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.
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.
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.
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.
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.