Tablets have been gaining headway for a few years now, with the main obstacle slowing their strives for world domination being price. With the Nexus 7 by Asus, price is no longer the obstacle it once was.
How cheap are we talking? The standalone price at any retailers for a Nexus 7 with a hefty 32GB of storage is ranged from RM900 – RM1,200 (outside Malaysia). Most would call this cheap, but that doesn’t reflect the high quality device that is the Nexus 7. Well built, yet light and portable, it sports one of the smaller sized 7″ displays. The smaller screen sizes, down from 10″ on larger tablets, is proving popular because it makes the devices much more portable, while still giving a screen that’s much larger than a smartphone and so ideal for web browsing and media consumption. The screen itself has great contrast and sharpness, and with a high pixel count and HD resolution, it stacks up excellently against even 10″ tablets.
Inside, the Nexus 7 has a quad core processor called the Tegra 3, by Nvidia. It’s anything but a budget chip, and is in fact one of the latest and most powerful around. Featuring four cores it can power though anything you can think of, from web browsing, HD playback, 3D gaming and multitasking. In fact, with four cores, the processor is particularly good at doing many things at once, so you can open multiple apps at once and still get great performance.
Software-wise the Nexus 7 again has the latest and best, featuring Android Jelly Bean 4.1, with a recent update upgrading it to Android 4.2. It’s full of great features like voice control, Google voice search with voice answers, and a notification bar that updates you on local restaurants, sports scores, travel news and much more. Jelly Bean also gives a battery boost, enabling the Nexus 7 to last for a good 9 hours of use, and it’s one of the smoothest operating systems going. It’s also super easy to customise, just log in to the Google Play Store. Here there are over 675,000 apps that let you add new features, themes, games and much more.
Really, the only thing the Nexus can’t do is make calls and send texts. Luckily enough, you can grab connected deals. These are contracts that bundle the Nexus 7 with a smartphone. Many telcos has a decent selection, starting from just RM300 expected, enabling you to cruise the net on your Nexus 7 at home, and then catch up with friends on your phone when you’re out.
The Nexus 7 has the price of a budget tablet, but the hardware and build quality of something in a completely different price bracket, making it a great holiday purchase.
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