Google Nexus 7 tablet review
- Premium build
- Great screen
- Improved voice search
- No expandable storage
- Wi-Fi only
- Missing some Google Play stuff
Google Nexus 7: Features
One thing it seems Google and T3 can agree on is that a tablet is no place for rear-facing cameras so the Nexus 7 sticks to a 1.2- Megapixel front-facing camera which offers decent enough clarity and quality for video calling over Skype or Google+ Hangouts.
If you’re hoping to browse the web or check emails on the Nexus 7 on the way to work, the Nexus 7 is Wi-Fi only which is immediately is going to put some off from buying one, but in a day and age where you can use your smartphone as Wi-Fi hotspot, there’s always a way around this.
Google Nexu 7: NFC
If you are planning to use the GPS, the new Google Maps now lets you save content offline to make it worthwhile to take in the car, while there’s also Bluetooth on board and Android Beam which is Google’s take on Near Field Communiations (NFC) and allows you to instantly send pictures and video and connect to NFC-enabled speakers.
When we tried this out however with the Galaxy Nexus (running on Ice Cream Sandwich) we struggled to get it working. As soon as we've updated the the phone to Jelly Bean - we'll give it another crack. Stay tuned...
NFC is still very much in its infancy, but Google at least has plans beyond paying for shopping wirelessly and transferring files between devices.
Announced at its I/O developer conference, the Nexus 7 will soon support NFC-enabled docks and speakers which could be come as important as Apple AirPlay for audiophiles.
Google Nexus 7: Android Jelly Bean
The Nexus 7 is the first Android device to run on Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS.
The very fact this is named Android 4.1 suggests the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the additions do make for a far more sophisticated user experience.
Some of the nicest new features include the improved voice search and commands which is essentially a rival for Siri but won’t tell you if your brother is at the football yet.
Instead it makes searching for facts and pictures so easy to do and the latter worked particularly well delivering an entire image gallery that you can flick through in a slideshow.
Expandable notifications means you can now interact with apps from inside the notification pull down bar to answer emails, calls or update your Twitter status which enhances an already impressive feature that Apple is clearly trying to catch up with in the latest iOS.
Perhaps the most notable addition in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is Google Now. The intelligent information service uses search and location history like working out where you work and live to give you commuting details whether travelling by car or public transport.
Everything is displayed in a slick card interface that looks very similar to the application cards we first saw with the Palm Pre.
Inevitably, this is bound to have the privacy upgrade up in arms, but in practice it is a brilliant example of how intelligent devices like this can be and are likely to become in the future.