The Nexus 7 2 is finally out and as expected, people are already crowning it as the best 7-inch tablet, if not the best tablet in the market.
What makes this pure Google tablet stand out? Let us find out.
It’s a mixed bag when it comes to design. The new Nexus 7 is now lighter at just .64lbs. and narrower at 4.5 inches (portrait), which makes it comfortable to hold with one hand. That is the good part. The bad part is that they replaced the leathery back of the original Nexus 7 with a matte finish that feels more slippery. The rounded back corners of the original, which makes it more comfortable to hold, is also gone. Overall, looks-wise, I am not completely sold on the new Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 is getting a considerable screen upgrade. It now sports a 1920×1200 resolution screen. The 7 point IPS display is also scratch resistant and Google claims that it also prevents smudges from sticking to the screen.
When you have already used the original Nexus 7 or any Android device with pure Jellybean 4.2, then you will have no problem navigating through the new Nexus 7. That is because instead of the expected Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, this tablet will be featuring the new Jellybean 4.3 OS update.
Not that there are no differences, it is just that it will not be as noticeable as a new OS. Anyway, there are 3 important improvements that you need to know about Jellybean 4.3. Those are:
- Restricted profile: This feature allows you to regulate the amount of control a user has on the device. This is like the expected sequel from the multiple user profile feature introduced in Jellybean 4.2. This allows you to restrict the apps that can be used in a restricted profile. Restricted profiles will have no access to Play Store either.
- Bluetooth Smart: This feature allows the new Nexus 7 to connect to different devices that also support Bluetooth Smart. What’s great about this is that it does not eat up a lot of power.
- Open GL ES 3.0 support: This makes the Nexus 7 much more suitable for gaming as it handles polygonal graphics better. If you are a gamer, then you will definitely appreciate this feature.
There was not much to talk about the camera of the original Nexus 7 as it only had a low-res front camera that is only good for VoIP or, God forbid, selfies. The new Nexus 7, on the other hand, has added a 5MP rear camera. The nexus 7 has also added a few camera features to support its new rear shooter like Photosphere, video recording, and panorama mode. It might not be much, but a 5MP rear camera is better than nothing considering that the original did not even have one.
At the heart of the new Nexus 7 is a pulsating quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro to power it up. It is supported by 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. With its support to Open GL ES 3.0, there are few tablets out there that are better at running polygonal games. Better graphics supported by powerful chips underneath make for a happy user.
Google once again delivers on the New Nexus 7 with better screen, a rear-view camera, and a powerful processor. Though it is a bit pricier than the original when it first launched, this is still the device to buy if you are in the market for a 7-inch tablet.[magz_toggle title=”About Guest Author: Henry Conrad” state=”open”]Henry Conrad is a game developer from Albuquerque. He loves playing MMORPG and reading books. He also dabbles in creative writing, which allows him to create great storylines and backgrounds for his characters and he also writes for RingCentral with regards to the hosted PBX that they provide. Follow him on Twitter and join him in Google +.[/magz_toggle]