Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Nexus 7:"The Ipad Mini killer" Review

Apple Ipad Mini and the Nexus 7

Step aside Apple there is a new kid on the block and this time he is not coming from the Samsung camp, but from Asus, the makers of the renowned Nexus 7 -seven (7'') inch tablet. As of late, interest has been growing in the field of the seven (7'') inch devices and mini versions of our popular smartphones, so too has the interest in the 7 inch form factor tablets. Apple was once king of the hill but the nexus 7 is beating the Apple Ipad Mini at its own game and captivating audiences.

Asus Google Nexus 7

A small power house.

The Asus Nexus 7 that runs on the Google android operating system does not support  cellar features unless you opt for the cellular version, this review is based on the regular non cellular version. The Nexus 7 sports a single 1.2 Mega Pixel front facing camera that is not used for taking pics but for making video calls over popular video calling programs such as: Microsoft Skype.This camera is able to shoot full 720p video and the device has no secondary cameras, which would have been a welcomed addition for shooting still shots.

The main screen is a capacitive  LED IPS LCD with a resolution of 800x1280 pixels that makes for a beautiful display. While this display is no retina display as can be found on Apple devices for what it is this screen makes for a beautiful and crisp video playback.There is no need to worry about the device breaking easily either as the Nexus 7's screen is made from Corned gorilla glass which is quite durable and resilient.

The device comes in at a height of 7.81 by 4.72 inches, with a thickness of 0.41 inches. The device weighs only 12 ounces and due to its form factor makes for a beautiful carry along device that can be placed in a purse or hand bag or even in a pocket effortlessly.

The device boasts a Quad core Cortex A9 CPU ruining at 1.2 GHZ, yes you heard me right a quad core CPU, which makes gaming and other task as smooth as butter.Just when things could not get any  better this device pulls out the big guns with a ULP Geforce gpu from Nvidea and supports the Nvidea Tegra 3 architecture which makes this tablet a excellent choice for all around mobile gaming.

Other bells and whistles that this device supports include: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi support, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, 1 gig of ram and comes in 8/16/32 gigs variants based on your storage needs, a build in loud speaker, Bluetooth 3.0 support, micro USB 2.0 and near field communication capability.
Rear view of the Nexus 7

Short falls of this device

This device in all its glory does not include a rear or back facing camera, no cellular features unless you are buying that version that includes it,no GARS or edge capability,No memory card slots for extending the storage capacity and it only comes in good old black.


Due to its size the nexus 7 will fit into your pocket easily and excels at one handed use unlike the Ipad Mini that a bit wider and misses the perfect grip mark because of this. the matted plastic of the exterior of the nexus 7 makes for a easier grip and because of this plastic exterior the nexus 7 is less of a fingerprint magnet.The quad core processor makes everyday tasks zippy and this device will be able to easily handle your games and other tasks.
The show stopper "tan, tan, tan!!!" is that the Apple Ipad Mini retails for about $340 while the Nexus 7 comes in at $194 dollars, a steal in my opinion.


The choice is clear and there is only one victor here, as the while the Ipad Mini does have its merits such as: the retina display with a greater colour saturation and built from better durable premium materials, the nexus 7 blows that out of the water by coming in a more affordable price point and gives unrivaled performance with just some slight inadequences that can be work around. so if you are in the 7 inch tablet market and you are stuck between the two choice, the Nexus 7 will provide you with incredible performance at a fraction of the price of a Ipad Mini. If you would like to order or learn more about the Nexus 7 click here.

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