To Buy Or Not To Buy? – 8 Google Nexus 7 Review Videos

Dave Parrack 08-08-2012

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 Why The Nexus 7 Is Competition For The iPad [Opinion] Google unveiled the Nexus 7, its long-awaited foray into the burgeoning tablet market, at Google I/O last month. The combination of hardware, design, and price took many by surprise, with all three of these components... Read More 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

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

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.

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  1. Donna B
    January 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I'm looking for a new Android tablet for the kids. Is this the best? They use iPads in school. I try to keep one of each OS available for them so they have their choice of device and can learn all there is about each platform. I'm running short with the MS Surface though, I think Apple and Google have the tablet market sewn up. i was wondering about the lack of expansion and no rear camera, if it is that big of a deal. Input? Thanks

  2. denny Gl
    August 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    does it cost very high if google had added a memory card slot

  3. Greg
    August 9, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Thanks a lot Dave!

  4. Dave
    August 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    My real question is does the GPS work without Wifi? It seems like it should since the specs show it as native to the device. If thats so then i think just buying one of these for my car at $199 is a much better investment than a Tom Tom at around the same price.

  5. joefitness
    August 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    For $200 it's definitely on my radar!

  6. Jorge Olenewa
    August 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for posting links to these review videos, but frankly I am tired of the complaints about the Nexus 7. I have one and have no serious problems at all with it. I also own an iPad and love it just as much.

    If the Nexus 7 is not the right tablet for you, don't buy it, period, but stop badmouthing it. It is a fine piece of hardware and software and is the best deal and best performing tablet in this form factor.

    Android 4.1 is a fine OS. Google play has all the apps that I can possibly want (I use my tablets for business and as an eReader). For taking pictures and movies, I use a real camera. If you need a 10.1-inch display for taking pictures or videos, be my guest and buy a large tablet. The front-facing camera on the Nexus is good enough for its purpose and I use my own personal cloud for offline storage, so the 16 GB on my Nexus is far from being a limitation. Besides, using cloud storage also means that I do not have to worry about copying files between devices.

    No 3G or 4G? No problem! If I really need to download anything, I can use my iPhone to create a temporary Hotspot and be instantly connected. Whenever I have time to watch a movie, I would much rather be in front of my 47-inch HDTV, not my tablet, and if I am travelling so much that I need to carry that many movies with me, then $99.95 for a Hyperdrive and a few 32 and 64 GB USB drives would more than cover my needs.

    Listening to music? I have a 32 GB iPhone, so I don't need my tablet for that. The Nexus 7 is great when I am presenting or teaching. It comes with document readers that allow me to keep all my PowerPoint notes at hand.

    Do you have different needs? Then do your research and buy something else if it's a better fit for you, but don't buy a cheap Android tablet, because they don't even allow you to download apps or anything else from Amazon or Google Play. I needed a solution now, not when and if Apple decides to introduce a 7-inch tablet and the Nexus 7 fit the bill perfectly.

    Is the iOS better than Android? Yes, without question. Does that bother me or prevent me from being able to do what I need in any way? No!

    If you are still trying to decide whether the Nexus is the best solution for you, I hope this helps.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Some nice advice. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I always advise people to do some heavy research before buying any hardware. Watching video reviews is a particularly good idea as it helps give visual context to the spec sheets.

  7. Will W
    August 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    looks like it's pretty sweet. i have heard several people who've gotten one or at least played with one, that say its a very nice device... as long as you can get past "TouchWiz". lol

  8. Vipul Jain
    August 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    specifications of a $600 tablet, priced at $200-250, powered by latest Jelly Bean by Google & rigged by ASUS.
    Do you really need a review to decide whether you should buy it or not? :D

  9. Aditya Roy
    August 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Am almost sure that i want a nexus 7 but now maybe i will wait for Sony Xperia tablet's specs to be announced.

  10. Lambvolution
    August 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

    i prefer samsung galaxy note 10.1 than nexus.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Do you mean the Galaxy Note (a phablet with a 5-inch screen) or the Galaxy Tab 10.1?

      • Lambvolution
        August 9, 2012 at 1:38 am

        Galaxy 10.1 of course

  11. Rigoberto Garcia
    August 8, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Great collection of reviews Dave. I think the Tablet Nexus will be a great mobile device and it would be prudent to consider whether we are evaluating equipment to buy one with that size availability and characteristics.

