Asus Nexus 7 3G Review

The Nexus 7 is finally available through Google as well as Asus. Let's see if it was worth the wait.

₹20,500

tech2 rating

4/5

avg. user rating

3.5/5

In its endeavour to expand products and services across the globe, Google began selling its highly anticipated Nexus 7 tablet in India towards the end of March. A few days later, Asus officially announced the availability of the 32GB and 3G variant of the Nexus 7 as well, and at very tempting prices. Today, we’ll be looking at the fully spec’d out version of Google’s 7-inch tablet and see how it stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Apple’s iPad mini.  

Design and build
The Asus-built tablet has a good design and feels very well made. It’s nowhere near as light as the iPad mini, but is still comfortable for one-handed operations. The chassis is built mostly of plastic, but nothing reflective or glossy that would be hard to maintain. The rubberised back offers good grip; however, it does tend to dent easily if dropped. The bezel around the screen is not overly thick but just enough for you to hold the tablet comfortably in any direction. There’s a front facing 1.2MP camera for video calls. There’s no camera app by default, so you’ll have to download that separately for self-portraits.

Asus Nexus 7 3G Review

Simple design

 

The buttons have good tactile feedback and are easily accessible. On the right, we have the volume rocker and power/sleep buttons while the left side houses the 3G microSIM slot and contact points for the dock. The microUSB port is placed at the bottom for charging and data transfer along with the headphone jack. Asus has done away with the rear camera in order to keep the costs down.

Asus Nexus 7

Built well and feels sturdy to hold

 

Overall, the Google Nexus 7 doesn’t have the most striking design like the iPad mini, but it’s well made and feels sturdy.

Features
Just like any other Nexus device, the Nexus 7 runs the latest version of Android, which is 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. You also get the tablet exclusive features of 4.2 like setting custom user profiles. This is really handy as you can have multiple profiles for various members of your family, each with their own set of settings and apps. However, unlike Windows, you can’t share the apps you install across users as it’s limited only to your profile. There’s a workaround for this, though, but that requires you to go down the rooting road. The interface is otherwise similar to any other stock Nexus device. The UI is smooth, lag free and very responsive.

Asus Nexus 7

The stock UI and the new profile system

 

The display uses an HD (1280 x 720p) IPS panel with LED backlighting. This gives you very good viewing angles; however, the colour accuracy wasn’t as good as we expected. The colours are a bit heavily saturated and not accurate as one would expect. Still, the display has a higher pixel count than the iPad mini as well as the Galaxy Tab 2. Finally, there’s also Corning Gorilla Glass for some added protection.

The nexus 7 packs in a lot of grunt thanks to the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC onboard. This chipset boasts of four Cortex-A9 CPUs running at 1.2GHz along with a twelve-core GeForce GPU.  Coupled with 1GB of RAM, the tablet can easily take on the most demanding apps without breaking a sweat. You also get to witness some of the exclusive features in some games that are optimised for Nvidia GPUs. Games like Riptide GP have advanced particle effects and motion blur, which is not available on other chipsets. You get a total of 32GB of onboard storage, out of which 24.8GB is available for use.

Media
The stock audio and video players are a lot more competent in the newest version of Android. The music player gives you a good number of equaliser settings and the volume level of the speaker is loud and clear. Since the speaker grille is a long strip at the back, you won’t accidentally block it when you hold it with both hands. Sound quality is good even at full volume – enough to be enjoyed among a small group. The stock video player can now playback MKV files as well. Full HD videos playback just fine without any stutter or lag.

Asus Nexus 7

Media playback support has improved

 

Connectivity
The 3G variant of the Nexus 7 supports all four bands, so you can use high-speed data anywhere in the world. The tablet also packs in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The 3G SIM can only be used for data as there’s no GSM radio for calls or messages. You can use a third party messaging app like Go SMS Pro to send SMSes, but calls will not work.

Asus Nexus 7

Great for media consumption

 

Battery life
The Nexus 7 is fitted with a 4325 mAh battery that delivers good performance. We managed to squeeze 4 hours of video, 2 hours of music and 3 hours of YouTube streaming over Wi-Fi. This makes the Nexus 7 very good for media consumption.

Verdict and price in India
The 32GB 3G version of the Asus Nexus 7 costs Rs 21,999, which is much better value for money when compared to a similarly spec’d 3G iPad mini, which costs upwards of Rs 30,000. The Nexus 7 still loses out to the Galaxy Tab 2 though, which is priced at Rs 16,000 and has expandable memory, rear camera and voice call support – something the Nexus 7 lacks. If you’re looking for a tablet for gaming, then the Nexus 7 is the most powerful out of the lot. It packs in impressive hardware and is compatible with games optimised for Nvidia’s chipset. It also has a screen with high pixel density and good battery life for media consumption. Plus, you will get all the latest updates on priority. If talking on your tablet is of high priority for you, then you’re better off with the Galaxy Tab 2. For everything else, we would recommend Nexus 7. 

Find our entire collection of stories, in-depth analysis, live updates, videos & more on Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission on our dedicated #Chandrayaan2TheMoon domain.

ASUS Nexus 7 3G Specifications

Nexus 7 is designed to go wherever you go – and now with up to 32GB of storage and the option to connect to mobile data networks – Nexus 7 can take you even further. With a stunning 7-inch display, all day battery life, even more storage, and mobile data to keep you connected, Nexus 7 is the perfect travel or commute companion. Nexus 7 is built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA Tegra® 3 quad-core processor so everything is faster – pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze. Patented 4-PLUS-1 design gives you processing power when you need it, and battery saving efficiency when you don’t. Nexus 7 was designed with gaming in mind. With heart pounding quad-core performance, a vibrant 1280-by-800 high-resolution display, and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer – do a barrel roll, then tilt, touch and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 700,000 apps and games available on Google Play. Nexus 7 comes with all your favorite Google Apps – like Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube – putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.2, the latest version of the world\'s most popular mobile platform. Experience an improved keyboard that helps you say and do more, new actionable notifications, updates to Google Now and much more. Forget about cables and syncing. Google Play stores all your digital content in the cloud so it’s instantly available and you can pick up right where you left off.

Screen

Screen Size7
Screen Resolution (pixels)1280 x 800
Screen TypeLED-backlit IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen

Memory

Internal Storage32GB, 1GB RAM

Camera

Video resolution / frame rate720p
Front facing camera1.2MP

Sound

SpeakerYes
Audio connector3.5mm

Connectivity

2GGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3GWCDMA 850 / 900 / 2100
BluetoothYes
Bluetooth (Version)3.0
Wi-FiYes
WiFi (802.11b/g/n)802.11 b/g/n
USBYes
EDGEYes

Software

OSAndroid
Version4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Hardware

ProcessorCortex A9, Quad-Core
Speed1.2 GHz

GPS

GPSYes
A-GPSYes

Battery

TypeLi-Ion
Capacity4325 mAH

Dimensions

Dimensions (H x W x D)198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm
Weight (g)340

Miscellaneous Features

Bundled AppsGmail|#|Google +|#|YouTube|#|Chrome
Other FeaturesG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, NFC, Hall Sensor

After Sales Service

Warranty1 Year




also see

science