Nexus 7 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/nexus-7/features en-SG Prep those tablets, Android KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7 and 10 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/prep-those-tablets-android-kitkat-rolling-out-nexus-7-and-10/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long-awaited update is rolling out to stock Android devices, tough luck for everyone else </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Prep those tablets, Android KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7 and 10" alt="Prep those tablets, Android KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7 and 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Androidkitkat.jpg?1384335432" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chocolate, anyone? The next <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 </a>update or KitKat is finally on its way to Android devices. The first in line are Google's Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013 models) as well as the Nexus 10.</p> <p>After all the early hype and hoop-la, not to mention the genius viral campaign, Android afficionadoes will be thrilled. But that still means months of waiting for non-stock Android models.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nexus 4 users, rejoice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nexus 4 phone and mobile-data enabled Nexus 7 tablets are next in line for the Android KitKat update. No release date has yet been given by Google besides a <a href="https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441209841135616" target="_blank">Tweet</a> saying "soon".</p> <p>But don't feel too bad about not getting the update quite yet if your Android device is a carrier or maker-customised device. As we've<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/why-android-kitkat-44-doesn-t-need-all-four-fingers/feature" target="_blank"> noted</a>, KitKat is not all that much an overhaul. Android interface elements and core apps are now frequently being made standalone downloads from the Play Store, so you won't feel as though you're missing out that much from new features or app upgrades.</p> <p>While waiting for the update for your Android device, have a look at this leaked <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/leaked-google-nexus-5-video-shows-android-44-kitkat/news" target="_blank">preview</a> or get the full rundown with our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">review</a> of Android KitKat.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125082-google-announces-android-4-4-kitkat-rollout-for-nexus-7-and-nexus-10-wi-fi-has-begun" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/prep-those-tablets-android-kitkat-rolling-out-nexus-7-and-10/news#comments Android Nexus 4 Nexus 7 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:14:29 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1429031 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 8 coming soon? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-8-coming-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp eyes have found what looks to be Google teasing the masses with a yet-unannounced tablet with pictures on its own webpage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="423" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus%208%20spoiler.jpg?1383555148" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the new Nexus 7 has been getting some fanfare, a more exciting Google offering might be on the cards in the Nexus 8. Promotional photos on Google's own website have shown a tablet that seems a little larger than the Nexus 7 while not being the massive 10-inches of standard sized larger tablets.</p> <p>Would the the 8-inch Nexus variant be a good move for Google? Seeing as phablets are currently in, large-and-yet-not-too-large seems to be the way the market is going.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where&#039;s the evidence? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/a-nexus-8-mysterious-tablet-pictured-in-kitkat-promotional-material/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</a> pointed out, Google has a track record of using actual devices in shoots and not dummy models. So if the models are using a tablet in a shoot, it is very likely a real, working tablet and not a fake.</p> <p>The Nexus 10 did not exactly cause much excitement with the iPad grabbing the lion share of that segment, with Android tablets doing much better in the smaller ranges as shown by the reception towards the first Nexus 7.</p> <p>Real? Fake? Rest assured that we will keep a watch out for this possibly great alternative to the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/au/news/mobile-computing/tablets/is-google-plotting-a-nexus-8-mystery-tablet-pops-up-on-android-webpage-1196127" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-8-coming-soon/news#comments Android Google Nexus 7 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:52:28 +0000 Nigel Yap 1428715 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): The weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kindle-fire-hdx/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7-vs-google-nexus-7-2013-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before the real fight, here&#039;s how the heavyweight 7-inchers measure up on paper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013)" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-kindle.jpg?1386349209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7 </a>is so far ahead of its Android-touting counterparts in the tiny tab arena, they're mere specks in its rearview.&nbsp;</p> <p>With its combination of outstanding screen resolution, portability and power, its $379 pricetag is simply astonishing.</p> <p>But wait. There's a new tab in town that packs just as many pixels, more power and some impressive interface capabilities the Nexus can't match. Can Amazon's £200 ($400) Kindle Fire HDX dethrone the Nexus? Time for a spec-off.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Choose your rectangle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Picking a favourite in the design department is a little tricky when you’re comparing two plastic slabs, but there are a few distinct differences here.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Nexus 7 is the slimmer, more elongated device, measuring a svelte 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, while the Kindle HDX 7 is a slightly burlier 186 x 128 x 9.0mm.</p> <p dir="ltr">This discrepancy is mainly due to the proportions of the bezels on offer. &nbsp;Google’s pad has a thinner frame on either side of the screen, whilst keeping the top and bottom bezel much the same, which means it can be easily grasped in one hand for portrait reading. The new Kindle Fire is a more traditional tablet shape: fatter around the edges. The Kindle’s camera is positioned for use in landscape mode, while the Nexus 7 works better in portrait.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both are built from matte plastic, though the Kindle wins out aesthetically with its angular, tapered edges on the rear that are faintly reminiscent of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface</a>. No bad thing.</p> <p><strong>Winner (on paper): </strong>Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX rear" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HDX-rear.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 (2013) rear" alt="Google Nexus 7 (2013) rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NEX-rear.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same screen, different body </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Both the Nexus and the Fire HDX 7 have dramatically improved screens compared to their predecessors. They’re equipped with 7-inch, 1920x1200 IPS-LCD designs boasting an ultra-crisp 323ppi. &nbsp;On paper there’s little to separate the two screens, although the HDX boasts '100% sRGB technology' that it claims results in improved colour accuracy, while Google claims nothing beyond eye-slicingly sharp resolution. We’ll need to see the two side by side to tell you which is better in real life.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner (on paper): </strong>Neither, yet - we’ll need to call this after a proper review</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NEX-front.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="848" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HDX-family.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Which Dragon packs the fire? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Despite both using Qualcomm processors coupled with 2GB of RAM, this is one of the key differences that sets up the HDX 7 as a more powerful and potentially more future-proofed design. &nbsp;Packing the latest Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at an incredible 2.2GHz, it should have no issues streaming HD videos or crunching the pixels of any game out there, thanks to its mighty Adreno 330 GPU.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Nexus isn’t slow by any means – there’s a Qualcomm S4 Pro under the hood running at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU. In our test it never stuttered, so there may be little real-world advantage to the Kindle’s additional grunt.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both tablets are available in 16, 32GB and 64GB variants, but neither can be expanded.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p> <p><strong>Winner (on paper): </strong>Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7<br class="kix-line-break" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Qualcomm Snapdragon" alt="Qualcomm Snapdragon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Qualcomm.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You want to take a picture, with a tablet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Any self-respecting tablet has to have a reasonable front-facing camera for Skype, Google Hangouts and lots of sodding selfies. &nbsp;In this department there’s little to split the two devices: the Nexus has a 1.2MP sensor, and the HDX 7 a 1.3MP one. &nbsp;Neither is going to win any photographic awards but for 720p video they should prove capable.</p> <p>Only the Nexus packs a rear-facing camera, and it’s a mediocre 5MP sensor that lacks any LED flash, so it’s for the occasional snap or augmented reality application.