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Google Nexus 7 Preview

Budget Android tablets have appeared on the market in greater numbers every year. An Android equipped tablet can be picked up for as little as £60-70 and definitely won't break your wallet. However they have always been poor and marred with cheap hardware and outdated software.


Nexus 7The Kindle Fire changed the game offering decent specs for a decent price. But if the Fire changed the game then the Nexus 7 has the potential to revolutionize the tablet industry. On both the hardware and software front the Nexus is at the cutting edge. What is most surprising though is that both 8 and 16GB versions can be picked up for under £200.

Hardware

The Nexus 7 is at the forefront of the latest tablet technology and it can be guaranteed that for this price you will not find a better specced tablet. An IHS iSuppli Teardown suggests that the Nexus costs around $152 to build. The screen is a nice 1200x800 HD IPS display that produces a cool 216ppi. As an industry standard it had Corning's Gorilla glass to keep your tablet scratch proof and looking pristine. There's no rear facing camera on the nexus and the 1.2MP front facing camera can only be used as a web-cam. Although personally this isn't an issue because holding a tablet to take a photo is the most ridiculous thing you can see. The 4325 mAh battery will give you 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading and 300 hours of standby. Processing tasks should be quick too thanks to the Quad-core Tegra 3 processor. But, and it is a big but, the device can only be bough in 8 or 16GB and with no SD card slot you may be left short without a wifi connection.

 

Software
The Nexus 7 most certainly is at the forefront of Google's Android operating system. Out of the box it runs on Android 4.1 codenamed Jelly Bean of which the Nexus is designed to be its flagship device. Jelly Bean improves on all the updates we saw in Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. But what is most impressive is Google's Siri rival that comes packaged in what it calls Google Now.


Google Now
Now has the ability to learn a users preferences, via the Google searches they have made, and display content it believes to be relevant to you. For example if you're a Spurs fan it might show you the latest scores on a Saturday. In addition it looks at your calender and not only tells you when your next meeting is but tells you that the accident on the slip-road will mean you need to set off 20 minutes earlier. Now also has some other cool features. For example if you're sat at a bus stop it will display the bus timetable. Or if you're at a fancy restaurant it will tell you its speciality. Some have seen Now's intrusive nature as creepy but there's no doubt it has the ability to revolutionize our lives for the better. For more info on Google Now check out the video below.

 

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