Google Nexus 7 Review and Tested

Despite a flurry of announcements of new devices from Google, we think it would be a long time until the company changes the understanding of what it is, above all, a software developer, as well as the Amazon is a commercial company that produces a tablet, which is simply easier to do shopping in her store. But what is the role of Google in the Google Nexus 7?

So far, only the biggest Google’s competitor, Apple, fought for supremacy in the market. This is useful for Google and allows the company to focus on the software environment (or fragments), while its partners to work harder on innovations in the hardware sector.

The result is a wide variety of devices based on Android, meet almost any need.

For the perfect tablet, if I may say so, you need a combination of hardware and software perfectly complement each other. For example, the Sony Tablet S is a dream of any fan of multimedia, as the tablet includes many allusions to the home theater. The Sony Tablet S has a number of audio settings, it is ergonomic and includes built-in remote control for TV . There are kindle fire tablets, which are very cheap and is ideal for shopping at Amazon, because Android system specially modified to support all the features of this website. Hardware and software work together to create a more holistic sense than the components separately.

That’s why Apple tablets are such a success. Apple controls both sides – the design and manufacturing process. Maybe it was the impetus for Google to begin work more closely with hardware vendors working on its own tablet?

Needless to say that the grand premiere Google Nexus 7 at Google I / O 2012 is not a surprise for us. Google Nexus 7 is the first official tablet of Google. It took into account the company mistakes and lessons of their partners, so we expect that the tablet will be elaborated and the decision is not “please” us “childhood diseases”, typical of the first generation of devices based on Android.

Plane-table Operating system Screen Size Resolution Price
Nexus 7 (8GB) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) 7 “ 1280×800 $ 199
Nexus 7 (16 GB) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) 7 “ 1280×800 $ 249
Kindle Fire (8 GB) Modified Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) 7 “ 1024×600 $ 199

Google Nexus 7, in our opinion, is attractive. Its slim design attracts attention as well as a list of characteristics for the base model with 8GB for $199. He seems to favor a direct competitor to the popular Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon. The main difference is the complete version of Android 4.1, code-named Jelly Bean, which gives access to the service Google Play, which the Kindle Fire don’t.

“Under the hood” at the Google Nexus 7 is relatively powerful SoC Nvidia Tegra 3. As we said in the review “Asus Transformer Prime TF201: A Tablet With A Higher Calling”, despite his pedigree, Tegra 3 does not have a high-speed GPU. However, Nvidia claims that the currently existing benchmarks can not fully demonstrate the potential of the platform. This suggests that the majority of games for Android, the loading intensive graphics subsystem optimized for Nvidia chips or work only with them.

Characteristics Length, Width mm Height, mm Screen Size Res. Ratio.parties Weight, g
Google Nexus 7 198.1 119.3 10.4 7 “ 1280×800 16:10 340.2
Amazon Kindle Fire 190.5 119.3 11.4 7 “ 1024×600 16:10 403.7
Apple iPad 2 (3G) 241.3 185.6 8.6 9.7 “ 1024×768 4:3 603.3
Apple iPad 3 (3G) 241.3 185.6 9.4 9.7 “ 2048×1536 4:3 662.2
Motorola Xoom 248.9 167.6 12.7 10.1 “ 1280×800 16:10 680.4
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10,1 256.5 175.2 8.6 10.1 “ 1280×800 16:10 589.7

Most Google Nexus 7 impressed us with their appearance. We immediately fell in love with a 7-inch screen Kindle Fire tablet, and it began to avoid models with larger screens. They seem to be too bulky to carry, and the Google Nexus 7 as the Kindle Fire, is more mobile.

And Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire have a size typical of ordinary e-book. Kindle Fire weighs 403.6 grams and has a thickness of 11.4 mm, and the Google Nexus 7 weighs 340.1 grams and its thickness – 10.45 mm. The weight difference is not so evident, but it is impossible to put into words how much Google Nexus 7 comfortably in the hand. Kindle Fire Case is angular and square, and, frankly, in a hand sits awkwardly. In Google Nexus 7 beveled edges and thin, with a textured rubber coating.

Many found the back of the camera in the absence of Google Nexus 7 big disadvantage but, we think, for tablets, this function is not required. If you need to take a picture, you can use the phone’s camera. And people who break down on the tablet in public, look silly. But the front camera is much more important, because it can be used for video calling. In 7 Google Nexus installed 1.2-megapixel camera with built-in microphone. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire is no front camera. Here the advantage of Google.



The history of the development of Google Nexus 7 occluded. It was originally known as the Asus Eee Pad MeMo 370T, and if you turn Google Nexus 7, you’ll find a label with the model number 370T. Eric Schmidt (Eric Schmidt) from Google promised that the company will introduce the tablet in December 2011, and a year later, at CES 2012, Asus has announced it will sell MeMo 370T for $ 249. Strange, but soon after the announcement, MeMo 370T quickly disappeared from view, and Asus behaved as if the announcement at CES never happened.

It is likely that Google representatives were so impressed MeMo 370T, which signed a deal with Asus to produce Google Nexus 7. Some people have reported that the partnership with Asus – this strange move after Google acquired Motorola Mobility, however, the absorption ended in May 2012. Google Nexus 7 at the time already had to be developed.

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) improves performance




Android 4.1 is one of the most important components of Google Nexus 7. Nexus 7 is a kind of beautiful wrapping and Android – tasty toppings. Google uses its first tablet to provide OS Jelly Bean, which made some changes and improvements, including the dictation of texts.

Speaking of hardware, you can wonder how carefully Jelly Bean uses the resources of CPU and GPU.

Google claims that internal improvements Jelly Bean Android did work more smoothly. On the second page of the article: “Reporting From Google I / O 2012: Nexus 7 And Jelly Bean (Android 01.04)”  detailing the many improvements, but we will have your tests and compare to its predecessor Jelly Bean – Ice Cream Sandwich. According to the technical director of Android Dave Burke, the main changes are:

  • Quoting the developer blog Google: “To ensure a continuous flow of personnel, Android 4.1 extends the video buffer. Now all processes are handled at the same time, including the rendering, data processing with touch screen, compose the shot and update the display. With the introduction of v-sync frames do not fall behind and not overtake one -other. “
  • Again we quote Google: “Android 4.1 also adds triple buffering in the video channel to a more stable rendering, which makes the transition between pages and animations smoother.”
  • And finally, “Android 4.1 reduces the delay by touching the touch screen is not only due to the introduction of v-sync, but based on the mechanism of the motion prediction user’s fingers. This is reflected in a more rapid and uniform response during operation.”

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