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner (on paper)</strong>: Google Nexus 7 (2013)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s all in the ports </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">One of the downsides of the original Nexus was its lack of connectivity – the 2013 model is no different, packing only microUSB and 3.5mm jacks, although it’s worth pointing out the USB supports MHL for TV out up to 1080p and hosting capabilities so you can connect a mouse or USB gamepad.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Kindle Fire has the same set of ports, but no way of outputting video directly from a cable. &nbsp;The only way to get video to your TV is via Amazon’s wireless ‘Fling’ service which sends content to compatible smart TVs – similar to Google’s Chromecast.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both Amazon and Google have equipped their respective tablets with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity all the way up to dual-band 802.11n. </p> <p><strong>Winner (on paper)</strong>: Google Nexus 7 (2013)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="450" height="400" title="MHL cable" alt="MHL cable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kanex-mhl-passive-cable.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got Juice? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Google officially quotes a 3950mAh battery with around 9 hours continuous use, while Amazon’s 4550mAh cell is quoted to give 11 continuous hours of mixed use or 17 hours of reading. That’s a fair whack more capacity, but in reality the higher-clocked Snapdragon 800 in the HDX 7 is likely to be a thirstier processor, so real-life figures will be closely matched.</p> <p><strong>Winner (on paper)</strong>: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android: The beast cometh in two forms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Both tablets are based on Android Jellybean, but take two different approaches to it. &nbsp;The Nexus 7 couldn’t be more resolutely Android – it’s a completely stock experience as we’ve come to expect on Nexus devices, in this case version 4.3. &nbsp;This will please Android purists and guarantees compatibility with all the apps you’d need from Google Play. &nbsp;What’s more, you get all of Google’s toys including Google Now, and you’d be right to expect the latest Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as it’s released. In short, anyone who likes to experiment with or tweak their gadgets will prefer the Nexus 7.</p> <p dir="ltr">In contrast, Amazon’s thick FireOS 3.0 ‘Mojito’ skin hides almost all aspects of Android’s desktop-style UI with a huge carousel that puts your music, books and movies front and centre. Fortunately, it’s now much simpler to use, with a conventional app drawer that you can pin your media to, and context-sensitive menus you pull in from the sides of the screen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Amazon has the media side of things covered with direct, dangerously simple access to its huge online candy shop. Unfortunately the same is not true of apps: the Kindle offers a cut-down selection compared to Google Play, which is the thorniest part of Amazon’s ‘walled garden’ approach to the Kindle ecosystems.</p> <p dir="ltr">The plus side is that Amazon provides near limitless cloud backup for nothing, builds in customisable profiles or kids (FreeTime) and even provides live help via videoconferencing (Mayday).</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner (on paper)</strong>: Draw. Horses for courses, these.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire HDX mayday" alt="Kindle Fire HDX mayday" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KFHDX-Mayday.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">According to specifications these tablets are extremely closely matched, and they both start around $400, so which you choose is likely to come down to your proclivities as a gadget user.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you want a tablet to read, watch, play and listen on, the Kindle appears the slightly better device. It has more power under the hood and provides simple access to all of Amazon’s goodies, including Kindle books and magazines and LoveFilm movie and TV streaming.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you want a device you can tweak and make your own, you’ll eschew Amazon’s locked-down approach for the pure Android experience provided by the Nexus 7. It’s also the marginally better-connected gadget, and has a rear camera (if you care about that sort of thing).</p> <p dir="ltr">Us? Right now, we’d have the Kindle. Honestly. In the past we’d have gone for the Nexus every time, but thanks to the extra layer of control that FireOS 3.0 provides, we’re looking forward to giving it a long-term try. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">We’ll update our judgement when we’ve done a full review of both devices; until then, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">enjoy our Nexus 7 review here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kindle-fire-hdx/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7-vs-google-nexus-7-2013-weigh/feature#comments Kindle Fire HDX Nexus 7 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:43:14 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428166 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/5-little-fixes-would-make-2013-nexus-7-almost-perfect/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Nexus 7 is good. Really good. But with these tweaks, says Mark Payton, it could be a monster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-main.jpg?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">If you’re reading this right now, you'll only have a few days left before the new Google Nexus 7 tablet goes on sale in Singapore this Saturday, 21st September.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. If Apple has a solution for Greasy Screen Syndrome, why hasn&#039;t Google? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oh, but the Google Nexus 7's 1920x1200 display is beautiful, alright: vivid, comically sharp, and devoutly honest to the images it displays. But in the first 10 minutes of swiping and tapping, your luscious 323-ppi screen will be caked in a thin film of human grease.</p> <p class="p1">You’re left either wiping the screen on your trousers every 15 minutes, carrying around a micro-fibre cloth (who does that?), or learning to live with the ugly, distracting smears. OK, in some light conditions you may not notice the oily noise - but I don't seem to live in those conditions.</p> <p class="p1">It may well be that manufacturing the Nexus 7 16GB for $70 less than an iPad mini with the same storage meant sacrificing the anti-gunk coating for the 7in screen. But if they’d asked me, I would have happily told them that I would have paid extra for a constantly clear view of those pristine pixels.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Next time, Google (or Asus), just ask.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7: fingerprint magnet" alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-fingerprint.jpg?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Someone, please, pay tribute to the iPad’s Smart Cover for the Nexus 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Steve Jobs insisted that the iPad’s Smart Cover was, in many ways, as much a source of Apple pride as the iPad itself. He was right. The magnetic, flip-over cover added almost no bulk to the tablet, but made it into a perfectly workable ad hoc laptop. And it came in pink.</p> <p class="p1">In fact, you could go as far as to say that Apple’s iPad would not be the megastar it is today without that oh-so-clever cover.</p> <p class="p1">Admittedly, it’s early days for the new Google tablet, but protective cases for the Nexus 7 2 are nowhere near as transformational. Yes, there are wrap-around-and-stand-up third party cases for the device, but most look like they add more bulk than I’m willing to stomach (and isn’t the whole charm of the new Nexus its light, 290gm body?).</p> <p class="p1">UPDATE: ...and on the very evening that this little tale goes live, Google makes the official Nexus 7 sleeve available in the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_7_Sleeve_Black_Gray?id=nexus_7_sleeve_gray_2013" target="_blank">US Google Play Store for $30</a>. And no, it doesn't transform into a stand.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">UPDATE II: At last, an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Official-Premium-Cover-90-XB3TOKSL00230-/dp/B00EDP7RHW?" target="_blank">official Asus case</a> that looks far more functional than their <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Travel-Cover-Nexus-Dark/dp/B008TYKFWW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376851570&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=asus+cover+nexus+7" target="_blank">official Nexus 7 Travel Case</a> - but for now, we can only find it for sale in the USA.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-nexus-7-2-smart-cover.jpg?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Offer for Nexus 7 case </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In Singapore, the Nexus 7 Travel Cover is priced at $29, but during its 21st September launch, it will be slashed to $15 for every purchase of a 16GB Wi-Fi Nexus 7.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. For the love of god, move the power and volume buttons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">A whole fortnight with my US-imported Nexus 7 has made not one shred of difference - the power button steadfastly refuses to be where my fingers want it to be.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Instead, I’ve grown accustomed to the routine of feeling along the right-hand edge for a raised surface to press, or else quickly turning the tablet to check where the button is.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Somehow, Asus managed to position it at the precise angle and prominence from the bevel to make a quick stab at the button almost impossible. The same goes for the volume buttons; I’ll regularly raise the noise a level, while endeavouring to flick the display to standby.