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Full Review: Google Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'

updated 11:56 pm EDT, Sat July 28, 2012

How does Google's first Android tablet stack up?

No longer content to watch its hardware partners launch successively unsuccessful forays into the tablet market, Google has entered the fray in a very big fashion with the small form factor Nexus 7. Developed in partnership with Asus, the Nexus 7 is not only Google's first attempt at a tablet; it is also the flagship device for Android 4.1, codenamed "Jelly Bean." The Nexus 7 comes in at less than half the price of the 2012 iPad, and that fact seems to have sparked considerable interest in the device. So do we finally have a viable, long-term contender in the tablet wars? We go in-depth with our special edition dual-review of the Nexus 7 to see if Google's got a winner on its hands.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SergioRS

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    Joined: 09-16-04

    One aspect I haven't seen covered in any reviews yet is the abysmal customer service at Google. Even though the tablet is manufactured by Asus, all support is provided by Google, and apparently, they still haven't quite gotten the knack of customer service (a sore spot mentioned in many reviews of the Nexus One). I got a dead power supply with my Nexus7, and have been waiting for over a week to hear back from Google when they're shipping out a replacement. Agents are polite, and apologetic, but obviously Google has either purposely chosen to understaff their support center as a cost cutting measure, or they are overwhelmed due to substantial quality control issues at Asus.

    Perhaps it's an issue with my N7, but I find that the speaker(s) aren't nearly as good as the one on the Kindle Fire. Booting MiniVMac on the Kindle resulted in a crisp clear boot note like an original Mac, on the N7 it is clipped and muddy, and seemingly beyond the dynamic range that the speakers are capable of.

    Otherwise I really enjoy the Nexus - the inclusion of a microphone and camera make it a no brainer upgrade from the hacked Kindle I've been using (CM7/CM9/JB) and the fluidity of the UI really shines when comparing the 2 both running JB.

  1. DaJoNel

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    Joined: 08-14-10

    So, is the Nexus 7 supposed to be the next big thing? I know this review says tablet but are they going to be like Samsung and think 7" is a good size for a phone? And no. I don't know what these reviewers are used to, but rubber is not a high quality build.

  1. msuper69

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    Joined: 01-16-00

    No thanks.
    I'll stick with the original; no copies here.

  1. macnnoel

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    Joined: 02-26-05


    Don't worry dude. By Android, code name "Macadamian Nut", these problems should be fixed.

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