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The Nexus 7 Review: Google's First Tablet Gets Benchmarked

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July 31, 2012 4:25:57 AM

I've had mine for about a week now, picked it up in JB Hi-Fi for $317 (AUSD 16GB version).

Extremely impressed, blows my Iconia A500 out of the water.
I just wish they had cases for the Nexus 7 in stock. :( 
July 31, 2012 4:48:20 AM

No thanks, I'll wait for Surface Pro. It will only be 5 times more expensive, three times heavier, and I simply must run Photoshop and AutoCAD on a tablet, because... just because.

Microsoft FTW
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July 31, 2012 4:58:29 AM

Wow, it seems that the nexus 7 is a really great product. Every reviewers seems to be very pleased with it's performance, portability and low price. This really is what every tablet should be :) . The only issue I heard was that the speakers are quite terrible although I didn't see that mentioned in this review
July 31, 2012 5:08:08 AM

if it had a fruity logo, it would be $400more
July 31, 2012 5:37:15 AM

Well, I have the Nexus 7 and I love it, I really dont like the 10" screen size on other tablets, I think 7" is great, but speaking of the Surface Pro, depending on how that thing performs it could easily replace my current notebook since it could have the capabilities of a ultrabook
July 31, 2012 5:46:13 AM

I was reading the specs and was really impressed with the screen pixel density but missed reading the price first time around. Then when I saw the price that just blew me away.

This isn't some left field tablet with no supporting software and apps. This is android and all that is attached to the OS. Google is going to blow apple out of the water. I'm looking forward to the lowered earnings guidance from apple any day now.
July 31, 2012 6:20:24 AM

Love what they've done with the the Nexus lineup. All pretty affordable now and now with Jelly Bean, I'm sure even Apple lovers will like Android honestly. Project Butter and the new Voice Command is much better. Voice is better than Siri now too, pretty awesome.
July 31, 2012 7:02:25 AM

Hope they don't take long to release a nexus 10 tablet. Me want a bigger screen :) 
+ Getting all updates first straight from google + best dev support FTW.
Anonymous
July 31, 2012 8:25:35 AM

Great review, love how Toms always goes a little further while most other gadget sites only present an opinion.

Any numbers on internal storage and wifi throughput performance?
Have one on order and it would be interesting to know how long it would take to copy for example a movie onto the device.
July 31, 2012 11:23:38 AM

On the other news, Apple is releasing a smaller version of iPad to compete with nexus 7 at a "compelling price" of $400.
July 31, 2012 12:19:54 PM

I just recently received my 16GB. It's surprisingly solid and is a great little consumption device. Plus, they make the deal pretty sweet by throwing in $25 Google Play credit and free $10 to your Google Wallet (Can be used for NFC transactions). I couldn't ask for better hardware for the price.



Johanj- I've had 0 issues with the wifi, in facts, it's performed rather well in my little apartment hitting some of the upper limits of my connection.

The internal storage does poorly on random 4k writes, average on 4k reads, and average on larger read/writes (compared to current top Android tablets).

All-in-all it will serve it's purpose as something to do while the girlfriend is asleep next to me.
Anonymous
July 31, 2012 12:48:31 PM

If I install Android 4.1 on my Samsung ATT Galaxy 8.9 will I see a significant improvement in performance? It seems that Google waited long enough for the launch to finally come out with the right oversion of the operating system to give them a head start over other tablet vendors.
July 31, 2012 12:59:40 PM

google play has so much junk in it....i am still waiting for my ICS....is there anyone listening out there?...GOOGLE=fail when it comes to updates, this is one thing Apple does better
July 31, 2012 1:09:14 PM

matter37Well, I have the Nexus 7 and I love it, I really dont like the 10" screen size on other tablets, I think 7" is great, but speaking of the Surface Pro, depending on how that thing performs it could easily replace my current notebook since it could have the capabilities of a ultrabook


If your notebook can be replaced by a device the size of a netbook with a crappy keyboard. I hope you have sharp eyes and small hands :) 
July 31, 2012 1:23:02 PM

nebungoogle play has so much junk in it....i am still waiting for my ICS....is there anyone listening out there?...GOOGLE=fail when it comes to updates, this is one thing Apple does better

Better my a*s. I bought an iPod touch 2G 16GB a few months after it was released and a year and a half later (2010) they dropped support with iOS 4.2.1. It pissed me off so much I swore that I will never buy another Apple product again.