</p> <p class="p1">I’ve got together with the entire Stuff industrial design team (they have years of hard-earned experience between them), and we’ve concluded that there are only two places for a power button.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Place One is on the top right of the device. If it’s a smartphone, it’s where your left-hand index finger naturally goes. And if it’s a tablet, it’s perfect for your right-hand index digit. Place Two is half-way down the side of the device - but only if it’s a smartphone (take a bow, Nexus 4).</p> <p class="p1">The new Nexus 7 opts for neither, instead choosing a position on the top-right of the device (in portrait) that seems precisely engineered to be annoying. It probably wasn't. Just give it a little more thought next time, OK, Google?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="They&#039;re pretty, but these buttons are evil" alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-buttons.jpg?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Forget the ethics: bribe those app developers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">This isn’t a Nexus 7 issue. It’s an Android tablet issue.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Yes, the Android Market (nee Google Play) has utterly transformed itself in the last 18 months. Android smartphone users can now look their gloating iPhone counterparts in the eye - thanks to some serious effort on Google’s part in issuing <a href="http://developer.android.com/design/index.html" target="_blank">good app design guidelines</a>, most popular apps are as pretty and useful in Google Play guise as they are in Apple’s App Store. In fact, the best Holo-themed apps are arguably better than their iOS brethren (cue a stream of abuse from the Cupertino faithful).</p> <p class="p1">But in truth, the revolution in Android app design has been limited to smartphones. The Google tablet owner is still left either trawling the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps" target="_blank">Play Store</a> for optimised apps (yes, there’s a dedicated tablet section in the Play Store, but it’s hardly uplifting), or squinting at cut-for-smartphone user interfaces scaled up for tablet rendering.</p> <p class="p1">Take Twitter. The <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twitter.android" target="_blank">official Twitter app</a> is perfectly usable and reasonably attractive on the new Nexus 7. And independent Twitter clients such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.levelup.touiteur" target="_blank">Plume</a> run and work well on the 7in screen. But the fact is that the iOS store has a wealth of powerful, tablet-optimised Twitter clients to choose from, while in Play you have a handful. You’ll go on the same frustrating journey if you try and find a truly tablet-ised <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana" target="_blank">Facebook app</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Us? Given the stakes (global domination of advertising and media, no less), we’d form an App Black Ops team that would either bribe the world’s most talented app teams until they converted to the Android tablet cause, or threaten them with sustained violence to their comic book collections until they converted to the Android tablet cause. Either would work.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1200" title="Facebook on Nexus 7. Ugh." alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/facebook%20on%20nexus.png?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Keep cooking up Android, then cook it some more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">It’s another grumble that isn’t specific to the Nexus 7, but it will affect owners of the new Google tablet all the same.</p> <p class="p1">Ice Cream Sandwich and then Jelly Bean were both seismic leaps for the Android operating system. What was ugly and sluggish became glamorous and fast. So you can forgive the Google team entertaining a switch to steady-as-she-goes mode - why make another sudden leap, only to alienate a growing new base of users who were falling in love with your handiwork?</p> <p class="p1">That conservatism would be fine, were it not for the fact that my iPad mini running the beta 5 of iOS 7 is beginning to look awesome. With each update to iOS 7, Jonny Ive’s re-rendering of iOS is making more and more sense. Even the settings screens, which were just plain horrible in the first release, are now tight and attractive. iOS 7 is growing muscle by the day.</p> <p class="p1">Of course, as an owner of a new Nexus 7 running stock Android, you’ll get updates to your toy weeks (or even months) before your Samsung-owning cousins. But I have a hunch that the final release of iOS 7 may just make stock Android look a little bleak. In which case, Key Lime Pie (the much-vaunted 5.0 update to Google’s OS) can’t come soon enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1920" title="Looks good now, but keep it moving" alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-homescreen.jpg?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are you listening, Google? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">So there you have it, Google: the new Nexus 7 may just be cheap enough and good enough to prevent the imminent iPad mini 2.0 from being the obvious choice that it was otherwise guaranteed to be. And if you’ve read this far, you’ll know that your new tablet is only a few tweaks from invincibility.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">But if, like so many, you’ve skipped the body of this story and gone straight to the verdict, here are those Nexus tweaks again.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Start by releasing a version costing £20-odd more with a smear-resistant screen, re-positioned buttons, and a case that’s as brilliant as the iPad’s Smart Cover, but isn’t the iPad’s Smart Cover. While you’re at it, have a team kidnap a clique of the world’s best Android app developers and show them the error of their foolish ways.</p> <p class="p1">Oh, and lastly, do make sure that Key Lime Pie is the mobile operating system to end them all, and not another v0.1 nudge forward. Other than that, carry on as you are.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>UPDATE</strong>:&nbsp;During our fortnight of heavy-duty use, we didn't bump into any issues with the Nexus 7's responsiveness. But there are now&nbsp;reports&nbsp;<a href="http://bgr.com/2013/08/13/nexus-7-touchscreen-bug/?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=gplus" target="_blank">filtering through</a>&nbsp;from owners that the 7 2 has a touchscreen bug. Google has <a href="http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/mobile/W0Hfkq8hf-c%5B1-25-false%5D" target="_blank">acknowledged the issue</a>, and says that the Android team is 'looking into it'. &nbsp;Watch this space.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" alt="5 little fixes that would make the 2013 Nexus 7 (almost) perfect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-speaker_1.jpg?1379433781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Almost perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Google can make its new Nexus 7 an iPad mini killer </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/5-little-fixes-would-make-2013-nexus-7-almost-perfect/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/5-little-fixes-would-make-2013-nexus-7-almost-perfect/feature#comments Google Nexus 7 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:59:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426758 at http://www.stuff.tv Singapore price for Google Nexus 7 (2013) gets marked up http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/singapore-price-google-nexus-7-2013-gets-marked/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But the additional sum gives an assured local warranty to protect your Android tablet, should it conk out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google Nexus 7 2013" alt="Google Nexus 7 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google%20Nexus%207%202013.jpg?1379520766" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Android fans, we have some good, and maybe bad news, for you. The Asus-made Google Nexus 7 Android tablet will be available at Asus brand stores and authorised resellers in Singapore from 21st September.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pre-loaded with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus 7 tablet is super boosted with a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution, which bumps the display density to a fine 323 pixels per inch. Snappers can utilise the 5-megapixel rear camera, which was absent from last year’s Nexus 7.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/singapore-price-google-nexus-7-2013-gets-marked/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/singapore-price-google-nexus-7-2013-gets-marked/news#comments Android Nexus 7 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:59:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1426756 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 7 (2013) http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s second-gen Nexus 7 boasts the highest resolution screen ever seen on a tablet, but is that enough to beat the iPad Mini? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 (2013)" alt="Google Nexus 7 (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-verdict.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So impressive and popular was the original Nexus 7 that it's believed to be the gadget that finally persuaded Apple to build a smaller iPad. For this 2013 version Google's really raised the bar, with Apple-matching attention to detail in design and an Apple-smashing screen resolution. If it's cooler than an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini</a>, sharper than an iPad Mini, and more powerful than an iPad Mini, is it better than an iPad Mini? Let's see.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$379.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16GB Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simply gorgeous screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Feels great in the hand </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning fast and responsive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS isn&#039;t optimized for the screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Still relatively few proper tablet apps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking (and feeling) good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has shown, with the help of its partners, that it's getting better and better at hardware. With the new Nexus 7, built by Asus, it has finally reached par with Apple.