New Nexus 7 Tablet (2013 Version)

Nexus 7 (2013 Version)I watched Google’s announcement of the new Nexus 7 live last Wednesday, eager to see what changes they were making to my favorite device. Most of them were leaked online beforehand (like the rear camera, notification light, and the 1920 x 1200 resolution that makes it the highest resolution tablet on the market). I wasn’t expecting the Chromecast, though, which I’ll save for a later post after mine arrives. 😉

So how does the new 2013 Nexus 7 compare to the old 2012 Nexus 7?

Size and appearance: The new version is noticeably thinner (8.65 mm instead of 10.45 mm). It’s also slightly less wide and slightly taller, which makes it not work with my old case while I wait for a new one. It’s also a bit lighter (290 g instead of 340 g), which makes it easier to hold with one hand. The side bezels are much smaller and the front camera has been moved from the center to off on the right side.

Screen: I was really interested to see what the 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) screen would look like compared to the old 1280 x 800 (216 ppi) screen. To be honest, it wasn’t as big of a difference as I was expecting. The screen looked beautiful before and continues to look great now.

Hardware: The new Nexus 7 comes with a much nicer processor (according to reviews; I don’t know much about mobile processors) and twice as much RAM (2 GB instead 1 GB). For me, I also gain some storage space because I had the 8 GB 2012 model and the new 2013 model is either 16 GB or 32 GB (I got the 16 GB). The new tablet feels certainly faster than my old one, which is a very nice improvement.

Audio: There are some new stereo speakers in the 2013 Nexus 7, which sound much better than the old speakers. They’re also a lot louder, so even on the lowest setting, sound might be louder than you want it to be.

Camera: I haven’t played around with the new rear-facing camera much yet, because it’s not something I really care that much about. I took a photo last night in low light conditions and it turned out pretty grainy and awful. I took another photo today in good light conditions and it turned out okay. *Shrug* It’s obviously going to be better than nothing if you don’t have another camera with you.

I loved my old Nexus 7 tablet and the new 2013 version offers some nice improvements. Highly recommended for anyone in the market for a tablet!

Google Nexus 7

Nexus 7I just realized I haven’t blogged about my tablet yet! I got my Nexus 7 four months ago, after some peer pressure at work. 😉

Prior to getting my tablet, I didn’t really see the appeal. Between my phone (Nexus S 4G) and my desktop computer, I felt like I had all of my computing needs taken care of. My phone was nice for playing games, social media, etc. while on the couch or out and about and my desktop was where I did just about everything else. Sure, it would be nice to have a larger screen on my mobile device, but would an extra 3″ make that big of a difference? Maybe a 10″ tablet would be more worthwhile?

Silly me.

My Nexus 7 has become my primary computing device. I use it for browsing the internet, playing games, emailing, social media, chatting, Google Docs, eReading, and even texting thanks to Google Voice. 7″ is a great size while still being extremely portable. I can hold it comfortably in one hand, which might be difficult for a 10″ tablet. I only use my phone for making phone calls and when I’m away from home now (my tablet is WiFi only). My desktop computer really doesn’t get used as much anymore, because I can do almost everything on my tablet, but I still use it for PC gaming, programming, and anything typing-intensive (like blogging).

One of the other things that was keeping me from getting a tablet was that I wanted it to have multi-user support, so that Nick and I could both use it. Well, he ended up getting his own Nexus 7 two months ago after seeing how much I used mine. 😛 Android 4.2 introduced multi-user support for tablets, though, so you can now have multiple users, each with their own homescreen, widgets, apps, scores, etc.

Nexus 7 CaseI got a pretty decent case for it, too: the Supcase Slim Fit Leather Case (in purple, of course!), which is only $13.99 – $17.99 on Amazon. Don’t worry if you don’t like purple; it comes in about a dozen colors. It adds a little weight to the tablet (the case is 6 oz; the tablet is 12 oz), but it’s still fairly light. All of the buttons and inputs are accessible and the tablet slides out easily when you want to take it out. The tablet is held in place with velcro, but the tablet never touches the velcro, so you don’t need to worry about scratches. There is no see-through cover over the screen; you touch the screen directly. The stand feature is a bit flimsy, but it’s good enough to serve my purposes and I don’t use the stand much anyway. The cover uses magnets to keep it closed and the tablet automatically sleeps and wakes up when the cover is closed/open.

I love my Nexus 7 and it is consistently ranked as the best 7″ tablet, so if you’re looking for a good last minute Christmas present or something to spend your gift cards on, I’d recommend the Nexus 7 tablet. It starts at only $199!