Also, on a hardware level, people who "upgraded" from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S. And don't forget that the iPod touch 4G remained absolutely the same.

"Updates are the one thing Apple does better"... Yeah, right. Give me a break.
July 31, 2012 2:01:44 PM

nebun said:
google play has so much junk in it....i am still waiting for my ICS....is there anyone listening out there?...GOOGLE=fail when it comes to updates, this is one thing Apple does better


DA. :heink: 

It's not Google who release updates to your phones, it's the manufacturer. Blame them for the slow updates.
Anonymous
July 31, 2012 2:14:54 PM

It's not google that is bad at updates it's your tablet's manufacturer. As the article stated. Each one modifies the Android operating system to fit their hardware design better. So, if you do not get updates complain to the maker of your tablet they are the ones not giving you the update.
July 31, 2012 2:30:35 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Cheers,
Andrew Ku
Tom's Hardware
July 31, 2012 3:19:34 PM

I got my 16GB N7 about a week ago. I noticed the middle-left side of the glass starting to lift off its plastic frame 3-4 hours after unboxing, under "heavy exploration" (every feature enabled, continuously downloading/installing/trying apps) workload.

Other than that, I do not see any obvious other problems with the N7, though I would like it to run a little cooler. The bottom-right corner in landscape mode gets rather warm while running Tegra games.

I have one major pet peeve about the soft-keys and games: very easy to accidentally swipe system keys and get kicked out of games in titles like Fruit Ninja, Glow Hockey, Cut The Rope, etc. A method for locking/unlocking soft-keys is needed, something like a "lock" icon to lock/hide it and tapping opposite corners or center+corner to unlock.
July 31, 2012 3:24:50 PM

I had mine returned last week due to screen separation and light sensor defects.
IMO, it's a great table, both software and hardware spec wise.
The only big issue right now is the QC by ASUS, I guess they tried to cut corner / rush and got burned.

I will give it another try in a few months when ASUS get the QC under control.


July 31, 2012 3:26:12 PM

Great review, Nice to see another tablet in the market that's a great alternative to an iPad. Competition makes things better!

I will say it's ridiculous that Google mentions "smooth interface" as a feature - A smooth interface should be expected on a dual core tablet, much less a quad core tablet...

July 31, 2012 3:30:11 PM

It looks like it is finally time to buy a tablet!
July 31, 2012 3:48:18 PM

Got my Nexus 7 last week, I got the $200 8GB version, love it(passing iPad 2 to gf).
Yes, it does fit all my apps and movies(3 movies) and still have >3GB left.
Very easy to carry around, I am looking for a kick ass case to suit up.
July 31, 2012 3:48:33 PM

Is the battery user-replaceable? I gather there's no memory card slot, but what, if any, I/O ports are provided? Bluetooth?

If any of this was covered in the videos, feel free to comment but hold the thumbdowns please; those are blocked at work. Thanks.
July 31, 2012 4:57:42 PM

I love mine, got it rooted and I am playing all the new FPS games and emulators with my PS3 controller.
July 31, 2012 5:13:43 PM

aceraceDA. It's not Google who release updates to your phones, it's the manufacturer. Blame them for the slow updates.

Well, maybe Google shouldn't have made it so hard for manufacturers to tweak the OS...
July 31, 2012 5:14:38 PM

Awesome, another device to play Angry Birds on! :lol: 

Although I have to say I do like Android far better than iOS and it's great to see that Google is finally going to have a real device that's capable of matching the iPad.
July 31, 2012 5:15:18 PM

This is the 3rd review I read about this device, and all are very positive ones.

I've been waiting some time for an all around, affordable tablet, my only question is: how good is the nexus 7 for ebook reading?

