It is said that competition is good for business. In no other tech genre is the competition more fierce than in the world of Tablets. Enter the Google (Asus Branded) Nexus 7. Before I get to the nuts and bolts of this I have to commend Asus on the packaging of the Nexus 7 (I am being facetious). I have never in my experience seen a more devilishly wrapped product in my life! It took me close to five minutes to work my way through the layered defenses to actually get to the device. Once there I was greeted by a sleek, lightweight yet sturdy tablet that felt great in my hands.
The Nexus 7 is filled with all the features you would expect in a modern tablet including magnetometer, accelerometer, a gyroscope and GPS that utilizes Google Maps’ new offline mode for navigation without the benefit of Wi-Fi. Of paramount importance to me (a movie guy) was the display. I loaded up some photos and a couple of good horror movies for my test drive. The display was more than up to par and retained good contrast while viewing photos and watching movies. I had a little issue with the black levels but that could just be the geek in me. Navigating with the Nexus was easy. The three “virtual hardware” buttons at the bottom made it simple while the 1200 x 800 HD touchscreen was quick and responsive.
Another of the great strengths of the Nexus 7 is the more than fair price point. Coming in at $249 you get quality hardware in the form of the aforementioned sturdy body, coupled with lightning fast response from the Quad Core Tegra 3 Processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With the addition of more Android Tablet Apps in the future I’m certain the Nexus 7 will be in the thick of the race for tablet dominance.