  12. Chris Hoffman
    August 8, 2012 at 2:39 am

    MakeUseOf's Chris Hoffman says: Buy!

    Flash is actually doable, but not officially supported. I've written a tutorial about it elsewhere.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 2:44 am

      I guess it would be inappropriate to link to the elsewhere but I happen to value the judgment of MakeUseOf's Chris Hoffman :)

    • Bob
      August 8, 2012 at 3:25 am

      Interesting to see reviews saying it's a great buy, with quality problems
      screen serparation & creaking, blacklight bleeding, dead pixels, touch detection issues, dead microphone, going to be alot of returns

      • Chris Hoffman
        August 8, 2012 at 4:07 am

        Many people haven't really had problems.

  13. S V Swamy
    August 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for a nice round up of the various reviews. It is clear that it is a good product. More than the lack of a rear camera, the absence of a removable memory may put off some potential buyers (this may not be a big issue if the tablet supports a usb pendrive).

    It is being sold in India but I am not sure that it is serviced / supported here. That is one factor that makes me hesitate to go and get it.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 2:31 am

      I would definitely make sure of the small print before you buy. Perhaps Google will add all the missing features in the next version. In which case I can see it being a true must-buy.

    • Bruce Thomas
      August 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

      Indian customers probably have to call the U.S. for technical support. How ironic!

  14. Bob
    August 8, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Bought a Nexus 7 returned it the next day, the only pro is the fast processer & wifi.
    Jelly Bean kills this product, no flash support, limited video & audio format support,
    unable to transfer documents over usb, had to email them. Poorly built compared to something like the Blackberry Playbook, which is a far better tablet, to bad limited
    apps. Also found the screen poor for ebook reading. Only tablet I haven't been able
    to transfer my music. I have no idea why the Nexus 7 is getting good reviews
    I'm not a Apple fan boy put I have an Iphone 4 which does everything better than this.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 2:30 am

      It's clearly not perfect but something had to give at that price point. Comparing a 7-inch tablet with a 3.5-inch iPhone is a little like comparing apples with oranges.

    • Timothy Liem
      August 8, 2012 at 2:36 am

      considering its cheap price, it's a great product. I don't know about the errors you experienced, but I once got in touch with my friend's Nexus 7 and it operated well.

    • muotechguy
      August 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

      I'm curious - define how the iPhone is better than Nexus 7. Like, in terms of speed? Computing power? Usability? Interface fluidity?

    • bubu
      August 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      all your complaints are ridiculous and unjustified. You complained about lack of flash and USB transfer then concluded iPhone 4 can do better. Better at what? IPhone 4 don't have any of these features either. Therefore what you accused of Nexus 7 is wrong and biased. I've 2 IPhone (3G and 4GS), an IPad 2 and IPod 4. They all work perfectly but they don't have Adobe flash player,SD slot and file transfer conveniences like my Samsung galaxy 2. I admit that it`s a pity that Nexus 7 doesn't have all the things like previous Android but Adobe is killing flash for mobile any way. Also, Nexus 7 is excellent at what it does: fast processor, brilliant bright screen, light and mobile, easy multitasking,no crashing and slow down, excellent battery usage compared to SG2. Moreover, if you like flash that much, just use Firefox browser and side load flash player, flash still works there, slow but work, or rooted your device if you're desperate. I'm using Nexus 7 to type this message.

      • Emmanuel
        August 9, 2012 at 5:44 am

        When referring to multitasking. The only mobile device on the market that does "true" real-time multitasking is the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook operating system is based on QNX Neutrino RTOS. RTOS stands for Real Time Operating System. Real Time Operating Systems like QNX are commonly found in Real-Time embedded systems like medical equipment, military equipment, embedded computers controlling nuclear power plants around the world, Cisco System routers and switches, GPS, cruise control in your car and so on.

