Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Google Nexus 7!

Yesterday the Google Nexus 7 tablet was announced. This 7 inch tablet packs a massive one two punch. It starts at $200 for the base model ($250 for the next up) and packs the Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core +1 processor. The +1 is a fifth core that fans lovingly call Ninja core because it kicks in for low processing needs like web surfing or watching HD video to conserve on battery power. The tablet also boasts 1GB of ram, a super IPS display, a N wireless module and the latest iteration of Android called Jelly Bean. The manufacturer is ASUS and they have released 3 tablets prior to this. All three were great successes and were very well made. Additional all three are well supported as well. In fact, I'm writing this review on the ASUS Transformer Prime. But that's besides the point. This Nexus tablet is the first of its kind and will hopefully receive some tender love and care not only from ASUS but also from Google.

Why This is a Big Deal

This is the first time a high end tablet could be purchased at such a low price. Now some would suggest that the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet would both qualify for this prize, but this is not the case. Sure both had dual core processors on board which was top of the line at the time of release, but both run limited versions of a mobile operating system (Android) that are heavily customized so the user does not get a fully functional tablet without rooting the devices in questions. Not only is there some amount of specialized knowledge needed to do this, but by rooting the device you void the warranty. The Nexus 7 on the other hand not only delivers the high end quad core tablet with supporting hardware, but is also offers a fully functional mobile operating system.

My One Reservation

The one thing I do not see in the tablet that makes me frustrated is the lack of an expandable memory slot. There is no SD or microSD slot for which the user can add additional memory as needed. This is a must considering the base model comes with just 8GB of on board memory. The next model up offers 16GB of memory. The problem is that both versions the operating system takes up some of that memory. About 2.5GB is taken up by the OS. That is why I would recommend the 16GB model. Since the OS takes up the same amount of space on both the 16GB model actually delivers much more total memory available to you the user than the 8GB model does. Still, despite the lack of expandable memory slots, this tablet is still very much worth the money asked for it. Considering cloud storage will take up a lot of the slack, the memory issue isn't a huge deal.

Educational Potential

This little gem is perfect for schools. It has the right combination of price, size, and functionality. Admin, teachers, students and parents can all take advantage of a device that is portable, light and has a battery life that surpasses any laptop computer. The larger screen is bigger than a smart phone screen and offers the better functionality. For the same price of a high end smart phone under contract you get a tablet that does as much or more without the cost associated with a phone plan. Pare a bluetooth keyboard to Nexus 7 (or go without) and you have an extremely effective word processor. The research potential for students makes this an ideal device to have in or out of class. Then there is the things schools can eliminated with the introduction of the tablets. For example, rather than having very expensive and heavy textbooks the schools could use ebooks. Furthermore, the open source textbook option is an amazing and VERY low cost alternative to the traditional approach. What is more, this tablet is more than capable of providing such things as tutorial apps, interactive lessons, scientific and graphing calculators, charts and more for little to no cost. Every student could have a full set of references such as dictionaries and encyclopedias at hand too. Teachers could provide schedules and even update them so that all students and parents are aware of what is happening. Emergency notifications could be delivered to the tablets so students and teachers remain safe. Students can be called to the office or pulled out of calls without the need for the entire school to be disrupted by a general announcement that could also embrace the student in question. Essentially our schools could move out of the late 80's and into the 21st century. The best part is that the tablet or those that follow are the devices that can do this because of the low cost and high end combination.


The Nexus 7 has great potential as an entertainment devices in additional to its educational functions. The +1 on the Tegra 3 means you can browse the web and watch hours of HD footage while sipping away at battery life. Then is you want to kill some time while waiting with a game you can do that with access to hundreds of thousands of free and paid games. What is more, you aren't just limited to the Google Play store. There are other Android appstores such as Amazon and GetJar. You aren't limited in you music or video content either. If you are stuck in the Apple ecosystem you can simply port all your music and videos over at no cost since Android is compatible with many different media formats. If it isn't out of the box compatible for some of your content, there are apps that give the needed drivers to make them compatible at little to no cost. Then of course there are other options for music, audiobooks, ebooks and more. Why limit yourself to one ecosystem? I am the Kindle and Nook apps installed on my tablet and smartphone. I purchase the books I want at the best price. Same goes for music. It all centers in on my Android devices that are not limited in the least. Furthermore, if video content is your drive then you can access YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu and more. You can also bring your own digital files to the table without the need to convert them like other products such as Apple's. Back to the games thing, there are a large variety of casual and advanced games available through all appstores. Whether you want to kill a few minutes with Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, or if you want to spend more time with games such as Dead Space, Max Payne, Shadow Gun or Dark Meadows, you have plenty of options  on hand with a tablet that is built to handle the demands of them all!

Review to Come

So I'm taking one for the team here guys. I've pre-ordered the Nexus 7 16GB model and will be posting a full review as soon as I get my hot little hands on it. It is important to note that the current pre-order offer includes a bonus $25 credit for the Google Play store, so if you are interested in taking the dive without reviews that may be a nice little bonus for you. In either case, the wonders of the latest iteration of Android  combined with high end hardware is a nice temptation. I can't wait to see what other manufacturers will be offering to counter the Nexus 7. Either way, in the end guys we are the winners! I love living science fiction!

To purchase the Google Nexus 7 go to this link.


I missed this the first time, but the Nexus 7 also has a 12 core GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that makes game play and over all beauty and usability of this tablet a pleasure. Essentially, this means that the tablet is running 16 cores when your playing games or other graphic intensive functions and still gives you 8 to 9 hours of battery life! If you are considering getting a Kindle Fire, think again. This tablet is the best bang for your buck. Especially the 16GB model.

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