If you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a slim chance of knowing that tablet computers have taken the computing world by storm. These flattened babies are the latest trend in mobile devices, giving you internet capabilities, access to multimedia and communication applications while on the go. With their small dimensions and lightweight design, they allow you to navigate your way through screens using a stylus pen or usually your fingers.
Students, business professionals, homemakers – virtually anyone regardless of age, social status, or technical knowledge – can take advantage of this new computing wonder. The only thing required is the ability to tap and swipe a screen using your fingers. Whether you want the latest model or the priciest one in the market, there’s a tablet fit for you. However, if you belong to the stingy segment of the lot who wants the handy tablet type, there’s an upcoming tablet that can give you exactly what you need without breaking the bank.
Google, the computing giant that brought us the Android OS, is currently gearing up for its next big tablet release. The Nexus 7, a terrific tablet that is only a dollar short of the $200 mark, is seen to be game changer once it starts shipping in two to three weeks. To sweeten the deal further, the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon gets thrown into the device, aside from The Bourne Dominion eBook, music from Coldplay and the Rolling Stones, some magazines, and a new Google Play Store category. Plus, there’s a free $25 credit to be used for buying stuff on Google Play.
The 12-ounce stunner runs on a blazing-fast Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with a 1GB RAM. For its size, it has one of the fastest mobile processors around, so that capability alone gives you an added zing. Other nifty features include its microphone, the Android Beam (NFC), an accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, and gyroscope. Best of all, it will run on the much-awaited and latest Android build, version 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean.
Nexus 7 is a thin, light, and portable tablet built to bring the best of Google in a slim and portable baby that fits perfectly in your hand. Its stunning seven-inch display is protected by a scratch-resistant Corning glass. Its 4325 mAh battery can give you up to nine hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, 10 hours of e-reading, and 300 hours of standby. It also has a 1.2MP front-facing camera, which you can use for making Skype calls and such.
The Nexus 7’s stunning and super-crisp screen packs a 1280×800 hi-res display to bring your multimedia files to life. At 216 ppi (pixels per inch), your text are guaranteed to become sharper; your HD movies more vivid; and your gameplay more dynamic and smooth.
Ease of use
Fast and responsive, this thin and light tablet is very comfortable to hold. It sports a rubbery back panel for better grip, and man it does feel like a pricey, shiny tablet. Switching to another app is a breeze – you can use touchscreen optimized applications such as the LectureNotes handwriting app, the Photoshop Touch creative app, the RingCentral phone system app – plus much, much more simultaneously. Battery life and pre-installed applications are cool, too.
Pros: Jelly Bean. Sweet price. Fast and responsive. Great screen. Lots of freebies.
Cons: No cellular connectivity. No rear camera.
If you’re looking for a classy 7-inch tablet to surf the Internet and play games, the $199 Nexus 7 is an ideal buy.