As expected, Google threw their hat into the ring against Apple’s iPad and the other tablet PCs last night. So will their Nexus 7 be ‘search worthy’ when you go online shopping for a new tablet?
1. Jelly Beans and Playtime
Nexus 7 has been created by Google and Taiwanese PC manufacturer ASUS to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable tablet that fits perfectly in your hand. It runs on the latest version of Google’s Android 4.1 operating system, dubbed Jelly Bean, and has been built for Google Play, the recently rebranded marketing merge of Android Market and Google Music. That means Nexus 7 can access more than 600,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies on Google Play.
The makers of Nexus 7 promise super-fast web browsing, console-quality gaming, seamless multitasking and flawless playback of HD movies and videos. And you’ll get all this functionality for under £160. Are you tempted by Google’s tablet yet?
2. Tech Specs
7-inch 1280×800 HD back-lit IPS display (216 ppi) with scratch-resistant Corning glass
198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm
8Gb or 16Gb internal storage
Up to 8 hours of active use
That’s up to 8 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or book reading, and 300 hours on standby.
Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, gyroscope
For more info, please visit the official Google Nexus 7 website at www.google.com/nexus/#/7.
3. Pricing and Availability
Google Nexus 7 goes on sale in the UK next month for £159.00 (8Gb version) or £199.00 (16Gb version). It’s available for pre-order now on Google Play at http://play.google.com/nexus7. For a limited time, Google Play are also offering £15 of credit for you to spend in their online store, as well as some nice freebies like your very own copy of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie.
4. It’s on YouTube already, obviously
Here’s the link to the new Nexus 7 promo video on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMQdfGFK5XQ) to see the Google geeks get very excited by their latest bit of tablet tech. Or simply click the video below…
As Google always say, it’s ALL about the content.
5. What the UK media think…
The British media’s initial reaction to getting some hands-on action with the Nexus 7 has been very positive, especially about its low price, but they don’t think it’s an iPad killer. Here are some of the quotes:
“The Google Nexus 7 looks like a jaw-dropping bargain”
“Google gives ‘Rip-Off Britain’ a fair price compared to U.S.”
“Apple won’t be as worried about the iPad’s latest challenger as they will be about Microsoft’s Surface”
“An SD card slot is sadly absent, which is a big omission in our eyes”
“While no match for the Retina display of the iPad 3, the screen was certainly punchy and easy to read”
“Slick and usable, but the price may be its biggest selling point”
“Google has made a tablet computer that might just worry Amazon”
For the latest news and views on Nexus 7, search on Twitter using the #Nexus7 hashtag. Or you could use Google itself, of course!
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