</p> <p>The team behind the Nexus has obviously spent a lot of time working on the ‘feel’ of the device, and it's superb. The rubberised back is solid, and while the little recesses are shallower than those of the previous version, it's just as grippy and you feel you can hold the device in one hand without fear of dropping it. The menu buttons, meanwhile, are responsive and solid.</p> <p>It’s still got a huge bezel on the top and bottom of the Gorilla Glass-clad screen, but overall this feels (and is, at 8.65mm) a slimmer tablet than it's predecssor. It’s also very light, and passes the crucial lying in bed watching a film test without causing any arm ache.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 rear" alt="Nexus 7 rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-rear.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 side" alt="Nexus 7 side" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-side.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 with Nexus 4" alt="Nexus 7 with Nexus 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-and-nexus-4.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What a stunning screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Nexus 7 is all about the screen. The resolution's been bumped to 1920x1200, giving the new Nexus a whopping pixel density of 323 pixels per iinch - the highest of any tablet, eclipsing the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-4/review" target="_blank">Retina iPad</a> with its ppi of 264 and completely smashing the iPad Mini's 163ppi figure.</p> <p>Numbers aren't everything, of course, but the Nexus 7's screen is razor sharp, brilliantly bright and altogether rather jaw-dropping, especially compared to the dinky iPad. It can show films in true 1080p HD, and they look superb - far better than any other tablet of this size. Photos also look pretty spectacular, with detail and clarity you’d miss on any other tablet (with the possible exception of the bigger Retina iPad).</p> <p>The question of whether 7in is the right size for a tablet remains, though. It's a great size for portable media consumption but a smidge too little for complex user interfaces. And then there's the issue of Android's tablet optimisation, which brings us neatly to...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 screen" alt="Nexus 7 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-screen.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 screen 2" alt="Nexus 7 screen 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-screen-2.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 2013 Nexus 7 ushers with it the debut of Android 4.3, but if you were hoping that the latest version of Google's OS would take full advantage of all those pixels you're going to be a bit disappointed. There's long been an issue with Android apps lacking optimisation for tablet screens, and that's only heightened by the very high resolution of the new Nexus 7. Google really needs to be pushing developers to add greater support for larger, more pixel-tastic screens if it hopes to defeat Apple in the tablet battle.</p> <p>But perhaps before that it needs to optimise the OS itself. At this point homescreen widgets have lots of space surrounding them and look a little 'wrong' on the Nexus 7's screen.</p> <p>One neat introduction with Android 4.3 is user accounts, which makes sharing your tablet far easier. Especially useful for parents is the 'child mode', which can be customised to allow offspring access to only certain features. Don't want your kids downloading naughty apps or racking up a £100,000 bill for in-app purchases? You have the power to stop them while allowing them to enjoy the useful bits.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.3 restricted profile" alt="Android 4.3 restricted profile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-43-user-profiles.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Workmanlike camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original Nexus 7 lacked a rear camera, but the new model has squeezed in a decent 5MP auto focus snapper to accompany the fixed focus 1.2MP front-facing camera.</p> <p>While it doesn't match the capabilities of a high-end smartphone camera (it's got a broadly similar camera UI to the Nexus 4&nbsp;but can't&nbsp;shoot HDR and lacks the LED that helps out in murky conditions), the rear camera will suffice for taking the odd snapshot or video clip. Colours are fairly muted and realistic, but high-contrast scenes are a bit of a struggle as the camera struggles to expose both light and dark areas properly.</p> <p>For more snaps from the Nexus 7 check out our Flickr set <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/sets/72157634961131780/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 camera app" alt="Nexus 7 camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-camera-app.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 sample photo" alt="Nexus 7 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-sample-photo.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 sample photo 2" alt="Nexus 7 sample photo 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-sample-photo-2.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounding sweet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google's making a big fuss about the Nexus 7 getting stereo speakers, and it really is a big deal. For tablet speakers they're really very good, and the placement (on the left and right edges if holding in landscape) is perfect for watching films - there’s even a ‘fake’ surround sound, which is surprisingly effective, if not quite a substitute for the real thing.</p> <p>For watching TV and films in bed, it’s a great step forward, as only the Kindle had speakers in this position until now. With the Netflix app getting HD and the Play Store finally beginning to come with a fully stocked film and TV section, the Nexus 7 is an absolute master of movie consumption. Add those excellent speakers, great music playback via headphones and super crisp text via the Kindle app and this is an almost unbeatable all-round media maestro.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 speaker" alt="Nexus 7 speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-speaker.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beasting the benchmarks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pushing all of the Nexus 7's pixels is a serious job, but there's plenty of power under the hood. Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor is partnered to 2GB RAM and it results in a blazingly fast performance. The AnTuTu score of 19,948 absolutely smashes the original Nexus' 11,774, and in actual use the device feels incredibly fast and responsive no matter how much you multi-task or game. 1080p movie performance is equally smooth - there's a moment of lag to load, but after that we've not spotted a single judder in the playback of an entire season of Breaking Bad in HD. Scrolling through galleries and zooming into high-res pictures, meanwhile, is flawless.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lengthy battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite the new Nexus 7's hi-res screen and more powerful innards, it boasts better battery performance than its predecessor. From our tests (a 720p HD video on loop, speakers and screen brightness set to halfway and push notifications switched on), you can expect around 11 hours of medium-level use out of it per charge. Not too shabby at all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The somewhat half-hearted approach to tablet optimisation is a shame and a bit of an issue for the Google Nexus 7, and it's something that holds it back against the iPad Mini. Apple's little tab has endless apps tailored for its screen, and the squatter ratio and extra 0.9in make it more suitable for interaction and creating content.</p> <p>But the Nexus 7 is more about consuming media than creating it, and it does an exceptional job of it. The widescreen ratio combined with a seriously high pixel density and impressive stereo speakers makes for a truly marvellous portable movie experience, and it's no slouch with music or books, either.</p> <p>On top of that - and despite a price-hike over the previous model - the new Nexus 7 still comes in cheaper than the iPad Mini, yet gives nothing away in terms of styling and build quality.</p> <p>By all means stick to the iPad Mini if you want your little tablet to be versatile enough for music and video editing, but we reckon that most people in the market are more interesting in consuming media than making it, and for that the new Nexus 7 is truly awesome. That's why it's jumping the iPad Mini in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 list of the best tablets in the world right now</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 verdict" alt="Nexus 7 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-main.jpg?1386171007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More power, more pixels and just as much style as an iPad Mini, the new Nexus 7 is a portable media marvel</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 7 (2013) review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Say hi to the world&#039;s new best mini tablet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review#comments Android Google Nexus 7 Tablets Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:59:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1425851 at http://www.stuff.tv Best small tablets: Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/best-small-tablets-google-nexus-7-2013-vs-ipad-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-80/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They’re tablets, they’re compact and they’re all vying for your hard-earned cash – so toe-to-toe, how do they shape up? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-vs-ipad-mini-vs-note-8.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has just revealed the second generation of the Nexus 7 tablet, and it has the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review">iPad Mini</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-note-80/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0</a> firmly in its crosshairs. So how do the three 7(ish)-inchers square up when it comes to specs, design and software?