With the new Nexus 7, Google has taken a tablet that was already very good and made it great. The original Nexus 7, which the search giant debuted last year, was a well-built, powerful and compact. It had fairly high-resolution screen that ran a streamlined version of Android and carried a bargain price of just $200.
The only real reservation I had about it was its lack of available content -- the selection of movies, games and television shows in the device's native digital store was poor compared to what was available for Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire.
With the new Nexus 7, which Google unveiled this summer, the company has largely addressed that shortcoming while making the device better in numerous ways.
The new Nexus 7 is lighter and thinner than the previous model, but still feels solidly built. Although it's still thicker than Apple's paper-thin iPad Mini, the difference is minimal, and the Nexus 7 weighs less than Apple's device.
It also sports a powerful new processor . I put the Nexus 7 through a battery of tests that are designed to measure the capabilities of smartphone and tablets' application and graphics processors. Google's tablet blew the tests away, in most cases far exceeding scores posted by rival devices. While these tests sometimes don't mean much in the real world, with the Nexus 7, you actually can appreciate its speed. It's just snappier and more responsive than other tablets, quickly launching apps and speedily switching between them.
But the highlight feature of the updated device is its new screen, which has more than twice as many pixels as that of its predecessor. That gives the new Nexus 7's display a pixel density that's about equal to that of the "retina display" in Apple's iPhone 5 and greater than that in Apple's full-sized iPad.
What that means for you and me is that text is ultra-sharp and readable, even at small font sizes. It also allows the device to display movies and television shows in full 1080p high definition, something its predecessor couldn't do.
The screen is beautiful. My only quibbles about it are that I wish it were a bit larger and a bit wider. I prefer the 8-inch screen size, because devices with those screens offer much the same portability as the Nexus 7, but are able to display larger text and icons that can be easier to read or interact with. I also like devices that have more squarish screens, because they can be held and used more easily in both vertical and horizontal orientations. (continued...)
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Posted: 2013-09-12 @ 5:16pm PT
Total silence from Google about the failure of their fix to do the job for many new Nexus 7 owners.
No statement from Google.
Rushed out a poor fix. Consumer Reports said do not buy until/unless Google truly fixes the Nexus 7.
Not a word from Google.
This hurts Google's reputation seriously.
Bugs happen. Teething issues happen. BUT...putting out a fix that has done more harm than good for many..
Then total silence for weeks about what is going on.
Quality control issue?
All of the above?
Silence from Google...