Google Nexus 7 (2012) Review: Darn Best Android Tablet Ever

This is the shortest review that I have ever written. The reason for that is simple: when a device is so good, many words are not needed to describe it.

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In summary: The Asus Google Nexus 7 (2012) is the darn best tablet PC that I have ever handled. It looks and feels premium, is fast in use, and is a bargain for its price.

Honestly, there isn’t anything much more to be said about the Nexus 7. It is so good that I fell in love with it immediately. It really is that good.

The only accessories in the box are a USB cable and power adapter. For the price, I have no problems with that. One of the really nice touches added to the tablet are the graphical user tips that are presented when you first boot the Nexus 7. Text and pointers guide you through how to use the device.

The Nexus 7 works in portrait mode by default, but you can use it in landscape or switch automatically between the two.

The display is crisp and sharp. Everything looks good. Everything, be it web browsing, viewing images, reading documents or watching videos.

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is smooth and looks better than Ice Cream Sandwich. It is also much better suited to tablet use. There’s split-screen view for lots of apps, though sadly not yet in Twitter and Facebook.

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Everything works as it should. For the first time, an Android device does not feel laggy to me.

The Nexus 7 is WiFi-only, so you need a hotspot to make the best of it. Of course, there’s Bluetooth connectivity.

Chrome is the default web browser on the Nexus 7 and it is fast and renders well. I never liked the old Android default browser in Android. Chrome feels lighter, is faster and looks sleeker. It also scores much better in HTML5 tests. The old Android 4.0 browser scores 280 while this version of Chrome scores 369 in the HTML5Test.

Any Weak Spots?
So, I am absolutely in love with the Nexus 7. Does it have any cons or weak spots? Yes; but they are forgivable.

Music playback is not tops on this device, both in terms of volume and quality. There is also no built-in Office documents viewer or editor, but a quick trip to Play Store and one download later, its a resolved problem. Also, the nexus 7 has only two ports – a 3.5mm port and a microUSB port. That’s it. No HDMI port or anything else.

Those are about the only problems that I have with the Nexus 7.

Conclusions
No; I am not going into specs and all that. It doesn’t matter what amount of RAM and what processor the Nexus 7 runs, because it runs well. Who cares about those specs?

Did I tell you that the Nexus 7 is the darn best tablet that I have ever handled? Now, go get one. End of review.

PS: Thanks to @scartag for the loan unit. I have been trying to cook up a lie to tell him so as not to return his Nexus 7. Sigh.

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17 comments

  1. Good device but without SD card slot and HDMI, it is a little bit of a letdown and still when you consider the price, it becomes difficult to do better.

    1. Yeah, I heard About a possible 3G version release in October with 32gb memory space. I still would miss the micro SD.

  2. @ spacyzuma, if Google decide to do another tablet I suspect it may include some of those things, even a bigger screen. As it is, Google put this out there to raise the bar for Android tablets and it has done just that. AFor the price, those are small sacrifices for what is a very good device.

    As it is, this one is just the right size for me. I’ve also figured out how to add microSIM usage via the USB drive, but as it is the lack of it doesn’t bother me in the least – nor it seems, many other Nexus 7 owners. As long as there’s XDA Developers, there’ll always be a work around 🙂

  3. Chief Obafemi Awolowo said of Chief S L Akintola that “he is an intelligent democrat who can argue on an issue taking different opposing side for and against and you don’t know which one to choose”
    Such is MrMO reviewing two devices and leave you more confused or convinced. His review led me to get Playbook instantly and I am liking the PB by the day, as for this Nexus I refused to be tempted. Cheers

  4. @benzion72, the way out of that dilemma is to know the difference between facts, opinions and hype.

    opinions are a dime a gross. sometimes, they do not amount to much.

    but facts are FACTS, and they help us make the best decisions and choices..

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