Test: Google Asus Nexus 7 (2013)

Last year’s Nexus 7 made it unnecessary to look at any other tablet with Android in the smaller format. The sequel does the same thing.

It has happened to insane much in Android plates world in just one year. Tiles in the size class of seven to eight inches is now standard, while the amount of tiotumsplattor has decreased significantly. A year ago, Google and Asus collaborate on Nexus 7 completely insanely inexpensive while still were gunpowder under the hood to hold its own against much more expensive units. During the year, there appeared a lot of contenders, but although some have been more powerful and a lot have been cheaper to have the Nexus 7 stood as a kind of golden sections of performance and price value. There we noticed when we compared small tablets for a while ago, then Nexus 7 still impressed.

During the summer, was presented this year’s Edition of Nexus 7 and now it is available also for Swedish consumers. It’s about a plate that has been updated on more or less all the points, but that still holds a relatively high class of hardware. At present, there is actually not a competitor on the Swedish market that matches the new Nexus 7 in roughly the same size, regardless of price. LG will soon with their G Pad which has slightly better specs, but also a little bigger screen and higher price tag. Otherwise, however, is the Nexus 7 alone on the track.

Always updated

Before we take on the plate itself, the Nexus-the concept should be mentioned. Then there is “Google tablet”, although Asus manufactures it, it means that the updates popping up to the plate long before they reach competitors ‘ counterparts. To find a device with Android 4.3 in the present, whether it is a tablet or phone, is not a direct simple task unless it is the Nexus of it and the same thing will be true for a long time when Android 4.4 is released in the fall.

This is a pure version of Android, without any produces shell or pre-installed apps (in addition to Google’s own time). In many cases, it is a hefty advantage, partly because you’ll get updates faster but also to avoid a lot of extra features and applications that would otherwise just taking up space. Some gadgets, such as better software for camera, free space on our site and similar you will be, of course without the. But on the whole it feels mostly positive that you can customize your device itself and, in many ways, something that raises the value a bit.

Smoother and faster

An external comparison of Nexus model new and old is like night and day. Last year’s model feels impossibly oversized, heavy and plasticky in comparison with it in every way thinner and sleeker model from this year. Build quality has clearly gone up several notch, while the more flexible format allows the plate to keep the 50-gram weight difference may not sound so much of the world, but for extended use makes weight a lot so that you don’t feel tired, particularly in the wrist.

Another new feature is located on the back, where a five-megapixel camera is found. Considering the price, it says itself that it is not a hugely sensible camera, but it is probably about the same sensor that sits in Asus’s own, somewhat cheaper, Memo Pad 7. The images are as I said no Super quality, but for easier documentation of your surroundings is the camera a lot more useful than just a video call camera.

Inside can be found system chippet S4 Pro from Qualcomm, including a quad-core processor 1.5 GHz and 2 GB RAM. It is a definite step up from the Tegra 3-chip that set in last year’s model, especially during regular use. At a bit more graphics-intensive tasks, the experience still better, but the difference is not as big as this year’s model has a lot more pixels to shovel around. It should not be said that we notice any direct slowness in apps and there are only a few really graphics-intensive games that rolls a bit sluggish at the plate, so there is a lot of force to take off.

The only thing worse is purely numerically with this year’s model is a slightly less battery. Asus and Google themselves a slightly lower battery life for the year model as well, but the fact is that we have not noticed anything like that during our test period, but rather a slightly better battery life in normal use. As an extra bonus supports Nexus 7 even wireless charging, which we had to work with both the Nokia’s that Samsung’s wireless laddplattor… even if they are not, of course, really is dimensioned for a Nexus 7 physically.

Theoretical problems

As mentioned, there are a few extra pixels for the graphics processor to keep track of this time, specifically in the form of the resolution 1920 x 1200. It can be compared with 1280 x 800 pixels, something that’s doing a lot for the sharpness of the screen. The picture quality is really nice, especially for being a cheaper flat.

However, it has been reported to be a lot of problems with peksensorerna to the screen. Asus has sent out updates that seem to have solved most of the time, but a few problems seem to remain. We have not noticed anything serious in normal use, but when we run the test application for touch screen monitors find the far more fuss than normal. That said, we have not noticed anything in common use during our test period.

Nexus 7 cost as much this year as last year, and if you want a model with connection to the cellular network in addition to wifi, you can now rejoice in the 4 g connection. Regardless of the model, you get an extremely affordable flat with surprisingly good specifications seen at right price. We have no place for the memory card and the camera can always be made better. But at the same time you will not find a better tablet with Android in the size category of “minor”, that is, around seven to eight inches and definitely not for this price.