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New Nexus 7 hands-on review: First impressions of the brand new tablet

By and Amie Parker-Williams
It's safe to say that last year's Nexus 7 was a success. It managed to break Apple's stranglehold on the tablet market and drove prices down for future devices.

Now the Asus Nexus 7 is back, in even more powerful form. Revised specs including a new screen, internal hardware and a low £199 price tag (from $229 in the US) makes this a tempting device.


We haven't spent enough time with it yet to post a proper opinion, hence the hands-on review treatment and our preliminary impressions.

Due out on August 28, the new Nexus 7 will likely be pitted straight against Apple's next-generation iPad mini, if it ever gets released.

One arrow in the Nexus 7's quiver, along with the price, is its screen. At 1200 x 1920 pixels, the 7-inch IPS display is one of the nicest we have seen on a tablet.

Early testing suggest good viewing angles and a bright but balanced colour palette. Expect this to be a great portable means of watching movies.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

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The back of the new Nexus 7



The stereo speakers are also a touch louder than on the previous model, which should come in handy for music and movie playback.

The new Nexus 7's build quality appears to be good. The matte black plastic back has a more premium appearance, without the dimple effect of the last model.

There is a fairly hefty bezel around the tablet's screen, but it still fits in a pocket. At 290 grams, it's also very light.

Android 4.3 runs nice and smooth, and we particularly like the ability to snap 360-degree images. Using the tablet's rear mounted 5-megapixel camera, you can capture Google Street View-style photographs.

The camera is also a handy addition over the last tablet. While we haven't had long enough to say if it's any good or not, at least you can take photographs should you need to.

The 1.3-megapixel unit on the front of the new Nexus 7 appears to be of a fairly good quality, which is handy for those who want to use the device for video calls.

The Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor does its bit to keep the tablet chugging along quickly, and Android is now so snappy an operating system that it feels as lag-free as iOS and Windows Phone.

All in all, the new Nexus 7 is shaping up to be a very good device indeed. Some might prefer the slightly slicker design of the iPad mini, which is only a touch more expensive.



If there is one issue we could spot with the Nexus 7 so far, it's that a large percentage of the included storage is taken up by Android. A whole 6GB is missing from a 16GB device, which doesn't leave you with a huge amount of free space to play with.

Opting for the 32GB version bumps the price ever closer to the iPad mini, which, from our first play with the Nexus 7, feels like more of a quality product. That said, Android fans will love the flexibility that the skin-free operating system on the Nexus 7 provides.

Expect a full review of the new Asus Nexus 7 closer to its release date.

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