Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review: The Magnificent Seven: Unboxing, Design And Build Quality, Battery Life

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A basic retail package

Like its predecessor, the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 comes in a small retail box. Inside it, you will find nothing but a charger, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable and a couple of leaflets.




The retail package

The Nexus 7 is now a popular name in the tablet realm, so there are plenty of aftermarket accessories available for the slate. They range from cases, stands, sleeves and everything in between, so you are more than covered.

Design and build quality

Nexus-branded devices have always possessed somewhat understated aesthetics and the recent ASUS Nexus 7 is no exception.






The recent Nexus 7 is anything but flashy

The only design "flare" located on the tablet is the large Nexus sign, which is placed in landscape fashion. It contrasts with the matte back of the tablet, thus adding a small but attractive bit of character to it.

Build quality is phenomenal. The 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 has got a simple but effective construction and is built to hold some utilize and abuse. The back of the slate is made of sturdy, soft-feel polycarbonate, while its front is entirely covered by a single piece of Corning's Gorilla Glass.

The overall feel of the recent Nexus 7 is really reassuring. The slate almost feels like a unibody - not an item which has been put together from separate parts.

The second generation ASUS Nexus 7 has slimmed down significantly in comparison to its predecessor. The newcomer's measures are 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, while its weight tips the scale at the highly reasonable 290 grams.

Save for the length increase by a millimeter, each of the 2013 Nexus 7's measures represent a drastic improvement over last year's model. The slate is as slim as 7-inchers come these days.

Display

Unlike the display on the last year's model, the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 has a high-quality 7" IPS classy screen with awe-inspiring pixel density. To put it simply, this one looks gorgeous.






The classy screen of the recent Nexus 7 is amazing

The display's resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels is the highest available on a compact tablet at the moment. The resulting pixel density of 323ppi eclipses the Retina display equipped Apple iPad's 264ppi, and completely wipes the floor with the 162ppi of the 7.9" iPad Mini or even the 216ppi of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Google's own Nexus 10 is the only tablet that's close to what the Nexus 7 offers, with a pixel density of 299ppi.




Taking a closer see at the screen

More importantly, being a high-quality IPS unit, the display of the 2013 Nexus 7 sports remarkable color reproduction, coupled with impressive contrast and ridiculously wide viewing angles. Combined, all these qualities create gobbling up multimedia content, web browsing, even the simple task of writing an email on the slate a pleasurable experience.

Controls

Above the display, you will find the 1.2MP front-facing camera, as well as the ambient light. The tablet's notification light is located below the screen.




The view above and below the display

There's nothing on the left side of the Nexus 7. The volume rocker, the power/lock key, as well as a small pinhole for the built-in microphone are located on the right.





A see at both sides of the 2013 Nexus 7

The 3.5mm audio jack sits lonely at the top. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port shares the same fate on the bottom of the tablet.




The top and bottom of the recent Nexus 7

The back of the ASUS Nexus 7 is home of two major additions to the 2013 model. There is now a 5MP capturing camera there, and also, there is now a pair of stereo speakers - located at both sides, when you hrecent the tablet in landscape orientation. The large Nexus insignia completes the picture.






The back of the recent Nexus 7 is busy

The remarkable build and the compact measures create handling the recent ASUS Nexus 7 a pleasure. Our only complaint is about the awkward positioning of the stereo speakers. When you hrecent up the tablet in landscape orientation, they discontinue up under your hands, so the sound gets muffled a bit.

The other major disadvantage is the lack of a microSD slot to expand the available storage.





Handling the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7

Battery performance

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The recent Nexus 7 packs a non-removable/non-replaceable 3950mAh battery. It is smaller than the battery, which powered the previous generation of the tablet, but, to create up for it, it has to power up more energy-efficient internals.

We took the slate through our web browser and video playback battery tests. You can see how it fared below.

Web browsing

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With the stock video player being quite limited (it wouldn’t open an MP4 file transferred over the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, we conducted the video playback test using MX Player Pro from the Google Play Store.

Video playback

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Following next is a see at the freshly updated Operating System (OS) of the recent generation Nexus 7.


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