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$200 Google Nexus 7 Arrives
There’s yet another inexpensive Android tablet out to topple Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Google’s new 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7 is here and starts for just under $200. The device measures 10.45mm thick, weighs 340g and has a mesh-like backside with both “Nexus” and “Asus” emblazend on it. This entry is built by Asus and is a direct threat to the Kindle Fire.
While the Nexus 7 has quad cores- impressive for sure. But for mobile CPUs, more isn’t always greener on the other side. Some have bantered that Google was forced to go with quad cores to simply achieve above average frame rates under the increasingly bloated Android 4.xx OS platform. Good point indeed.
At first glance, the home screen is presented in portrait mode only and doesn’t rotate. There’s a “toolbar” of apps along the bottom, all of which are Google services apps like Play, Music, Books, and Magazines. Some will say it feels “tight” unlike iPad or the Kindle Fire.
Google’s tablet also has a Siri-like voice assistant in Android 4.1. You will definitely want to assess for yourself if its “acceptable.” While it seems to have a faster response time over Siri, other times it couldn’t understand what was being said. Weird. But again for $200, it may be worth the investment.