Hands On With the Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Ever since the original HTC-built G1 launched in late 2008, the market for devices built with close oversight from Google has been strong. There are plenty of high-quality Google tablets and smartphones to choose from, but the Nexus line promises top-shelf hardware coupled with the latest version of Android.

While Google has worked with HTC and Samsung to produce Nexus phones, the Nexus 7 is the first such collaboration in the tablet space. Asus, the company responsible for the acclaimed Transformer line of Android slates, is the hardware partner for Google’s flagship tablet.

So what makes the Nexus 7 so special? Three features stand out distinctly: The Nvidia Tegra SoC (system on a chip), Android 4.1 (also known as Jelly Bean), and its smaller seven inch screen. While there are other tablets in this size category, they are far fewer in number than the ten inch segment. That lack of size makes for a markedly different experience, one that has benefits as well as shortcomings.

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  • darkchazz
    I'm waiting for a nexus 10 tablet ^-^
    Hopefully that one will not have the overhyped Tegra 3 SoC. I wish
  • dconnors
    darkchazzI'm waiting for a nexus 10 tablet ^-^Hopefully that one will not have the overhyped Tegra 3 SoC. I wish

    My guess is the next Nexus tablet with have Tegra 3+, or whatever they end up calling Tegra 3 + LTE. Although there's always a chance that Qualcomm swoops in with an S4 solution.

    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
  • amdwilliam1985
    My Nexus 7 will be coming tomorrow :)
    From what I seen so far, I know I will be in love with it. Planning on passing the iPad 2 to my gf.

    If they're going to make Nexus 7 or 10 with LTE/HSPA+, please make sure there's a version without. I don't want to pay for hardware that I will never use.
    Plenty of wifi at home and work, and whenever I'm out I can tether to my SGS2 for FREE.
  • wildkitten
    So far I am liking what I see with the Nexus 7, apparent launch glitches aside such as some coming apart.

    I am seriously looking at this for class. A 7 inch tablet suits my needs, I have a laptop if I need something bigger and more powerful.

    What I don't understand though is the lack of a SD slot. Even phones come standard with one. I have 48GB of storage in my Droid Bionic (16GB internal, 32GB SD) and 16GB on a tablet is just paltry in comparison. I understand that they want to push their cloud services, but not everyone is interested in the cloud and the cloud can't be accessed everywhere.