SURPLUS Review: Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7 has an absolutely incredible hi-res screen, is extremely comfortable to hold, is lightning fast for anything you’d need to do on it, and comes free of any AT&T, Verizon, Samsung or HTC crapware that’s standard on most Android equipped mobile phones. It also has a killer price tag—just $229.
So why don’t we love it? Quite frankly, it’s simply too small. With an office full of Samsung Galaxy 4’s and Note II’s, the seven inch screen isn’t a big enough jump to justify carrying around two devices that pretty much do the exact same things. In a lot of ways, it just feels like a really big phone.
We’re also not nuts about the hardware. It’s boring while feeling like it’s more of the same old same old. We’d love to see a brushed aluminum model or just something a little different. The hardware doesn’t feel cheap, but it also doesn’t feel like a luxury item. It’s the bare minimum.
Overall, it’s probably a better device than the iPad Mini—but to really get the most value out of such a small tablet, you practically have to be smartphone-less. We’re looking forward to the updated 10-inch Nexus 10, because despite the size and hardware, a lot of what’s going on here works. Buy here.