Google’s Nexus 7 is a 7-inch WiFi-only tablet manufactured by Asus. It has been touted as a game-changer. It is a Jelly Bean eating Android tablet too. That’s Android version 4.1. Anyway, a review unit of the Nexus 7 tablet got into Mister Mo’s hands early this week, and he has been playing with it since.
The Asus Google Nexus 7 is a piece of solid hardware with nice curves. It looks and feels good in the hands. The rear has a nice matte finish. There’s no camera there though. Just the “Nexus” and “Asus” branding.
The only accessories in the box are a USB cable and power adapter
At first boot, I was presented with a series of nice visual user tips on each view/page. You know, like “Tap here to see the rest of your apps,” with an arrow showing you where to tap. Very nice for novice users.
The display works in portrait mode by default. For a while, I couldn’t find the option to change that, but I eventually did. Working in landscape sucks though, because every time you return to the home screen, what you get is portrait again. How hard can it be for Google to implement orientation switching on the home screen?
Also Chrome is built-in browser on this baby. I had been wondering when Google would make that switch, so this is a welcome development.
The Gmail app has been enhanced. There’s now split screen view, which is awesome on a display this large.
Overall, the Nexus 7 has made a very good first impression on me. I however wish that the audio volume and quality are significantly better.
I like the Nexus 7 already. The question is, Can it woo me away from my awesome PlayBook? They are both 7-inch tabs. They are both WiFi-only.
As always, expect my full review soon.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.