The Google Nexus 7 is the newest Nexus Android device in the family, and the first tablet Nexus as well. (The Motorola Xoom was launched with Honeycomb but isn’t a Nexus device.) It is a feature-minimalist, but fast and responsive handheld tablet.
Quad-Core processor (with Quad-Core stronger than Tegra 3 and Dual Core!? Wow… It’s a big wow!), HD screen, and stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to name a few. However, the most surprising “feature” is probably the price — $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB. If you did the math, that puts it to about PHP 8,500 and PHP 10,500 respectively — a good half of what similar devices are priced right now. It’s just too bad though that it’s not available in our country just yet — with rumors pegging late August if it will ever reach us in any official capacity.
Rumors also say that Asus will bring in the 16GB version at the end of August, but we’re not sure of the price. Hopefully it’s not too expensive. We hope to high heavens that Asus brings it in, and brings it in with at least a modicum of reason when it comes to pricing.
There are gray market sellers that have it. We’ve found a few on Sulit.com.ph but they’re a little pricey (and of course is not as refutable as real stores, so be careful when transacting.)
We hope it comes out soon so we don’t have to rely on the gray market anymore. =)
In a nutshell it’s a 7” form-factor tablet with more-or-less near flagship specs, but skimping on a few optional features here and there. You still get a Quad-Core 1.3Ghz processor, 7” 1280×800 IPS display, 8/16GB storage, NFC connectivity, and a 1.2MP front camera. You do lose out though on a rear camera, MicroSD card slot, SIM/3G/LTE tray, expandable storage, keyboard docks, and other things like HDMI output.
Taking pictures with tablets is generally awkward and frowned upon as a weird thing, which is probably why Google decided not to put one in there. Of course, there’s also the cost of adding another component to increase the price of the device that they’re avoiding. Then again though, there are still some occasions where a camera on the back is useful, even for tablets.
While we’ve seen Quad-Core HD-screen Android phones and tablets before, they’ve all been using version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While ICS isn’t any slouch in terms fluidity, Jelly Bean easily blows it out of the water. Its new “Project Butter” enhancements have taken the notorious Android Lag and made it feel much more responsive – so much so that yours truly would compare it to the response of a Windows Phone 7 device. (Yes, that’s both a compliment to WP7 and Jelly Bean.) The net effect here is that the OS leaves nothing to be desired – no taps will go unregistered; no interruptions when device starts syncing; and you get an overall positive experience like you’ve never experienced before.
*credits to Technoclast