I have been using the Asus Google Nexus 7Â for almost 2 months now, and it works great as a fast tablet for $199. I mainly use the Nexus 7 for playing games, watching YouTube videos, reading, and browsing the web, and it does all of these tasks very quickly with its Nvidia Tegra 3Â Quad-Core 1.3GHz CPU ProcessorÂ and 1 GB of RAM. It also has enough space for a lot of apps with its 16GB of storage.Â Opening Apps, video playback, games, and reading apps don’t slow down even when I have a lot of apps open.
I like how light and easy to hold the Nexus 7 is because it is thin, and have a curved back with a rubber dotted grips.
The 1.2 MegaPixel front camera is great for video chatting on Google Talk Video Chat, and Google Plus Hangouts video chat, and the microphone is pretty good as well at picking up my voice when talking to people. The speaker on the Google Nexus 7 is also load enough to listen to music, podcast, and video even on room with a few people talking in it.
The Headphone jack on the Nexus 7 is also pretty load even when I plug in a pair of cheap $10 headphones into it.
The volume up and down, and power button on the top left side of the tablet are easy to press, and don’t require a lot of force.
The 7 inch 1280×800 (216ppi) HD IPS screen is also very sharp, colorful, and easy to read even by a window with some sunlight, but you may need to adjust the brightness higher in high light conditions. The Touch screen and motion sensors are also very responsive for playing touch and motion based games like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, and Temple Run 2.
The 802.11N High speed wireless internet/networking is also pretty fast, and the range reaches 3 floors up. It also rarely buffers and skip when watching YouTube videos, video chatting, and browsing the internet. The Wireless adapter on the Nexus 7 also rarely disconnects from my home wirelessÂ wi-fi signal, and usually have 3-4 bars out of 4 bars in most places around my home.
The GPS, and location apps like maps are useful for finding places online. Google Now which is a voice search and personal assistant app built into Android is good for seeing the weather, and what things are Nearby.
The Nexus 7 also has Bluetooth, and NFC/Near Field Communication which can be used to transfer files and data to and from devices, and to connect a keyboard, and mouse or gaming Bluetooth controller to the Nexus 7.Â I also saw videos online of people using a OTG/On The Go Micro USB to Full Size USB cable to connect a wired keyboard, and mouse, USB Flash Drives, and other devices to the Google Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 also has a Accelerometer and Gyroscope for using to play games which uses a Accelerometer and Gyroscope for game controls.
On the Asus Nexus 7, a Magnetometer is also installed on it. I think it is used for a smart cover for turning off, and on the Nexus 7 if you have a case, or smart cover with a magnet on it.
The 4,325 mAh battery lasts me about 9 hours or longer doing a variety of different tasks like web browsing, YouTube, gaming, reading, etc. It also has 300 hours of standby power. I like the small portable USB charger, and the long detachable Micro USB data cable which is also the charging cable.Â The Micro USB plug is also not overly tight, so it is easy to insert and remove the USB cable from it without pulling hard on it. The Nexus 7 also does not get very hot when charging or playing games like other tablets and phones I used.
One of my favorite things about the Asus Nexus 7 is that there are a lot of accessories like cases, keyboards, game controllers, OTG USB cables, and other accessories which are made to work with the Nexus 7 because the Nexus 7 is one of the most popular android tablets.
Thoughts on Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
If you used Google Android phones, and tablets before, learning how to use Google Android 4.2.2 is simple. I used to use Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread on an older tablet, and a lot of the tasks like installing and uninstalling apps I learned in 2.3 also work on 4.2.2.
The Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Operating System on the Asus Google Nexus 7 is very easy to use, stable and fast. It also comes pre-installed with a lot of useful Google Apps like Google Ply, Google Chrome, Google Plus, Talk, Gmail, YouTube, Currents, Maps, and more. The Google Play store has a lot of free and affordable apps which you can download or buy.
The recent update for Android which is 4.2.2 seems to make apps launch even faster than before, and improve multitasking performance.
The Nexus 7 rarely crashes, slow down, or freezes after using it for many hours or days without restarting it. Downloading and installing Apps is easy with the Google Play store. I just search for the apps I want to install, and hit the install button on the app page. I notice Apps install, open, and run quickly on the Nexus 7, and updating apps on the Nexus 7 is also fast, and easy since I get a notification when new updates, are ready and agree to update them in Google Play. While the Apps are updating, I can still use the Nexus 7 for other tasks like browsing the web, games, YouTube, and more. Switching between apps is easy to do by clicking on the Recent Apps button which is the third button on the taskbar with two square, and pick which app I want to use, or close by sliding it off to the right or left. To go back to the desktop/home screen, I click the home button on the Taskbar, and there is a back button on the taskbar for going back a page on websites.Â When a new app is installed, it usually places a new shortcut on the home screen. Removing the shortcut or widgets is easy by putting your finger on the icon, and dragging it to the remove label on the top of the screen when the Remove label appear. You can add shortcuts and Widgets which are installed on Android 4.2.2 by clicking on the All Apps Shortcut which is the circle apps icon with a grid pattern in the center. Tapping the All Apps shortcut would launch the App Drawer and Widget Drawer where you can launch apps, or hold your finger on the shortcut to drag and move them on the home screen. Moving shortcuts around the home screens is easy. You just hold your finger on the shortcut for a few seconds, and you can drag them to a new location. To uninstall Apps, you just need to go to the App setting, and click on the app you want to uninstall, and click the uninstall button.
Upgrading to the latest version of Android when updates are available is very easy to do. I just need to agree to update my Nexus 7 to the latest version of Android, and wait for the Nexus 7 to finish upgrading to the latest version of Android which is automatic after you agree to download and install the latest version of Android when it becomes available. All upgrades for Android are free to download and install.
The Asus Google Nexus 7 is the best Google Android 4.2.2 7 inch Tablets which you can get for $199 for the 16GB or 249.99 for the 32GB version.