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Mini is a gloriously well-made product, its aluminium and glass body exuding solidity when you hold it in your mitt. It’s thin and lightweight (a mere 308g), and the bezel surrounding the screen is tiny; we reckon it's the best-looking iPad yet.</p> <p>The plastic-dominated Google Nexus 7 doesn’t give the impression of being quite so solid or “premium” a product, but it does feel better in your hand than the Mini – it's lighter (290g) and can be held one-handed for the duration of a movie with no wrist-spraining issues. It's definitely closer in build quality to the iPad Mini than the original Nexus 7. It’s lighter, thinner and narrower than the previous Nexus 7, but retains a similarly soft-touch, slightly rubbery back.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (340g) is more plasticky still, shiny white and accented by faux metal touches. While we wouldn't call it ugly, it's certainly the least attractive and well-built of the three models, with a bit of a "my first tablet" feel to it.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPad Mini</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Build quality – Nexus 7 2" alt="Build quality – Nexus 7 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-build.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-7/review">Nexus 7</a>, with a 7in screen and 1280 x 800 resolution, already had the beating of the iPad Mini with its 1024 x 768 7.9in display – at least when it comes to pixel density and sharpness – and Google has upped its game with the second-gen Nexus 7. The new model has a 7in 1920 x 1200 display, giving it a pixel density of 323ppi to the iPad Mini’s 162ppi. The performance has been boosted too: it’s now able to display 30 percent more colours. In our review we note that it "can show films in true 1080p HD, and they look superb - far better than any other tablet of this size".</p> <p>The iPad Mini, however, does have a far larger screen, with around 30 percent extra space. And its colour reproduction and contrast are excellent. The extra screen real estate does, in our opinion, make for a better tablet app experience – while the Nexus 7's size (barely bigger than a phablet) makes it better for media consumption (videos, ebooks etc.). However, as we say in our review, "you'll feel a little let down by its 1024x768 pixel count".</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a bigger screen than even the iPad Mini, and its 8in display marks it out as something that can be used for work rather than just play. There is, of course, a excellent S-Pen stylus for sketching, note-scribbling and more. Our review notes its "good contrast and vibrant colours" (the iPad's colour reproduction comes across as somewhat more natural, however), but in comparison to the Nexus 7 the 1280 x 800 resolution gives icons and text "a little fuzziness on close inspection".</p> <p><strong>Winner: Nexus 7</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Screen – iPad Mini" alt="Screen – iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-screen.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Processing power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Nexus 7 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at its heart, accompanied by 2GB of RAM. The iPad Mini has an Apple-made dual-core A5 chip with 512MB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 rocks a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>The Nexus 7, as we note in our review, "feels incredibly fast and responsive no matter how much you multi-task or game". It’ll be interesting to see how the next iPad Mini (possibly being unveiled in September) holds up against the new Nexus 7. The current model has fewer pixels to push and thus feels nippy for most tasks, only stuttering occasionally – when viewing 3D maps for example.</p> <p>The Note 8.0 is possibly the nippiest performer of the three, and excels at multi-tasking. As our review says, it's "speedy and smooth – whether you’re careering around Asphalt 7 or watching an HD movie on one half of the screen while planning your escape via Google Maps on the other".</p> <p><strong>Winner: Galaxy Note 8.0<br /></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Processing power – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Processing power – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-8.0-review-1_0.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There was a time when Android couldn’t touch iOS in the usability stakes, but that’s no longer the case. With Jelly Bean, Google’s OS has finally reached a place where it can be talked about in the same breath as Apple’s: a smooth, crisp and lag-free interface. The new Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.3 (in fact it’s the first device to do so), which sports slightly more polish as well as a handful of new features, parental controls (you can prevent profiles accessing certain apps and making in-app purchases). Being a Nexus device, the OS is devoid of any third-party embellishments – it’s pure Google, and a slicker experience for it. The issue here is apps; as we note in our review: "Google really needs to be pushing developers to add greater support for larger, more pixel-tastic screens if it hopes to defeat Apple in the tablet battle."</p> <p>iOS 6 is on board the iPad Mini, and it’s moved beyond its early issues (chiefly Maps, which you thankfully no longer have to use) to become just as intuitive and polished as previous versions. It’s more of a walled garden, more tightly controlled than Android, but for some that’s preferable. iOS has the better range of available apps too, especially when it comes to those designed specifically for tablets. As we say in our review, the iPad Mini feels more versatile because of the "greater interaction and creativity" afforded by its apps. And <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7">iOS 7</a>, the biggest change in terms of visual design from a version of the OS yet, is just around the corner.</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 8.0 only comes with Android 4.1.2, over which Samsung has slathered its own touches. So really it's lagging behind the Nexus 7, which offers the very latest Android version. However, some of Samsung's apps are impressive, such as Multi-Screen: this multi-tasking feature now supports Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Maps and MX Player as well as Samsung’s own apps.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPad Mini</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OS – Google Nexus 7 2 Android" alt="OS – Google Nexus 7 2 Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-os.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the original Nexus 7 was pretty pathetic in the snapper stakes, the new model has a 5MP camera on the rear and a 1.2MP camera on the front for Google Hangouts. The iPad Mini has the exact same setup, while the Note 8.0 pairs its rear 5MP camera with a 1.3MP front camera. None has a flash.</p> <p>After testing we have to say the iPad Mini nicks it. While all three share a megapixel count, the Note 8.0 and Nexus 7's images come out fairly dull and muted in anything but bright light, while Apple's camera fares slightly – ever so slighty – better; in decent light, it's on a par with the iPhone 4's snapper. It's a close-run thing though.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPad Mini<br /></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Mini is available with just Wi-Fi, or in a “Wi-Fi + Cellular” version that offers on-the-go Internet access at HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA speeds (that’s faster than standard 3G, but not as fast as LTE’s “true” 4G). The new Nexus 7 is available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/LTE modes, making it the better choice for mobile Internet.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Nexus 7</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-8.0-review-apps-screen_0.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From our testing of the Nexus 7, we found its 3950mAh battery delivers around 11 hours of normal-level use out of it per charge. The iPad Mini offers a similar amount of use through its 4490mAh battery, as does the Galaxy Note 8.0 through its own 4600mAh power plant. So this round has to be called a draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: Google&#039;s Nexus 7 (2013) is the best small tablet money can buy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Nexus 7 edges it as our overall winner. It’s far cheaper than the iPad Mini and Galaxy Note 8.0, especially as you move up the range; it features more processing power; it offers real 4G support; its screen is significantly sharper.</p> <p>The iPad Mini has screen size and build quality in its favour, as well as iOS and access to a better range of tablet-tailored apps. It holds plenty of appeal for those who want to do more than just read ebooks, watch videos and browse the web – but that doesn’t seem enough to justify the price disparity.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 doesn't really stand out except for battery life and multi-tasking, but there is of course the S-Pen stylus which will appeal to the more productivity-minded. Even so, the Nexus 7 makes a far more tempting purchase for the average person.</p> <p>So, we're calling this a victory for the new Google Nexus 7. It's going to be interesting to see if the Retina display-equipped&nbsp;iPad Mini 2&nbsp;can tip the balance back the other way when it's (hopefully) announced in September.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Initial verdict – Nexus 7 2" alt="Initial verdict – Nexus 7 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-entertainment.