Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet

The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer from Google that successfully bridges both performance and price. In essence, this 7-inch tablet has a great level of performance, features the latest Android operating system, and owns a comfortable design, all at a price of only $200-250. Although the price has been achieved with the help of eliminating an expandable storage slot as well as taking away the back camera, the flexibility of the operating system and the tablet’s own high grade performance are enough not to miss these features a lot.

Design-wise, the Google Nexus 7 looks like any tablet from afar but on closer inspection, it has a rubbery, almost leathery texture on the back. This makes the tab comfortable to grip even with just one hand. Compared to the Kindle Fire, it is much lighter and slicker owing to the beveled bottom as well as the silver trim. The design makes it look thinner but in actuality, the difference is only 0.04 inch. Another weird design quirk of the Nexus is its propensity for portrait mode rather than landscape mode. This was achieved when Google decided to change the layout of the home screen so that its functions more or less force the user to hold the tab along its vertical axis.

Even the front facing camera of the Google Nexus 7 is positioned in the middle of the top bezel when the tab is held on portrait mode. Going over to the other functionalities at this position, the right edge of the device holds the power/lock button as well as the volume rocker. Done this line and almost around the bottom part are the headphone jack, and the micro-USB port at the bottom edge. Above the port to the back of the device is a two-inch long speaker slit that’s horizontally positioned. As mentioned before, there are no memory expansion slides, no HDMI out, and no back camera.

Although the Google Nexus 7 is not the thinnest and lightest tablet in the market, it measures less than the average at 7.8″ x 4.72″ x 0.41″ so that one can even fit it in one’s back pocket. The display is 7 inches in diagonal as what was previously mentioned (and of course, announced by the name). It is LED backlit IPS and has a density of 216 pixels per inch, a better deal compared to those tabs that merely feature HD display. The density is also among the big leaguers: Galaxy Tab 7.7 has 196 ppi and the new iPad 3 has 264ppi.

Another thing to look forward to about the Google Nexus 7 is that it will be the first device that will come with the latest version of Android operating system. It seems that version 4.0 has been already improved upon, and now consumers are looking into the latest 4.1, which is nicknamed Jelly Bean. Android 4.1 on the Nexus 7 will come out as customizable as all other previous versions of the operating system, with the exception that the device actually presents it with a much more controlled and focused feel, while at the same time taking care to make it less intimidating and less constraining to those who have no previous exposure to the system.

The home screen in particular works the same as always but now, when the tab is put on landscape mode, it will not rotate. Applications obey to the physical orientation of the tablet though. It seems that this was to ensure a sort of safety net for those who often get confused about how the screen changes all the time. For uninitiated, he or she can simply press the home screen button to go back to the screen portrait mode.

Overall, the Google Nexus 7 seems like a lot of fun to use, with Google working closely in tandem with both ASUS and NVIDIA to come up with a high performing tablet computer at such a low price. The device is sold exclusively through the Google Play store online for now.

Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 10,000.00 (Starting Price)

You may also check out: Google Galaxy Nexus


  1. Anonymous says

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  2. saan po mabibili yan??

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