SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
It’s still tough to think of Google as a hardware company. –
by Steve Kovach, courtesy BusinessInsider
But in the last year and change, it’s been surprising everyone with a string of great products. There’s the Nexus 4 smartphone. The Chromebook Pixel laptop. The Chromecast video streaming dongle for your TV.
And now there’s an update to its well-reviewed 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7.
The new Nexus 7, which is built by Asus, improves on the original in every conceivable way while still keeping the price low at a very reasonable $229. If you’re looking for an affordable, smaller tablet, the Nexus 7 is the first device you should look at.
Simply put, the Nexus 7 is a better overall tablet than Apple’s iPad Mini.
It has a sharper screen, it plays full HD video, and it has better speakers that play in stereo.
And you get all that for $100 less than the iPad Mini. Even if you want to double the Nexus 7’s storage to 32 GB, you only have to pay an extra $40, not the $100 Apple charges you. That’s an incredible value.
Design-wise, the Nexus 7 has been slimmed down from last year’s version. It’s a bit lighter and has thinner side bezels, all wrapped in a nice-feeling rubbery case. My only problem with the design is the abnormally-large top and bottom bezels around the screen. They make the Nexus 7 look slightly out of proportion. Overall, the Nexus 7 isn’t as eye-catching as the iPad Mini, but it’s definitely not ugly either.
The Nexus 7 is the perfect size too. It’s small enough to hold in one hand, but the 7-inch screen is large enough to enjoy videos, books, and games more than you can on a tiny ~4-inch smartphone screen.
Thank you, TiA