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini vs Note 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fight! Which is the best small tablet money can buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-vs-ipad-mini-vs-note-8.jpg?1377337100" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/best-small-tablets-google-nexus-7-2013-vs-ipad-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-80/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 8.0 Google iPad Mini Nexus 7 Samsung Sun, 18 Aug 2013 05:43:45 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425635 at http://www.stuff.tv Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne is optimised for the Nexus 7 2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-7/gameloft-s-asphalt-8-airborne-optimised-nexus-7-2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With four times the graphical processing power of its predecessor, the new Nexus 7 could transform tablet gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="gameloft-asphalt-8-airborne-nexus-7" alt="gameloft-asphalt-8-airborne-nexus-7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gameloft-asphalt-8-airborne-nexus-7.jpg?1374807612" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We were excited to see the new Google Nexus 7 unveiled last night with a trimmer form, higher specs and a better screen. Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-7/google-nexus-7-2-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">new Nexus 7 hands-on review here</a>. The GPU is four times more powerful than its predecessor and had us thinking about gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>No sooner did the thought pop into our heads and Gameloft sent us an email saying Asphalt 8: Airborne is optimised especially for the new Nexus 7. But what does that mean?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/luke-edwards" title="View user profile.">Luke Edwards</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-7/gameloft-s-asphalt-8-airborne-optimised-nexus-7-2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-7/gameloft-s-asphalt-8-airborne-optimised-nexus-7-2/news#comments Android games Nexus 7 Tablets Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:02:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1425110 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 7 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-7/google-nexus-7-2-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get to grips with Google&#039;s new mini tablet - and add it straight to our wishlist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 2 hands-on review" alt="Google Nexus 7 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-2-main.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google’s Asus-built flagship tablet has received its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-officially-launched/news">first major update</a>, with a new high resolution screen and improved processor. It may look pretty similar at first glance, but is the new Nexus 7 worth buying? And can it live up to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review">its predecessor's</a> award-winning balance of power and value? Let's find out…</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build quality – comfier than the iPad Mini </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 7 is very well built, although doesn’t feel quite as 'solid' as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review">iPad Mini</a>. However, it does feel more comfortable in the hand than Apple’s tiny tablet, and you can tell that Google and Asus have put some serious effort into getting the ergonomics and balance just right. Rather than the deep rubber backing of the first version, there’s a more subtle effect, but it still lets you grip the tablet easily. The new Nexus also feels very light and thin in comparison to the previous version - and less likely to attract fingerprints than the matt black of the iPad Mini.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 Play movies" alt="Nexus 7 Play movies" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-play-movies.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 2 side" alt="Nexus 7 2 side" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-side_0.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 2 rear" alt="Nexus 7 2 rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-rear_1.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen – stunning sharpness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 7in screen is simply stunning. The resolution has been bumped to 1920 x 1200, giving the new Nexus a pixel density of 323 ppi – the highest of any tablet, thrashing the iPad Mini<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review">'s</a>&nbsp;paltry 1024x768 effort and eclipsing even the iPad 4's 264ppi Retina Display by an appreciable margin. Colours are astonishing bright and precise, and Google’s pre-loaded high-res images and wallpapers make it shine.</p> <p>Video is similarly impressive, and 1080p looks significantly crisper than on the iPad Mini (and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review">previous Nexus</a>) thanks to its ability to display every one of the source material's pixels.</p> <p>It's not a large screen, mind you. We've found seven inches is perfect for portable video and reading, but a smidge too little for complex interfaces – which is why the Nexus 7 was a killer media consumption device, but not as capable or versatile in use as the iPad Mini.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 screen" alt="Nexus 7 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-main.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speed – a major bump in performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Luckily, given the pixels it needs to support and the demands of the latest generation of Android games, the Nexus 7 2 has had a major speed bump over its forebear. Google reckons its new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is 80% faster than the Nvidia Tegra 3 it replaces, and in use it zips through homescreens and menus without a stutter. There was a slight lag in opening a full 1080p film on the unit we used, but once it's loaded, you can scan through scenes seamlessly.</p> <p>Some of the preloaded game demos on our unit also showed off just what the new hardware is capable of, particularly in conjunction with Android 4.3's support for OpenGL ES 3.0's eye candy. It remains to be seen whether developers will write apps that take full advantage of the extra processing grunt on offer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 2 Play Store" alt="Nexus 7 2 Play Store" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-play-store.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software – a debut for Android 4.3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Software wise, the new Nexus 7 is running Android 4.3, and it the first device to get it. The software has got a bit of a polish, and there’s also now a gaming app, allowing you to find players and download games without having to go through the Play store.</p> <p>One impressive new feature is the addition of a ‘child mode’ which allows multiple users to have accounts on the tablet. Parents can use this to control what their offspring can do - for instance, they can stop them from buying in app purchases, or from downloading apps at all - and can even lock the device so only ‘pre-approved’ apps can be used. Each user has their own homescreen, and it’s simple to switch from the main Android homescreen.</p> <p>There are also some improvements under the hood to Bluetooth, and graphics performance has been tweaked to take advantage of the Nexus 7’s newfound pixel-pushing power.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera – finally, a real snapper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the original Nexus 7 has only a front-facing camera for video conferencing, the Nexus 7 2 also sports one round the back – and a proper 5MP one at that. This camera seems pretty decent for a tablet, and definitely passable for well-lit, everyday pics - but don’t expect anything dramatically better than what your average Android phone can do. There are, however, some nice software features such as the ability to take PhotoSpheres and panoramic shots.</p> <p>We haven't yet had a chance to check shots out at pixel level, or to assess low-light performance, so make sure to check back for our full review soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 2 sample photo" alt="Nexus 7 2 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-sample-pic.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 7 2 camera lens" alt="Nexus 7 2 camera lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-camera-lens.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound – a step forward to stereo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google made a fuss of the Nexus 7 getting stereo speakers, and it really is quite a big deal. The speakers allow you to listen in stereo when the tablet is in landscape mode (i.e. when watching a film), and the sound is astonishing for such a slender tablet. Google has also implemented a simulated surround sound algorithm into the playback, which was surprising effective in the demo we played with. For watching TV and films in bed, it’s a great step forward, as only the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-kindle-fire-hd/review">Kindle Fire HD </a>had speakers in this position until now.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity and price – 4G, but no UK details yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although there is no information on UK availability quite yet, in the US at least, there’s a LTE 4G version. The LTE edition comes with 32GB of storage and costs US$349. For Wi-Fi versions, the 16GB Nexus 7 will cost US$230, while the 32GB model weighs in at US$270, and both will be available on July 30th from the Play store.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-box.jpg?1375118835" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 7 2 – Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It looks a lot like Google and Asus have done it again. They've stuck to the formula, but upgraded the Nexus 7 in every key area, particularly with that outstanding screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Will it be the device that finally gets Android developers investing time in tablet-centric apps? And is 7in big enough for serious tablet tasks in any case? We're hoping 'yes' for question one, but still think 'no' for question two – after all, the Nexus 7 2 only offers an extra 0.6in of screen space over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news">latest phablets</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>But we're not sure that matters. Regardless of its suitability for complex interfaces and data entry, our few stolen minutes with the Nexus 7 2 have convinced us it's going to be the best mini tablet for media consumption on the market. Stay tuned for our full review of the Google Nexus 7 2 to see if we're right.