Google Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB Review
This sleeker tablet by Google is made of black plastic that is soft to the touch with harder plastic at the joint that doesn’t scream out for attention. Plastic gives this tablet its good grip which prevents it from sliding off your lap. Another plus of this soft-touch plastic is its resistance to dirt and oil.
Comfort doesn’t stop here. Its narrowness and lighter weight transports the Nexus 7 (2013) to the newer generation in tablets. It fits easily into trousers and jacket pockets and is easy to hold. It comes with soft edges which make this tablet ergonomic. The power button and volume rocker have been separated thus reducing incidences of pressing one button unintentionally either when the Nexus 7 is resting on its side or when you confuse one button for the other. This placement means that access to these buttons is easy and error free. The Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system which comes with apps such as the camera app, gesture keyboard app for word predictions, the location app which can be used when Wi-Fi is off therefore saving on the battery usage. You can also set up multiple user profiles and smart notifications. Android 4.3 unfortunately has some compatibility issues with some apps particularly the ones for playing videos. The auto-brightness setting darkens the screen more than is required, causes the screen to flicker and is somewhat overpowering.
The combination of Android 4.3 and a powerful processor results in faster processing time, better gaming experience and better response times. The higher resolution screen has a high pixel density which results in sharp images which are rounded with or without zooming, as well as excellent viewing no matter what angle the tablet is viewed from. Colours, even whites, are well defined. Nevertheless, in some instances, tone was inaccurate but this was negligible. Brighter screens, good contrast and accurate levels of brightness all ensure good viewing of pictures as well as video.
Surround speakers, located at the top and bottom of the tablet, and drivers have brought a whole world of improvement to sound making it possible to watch videos and use loud speakers. However, for music lovers, the basic sound options of the Nexus 7 16GB leave a lot to be desired. The location of the speakers increases the chances of blocking sound but using headphones allows you to make the best use of the sound levels on this tablet. Equipped with a 5MP camera on its rear, the quality of photos that you get is wanting. In well-lit conditions, photos are just fine. However, there is poor object definition and a lack of focus particularly with photos taken with little light. The subject’s colours are also dull. The same holds true for videos. The stock camera app, installed to gives you more camera usability, does not help matters. The 1.2MP camera allows users to have video chats. The battery in the Nexus 7 is smaller so that it can fit into the slimmer tablet. This has resulted in shorter battery life.
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