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Google Nexus 7 (2013) Tablet Review - Best Android Tablet Right Now - Look and Feel


By: | Tablets in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Look and Feel

 

The original Nexus 7 had a great feel to it, but ASUS and Google worked much harder on the refreshed Nexus 7 to get your hands all touchy feely with the new tablet. The original Nexus 7 featured a plastic build with a rubber back, but the refreshed slate now features a soft touch back.

 

It can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but most devices are these days. This isn't something that worried me because I don't look at the back of the tablet all that often.

 

ASUS has shaved some weight off of the new Nexus 7, which is down to a trim 290g for the Wi-Fi-only model (LTE adds another 9 grams of weight). Comparing this to the original Nexus 7, which weighed 340g, ASUS managed to knock nearly 20% of its total weight off, and it's noticeable.

 

The new Nexus 7 is a joy to hold in your hands, something I did for at least 1-1.5 hours at a time for a few days in a row, without my hands hurting. I found myself going into landscape mode more often thanks to the fluidity of the OS, too.

 

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The front of the Nexus 7 is mostly filled with its gorgeous Full HD+ 7.02-inch panel, with the 2-megapixel front-facing camera up top.

 

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With the Nexus 7 on its back, we have the 5-megapixel rear shooter up the top, 'Nexus' branding running horizontally in the center of the slate, and an ASUS logo at the bottom center. The back of the Nexus 7 features two quite powerful speakers, of which are great for listening to music or YouTube videos with.

 

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On the right side of the refreshed Nexus 7, we have the power button, volume rocker and microphone.

 

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On the very top of the Nexus 7 we have the usual 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack.

 

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On the bottom of the Nexus 7 we have the microUSB port for charging and syncing.

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