Google Nexus 7 Tablet First play review
Google Nexus 7 Tablet
First impressions –
The tablet is light and feels very comfortable to hold
Rear of the tablet is a rubber style material, providing grip with a light touch
Screen is very crisp, bright and clear, higher res is clearly noticeable
Two physical buttons on the right hand side ‘Power’ at the top and ‘Volume up down’
So, I received my Google Nexus tablet this morning much to my surprise as I wasn’t expecting it to be released until next Thursday.
Upon turning the unit on for the first time you are greeted with the Nexus ‘X’ splash screen while it boots, I didn’t time it but it booted up faster than my Asus TF101 does.
The initial setup was one of the shortest I think I have ever done, pretty much select a wifi source, log in to your Gmail account and do you want to join Google+. That was it. Very refreshing considering every other Android device I have had usually had 5 minutes worth faffing!
Once this is done you get two emails from Google, the first welcoming you to your new device and the second explaining where your £15 credit is.
The home screen is very different compared to ICS, as I am sure most of you will have read.
You have your Google Now bar at the top (which I believe is Google’s answer to Siri – although I think it is supposed to have more offline support).
Then, underneath you have links to your free goodies – Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Frankenstein (ebook) and Wonderful Stories for Children (ebook). You also have a copy of a Nexus 7 Guide book.
Below this you have a quick launch bar for Google+, Chrome, Gbooks, Apps, Films, Music and finally Google Play.
Personally, I dived straight into Google Play to update the apps already on the device (maps etc) and try to download Sim City to test out. Unfortunately it is not supported on this device though, frustratingly enough as it doesn’t work on my Asus Transformer anymore either. It looks like some work needs to be on some older apps to ensure they work with Jellybean. (Hopefully EA pull their god damn finger out and actually release an update for Sim City!!...Ahem..).
Within 2 minutes of being on the device, I was advised there was an update available for it, so I duly downloaded it – no major changes noticed immediately once it reboot.
It is noticeably faster than my old 7” Galaxy Tab, as you would expect and the screen is a joy to use. As mentioned above, it is very crisp and fingers glide across it with no resistance at all. Whilst you can see fingerprints on it if you look hard enough it is not as noticeable as my other tablets. Sound seems to be above on par with my other devices, though I am unable to test this fully as I am supposed to be working….
I can see myself being able to hold this in one hand comfortably for extended periods of time without a problem.
Just started downloading Dark Meadow as it is currently free, but I doubt I will get a chance to see it in action properly until I get home.
Anything you chaps want to ask about the device, feel free and I will do my best to answer it. Will take some photos later if wanted.
(Apologies for any glaring spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, I am writing this whilst attempting to do some work!!)
Last edited by Insom; 13-07-2012 at 12:23 PM.
Thanks for the writeup, really tempted now
Can it output to TV?
Nope, no HDMI output or Micro SD card slot either. The lack of these didn't really bother me as I rarely have a large amounts of data stored on my device.
Forgot to mention it charges using a standard micro USB (thank god - no proprietary connection for a change) and the headphone socket is on the bottom right of the unit.
I pre ordered an 8gb from google store so hoping mine comes soon. I traded in my galaxy 8.9 last week and was hoping the nexus would show this week. Did you get a free Bourne book too?
No Bourne book that I can see so far, but I also recall reading somewhere that it should come with one. Will check later!
I think the Bourne book was for the septic tanks mate, not us Brits
They get Bourne and we get Wonderful Stories For Children?!. Great to be British
Originally Posted by bash
Good write up Insom. Cheers for that. Post pix plz!
Can't you get a micro USB to HDMI converter?
Originally Posted by PeteJ
Last edited by NW2013; 13-07-2012 at 09:57 PM.
EA can GTF!
USB 2 does 480Mbits/sec max. 720 HDMI specs require 10.2Gbits/sec. So, no :-)
I imagine it does DLNA (?) so that's possible...just need a compatable device which is bigger than my phone!