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-7/google-nexus-7-2-hands-review/feature#comments Nexus 7 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:01:31 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1425082 at http://www.stuff.tv Pre-order the new Google Nexus 7 now http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/pre-order-new-google-nexus-7-now/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full specs, a video and pre-order options all appear on Best Buy ahead of the official Nexus 7 2 launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="google nexus 7 2" alt="google nexus 7 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nexus_7_2.jpg?1374715539" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Google Nexus 7 2 specs are in, thanks to Best Buy – which has it up for pre-order ahead of the official Google announcement later today.</p> <p>According to the early release, you'll get a 7in, 1920x1200 (323ppi) screen, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU backed by 2GB RAM, a 5MP snapper, and Android 4.3. All for US$230 ($291) for the 16GB model or US$270 ($342) for the 32GB version.</p> <p>Stay tuned for all the latest from the Google event – and our hands-on.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/luke-edwards" title="View user profile.">Luke Edwards</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/pre-order-new-google-nexus-7-now/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/pre-order-new-google-nexus-7-now/news#comments Google Nexus 7 Tablets Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:28:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1425068 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 7 2 officially launched http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-officially-launched/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The second generation of Google&#039;s tablet features the sharpest screen on any slate, quad-core power and virtual surround </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 2 officially launched" alt="Google Nexus 7 2 officially launched" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-google-nexus-7.jpg?1374751838" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google today announced the second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet.</p> <p>The new Google Nexus 7 rocks a 7in, 1920 x 1200 full HD screen with a sharp 323ppi, which replaces the 1280 x 800, 216ppi display on the original device. That’s the highest ppi of any tablet on the market, according to Google. The screen can also show a 30 percent wider range of colours.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first Android 4.3 device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s the first device to run Android 4.3, which offers restricted profiles for added parental control. Apps can be controlled by parents to a high degree – for example you can lock out in-app purchases. Android 4.3 also supports Bluetooth Low Energy for connection to devices like heart-rate monitors, and OpenGL ES 3.0 for better 3D graphics (there’s support for a greater range of effects, including self-shadowing and J.J. Abrams-style horizontal lens flare).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OpenGL" alt="OpenGL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-google-nexus-7-opengl.jpg?1374751838" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bigger battery, skinnier body </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The battery has been boosted too, and now offers up to 10 hours of web browsing and nine hours of video playback.</p> <p>It’s 2mm thinner than the original, as well as narrower and lighter. It features the same soft-touch back as its predecessor and a black-on-black colour finish.</p> <p>Pricing for the new Google Nexus 7 has yet to be revealed by Google, however a <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nexus+7+7+inch+Tablet+with+16GB+Memory/1484847.p?id=1219052238174&amp;skuId=1484847&amp;st=nexus%207&amp;cp=1&amp;lp=1">Best Buy catalogue leak</a> suggested a 16GB version will cost US$230 ($291) and a 32GB edition will cost $US270 ($342).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Nexus 7" alt="New Nexus 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-google-nexus-7-2.jpg?1374751838" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-officially-launched/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-officially-launched/news#comments Android Nexus 7 Tablets Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:01:50 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425065 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 7 2 press shots leaked http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-press-shots-leaked/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upgraded 7-inch tablet appears yet again, is now odds-on to appear at Google’s July 24 event in San Francisco </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="907" height="729" title="Google Nexus 7 press shots leaked" alt="Google Nexus 7 press shots leaked" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nexus%207%20Press%20Shots.png-large.png?1374546215" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Another day, another batch of leaked images of the successor to Google's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review">world-beating</a>&nbsp;Nexus 7 tablet.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-press-shots-leaked/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-7-2-press-shots-leaked/news#comments Android Google Nexus 7 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:40:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1424980 at http://www.stuff.tv New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/new-google-nexus-7-pictures-and-video-wild/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More snapshots of Google&#039;s new Nexus 7 have surfaced, and they look delicious. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" alt="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/New%20Nexus.jpg?1374628459" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">The Internet has done it again. AndroidCentral has secured a few leaked images of an updated Google Nexus 7 tablet.&nbsp; Our first impressions? It looks like a worthy successor to the current Nexus 7.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Nexus 7 story so far </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="MsoNormal">Google's Android and Chrome divisions head Sundar Pichai might reveal an updated Nexus 7 tablet at a Google event next week.</p> <p>Here's what the rumour mill has revealed so far:</p> <p>Asus will most likely produce the next Nexus 7, with an expected storage size of 16GB or 32 GB. Speculation of an affordable 7-inch LCD panel to keep the price in the ballpark of the first Nexus 7 is highly likely.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Expect either a Wi-Fi only or 3G version of the tablets, while we cross our fingers for a 4G variant. Two cameras will be included for the new slate; a front 1.2-megapixel and rear 5-megapixel shooter.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The new Snapdragon 600 chip will most likely run the show on the next Nexus 7, and surprisingly, might be armed with 4GB of RAM. On the software side, it should be running Android version 4.3 out of the box.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Fact or fiction? All that will be confirmed during the Google event at San Francisco on July 24.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/new-nexus-7-pics-video-specs" target="_blank">Android Central</a> via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgizmodo.com%2Fis-this-the-next-google-nexus-7-820085914&amp;h=wAQFxfMPx" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" alt="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Front%20Look.jpg?1374628459" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" alt="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Side%20Look.jpg?1374628459" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" alt="New Google Nexus 7 pictures and video in the wild" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blurry%20full.jpg?1374628459" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/new-google-nexus-7-pictures-and-video-wild/news#comments Breaking news Google Nexus 7 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:47:31 +0000 Nigel Yap 1424937 at http://www.stuff.tv New Google Nexus 7 tablet specs leaked by chatty Asus rep http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/new-google-nexus-7-tablet-specs-leaked-chatty-asus-rep/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These are the specs for Google&#039;s new Nexus 7. If you believe a talkative sales rep that is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="New Google Nexus 7 tablet specs leaked by chatty Asus rep" alt="New Google Nexus 7 tablet specs leaked by chatty Asus rep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-main-new_0.jpg?1372814605" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An Asus customer service rep appears to have spilled the beans on the next generation Google Nexus 7 tablet.</p> <p>Google+ user Tim P's screenshot of the conversation with the rep reveals the unconfirmed specifications which include a 7in LED display with a resolution bump up to 1980x1200, along with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 innards.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better, faster, stronger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>RAM has also been boosted to 2GB while camera specs are said to be 5MP and 1.2MP for the rear and front-facing cameras.</p> <p>The only internal storage option listed is 32GB (presumably non-expandable) and a 4,000mAh battery that's actually a little smaller than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review" target="_blank">current Nexus 7</a>'s 4,325mAh offering.</p> <p>Battery life could still be unaffected though, given the improved efficiency of Qualcomm's new silicon over the current Tegra 3 chip found in the existing Nexus 7 lineup.</p> <p>Android 4.3 rounds off the spec sheet, which we're optimistically swallowing with a pinch of salt until Google announces anything official.