When the earlier version of the Google Nexus 7 launched, it was in a market dominated by expensive 10 inch tablets. The 7 inch, lower-priced Nexus was a welcome product to many price conscious users. The second generation Nexus 7 takes all the positives from its predecessor and fine tunes them, giving you a device that is lighter, slimmer, and more powerful than the previous model. However, with its 16 GB variant priced at around Rs.15000, it’s also more expensive than the older model. To help decide if the newer device is worth the premium, let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
In terms of what meets the eye, the new Nexus 7 is sleeker and lighter than the older version, with a slimmer frame that does away with the dimpled rubberized back, opting instead for a plain matte skin. While the matte plastic finish does not feel premium, it’s better at resisting scratches and fingerprints. This, along with a slightly narrow bezel along the vertical edges of the screen, and the removal of the faux metal edging from the older design, makes the second gen Nexus 7 a more compact device that is easier to both grip and carry around in comparison to the older edition.
Under the hood, the second generation Google Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.5 GHZ quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 2GB RAM. While the battery sees an upgrade as well, its power is sapped in equal measure by the newer edition’s upgraded components. However, the device still has decent battery life.
The features that stand out most in the Google Nexus 7 are its display and sound quality. The device’s 1920x1200 IPS display is definitely better than most other tablets with comparable screen sizes. The screen also displays a wider gamut of colours and has more accurate colour reproduction capabilities. It’s a joy to view images and watch videos on this device. This is supported by the tab’s stereo sound, another improvement over the older model. The tablet’s speakers have better sound quality and range than their predecessors’. However, the missing microSD slot prevents you from storing as much media as you’d probably like to on this device. You’ll find yourself limited to 16GB or 32GB of memory space, depending on which variant you're using. The Nexus 7’s pure-play Android OS, which is an improvement over the OEM skins seen in tablets from other manufacturers, is a definite plus, making the tablet rank much higher on usability than several competitors in the price range. The device’s 5 MP camera (sans LED flash) performs reasonably well. But, it’s nothing to write home about. Colour reproduction and low-light performance are average at best. However, this is offset slightly by the camera app that has several useful features that give you more control on the pictures you take.
To see a full list of specifications, see Google Nexus 7 FHD on Junglee.