PCPer 10 Days of Christmas: Day 1 - Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2014 - 10:49 AM |
Tagged: holiday, 10 days of christmas

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The original Nexus 7 launched in 2012 and the 2013 revision was a drastic improvement in style, performance and battery life. It was such a good tablet, that even a year later, it's very likely the most popular Android tablet on the market.

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The Nexus 7 is a 7-in tablet with a 1920x1200 resolution IPS screen that holds up well in sunlight and has Gorilla Glass to resist scratches. The tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 1.5GHz processor that is a bit long in the tooth but is able handle computing tasks quite handily. Obviously something like the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet would be better for dedicated gaming, but the Nexus 7 will hold its own in that area as well.

Other specifications include 2GB of DDR3L memory, 802.11n WiFi, a 15 Wh battery and it was recently updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, that latest version Android.

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Though Google has removed the Nexus 7 from its Google Play store, you can still find it on Amazon and BHPhoto.com in both 16GB and 32GB variants.

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December 14, 2014 | 11:53 AM - Posted by darknas-36

I have the Nexus 7 Nvidia Tegra version and I am happy with it but I have yet to receive Android 5.0 for it so I dont know if I will get it.

December 14, 2014 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Hacksaw777 (not verified)

Don't get the Update it has turned my tablet into a paper weight!!

December 18, 2014 | 06:10 PM - Posted by Luthair

Worked fine for me, though I had done a factory reset in the fall.

That said, I find if I have more than one or two applications open on it it becomes sluggish. Overtime the tablet has definitely lost performance, at release it was generally snappy but each release has made it worse for me.

December 14, 2014 | 10:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

nakasi (nexus 7 2012-tegra... aka grouper) has 5.0 already.


and no, it most definitely does not turn your tablet into a paperweight like the guy above says. He most likely screwed up flashing it to his nexus 7... there he most likely turned it into a paperweight with his stupidity.

December 15, 2014 | 03:23 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Not helping nor contributing with those comments.

December 18, 2014 | 06:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I pointed to the damn system image, direct from Google itself.

Pointing out someone's negative comment "IT MADE IT A PAPERWEIGHT" (most likely because of his own inability/stupidity) is not contributing to the conversation.

December 19, 2014 | 02:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My update to 5.0.1 (Nexus 7 2013) went very smoothly and is working well. No slowdown or issues. Battery life seems improved. I do recommend either clearing your cache partition or doing a system reset after the update to clear any previous garbage out.

December 14, 2014 | 11:58 AM - Posted by Gumby

The Nvidia Shield tablet. Not just because I won it here at Pcper,but I have 3 kids that can't put it down. If I had the money for 2 more I would get 2 more.

December 15, 2014 | 06:38 AM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

Be sure to take a close look at the corners once in a while.
Wish my experience was as positive honestly.

And be careful of over-heating while charging..

December 18, 2014 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Luthair

I was considering the shield as a Nexus-8 alternative but the cracking made me abandon the idea. Given the N8 reviews weren't entirely positive I'm in a wait and see what the future holds mode.

December 16, 2014 | 05:52 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

My wife just recently upgraded from her Nexus 7 2012 to a Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 tablet. The reasons I told her to go with that instead of the N7 2013 were:

Larger screen- 8.4" versus 7".
Higher resolution- 1600x2560 versus 1920x1080
Faster processor- 2.3 ghz quad core versus 1.5ghz quad core
Camera- 8mp versus 5mp, though this doesn't concern us much.
Higher battery capacity- 4800mah versus 3950mah.

Most importantly, the Samsung has an SD card slot, which allows adding another 64gb of storage when she needs it. The Nexus line never has sd card slots. The downsides to the Samsung are the bloated Touchwiz interface (will root and intall custom rom anyway) and the higher price. We paid about $200 at Best Buy versus $150 at Groupon.

December 17, 2014 | 07:58 AM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Galaxy and Nexus tablets are the best, I'v love to recommend Nvidia but I don't think Tegra has much life left.

December 18, 2014 | 06:13 PM - Posted by Luthair

If you do go Nexus 7, make sure it is the new one. I still see Bestbuy selling the 2012 edition and not discounted at all from its original price!

December 20, 2014 | 02:00 PM - Posted by svnowviwvn

I picked up a EVGA Tegra Note 7 16GB for $119.99 total cost pre-Black Friday from NewEgg.

This tablet is replacing my aging Nexus 7 (2012). The Tegra 4 inside it is much better that the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 in the Nexus 7 (2013).

The only real improvement on the 2013 tablet was the screen resolution but I am fine with the 1280 x 800 on the original 2012 model.

The Tegra Note 7 will also be receiving Android L as an OTA update.

Also I like the extras that the Tegra Note 7 has: microSD slot and the stylus.

It is also interesting that Consumers Report recommends the Note 7.

AnandTech review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7508/nvidia-tegra-note-7-review

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