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The Nexus 7 is Google’s first foray into the tablet market. There have already been a host of tablets that have utilized Android as their operating system of choice, but this one is made by Asus and branded by Google. It is therefore a flagship device designed to show off Android to its full potential. The Apple iPad has so far owned the tablet market, but the Nexus 7 has now entered the fray in a big, bold way.
I have already argued the case for the Nexus 7 being real competition for the iPad thanks to its price, its size, and Jelly Bean. Since then the Nexus 7 has made its way into the hands of tech bloggers, hardware junkies, and ordinary consumers. Many of whom have seen fit to review the device and publish their thoughts and feelings on the Nexus 7 to YouTube.
The Verge takes a detailed look at the Nexus 7, with particular attention paid to new features present in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). In summing up Josh Topolsky calls the Nexus 7 “incredible,” not only at this $199 price point, but at any price point. He falls short of suggesting you buy this over an iPad, but only because developers need to start taking Android tablets seriously.
Pocketnow makes us sit through a short (but still lame) unboxing before they get to the review, which is, after all, what we tuned in to see. The review is good though, with sections dedicated to both the hardware and the software before it’s all wrapped up with some solid conclusions. They’re big fans of the 7-inch form factor thanks to how light and portable it makes the tablet, but aren’t keen on other aspects of the Nexus 7.
Phone Arena gives the Nexus 7 a very thorough going over in the same style as it does all the phones and tablets it reviews. Two complaints from Phone Arena (and from many other people) are the lack of a rear-facing camera and no expandable memory slot. Despite these reservations this is a positive review, especially when that oh-so-appealing price point is kept clearly in mind.
The BGR Show
The BGR Show delves deeply into Jelly Bean, with a look at some of its core functionality. The hardware also gets thoroughly tested, all by a guy wearing a baseball cap back to front. Ignoring the obvious sartorial faux pas, this is a solid, to-the-point video review which ends with the pronouncement that the Nexus 7 “blows the Kindle Fire out of the water.”
CNET only gives the Nexus 7 a first look review rather than a full in-depth testing. But it’s still worth watching to get a brief overview of the features the Google tablet offers. CNET puts this up against the Kindle Fire rather than the iPad, clearly deeming the Apple tablet head and shoulders above the best Google has to offer. Rightly or not.
The Gadget Show
The Gadget Show offers up a short-but-sweet video review mostly filled with facts rather than opinion. According to the reviewer the Nexus 7 “is small, relatively cheap, and offers great performance.” They also suggest this tablet is “terrific value for money” despite the aforementioned lack of expandable memory or support for Flash.
Mommy Loves Tech
Mommy Loves Tech is, as the name suggests, a YouTube channel hosted by a mom who loves technology. You can tell she’s a mom by the fact her child actually appears in the video while she sits there reviewing the Nexus 7. This is a review for the mainstream or casual user, with all the basics covered in a very simple manner. The Nexus 7 scores 4 out of 5 on the ‘Mommy Loves Meter’. No, seriously, that’s what it’s called.
Mobile Tech Review
Mobile Tech Review offers us the lengthiest video review of the Nexus 7 on the list. Thankfully it’s relatively free of waffle despite its length, with many features looked at in great detail. There are even some benchmarks and statistics quoted for those who pay more attention to the facts and figures rather than words and images. “It’s one of the nicest 7-inch tablets on the market” sums up this review nicely.
There we have it, eight video reviews of the Nexus 7 from a mixed range of sources. Some are long, some are short… some offer nothing but a brief overview of the device while some offer deep insights of both the hardware and software. All offer an opinion – hopefully an honest and unbiased one – that could and should help you decide whether to buy the Google nexus 7 or not.
Have you already purchased the Nexus 7? If so, what do you think of it? If not, is it something you’re considering buying in the near future? What is holding you back from making the final decision to place your money down? Are you just a happy iPad owner who really doesn’t see the appeal of this young pretender? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.