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New Nexus 7 review

Supercharged with Android 4.4, the Nexus 7 is now an even better tablet

Our Verdict

If you're looking for a 7-inch tablet, we'll put it like this: there is no better alternative on the market. It's not quite as good as the new iPad mini, but if you don't fancy iOS this is the tablet you want.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great screen
  • Affordable
  • Strong battery life

Against

  • A lot of storage already occupied
  • Colors are slightly inaccurate
  • No 64GB option

Tablet photographers are obviously a bane on society, but if you really needed to take a photo with your tablet, at least the Nexus 7 is less conspicuous.

That's because at seven inches, in some ways, it looks like a ridiculously oversized phone. But use it sparingly, eh?

Not only because you look like a gimp if you do, but also because the quality of the camera is pretty poor. It's not shocking, it's just mediocre.

The camera is obviously an aside rather than a key selling point. In fact, there are two of them: 1.2MP on the front (for video calls and selfies), and 5MP around the back.

Considering the lack of a rear camera was one of the criticisms of the original Nexus 7, the fact that Google and Asus have chosen to furnish me with one here is commendable.

It's certainly more convenient than spinning the whole tablet round and guessing where to point it if you're trying to show somebody something other than yourself on a video call.

The camera software is the same as that you'll find on the Nexus 5, except that HDR+ is missing. That means a few filters, white balance options and geotagging. Nothing I haven't seen before.

Same for the video, though you are also able to snap photos during a movie filming session by simply tapping the screen, which is a feature the HTC One X gave me and one I've grown to expect ever since.

Colour balance isn't great - pictures either tended to look overly cold or overly warm, with not much in between. And as for low light, forget it. There's no flash, no light, nor any other help here for dark conditions and so, if you have poor visibility, you're going to have no real chance of a good snap.

Moving the camera during photos leads to blur, so forget action shots.

The same could be said for video. Obviously, the frame refresh rate is higher and so moving subjects can be handled more efficiently and effectively.

But again, the light just looks either too stark or too cosy. At least sound is captured well and with those stereo speakers, playback sounds decent too.

Moving subjects looked blurred and indoors, light is very yellow
Moving subjects looked blurred and indoors, light is very yellow

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Moving subjects looked blurred and indoors, light is very yellow
This photo was taken with a sliver of moonlight coming in – but you can barely make anything out

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Moving subjects looked blurred and indoors, light is very yellow
Even under harsh indoor lights, the camera struggles with movement

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Daylight leaves outdoor shots looking cold and stark
Daylight leaves outdoor shots looking cold and stark

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We had daylight streaming in here, while indoor was dim, and the result wasn't great
We had daylight streaming in here, while indoor was dim, and the result wasn't great

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Even in good artificial light, we experienced graininess like something from ten years ago
Even in good artificial light, we experienced graininess like something from ten years ago

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Closer up, details were sharp, if unremarkable
Closer up, details were sharp, if unremarkable

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
Product FamilyNexus 7
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30L
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)340 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruVivid Technology, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height198.5 mm
Width120 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product NameNexus 7 Tablet
Product LineNexus 7
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number90OK0MI1101090U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Simple. Beautiful. Beyond Smart.

The Nexus brand represents a premium Android-based device that delivers the best Google experience available on tablet. It's the confluence of the latest software and state-of-the-art hardware and represents a literal nexus of digital life.

Package Contents
  • Nexus 7 Tablet
  • AC Adapter