The wait is over and Google are drawing a line in the sand. The Nexus 7 tablet has been unveiled and it is everything everyone thought it would be. Because it was hardly a secret…
The 7 inch Asus made tablet features all the spec’s that we know were leaked, including an IPS high definition display, front 1.2 megapixel camera, Gorilla Glass, Tegra 3 chip set with a 4-plus-1 processor, and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB on board memory. Check out the video above for an overview.
But is that a bad thing? No. Why? Because for once, the price matters. Too long have we had inflated prices in the UK, and for once $199 translates across the pond to a very reasonable £159. That is of course for the 8GB model, but really, how much better can you spend that money? Nothing can come close yet, and Google has clearly stole a march on the impending Amazon Kindle Fire tablet successor which is rumoured to be hitting the UK next month. The 16GB variant will only cost £199.
On top of the device, Google has upped the ante with new features for the Google Play app store. Or rather that should be media content store. On top of the games and apps available, Google has made movie rentals and books a staple over the last year. But now there is the option to purchase films.
The Nexus 7 will also be the first device to come with Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. The consistent evolution of Android has now reached the point where Google are really pushing the envelope. Compared with the underwhelming changes in iOS 6, Jelly Bean offers some real jumps in functionality by permitting your phone or tablet to work with you, providing features that can make your life easier. It is trivial to say this, but on the face of it the massive amount of personal information that we feed Google seems to have found a decent outlet: Google Now.
The purpose of Google Now is give you the right information for the right time. For example bus times when you are at the bus stop, traffic updates when you are driving, your diary and calendar entries. Even sports updates form your favourite teams. Your search becomes a tool for you to use and this plainly means Google is providing you with a useful service. Of course we pay for any decent service, but all of a sudden tracking our internet browsing habits does not seem such a problem to me.
Your search becomes a tool for you to use and this plainly means Google is providing you with a useful service.
The Nexus 7 is now available to pre-order from Google Play.