Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review


Camera and Multimedia:

One of the big additions to the new Nexus 7 has been the 5MP rear camera, which was absent in the older version. The sensor is rather small at just ¼ inch. Under Android 4.3, the camera UI went under a slight redesign. There aren’t a whole lot of settings to choose from, you get image size, white balance and scene selection.

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Image quality is what you’d expect from a $230 tablet camera, which is to say it’s not that great. But it is acceptable. Just don’t go on uploading images taken from this to Flickr or 500px. Under bright daylight, the quality is fine for the most part. Colors aren’t overblown and there is little noise in the pictures. Under low light, however the images are practically unusable. The same goes for video recording as well.

Here are some shots taken by the Nexus 7 camera.

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The built in gallery on the Nexus 7 aggregates all your pictures from various Google services such as Hangouts, Google+ and Picasa. There are built in options for editing the pictures, including filters and photo frames.

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The video player had trouble playing most HD videos we threw at it due to lack of codec support. However, this is almost a non-issue on an Android as there are tons of free third party video players available on the Play Store. The Play Music app however fared much better, managing to play even flac files. The quality from the speakers was average, though the stereo effect made it much better.

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