video. Very disappointed in terms of the rear facing camera.
We still have the standby on/off button on the right-hand side and also the volume rocker but we also have the microphone on the top of the Nexus 7 which again indicates they kind of want you to use this in a landscape mode.
As we come around to the front of the Nexus 7, we now have got a very much different looking Nexus 7. The actual side bezels have come in quite considerably and we’ve now got this kind of wide bezels on the top and the bottom of the device if you’ve got it in port track mode or the left and the right as you’ve got it in landscape mode.
Now although this is completely un-aesthetically pleasing, it still gives you a good base to actually put your thumbs or maybe your fingers of your hands when you are actually holding this in landscape, otherwise you really would have absolutely nowhere else to put them.
Now you can use the Nexus 7 as a one-handed device depending on what you are doing but the majority of the time you are going to actually hold it in one hand and then use the other hand to navigate or actually use the Nexus 7 itself.
Now another thing on the front of the Nexus 7 is we still have got that front facing camera. It is not a huge improvement over last year but you can see a definite improvement there so for those of you who use it a lot for maybe video calls or even taking self-portraits there is a little improvement in there for you.
Now the most important and the best upgrade about the Nexus 7 is the brand new 7-inch screen. Now this is an absolutely gorgeous display. This is an IPS panel and the actual PPI is 331 due to the 1200 x 920 pixel display that it’s got and it is an absolutely beautiful display. The viewing angles are absolutely phenomenal. You can literally read these from pretty much any angle that you want to.
The brightness is absolutely outstanding and the clarity and also the way the colors just produce themselves on the screen really does make this an absolutely beautiful display and for me it is just kind of worth it alone just to upgrade to this brand new 2013 Nexus 7. I really cannot tell you enough just how good this screen is. It really is absolutely perfect when you are reading text or when you are actually consuming media. It is just an absolute joy to use and works really, really well regardless of how much light is actually facing onto the screen. Google made a really good choice there going with an IPS panel.
Now on to performance. This has got the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor that is a quad core 1.5 gigahertz processor with the Adreno 320 GPU and performance on the Nexus 7 is very, very good. Obviously this comes standard with android jellybean 4.3 so the experience you get is completely native. There is no real lag or any kind of hanging or anything like that. Everything is very, very snappy even when you’ve actually got a whole bunch of different applications open this thing really does snap around very, very well indeed.
Now when you are playing games on the Nexus 7 it absolutely chews them up for breakfast. No problem whatsoever. You get a very, very good experience in terms of performance and also obviously that beautiful, beautiful display that we’ve got inside the Nexus.
One thing they have changed to the negative internally is they have actually reduced the milliamp hour battery that we’ve got. We are now down to 39 and 50 milliamp hour. Now let’s actually talk a little bit about the battery itself. Now not only has this had an actual performance bump in terms of processor, it has also had a better screen put in but like I said the battery has gone down in size. With all of those things coming into factor it definitely decreased the battery life.
Now Google will tell you that you can get 9 hours out of this. I found with light usage you can get maybe 8 hours something like that. With medium to heavy usage you are definitely looking at 7 to 8 hours and with heavy usage you are definitely looking maybe in the 5 to 6 hour mark. So for me personally this actually has gone down in terms of the longevity of the battery when you are actually using it. In fact, those are probably quite generous figures from the experience that I have had.
Anyway on to my final opinion. Now first up, if you have the old 2012 Nexus 7, is it worth the upgrade? For me as you guys know I absolutely love good screens and this one really is one really is one of the best I have ever used especially with that pixel density and that IPS panel and for me like I said, that is worth the upgrade alone.
If you were to sell your old Nexus 7 and then put in the difference, I definitely don’t think you will be disappointed with the new features, functionality, and hardware that you get with this brand new Nexus 7.
In terms of buying a tablet for the first time, is this a good one to pick?
If you are looking for a tablet with this particular PhoneFactor, it really comes down to a whole bunch of android tablets which I definitely would never recommend. The only tablets I would recommend from android are the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 because of that native Google Nexus experience but the other tablet you’ve got to compare it to potentially is the iPad mini.
Now I will probably do a full comparison with the iPad mini but to sum it up very, very quickly this is considerably cheaper than the iPad mini. I believe it actually has probably better specs than the iPad mini as well. The only thing that really kind of differentiates them for me is the actual tablet optimized applications. Now the Nexus 7 can definitely get away with running the phone based applications but it would be a lot better if there were some more tablet orientated applications out for the Nexus 7 and also especially the Nexus 10.
I think when you are deciding between the two that is really what you kind of have to ask yourself is the actual applications themselves. They are still very, very good on the Nexus 7 because it just about gets away with running phone based applications but then the iPad does have a slight edge in terms of apps and the fact that you’ve just got so many tablet optimized apps. But anyway guys that’s up to you to kind of decide that.
I definitely would recommend the Nexus 7 to anyone who is going to buy this kind of PhoneFactor android tablet over and above any of the others that exist but you guys let me know what you think. Anyway guys, thank you very much for watching. Please hit that like button for me. It really, really helps me out and I will see you all in the next video. See ya!
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