The New Google Nexus 7

The New Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet – July 2012

Google has just released a tablet by Asus, that it helped design:   the Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 operating system, Nvidia Quad core Tegra 3 processor and 12 core GPU.  The tablet is priced at $199 for the eight (8) gig model; $249 for the 16 gig model and has a seven inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.  It provides a seven inch screen area and weighs just 12 ounces.

The Nexus tablet has support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB port and NFC (New Field Communication); NFC allows the tablet to support mobile transactions such as credit card payments, transportation, ticketing, physical access, etc.  This is the really cool part of this new device.  It runs faster than the Kindle with its Nvidia Quad core Tegra 3 processor and has  battery life of some nine (9) hours of video playback and 300 hours on standby (beats the iPad).     Some of the negatives are:  no cellular connection, or micro SD card slot; and no rear camera.    The memory is not expandable.

The Nexus 7 provides Google Chrome and integrates the Goggle Service apps:   Google Play, Music, Book, Maps, Gmail, Google Plus, etc.   The devices includes some artificial intelligence features  and is able to answer some questions as well as Google Now ability to present relevant information to you such as schedule and location.    It is lacking in applications and has fewer choices for music, movies, or TV shows than the iPad.   However, this tablet is a good choice for the budget conscious consumers who want a tablet that is lightweight, easy to carry and use and who like Google applications, cloud services and content.

The mobile markets have been primarily driven by consumers and this is one that will please many buyers.  In the market,  Microsoft is now promising a new release of the Surface tablet running the new Office 15 in the cloud and a full blown version of MS 8 so the tablet will operate like a real laptop.  If the pricing is right, corporate markets will want to take a serious look.   Also,  Apple is rumored to be coming out with the mini iPad with a 7.85 screen size and lower price tag.

M. Ash 07/16/2012

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