The Nexus world has not failed to impress with its high end specs and popular releases. As we can easily judge with the lineup, there’s no device we can identify as a flop release or a letdown compared to the leaks and hype. The Nexus 7 in particular, came out with a bang last year, with no one to challenge it in the 7 incher league – not Samsung, not Kindle, not even Nook. But what has Nexus unveiled this time? What’s so different about the Nexus 7? What do we call it? Well surely, the rumors have got us all jumping, but let’s look at the bigger picture and see what all the hype was about now that the device is official.
The Nexus 7 2 comes with a totally different design and build concept compared to what we saw last year. We get to see an all plastic back panel, with no rubber padding that most of us were expecting like in the previous model, which is a good thing if you ask us, because with a shiny plastic back like this with embossed name letters; a premium grip feel is guaranteed for users.
The tab has lost quite a bit of weight and thickness weighting in at around 300 grams with a thickness 8.7mm, something we already predicted as obvious; considering the fact that whenever a successor unit comes out, we are never deprived of a slimmer, taller, and a lighter design.
There’s also a downer we have to live with; the Nexus 7 2 offers very thin side bezels (6mm thinner to be exact) which will make it difficult to use the device in portrait mode. But you can cope with this by using the tab in landscape mode as the top and bottom bezels have been thickened by adding 3mm to the height.
Coming to processor, we see a quad-core S4 processor clocking in at 1.5 GHz and backed up with 2GB of RAM. RAM has made an improvement of an additional 1GB as compared to the Nexus 7.
In the processor department, we think Google and Nexus have done a not-bad job since we have seen the S4 pro do wonders in other Google phones (the Moto x in particular). The Nexus 7 2 comes with 8GB and 16GB storage, but we don’t see an SD card slot, meaning the storage in not expandable. Besides, why would we need an SD card when we’re already getting 16GB of storage?
In terms of camera, we\’ve seen major improvements as the Nexus 7 only had a 1.2mp front camera. In the Nexus 7 2, you will now find a 5mp rear camera as well. While it\’s mediocre, it will serve its purpose as a tablet camera.
Here’s where things get interesting. Android has recently released the Android Jelly Bean 4.3 update, which boasts quite a hefty amount of major changes for the OS. Well, the nexus 7 2 is the flagship device for this update and is the first one to come out with JellyBean 4.3.
The Nexus 7 2 has bulked up with pixel density at 1200x1920p. That’s 323 pixels per inch and 107 ppi more than Nexus 7. This means that the users are in for a theatrical experience when it comes to streaming videos and watching movies. Gaming particularly, will be a delight since coupled with the graphical updates of 4.3, the Adreno graphics will make gaming experience all the more realistic and addictive.
The tab has made a deep impressions through its consistent leaks, and after evaluating the official specs; we think we can all agree that the Nexus tab has maintained the flow of the Google lineup; a sweet addition to our world of search engine phones. The only thing we would like to change is the bezel thickness, and make it look more appealing. But all in all, we think it has fulfilled the sole purpose of its release; to surpass its predecessor, but has it surpassed its competitors?