Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

The new Nexus 7 is a refined and powerful evolution and still the best compact Android tablet out there

30 Oct 2014
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7 in 1,920x1,200 display, 290g, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2.00GB RAM, 16GB disk

When Google launched the first Nexus 7 in 2012, it completely changed what users expected from inexpensive Android tablets. Being able to get a great screen, a powerful chipset and the very latest version of Android for £159 was a revelation. Nothing could beat it in terms of value, but the march of progress has been rapid in twelve months. Google has paid attention to its competitors and worked closely with manufacturing partner Asus to improve the Nexus 7 in almost every way for the 2013 model.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Although you could never call the original Nexus 7 ugly, the silver plastic edging around the screen bezel and dimpled rubberised chassis certainly made it feel a little toy-like. The same certainly can't be said of the slick new version, which has slimmed down to a mere 8.7mm thick. It's also lost weight, dropping from 340g to 290g. Combined with a thinner screen bezel (around 6mm from either side) you really notice the difference when holding the tablet one-handed – smaller hands will be able to hold it comfortably and it won't give you wrist ache after a train journey spent leafing through eBooks.

The top and bottom bezels are still as thick as they were before, but arguably you need this much room to stop your thumbs from obscuring the screen. The tablet even looks a little asymmetric with the black Android interface bar at the bottom, but this is just an optical illusion and one that disappears when watching videos in landscape mode.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

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