Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Nexus 7

The New 7" tablet from Google

I have a tween in my house.

 He spends most of the time we are in the house staring at a screen of some sort, conversing with his friends in a language I no longer understand.

I have come to accept that it is the day in which we live! 

Whether for school work, social media or relaxing, this is the arena in which I have come to look for excellence and suitability for my children when making purchases. If I am to spend money on something it needs to be fit for purpose and  good value for money

We have been looking into purchasing a tablet for some time now and this imminent new release from Google has caught my eye. They are priced very competitively starting at around £199 for the 16GB model. This has been billed as a serious competitor for the ipad mini and at the more attractive price I will certainly be considering this instead.

Nexus 7 comes via Android . One of the main benefits for us is that you can share your tablet with your family and friends giving each one a separate customisable space including homescreens, wallpaper, apps, storage etc. This would be ideal for our family and just what I am looking for with 3 growing kids and not the budget or inclination to buy them one each .

This new Nexus 7 tablet is a sleek and simple design. It has a slim body with a thin bezel and a soft touch matte back. It sits easily in the palm of your hand and it looks comfortable to handle. 

Another attractive feature is it's weight, which comes in at just 0.64llbs. This makes it extremely portable and you would be able to slip it into just about any bag. Ideal for my eldest son's long bus ride to and from school.

There are plenty of great cases available to protect and transport this gadget via MobileFun

It has up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing - even for tween standards that is pretty good! It is almost twice as fast as it's predecessor which would be a huge plus point with my kids.

The Nexus 7 is just perfect of course for gaming and with the tilt, tap and touch options it is easy to operate. It has a new Play Games App that lets you track your achievements, play with or against your friends around the world and explore new games. My eldest son goes to a school where many of his friends are some distance away. He could feel isolated at weekends and during holidays and this would be a way in which he could keep in touch .

There are of course the options of e.books, radio and songs so if I ever got a look in there would be plenty to keep me entertained.

The Tech Specs

  • The Nexus 7 is made by Asus . 

  • It has a quad core Qualcomm snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. This means everything runs faster and the 3D graphics are dynamic and smooth. 

  • You are able to stay connected wherever you are with it's dual-band WI-Fi with the added option of 4GLTE with support for hundreds of networks worldwide.

  • It is a nifty little package that comes in a 114 x 200 x 8.65mm size. It has 0.64lbs of Wi-Fi and LTE. 

  • The bright and clear display is a smart 7.02" 1920 x 1200 HD scratch resistant screen.

  •  It has a battery that gives up to 9 hours of active use and it has wireless charging and QI compatibility .

  • The camera is 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus or 5MP rear facing auto focus. It gives fantastically clear and detailed images .

  • It has stereo speakers and surround sound that is powered by Fraunhofert

  • The processor is a CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro, 1.5GHz and GPU, Adreno 320, 400 MHz. It has dual-band wifi ( 2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n with Andoid beam and bluetooth.

  • You can choose 16GB or 32 GB internal storage with 2GB of RAM.There is optional 4G LTE

  • This Nexus 7 tablet has micro USB and is simport enabled.

  •  It has 3.5 mm audi and a microphone. 

  • It has power and volume buttons. 

  • It also features GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, compass and ambient light.

Here is a pretty comprehensive look at the new Nexus 7 from Android Central on You Tube ,if you are interested in finding out more.

I certainly have been impressed by what I have seen of this tablet and think it is a far more attainable price than it's competitors. 

You can pre order , but it should be available from mid September in the Uk. The release date in the US was the 30th July.

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  1. Certainly seems a good alternative to the Ipad mini (my friend has one and is in love with it!). Problem is if we had one we'd all be arguing over using it!Our kids are permanently glued to their devices too - I've given up!(having said that my tween is at this minute reading a 'normal book!' - nice to see! xx

    1. I find it such a hard thing to balance! Trying to understand it is how they live now but wanting them to communicate normally too! Reading a book on handling teenagers at the moment! X