Last week Google unveiled the new 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 along with Android 4.3 the next version of Google’s mobile software. Though the device isn’t yet available in the UK, here’s five different reason why I think you should wait.
As far as 7-inch tablets go, you’ve got a handful of choices, there’s Google’s exsisting 2012 version of the Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, Apple’s iPad Mini, and HP’s Slate 7, all of which are fantastic tablets in their own right, but are nothing, in my opinion, compared to the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7.
Here are five reason why I think you should get the 2013 edition and ditch everything else.
1, Android, it’s a fantastic platform.
Since switching to Android all those years ago I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t found it sooner. Sure, the iTunes App Store has way more apps, and iOS is usually favoured by developers but Android is much more open and you can really make it your own. Without even entering the Google Play store you’re given a plethora of Google’s own apps such as Gmail, Google+, Google Play Music, Chrome, Google Earth, Google Maps, and Hangouts, Android also backs up most of your information to their databases so if you switch device, it’ll remember all of your contacts.
With that being said, Android has much more freedom for Apps to access certain details such as your contacts and system settings allowing apps like G Cloud Backup to keep a record of all of your calls, system settings, and even wallpaper. With Android 4.3, the latest update, you’ve also got total control of what each app does as well as separate user profiles for those of you who have kids and don’t want them spending £1,000 on in-app-purchases.
Customisation is amazing also, you can add widgets for Twitter and Facebook so you can access your feeds on the go, there’s a massive collection of clocks, and you can arrange apps however you wish. Compared to Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and Apple’s iPad there’s a considerable amount of difference.
The new Nexus 7 comes with considerable improvements over the previous model and it’s also considered the highest resolution 7-inch tablet available with 323 pixels per inch. It’s thinner and lighter than the previous model too weighing only 290g with an ultra-thin 8.65mm profile. In terms of speed it’s clocked at 1.5Ghz with a Snapdragon Quad Core processor complete with 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB memory.
More about the specs and the price can be found here.
Unlike most other Android handsets that require Android updates to be tweaked and reviewed before be released, Google’s own Nexus devices are given special treatment when it comes to updates meaning that they get them before anyone else, in it’s purest form.
The Nexus 4, 7, and 10, all come with “Vanilla Android” which means that no manufacturer has fiddled with it, what you get is what Android is supposed to be. There’s no sign of Samsung’s TouchWiz nor HTC’s Sense.
This is one of the main reasons I bought my Nexus 4, I’m a sucker for the latest models and updates and knowing I get them before everyone else gives me false sense of superiority.. this is probably why I have few friends.
4, Stereo Speakers
Music is a huge thing in my life, I’m often found with an earbud in my ear or music on in the office, the new Nexus 7 comes with dual stereo speakers powered by Fraunhofer Cingo mobile audio technology which blares out 5.1 virtual surround sound, with or without headphones. With that being said you’ll need to take advantage of some of the available Nexus 7 covers so you don’t muffle the sound in your lap.
5, The Price
The 2012 Nexus 7 set the bar for 7-inch tablets. Starting only £159 the original Nexus 7 began as the cheapest 7-inch tablet on the market causing competitors like Amazon to price their tablets at a similar price. The New Nexus 7 is a little more expensive than £159 with the 16GB model priced at around £200 and the 32GB model being priced at £239 which isn’t a bad price at all for the quality in design and the highest resolution 7-inch tablet around.
Though these are my own opinions as to why I think you should buy the new Nexus 7, I’d love to know your thoughts on whether people looking at buy a 7-inch tab should, or shouldn’t get the Nexus 7. Leave a comment below!