</p> <p>[<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110005594506973962154/albums/5894753622452455441/5894753624881589314?pid=5894753624881589314&amp;oid=110005594506973962154" target="_blank">Google+</a> via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/loose-lipped-asus-rep-possibly-spills-specs-of-new-nexus-7-1162978" target="_blank">Tech Radar</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="524" height="393" title="New Google Nexus 7 tablet specs leaked by chatty Asus rep" alt="New Google Nexus 7 tablet specs leaked by chatty Asus rep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-asus-leak.jpg?1372814605" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/new-google-nexus-7-tablet-specs-leaked-chatty-asus-rep/news#comments Google Nexus 7 Rumour Tablets Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424605 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 7 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google unleashes its first tablet – and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – on the world. But is the Nexus 7 the big G&#039;s iPad killer? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-main-new.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-7-main-02_2.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-7-main-03_2.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-7-main-04_2.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So it’s finally here – the Android tablet that will break Apple’s iron grip on the market and consign the iPad to history. Or at least that’s what Google hopes. The Nexus 7 is an Asus-built, media consumption-focused 7in tablet with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1280x800 screen, running the new&nbsp;<a href="/news/software-and-os/need-to-know/android-jelly-bean-%E2%80%93-need-to-know">Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$399.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> High power, low price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Apple rivalling build quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Personalised apps that verge on creepy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi only </div> <div class="field-item even"> Limited storage space </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with all of Google’s Nexus smartphones, build quality of the Nexus 7 is superb. Asus has done a great job of making this look and feel every bit as impressive as an Apple product.</p> <p>The rubberised back is an attractive and sensible addition, meaning you can confidently hold the tablet in one hand without fear of dropping it – perfect for use on a standing room-only train.</p> <p>The number of buttons has also been kept to a minimum, and even the speaker placement is smart, giving the Nexus 7 a loud, clear sound for its size. It’s the ideal form factor for a tablet you can easily use when you’re out and about, with none of the wind-catching unwieldiness of larger, iPad-shaped designs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-01-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-tablet-hands-on-review-rear-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it lacks the eye-caressing wow factor of the new iPad’s Retina Display screen, the Nexus 7 has a decent 7in IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution. That’s considerably crisper than the Amazon Kindle Fire’s 1024x600 effort, greater than the 1280x720 on high-end smartphones such as the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Samsung Galaxy S3</a> and <a href="/review/htc-one-x">HTC One X</a>, and equates to a none-too-shabby 216ppi. Not quite up there with the new iPad’s 264ppi, but certainly good enough for a few hours’ reading without eye strain.</p> <p>HD movies look superb on the Nexus 7's screen, with rich, vibrant colours, although it can look a little washed out with still images – something that’s particularly noticeable in menus and apps, and no doubt a by-product of the dramatically low price tag.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="759" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-05-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS and interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean if you prefer, is a big improvement on 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). We had to update our Nexus 7 test device to the new OS manually – a simple process once you’ve registered for an account on Google’s Play Store – but retail versions of the tablet should come with it preinstalled. Particularly impressive are the new gestures – to delete something, for instance, you simply flick it off screen.</p> <p>Jelly Bean's interface remains largely the same as ICS, but many of the bugs have been ironed out, and general navigation and app launching feel a little slicker and more polished than before. That might have a lot to do with Google’s Project Butter, a processing framework built into the new OS specifically to get rid of device lag. We think calling it Project Hot Lard or Project WD40 would have been a bit more imaginative. In any case, Google’s finally bringing Android up to iOS levels of slickness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="805" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-02-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="779" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-04-resized_0.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has overhauled many of its default apps for the Nexus 7, and they look great. YouTube, in particular, is a thrilling graphical experience, while a tablet-optimised Gmail makes better use of the available screen space.</p> <p>One of the most impressive new features is called Google Now – a scarily clever attempt to bring together all of Google’s knowledge about you. It takes the form of ‘cards’ which show you information based on your location. For instance, stand at a bus stop, and it will display the next arriving bus. Use Google’s Maps Navigation sat-nav software, and it will show you how long it will take to get home, taking into account traffic. Or it can combine your diary, location and travel info to warn you that you’re going to be late for an appointment.</p> <p>Google Now can even keep you updated on the score in major sporting fixtures. Google reckons it can work out which team you support from which searches you have made. As we said, scarily clever stuff.</p> <p>Outside of Google’s own apps, though, it’s a disappointingly familiar story. You do of course get access to the whole of the Google Play app store (unlike on the Kindle Fire), but Android still trails far behind iOS in both quantity and quality of <a href="/news/apps-and-games/10-of-the-best/10-of-the-best-android-tablet-apps">tablet apps</a>, and very few take advantage of either the Nexus 7’s quad-core processor or the new Jelly Bean OS.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-tablet-hands-on-play-store-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="786" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-03-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 7 is incredibly snappy in use, with the quad-core processor and Project Butter combining to make lag a thing of the past. You won’t have any problem watching HD video either, with the 12 GPU cores inside it ensuring there’s never any stuttering or slow-down – even when beamed to a TV through Google’s new <a href="/news/tv-and-hi-fi/hands-on/google-nexus-q-review-%E2%80%93-hands-on">Nexus Q</a> gadget.</p> <p>The latest generation of tablet-optimised games also look excellent on the Nexus 7's HD screen – not quite as detail-rich as the latest iPad titles, but definitely the best we’ve seen on any other tablet, and a lot crisper than they look on the likes of Asus’ <a href="/review/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime">Transformer Prime</a> thanks to the more closely-packed pixels. Plus, all of the most powerful titles can be found in one place with a simple tap on Nvidia’s Tegra Zone app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-tablet-hands-on-screen-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a choice of 8 or 16GB, the Nexus 7 isn’t blessed with vast storage, but thanks to Google’s Play service, that’s not as big a problem as it might seem. Anything bought via the Google Play Store, including films and other space-hungry files such as games, can easily be stored on and re-downloaded from Google’s servers.</p> <p>Admittedly, 8GB does limit you to a couple of HD films and a few albums – but for all but the longest of flights that should be enough to last you until you next get network access. The integration of Google’s cloud-based Drive will also help boost its storage space when you can get on Wi-Fi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google quotes eight hours of ‘normal’ use and nine hours of video playback, and these figures seemed to tally with what we found – you certainly won’t need to recharge midway through most flights. However, do be warned that existing USB chargers are unlikely to work (the Nexus 7 is too power-hungry for that), so you’ll need to use the one supplied with the Nexus 7.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-tablet-hands-on-review-apps-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Possibly the biggest drawback to the Nexus 7 is that it’s Wi-Fi only – there’s no 3G or 4G even as an option, although you do get Bluetooth, GPS, accelerometers, a magnetometer and NFC for contact-free content sharing and payments. Download everything you need for the day before leaving the house and you’ll survive, and at least the Wi-Fi antenna is strong – we were able to connect without issue at home and in cafes alike, even with weak signals that the Galaxy Nexus phone struggled to capture.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-tablet-hands-on-review-browser-resized.jpg?1371627057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s no iPad killer, but as a powerful, portable media consumption device the Google Nexus 7 leaves all other tablets – including Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD – in the dust</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/google-nexus-7 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-7/review#comments Google Nexus 7 Tablets Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424186 at http://www.stuff.tv