Price: $199.00 USD (16GB) and $249.00 USD (32GB)
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The Google Nexus 7 comes out of the box with quite a few applications pre-installed. Applications for those of you who may choose to use it as an e-Reader: My Library, Google Play Books and Google Play Magazine. For your entertainment there is Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music. Other stand outs are its accessibility options, which, when set, allow those with low vision or blind users to hear what they are hovering over, called Talkback. Since the Nexus 7 is Android 4.2 (Jellybean), you can also take advantage of the Google Now features.
In the end, it's all about the user experience and our experience out of the box was a good one. Initial charge up time was just under 3 hours and from there all that needed to be set up and updated was a Google account and a couple application updates. Our web browsing experience was right on par with what we would expect from a well-made tablet with a strong network adapter. Web pages loaded with minimal effort and even those that we found to lag a little on other tablets or phones seemed to load a little faster. There was one small disappointment with Google Play books and that was the inability to make the text larger by expanding the screen, we found that some e-Books had smaller print than others. Other than that, everything was very clear, crisp and legible. At first we had our doubts about watching an HD movie on a 7" screen but after the first two or three minutes the experience was pleasurable, as the Nexus 7's screen is brilliant. Ours actually had the Full Version of Transformers (Dark Side of the Moon) pre-installed. The Nexus 7 has a 1.2MP forward facing camera. We are not going to bore you with pictures, they are OK. Video conferencing worked just fine, but if they wanted you to take pictures they would have added a rear facing camera. Of course, there are a lot of things you can do with Bluetooth. Being a tablet, we uploaded a playlist of songs from a computer and then streamed the playlist to the Bluetooth connection of a Hyundai Genesis. During the one hour trip, there was no connection loss and the music streamed just fine.
There are two things different about the Nexus 7 compared to the other two Nexus products. It's built by ASUS, a leading manufacturer in quality mobile and desktop products, and the fact that the Google Nexus 7 has a Quad Core Tegra 3 Processor. (To read more about the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor Click Here) At HiTech Legion we are tried and true PC gamers, which means we like eye candy and detail in our games. Prior to gaming on a tablet or phone that did not have a Tegra processor, the gaming experience was just (for a lack of better words) BLAH. If you are a hard core gamer, like we are, and just can't get enough and need to fulfill your gaming needs on a mobile device, make sure that device has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Tegra enhanced games will provide that immersive experience you get from a console or PC on a mobile device. There is no other tablet or phone that we could find that could make this claim.