On Wednesday (27 June), Google finally announced the launch of their Nexus 7 Tablet. Although the rumours about this Tablet have been around for some time, Google has been fairly quiet about it until now. While other tablets have been released running Google Android Operating System’s, this is the first Tablet to actually be designed by Google (although it was built by Asus).
The Nexus 7 has been created in direct competition to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and analysts say that this Tablet could be a big blow to other Tablet manufacturers in general. The Nexus has a 7 inch device with a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD and weighs just 340g, about 60g lighter than the Fire. It is 10.45mm thick, but still comfy to hold (and in case you are wondering, this is also slightly thinner than the Fire).
A NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor powers the Nexus. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. However, there is no WWAN connectivity. The Nexus also has a front facing camera (1.2MP) and a battery that should offer up to 8 hours of continued use. It has 1GB RAM and is available with 8 or 16GB storage. The Nexus is also running Google’s latest OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I’ve saved the best news for last, its price; it will be on offer in the US for $199 for the 8GB and $249 for the 16GB. That is the same price as the Fire, however the Nexus is running much newer & better software.
While I am not sure it will really give too much competition in general to the iPad, I do have to say as someone who has wanted an iPad for some time, I am actually quite tempted by the Nexus. It looks good and it’s totally affordable.