You will remember that last year, I started my time at PocketDroid by writing an Apple’s user’s review of the Google Nexus 7 (2012 version). Just over a year later, I’m back to write a review of the Google Nexus 7 2013, which was sent to us by Google UK, which is a new partnership we’re really excited about.
Last year’s Nexus 7 was released to get people into the tablet world. At only £199 at release for the 16GB version, this was one of the cheapest tablets on the market with exceedingly good specs.
One year later, the market has changed. Months after the launch of the Nexus 7, Apple released the iPad Mini. This tightened their already vise like grip on the tablet market, and was, ironically, the long fabled iPad rival. Not a killer, but it has rivalled the sales of the iPad like no other tablet as managed before.
This has, thankfully, stopped manufacturers trying to build an iPad killer, and they have therefore started to concentrate on building tablets that are better in sync with the technology and software packed within them.
Nowhere is this more true than the new Google Nexus 7, and here’s why:
The build of the New Nexus 7 is an improvement over its predecessor. Where as last years had a rugged look, this year’s model looks more sophisticated and svelte. The Google Nexus 7 2013 has lost 1.91mm (0.075 inches) which doesn’t sound a lot, but is noticeable in the hand. The edges are less rounded that the previous model too, which adds to the illusion. Elsewhere, it has lost 6mm (0.2 inches) in width and added 1.5mm (0.059 inches) in length. This allows the Google Nexus 7 2013 to carry a screen resolution of 1920×1200 for full 1080p video resolution. This means it packs 323PPI, an increase of 107. This makes for stunning video and HD graphics, all powered by a 400MHz Quad-core Adreno 320 GPU.
This in itself is powered by a 1.51GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro processor, which makes for lightning fast response time on the 7 inch screen displaying Android Jelly Bean 4.3.
Playing high-end games won’t be a problem as the Google Nexus 7 2013 has 2GB of RAM, so you’re unlikely to see any lag or stalling on a fresh system.
As previously mentioned, the Google Nexus 7 2013 has slimmer dimensions which are only accentuated with a sharper design. Last year’s model was quite rounded round the edge, where as this year, we have sharper, black edges br