The Original Nexus 7

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The original nexus 7 really stirred up the tablet segment. It was the first tablet that people actually wanted to buy as an add-on device to the various laptops and ultrabooks. It is made by Google in partnership with Asus. This means a lot of things; first up, when the software vendors work with the hardware manufacturers, it creates an amazing experience. The Android devices segment is largely diverse, with Google finding it hard to keep up with every device that has android in it. And since Android is open source, any hardware manufacturer can slap android on their devices. While this is a good sign, it also creates a market where you find a lot of devices that are very similar and at the same price point, making it extremely hard to pick a good one. So, Google is trying to go the Apple way here by having control over the hardware and the software; it creates a device, where the Android System can be customized to fit the hardware, instead of slapping a one-size-fits-all software. Also, since Google is directly involved in this, it means that you’ll get all the latest android updates as quickly as they turn up.

 

Coming to the device itself, it was lauded to be one of the best Android tablets ever. It started off at a nifty price bracket of $200-$349. The price significantly dropped to $169 after the launch of the 2013 version.

Hardware

The Nexus 7 packs in a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, clocked at 1.3 GHz, coupled with 1 GB of RAM and storage options ranging from 16GB-32GB. It has WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and an optional HSPA+ radio, which would set you back by a few more dollars. Google released the Nexus 7 in a 8GB and 16GB configuration at launch, but quickly revised it to a 16GB and 32GB variants at no extra costs.
It has a front camera, which is good for all your selfies and video calls on Skype or Hangouts. The absence of a rear camera, is no deal breaker; At this price, you should be glad for the configuration that you are getting.
What’s completely absent is the option to add additional storage. The device does not feature any kind of expandable memory, which is kinda sad, since it would have made this a great all round device. The lack of expandable storage means, you need to invest in some online content provider and a good Mobile Hotspot or a WiFi connection, certainly not something nice in India, where internet connectivity is still bad. This is the same reason why Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is still biting dust in warehouses. The Kindle Fire HD is a glorified storefront for Amazon.
The Nexus 7 comes with a 4325 mAh battery which practically should be enough for a couple of days with moderate gaming, reading documents, checking social media accounts, watching videos and listening to music.
Multimedia lovers might want to sit this device out.

Software

The device runs the purest form of Android possible. Its milk directly from the cow, which means that there is absolutely no bloatware. Nothing to slow down the device. Imagine a road without any billboards hanging by the sides, or any potholes. Well, vanilla Android is like that. This is the same experience you would find across all the Nexus devices.
The best and possibly the worst thing about the Nexus line are the updates. Any new Android device gets immediately pushed to your device, which means that you would get the latest Android experience every time. The down side to this is not something everyone would tell you, but you’re a guinea pig for google. A beta-tester is a better word, but you’re still a guinea pig. The version of Android that releases is not bug free. By buying a Nexus device, you should be ready to brace all these bugs, or find workarounds for it. While it may not be any serious bugs, they’re still small blemishes, which sometimes makes the experience unpolished. Like I said in my previous posts, the Nexus line is aimed at developers and advanced users, who need to do more on their devices, and don’t care about the UI or experience. The good side of the 2012 Nexus 7 is that since the device is at least a year old; most of the crinkles have been ironed out, which means you’ll get a good experience with this device.

Verdict

If this is the first time you are buying a tablet, the Nexus 7 is good place to start. It has all the bells and whistles of a premium tablet, and coming under the INR 10,000 mark, it is certainly a great tablet for you to consider as a first timer. Unless you’re an iPad fan, in which case you shouldn’t be reading this. If you still are, I need your iPad to review.

On that subject, here are some links where you can buy the Nexus 7 from

Nexus 7 2012 16GB WiFi only

Flipkart

Amazon

Nexus 7 2012 32 GB WiFi only

Flipkart

Amazon

Nexus 7 2012 32GB WiFi with Cellular

Flipkart

Amazon

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