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Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review

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  • Its available on Google Play Store, Amazon, Best Buy and other stores.
  • Thin and light
  • Amazing display
  • Excellent performance
  • Android 4.3
  • Best value for money
  • Good build quality
  • Weak tablet ecosystem
  • Battery life not as good as the older model

Last year when the Nexus 7 was unveiled it offered a value that no other tablet, iOS or Android, could come close to. With the new Nexus 7, Google and ASUS have proven that the first attempt wasn’t a fluke or a one-off thing. The Nexus 7 last year was born more out of necessity. The Android tablet market was going nowhere and if it weren’t for the Nexus 7 it really would have been steam rolled by iOS or even Windows 8. Google could have left it all up to OEMs after that. The Nexus lineup isn’t here to increase market share or sell units, it never was. But that is exactly what it did and that is precisely why it was ever so important for Google to come up with a follow up act.

With the release of this tablet, I sincerely hope that other OEMs pick up their game. As of writing this review the tablets available in the same price point as the Nexus 7 are not worthy of being mentioned. The biggest problem that plagues every Android tablet out there is the ecosystem, and just one tablet alone will not make a difference. It needs to be a collective effort. The iPad Mini, which is a good $90 more than the Nexus 7 offers a library of 350,000+ high quality apps. The hardware on it is well and truly outdated, but if the ecosystem is what you really want then it’s almost unfortunate to recommend it over the much superior Nexus 7.

Is the new Nexus 7 just as good a value for money as its predecessor, despite the $30 price increment? You can bet your bottom dollar it is. In fact it completely obliterates the older model. For $230 what you get here is hardware that realistically belongs in a $500 tablet. Yes there were some corners cut such as an all plastic built, but in the scheme of things it’s irrelevant.  The bottom line is that if you’re looking for an Android tablet, big or small, the new Nexus 7 should be the only one in your list. It really is just that simple.

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