Cheers
July 31, 2012 7:27:27 PM

Nexus 7 is great for Ebook reading, Have had mine for over a week now and it does everything almost perfectly (especially if you root it and slap a ROM on there :) ). an E-Ink reader is still the best for reading anywhere, but I havent had much of an issue with this screen and reading all the places I read. Plus the Tegra 3 gaming and just overall speed of this thing is amazing. I sold my original Transformer 10" for one of these and I dont regret it one bit, I use it constantly for everything :) 

If you really want more storage space get an OTG cable and Stickmount (requires root) and you can plug in just about any size USB stick for more space, people have already got movies playing off of that :) 
July 31, 2012 7:28:05 PM

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...
August 1, 2012 3:07:50 AM

So Google, like Microsoft is coming out with hardware an killing off thier OEM partners? They just killed the sales of everyone else who makes a 7 inch Android tablet.
August 1, 2012 4:51:45 AM

^ No. Google is partnering with Asus on this one. Asus is the OEM.
August 1, 2012 6:01:36 AM

DSpiderBetter my a*s. I bought an iPod touch 2G 16GB a few months after it was released and a year and a half later (2010) they dropped support with iOS 4.2.1. It pissed me off so much I swore that I will never buy another Apple product again.Also, on a hardware level, people who "upgraded" from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S. And don't forget that the iPod touch 4G remained absolutely the same."Updates are the one thing Apple does better"... Yeah, right. Give me a break.


You need to give credit where it's due - the iPad one will work with iOS 6 when it's released in September - No three year old Android tablet has software updates currently. Even if not all the features work on the 1G iPad, it's still updated software without having to root the phone.

My friend's Galaxy from last year isn't getting the updated software unless he roots it - vs my other friend's Iphone 3GS.

Blame google or the manufacturers is irrelevant. The system needs to be fixed. Imagine if your computer wouldn't be updatable to the most recent software.

Google needs to make it a requirement instead of letting the manufacturers dictate this - Soon HP and Dell will tell you that you can't update to Windows 8.
August 1, 2012 9:04:19 AM

The Nexus 7 should have included support for external displays. A micro-HDMI port would have been nice, but at least provide MHL over the USB port.
August 1, 2012 1:20:42 PM

"Compared to dual-core SoCs, Tegra 3 still wins easily."

Until you throw Krait/Scorpion S4 into the mix.
Anonymous
August 1, 2012 1:30:54 PM

No movies or video. Pass on this one.
August 1, 2012 1:35:55 PM

For the new iPad on the battery life test page, is that to an absoloute complete charge? There was a big hoopla a while back because it indicated a full charge while it still had hours of charging left to go for that last 10%.
August 1, 2012 1:50:52 PM

I think the same thing about hard drives that use to be abailable for $50.00. I think the HD manufacturers are just price gouging the public.
August 1, 2012 5:38:53 PM

No SD card slot = FAIL.

Close, but no cigar Google / Asus. I will be waiting for the next model I'm sure will be shortly forthcoming when you realize you left out the most BASIC feature: A freaking CARD SLOT.
August 1, 2012 8:49:23 PM

Quote:
Many folks find fault with the fact that Google's Nexus 7 lacks a rear-facing camera, but I think that's a completely unnecessary feature on a tablet. If I need to take a snapshot, I reach for a smartphone.

So i have my tablet and want to take a picture to upload to facebook and i cant? i grab my phone, take the picture, use bluetooth (if it has it) transfer to the tablet and then upload it.

good thing you think is completely unnecessary! whats next? no GPS becuase you can use the one in your smartphone...
August 2, 2012 12:21:32 AM

I have had my N7-16GB for almost a week, I have two cases for it, but like the fake leather one from a third party better than googles because it has a magnetic sleep/close feature. The screen is amazing for a reader/movie device, and battery life is great.

I also have the new iPad, and have not even turned it on since receiving this tablet.

