Nexus7 (The Google Tablet) - Digital Space

Friday, 29 June 2012

Nexus7 (The Google Tablet)


I love a good device and this one right here on top is looking like it's going to be just that. Judging from reviews upon reviews, folks seem to be super pleased with what ASUS and Google have come up with - a partnership that works.


"It measures 10.45mm (0.41 inches) thick, which is just half a millimeter thinner than the Kindle Fire -- itself no slender belle. But, crucially, it weighs much less: 340g (12 ounces) versus 413g (14.6 ounces) for the Fire. That's a very noticeable difference and it makes the Nexus 7 much nicer to carry around. Its curved edges, too, make it far more comfortable.

On the inside is an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz (though it can step up to 1.3GHz when it wants to) and paired with 1GB of RAM with either eight or 16 gigs of flash storage (doubling the capacity will cost you a $50 premium). As there's no microSD expansion here, you'll probably want to pay the extra cash. WiFi (802.11b/g/n) is your only option for data connectivity, though there's naturally Bluetooth and NFC, not to mention GPS, an accelerometer, a digital compass and a gyroscope, too." (from Engadget)


All the above suggests to anyone that this is a 2012 tablet. It runs the latest of the Android OS, version 4.1 (or JellyBean) to be precise. This in itself is a ton of joy to anyone who purchases this device because there has been some considerable clean up done to an already awesome OS, the ICS.

My only tiny issue is that the device is a WiFi-only one which means no GSM support, no 3G or 4G. That's almost a deal breaker for me because I live in a place where WiFi is not ubiquitous but with an accompanying WiFi hotspot (which some cheap Android phones carry), you are set for an enjoyable experience. So when is this thing reaching Nigeria or the rest of the world apart from US, UK, Australia for that matter? Only Google and their partners can answer that.