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Google Nexus 7

The new Nexus 7 is a marked step up from the original model, and its excellent build quality, lengthy battery life, powerful processor, stereo speakers and, above all, its class-leading 7-inch screen, make it a compelling alternative to its Android rivals – especially considering its affordable price (although it's not quite as good as the new iPad mini display).

As with the original Nexus 7, Google has turned to Asus to manufacture this tablet and the company has done a stellar job. The 2013 Nexus 7 is slimmer than its predecessor, with a narrower bezel surrounding the 7-inch Gorilla Glass-fronted screen. Despite its skinny 7.6mm depth, it’s a very solid piece of gear with no excessive plastic use (we’re looking at you, Samsung) and no signs of creakiness or flex. The back is made from grippy, soft-touch plastic that feels nice in your mitt, and at 290g the tablet is light enough to comfortably hold one-handed for an extended period of time.

Google, however, needs to encourage Android developers to make more tablet-friendly apps, as having to rely on blown-up smartphone software doesn’t do this fine hardware justice.

From £199.

Check out MSN Tech's full Google Nexus 7 review

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