I wanted to wait until I really lived with the Nexus 7 (2013) before writing my review. Then I heard a new version of the software was due (Android 4.4 Kitkat) so I thought I’d wait (this was a massive waster of time but more on that in the software section). So here finally is my Nexus 7 (2013) Review.
I bought the first nexus 7 in the 8GB version a month or so after it came out and enjoyed it on the whole, but I did very much regret opting for the smaller memory version. So this time I opted for the 32GB version.
The screen is defiantly the place to start when talking about the new Nexus 7. The first Nexus was designed as a budget tablet, so while the screen was adequate, it never shone when using it as a media device. Not so much with the new version. The cost increase seems to have gone largely into this screen and it was worth it. The screen is full HD and beautiful to behold, watching movies on it really feels like you are holding a movie screen in your hands. The quality of the screen just shines through whatever you are using it for: games, looking at pictures, watching movies. There is an issue with the new screen however, and that is it seems to be less responsive and accurate than the original, not in a horrific way, but I have to repress occasionally, and if I was using this tablet for a lot of typing or precision work I imagine it would become an issue.
The sound is another area where the new Nexus 7 is a significant improvement over its predecessor. The sound on the original was only good for alert notifications, the speakers on this new version are good enough to watch a movie in a reasonably quiet room. That’s not to say you can throw out your stereo system for your next party, but for watching movies or YouTube clips it does a lovely job.
A strength in the Nexus line is its connectivity. The WiFi chip is great picking up the smallest scrap of signal. The Blue tooth is finally upgraded to Bluetooth 4.0 LE opening up a lot of options for the new raft of fitness trackers (still not the Fitbit range though). There is of course NFC, a technology which has yet to see its day but I hope is coming.
I recently got the upgrade to KitKat after a month of waiting and I wished I hadn’t waited before writing the review! That’s not to say I don’t like KitKat because there is nothing to like. Since Jelly bean Android has been wisely moving its features out into the app store so those using a skinned version of android can get them, but what this means in practice is the only difference between Android Jellybean and KitKat is the signal strength bar is white instead of blue!!
There is nothing wrong with Jelly Bean, it is an operating system that has come of age, there can be no higher validation of this than the amount of features and design elements Apple “borrowed” for thier new version of iOS. Everything is easy to find and simple to customise I truly believe Android is currently the best operating system for for any mobile devices available at the moment
To sum up the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is the best 7 inches tablet available. It holds its own against the Amazon Fire HD for media content and it is much more versatile, and Apple has yet to impress me with any of the 7 inch models. Their increased price tag doesn’t make for a better tablet.
Oh for those of you wondering about why I haven’t mentioned the camera the front camera is solid but no one needs a rear camera on a tablet, stop using them to take pictures people, you look like idiots!
The screen is lovely and worth the upgrade on its own, and the sound improvement is nice. So in short I’m very happy with my new Nexus 7!