Google Nexus 7 2013 review: simple yet powerful

Google Nexus 7 2013 review: simple yet powerful


Nowadays, tablets are in a race to replace notebooks. Though it is close to impossible, a large number of Android tablet vendors are working upon to generate decent revenue. In such era, Google tied up with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus and brought its Nexus 7 in the market to provide a full-fledged tablet experience to the end-users. The success of the first-generation Nexus 7 gave birth to the Nexus 7 2013 which reached the market a few months ago. As the Nexus 7 2013 praised from all side, we made our mind to test its performance in reality. So here are our words on Google Nexus 7 2013 review.

Google Nexus 7 2013 review

Google Nexus 7 2013

What’s in the Box

Google Nexus 7 2013 came into the market to directly compete Apple iPad mini, but not aiming to the mid-range Android tablets by other vendors. This is the reason that Asus has not provided a large list of contents inside the retail box and instead, just provided some essentials. The retail box itself reminds us the Nexus 5 with the same cyan color tone. Underneath the Nexus 7 2013, the retail box has a USB-to-microUSB data cable, charger and a user manual. The 4G LTE version also available which comes along with a SIM eject tool for taking out the SIM tray.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013 with box contents

The box contents come along with the Nexus 7 2013 are decent enough and of good quality, but some more inputs like a screen guard or a sleeve case would make it as a deal breaker.

Its Design

Google started using simple and sober design for its Nexus devices. The same perception can easily be judged from the Nexus 7 2013. However, the manufacturer of the Nexus 7 2013 and the Nexus 5 are different, the design and looks of both the devices is quite same thanks to Google guidance. Similar to the Nexus 5, Google Nexus 7 2013 has rubberised design with jet black plastic built. There is all-plastic construction, but the Nexus 7 2013 is sturdier than some other Android tablets in its range.

The front of Google Nexus 7 2013 features a 7-inch display which has thinner bezels than the first-generation Nexus 7, we will cover the display performance in the section. Below the display, there is a notification LED which notifies on new messages and emails, missed calls, charging and others. Above the display, there are a couple of sensors – ambient light sensor and proximity sensor – and a secondary camera. Google has used Corning Fit Glass protection on the top of the Nexus 7 2013 which effectively protects from minor scratches, but we recommend a screen guard for a deeper protection. The front side of the Nexus 7 2013 is thinner than the other 7-inch Android tablets and the slimmer design helps a lot during one-hand operations. There is not a single physical key available on the front as the interface works through the on-screen keys.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013 with full-HD display

The right side has a power/lock key, volume rocker and a secondary microphone. As we are reviewing a 4G LTE variant, a SIM tray also available on the right. The keys have piano black color plastic built and perform well across all the operations. There is no control or port on the left.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013 with power/lock key, volume rocker, secondary microphone and a microSIM card slot on right

The bottom of Google Nexus 7 2013 has a microUSB port and two speaker grills.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013 with microUSB port on bottom

On the top, Google Nexus 7 2013 has a 3.5mm audio jack and another speaker grill.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013 with a 3.5mm jack and a speaker grill on top

Turning Google Nexus 7 2013 towards the rear shows us a large Nexus branding at the center and a small Asus logo is available its below. A primary camera, with a massive lens covering, is available on the top-left corner. On the downside, the rear panel does not feature an LED flash for night photography and users cannot replace the battery pack by their own.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013 with rubberised back

Overall, the designing and looks of Google Nexus 7 2013 are quite sober, similar to the Nexus 5, but appealing at first sight. The rubbery design protects from accidental slips. Most importantly, its slimness enhances the experience and enables long-hour operations.

Now turn to the next page to know about the camera capabilities of Google Nexus 7 2013.

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