Google will be releasing their first tablet and will be named Nexus 7. Its mission is to put down any tablet that runs Android. It is Google’s plan to dominate the tablet market especially to those users of Kindle Fire from Amazon.com Inc. or a Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble Inc.
Google will be selling their first tablet at around $199, the same cost as Amazon and Barnes & Noble charge their tablets. But what makes Nexus 7 better is because it is far more powerful hardware and software components.
Google has the power to enhance Android more for their sake, the Nexus 7. Google distributes their Android OS into several smartphone and tablet manufacturers for them to use or modify. Amazon and Barnes & Noble took Android and modified it heavily. Namely, they took out the applications that point to Google’s services and the advertising it sells. Instead, the apps point to the companies’ own stores.
These tablets are what we call rogue Androids.
Other tablets use Android as what Google gave it to them. An example of that is Samsung but they are far more expensive than Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. Google thought it was time to make a really good, proper Android tablet for $199. Nexus is made by AsusTek Computer, a Taiwanese company.
Nexus 7 will have a high resolution 7” screen, a low-resolution camera, facing the user which can be used for videoconferencing. It will also have a microphone which the Fire lacks, making Amazon’s device useless even for audio conferencing. It will also have a slightly thinner and appreciably lighter than the Fire. The Nexus 7 will include Bluetooth and GPS chips for use with headsets and navigation software.he tablet even has a chip for near-field communications, which means it can “talk” to some phones and store payment terminals when tapped against them. I used the Nexus 7 to pay for toilet paper in a drugstore.
Its software is of course, the first of its kind. It will be the first device which will run the latest Android OS which is the Jelly Bean.
Stock Android gives Nexus 7 access to a much wider array of applications than its competitors, running into the hundreds of thousands. The diversity also applies to content: You can use a wider range of e-book stores and movie services on the Nexus 7. You can read Kindle books on the Nexus 7, for example, but you can’t read Google books on the Kindle.
Google does its best, though, to steer users to its “Play” store for apps, movies, music and books. Buyers even get a $25 credit toward store purchases, partly defraying the cost of the tablet itself.
IT will have a powerful processor and will have plentiful of RAM. This means that it will be a type of tablet capable of fast and slick ability. You can switch directly from application to application, something that isn’t possible with the Fire or Nook. They both force you to exit an application and go to the main menu before jumping into another one.
But the major drawback of this is its 8GB storage and lack of expansion. Quarter of that 8gb is for the Jelly Bean itself. Only 5.9GB of storage is available to the user.With downloads of a few applications, some songs and one movie, more than half was gone. Don’t worry, there is the 16GB model which sells at around $249. There’s no option to expand storage with a memory card, a feature available with the Nook Tablet and many other Android tablets .
Early buyers may also find that some applications will not work on it. Because Jelly Bean is the bleeding edge of Android, app developers haven’t had time to rewrite their products for it. I encountered this problem with a couple of applications, including a popular video player called MX Player.
It’s a great entry in the cheap-and-small tablet category, even if it’s not perfect. But then again, who is?