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Google Nexus 7
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.
Check out MSN Tech's full Google Nexus 7 review
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Don't agree. I have an iPad and am pretty disappointed with it. It's a very expensive web browser and media player. Nothing more. iTunes is annoying and slow. I'm also sick of browsing the web with "is this site going to work on safari?" constantly in the back of my mind. On each browsing session I'll hit at least 1 website that doesn't work on safari. It integrates poorly with my business applications. If you just want a media play then go with the Kindle HD or Surface RT I reckon. The iPad is just a media player and costs loads more... all the apps are just a consumer quagmire of distraction since barely any of them offer any real life changing convenience. They're just another way for you to buy crap you don't need and pass your money onto corporate giants. Until they start to offer some real improvements on productivity of daily tasks then it's simply an expensive distraction. Why get an expensive one when you can get a much cheaper one that does the same thing?
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