The Nexus 7 has the usual features of Android, as it's a stock Android device. There's no special user interface splashed on top, which is just the way I like it. It's mostly the same as our look at the Nexus 4 all those months ago now, but we'll still take you through some of the features of the 2013 Nexus 7.
One of the biggest features is that it supports Analogix Semiconductor's SlimPort to HDMI dongle, which we absolutely love. It works absolutely perfectly with the Nexus 7 and its Full HD display, which you can see in a video below.
Being able to use a Full HD-capable tablet on a Full HD TV or display is just great, and it really shows how great Analogix's technology is, as it's capable to do this from a simple, single and tiny cable.
Google Now has received some upgraded superpowers, where it can now pick up car rentals and concert tickets, as well as a reminder feature, which I actually found quite useful. I was able to say "Google Now... remind me..." and then say something like "buy some more milk at 11am" and it would set the reminder, and then remind me at 11am that I needed to pick up milk.
What makes this experience better, is using both an Android-based smartphone and tablet. I was able to set reminders from my bed on the Nexus 7, which moved into the cloud, and onto my Google account. I would forget about some of these reminders, but my Nexus 4 smartphone would go off in the morning, or whatever time I set the reminder for, reminding me of the thing I had to do.
Google Now is one of the most powerful and versatile features of Android right now, and I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's one of Google's best services.
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