-Sonic
August 2, 2012 3:35:22 AM

Sorry, all ya Apple Haters but just like the Kindle Fire was the "it" device for about a month until the iPad 3 was launched, when the iPad mini is anounced this device will fall by the wayside. It (the iPad mini) will likely list at $250 have hundreds of thousands of apps available at launch, better quality (a Retina display and much better cameras) and far better quality control.
Other tidbits. Android JellyBean is a subpar OS compared to the iOS (especially 6.0 which will work on all the iDevices back to the 3GS and the first iPad. That is unless you are a hacker then you love any Android flavor. If you are a techie that still uses DOS commands, Ubuntu or Linux, you probably love Android. The other 95% of us just want an OS that works without hours of training or hiccups. Google (Asus) is selling this product at a loss to reclaim Android from the Kindle and the product is really you or that is your information to add to all the other information Google collects about you. How well is the device going to run when you have to put anti-virus software on it? A 1.2 megapixel front facing camera. Are you kidding? No sd slot. (Yes the iPhone and iPad have one, it is a $10-15 adapter), I just downloaded 600 photos (full sized) from my Nikon dSLR to iPhoto app ($10 on the app store). Try doing that on you Nexus or even your $500 cheapo laptop. Consider this, the iPad 3 accounted for 22% of all computer sold in the world last year. no wonder Dell and HP are getting out of the PC business (this and the whole Win8 debacle that is coming)
To Sonic, I have a a very fast modded HP dv7t quad, W7 Pro with a Kingston SSD (7.8 on the WEI) and I still grab my iPad half the time. That is when I can get it out of my 10 year old son's hands. There is the face of the future of computing.
The millenials. In 10 years they will all be using a wearable device that utilizes a head's up display and voice recognition, but I digress....
I could go on but why don't you just "Google" Forbes, "Why An IPad Mini will crush Google's Nexus 7." As a very well respected business magazine, I think they understand thinks a bit better than anyone who wastes enough time to write this long of a post ;) 
August 2, 2012 1:38:59 PM

If what you want is a small mini game pad this might be nice. but if you want to watch movies or use skype online, I dont think the screen is large enough. My mother was in a REHAB/old folks home and we used skype to talk to my son six or seven states away and we were glad we could talk to him on the larger screen on the 10 inch ASUS tablet.
August 2, 2012 2:20:53 PM

EzioAs... The only issue I heard was that the speakers are quite terrible although I didn't see that mentioned in this review


Actually the speakers are more than adequate, and I plugged in my 70$ Klipsch earbuds and the sound reproduction on signal is great as well.
Anonymous
August 2, 2012 2:22:29 PM

omg its rectangular. ipad is rectangular. LAWSUITZ!!!!!
August 2, 2012 2:41:40 PM

jtt283Is the battery user-replaceable? I gather there's no memory card slot, but what, if any, I/O ports are provided? Bluetooth?If any of this was covered in the videos, feel free to comment but hold the thumbdowns please; those are blocked at work. Thanks.


The specs for the tablet can be found on Google Play, but the bluetooth works great, especially in conjunction with a mobile phone. The entire tablet is one piece; I don't think users should be opening devices for any reason concerning a battery.
August 2, 2012 3:19:19 PM

callmesissiSo i have my tablet and want to take a picture to upload to facebook and i cant? i grab my phone, take the picture, use bluetooth (if it has it) transfer to the tablet and then upload it.good thing you think is completely unnecessary! whats next? no GPS becuase you can use the one in your smartphone...


The tablet is for media consumption. You will be more comfortable looking at photos and watching media on the tablet than the phone. If you already have your phone on you, (puhhhh-lease, if you're carrying around a tablet, you'll be carrying your phone too) yes you take a picture with your phone, use its wonderful internet connection, and upload it. Then see what it looks like on your tablet if you wish. Or not.
August 2, 2012 5:27:37 PM

Any update on the hardware hickups?

I'd like to know if I should wait until the second wave of units to ship before ordering one, or if the bugs are here to stay and I just have to hope mine doesn't come with a faulty screen. I know they have a RMA service going on, but I'm really not sure how to go about that, so I'd rather just get one that works.
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