If you’ve been living under a rock, it’s less likely to know that tablet computers have taken the computing world by storm. This flat baby is the latest trend in mobile devices, giving you internet capabilities, access to multimedia and communication applications on the go. With their small dimensions and lightweight design, they allow you to navigate the screen using a stylus pen or usually your finger.
Students, business professionals, housewives – pretty much everyone regardless of age, social status or technical knowledge – can take advantage of this new computing wonder. The only thing that is required is the ability to tap and swipe on the screen using your finger. Whether you want the newest or most expensive model on the market, there’s a tablet for you. However, if you’re in the cheapskate segment that wants the compact type of tablet, there’s an upcoming tablet that may give you what you need without breaking the bank.
Google, the computing giant that brought us the Android OS, is currently gearing up for the release of its next big tablet. The Nexus 7, a great tablet just a dollar short of the $200 mark, was billed as a game changer after it started shipping within two to three weeks. To sweeten the deal further, movies Transformers: Darkness of the Moon will be cast into the device, apart from Bourne’s powers eBooks, music from Coldplay and the Rolling Stones, several magazines, and a new Google Play Store category. In addition, there is a free $25 credit that can be used to buy things on Google Play.
The 12 ounce beauty runs on a very fast Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM. For its size, it has one of the fastest mobile processors, so that power alone gives you added power. Other good features include its microphone, Android Beam (NFC), accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer and gyroscope. Best of all, it will run on the latest and most awaited version of Android, version 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 is a thin, light, and portable tablet built to bring the best of Google in a slim, portable baby that fits perfectly in your hand. The stunning seven-inch display is protected by scratch-resistant Corning glass. Its 4325 mAh battery can give you up to nine hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, 10 hours of electronic reading and 300 hours on standby. It also has a 1.2MP front-facing camera, which you can use to make Skype calls and such.
The Nexus 7’s stunning, super-clear display packs a high-resolution 1280×800 display to bring your multimedia files to life. At 216 ppi (pixels per inch), your text is guaranteed to be sharper; your HD movies are clearer; and your gameplay is more dynamic and smoother.
Ease of use
Fast and responsive, this thin and light tablet is comfortable to hold. It sports a rubber back panel for better grip, and it does feel like an expensive, shiny tablet. Switching to other apps is easy – you can use touch-optimized apps like the LectureNotes handwriting app, Photoshop Touch creative app, RingCentral phone system app – plus many more at the same time. The battery life and pre-installed apps are great too.
The main thing is
Pros: Jelly Beans. Sweet price. Fast and responsive. Nice screen. Lots of freebies.
Cons: No cellular connectivity. No back camera.
If you’re looking for a classy 7-inch tablet for surfing the Internet and playing games, the $199 Nexus 7 is the ideal choice.