        The QNX Neutrino micro-kernel found running the PlayBook is a real time kernel that makes it possible to do true mult tasking and multi core processing all in real time without pausing any apps and process in the background. That means you can run multiple apps all at once simultaneously with out pausing a single app in the background and still run. For an example you can play a video, browse the web, play a console like HD game, record a 1080p video and have multi other apps running simultaneously at once in real time without pausing any thing on the PlayBook. That's the power of QNX. No other Smart-Phone or tablet on the market can achieve that but BlackBerry.

        Running multiple apps on iOS and Android it not multi tasking because iOS and Android are not real time operating systems like QNX. When you try run a few apps simultaneously on iOS or Android the apps pause in the background while you have one app active that your currently using. running and pausing apps is not multi tasking only QNX can do real multitasking.

        • neal kelley
          October 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

          If black berry is so wonderful.. why is it on the verge of going out of business?

        • Emmanuel
          October 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

          First of all you need to get your facts right. It seems your facts are so dated that you are making your self look like a fool. I can post links and show my proof, facts, claim and documents right now if you want me to about the last news about RIM. Besides RIM is far from being in the same place as HP/Palm. RIM has NO debt and has billions of dollars to spend. RIM's BlackBerry user base has grown from 70 million to 80 million in a short period of time. Thats 10 million users add all ready! RIM currently has over 105,000 apps in the BlackBerry Appworld and its still growing. RIM will have more apps at launch than any other mobile platform on the market for the new BlackBerry 10 which will be released in three months. BlackBerry 10 phones will be full touch screen with a higher pixel density than iphone 5 retina display, comes with real time true multi tasking, NFC, lots and lots and massive catalog of BB10 apps. Still have top of the line security like the FIPS-140-2, etc. There is also 2GB quad core Full touch screen BlackBerry phone being developed right now. So by what i said proves you wrong. People must still buying Blackberries if the user base increased up to 10 million users added. Like i said i have proof of every thing i have told you. So saying RIM is dying is false and is NOT a fact! RIM is just going through a transition, thats all.

    • neal kelley
      October 16, 2012 at 7:47 am

      i am not sure why you feel it has limited video support. I downloaded free apps to deal with that.. i now can play almost any video format out there...

  15. Zenphic
    August 8, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I would love to have a Nexus 7. Its form-factor fits very well in my everyday life (my impression from momentarily using a BB Playbook). I can see how handy it would be whenever I need to make a quick web search or view a PDF document. At 7 inches, it easily fits in my lab coat's pocket. I'm still pondering if I should buy one or should I take a chance with buying a more inexpensive Android tablet.

    • Dave Parrack
      August 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

      I love my inexpensive generic Android tablet, but I must admit I'm tempted to upgrade to the Nexus 7. If you have the opportunity to buy once I'd buy the Nexus 7, or wait and see what Apple has up its sleeve with the iPad Mini.

      • muotechguy
        August 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

        Not sure what you're expecting with the iPad mini - other than a mini iPad. It's not like there'll be any new features - just a cheaper ipad with no retina display.

        • Dave Parrack
          August 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          I know that. The commenter likes the 7-inch form factor, hence my suggestion they wait and sees how the iPad Mini turns out. If it's cheap enough then it may be an option alongside the Nexus 7 and BlackBerry PlayBook they mention.

    • Emmanuel
      August 8, 2012 at 4:13 am

      The BlackBerry PlayBook is diffidently still a very good tablet. Far as low-level side of hardware, it's not a whole lot to compare except a quad-core ARM-core CPU, more higher performance graphics chip and a more higher resolution density. The dual HD camera's on the PlayBook still blows the Nexus 7 camera out of the water along with multi platform support from running Android Apps, BlackBerry Java apps, Adobe AIR apps and native PlayBook apps. The PlayBook can also act as a Network drive that most tablets can't do, wireless transfer your files back in forth from your computer and the PlayBook tablet without touching a single wire.The Appworld is still growing but still need to see more quality apps than simple garbage apps. Plus the new PlayBook LTE/4G was announced with the ability to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise servers and latest networking technologies. Not last but not lease the secuirty of the PlayBook tablet tops over any other tablet on the market. BlackBerry is known for "Government level" security.

      For me I own a PlayBook tablet but i will still buy the Nexus 7 to go along with my PlayBook tablet. Its best to keep both tablets for the best of the both worlds.

  16. Ron Morrow
    August 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Thanks, this helps a lot! Much better than search for random review!