Google recently released a new version of their Nexus 7 tablet computer, commonly called the Nexus 7 2 or the Nexus 7 2013. Here is an overview of the new version.
What is the Nexus 7?
Google’s Nexus brand of mobile devices are what they consider to be the benchmark devices for their Android operating system. They are what Google envisions as being the ‘best’ tablet or phone for Android, at the time of release for the device. These tablets come with a version of Android most users refer to as ‘Vanilla’ or ‘Stock’. There are no fancy overlays like those added to Samsung or HTC devices, meaning it offers the most basic, or ‘stock’, version of Android.
Aside from having top of the line, or near top of the line components, these Nexus devices are the first to receive Android updates, usually within a day or two of when they are released by Google. This means Nexus devices are always running the latest and greatest OS; in this case, Android 4.3. Compare this with some older phones that are still running a two year old version of Android.
The Nexus 7 is Google’s mid-size tablet. At slightly over 7 inches (measuring diagonally), the tablet is designed to be more mobile than bigger competitors, while still offering the same functionality. For the last year or so 7 inch tablets have been the fastest selling size.
Business users who are looking for a powerful tablet that they can easily take with them to keep in touch with the office, answer email, and do light document editing will find this tablet useful. Those who want a more powerful solution, or to be able to access their computer and systems, may want to look elsewhere. Think of the Nexus 7 2013 as the perfect tool for the commute, or short trips where you don’t need a full laptop.
Important Tech specs
As with any tech device, the manufacturer (in this case Asus) and Google love to tout a wide spectrum of technical specs to wow and dazzle the user. Here are the specs that will mean the most for business users:
- Screen – The display on this new device measures in at 7 inches with the total device being 7.87 x 4.49 inches. Most users will be able to hold it in picture mode in one hand, but it is better held in landscape mode. The display itself has a pixel density of 323 which puts it well ahead of any other tablet currently on the market. Images, text, video, etc. will be sharp and very easy to read and view.
- Battery life – From tests and reports, the device will last at least 9 hours with moderate use (email, multimedia, etc.) This should be more than enough to get you through the work day, but you will need to charge it at night.
- Hard drive size – The Nexus 7 currently comes with 16 or 32GB of storage.
- Processor – There is a 1.5 GHz processor which is more than powerful enough to run every app currently available.
- Connectivity – The base 16GB model is equipped for Wi-Fi only, while the 32GB model is available in two versions, Wi-Fi only and an LTE version that can connect to 4G mobile networks
- Operating system – With the release of the new Nexus 7, Google also released an updated version of Android – 4.3. This update introduces a number of small fixes that improve the functionality of Jelly Bean (Android’s current operating system)
The Nexus 7 2 is currently available in the US and will soon be available in more countries including Australia, the UK and Canada. The 16GB model costs $229, with the 32GB version running $269. There is no difference between these two models, aside from the amount of storage. The LTE-enabled 32GB version runs $349.