Google Nexus 7 (2012)

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The original 2012 Google Nexus 7 is a mini-tablet that received positive reviews from critics, both for it’s performance as well as an extremely affordable price tag. The tablet was manufactured by ASUS and reviewers were impressed with the overall build quality which rivaled the iPad of the time (which cost twice as much) combined with excellent battery life and pure hardware prowess under the hood. On the down side some reviewers had minor Gripes with the Android OS (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) on initial release as well as limited connectivity. Android was however soon updated to version 4.1 ( Jelly Bean), providing a number of enhancements free of charge to users, and the 2013 Nexus is still one of the leading 7 inch tablets on the market.

Positive Reviews
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  • Decent performance
  • Affordable
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid build


  • Outdated design
  • No microSD slot

Bottom Line

The original Nexus 7 is still a strong contender at the bottom end of the tablet market thanks to its robust specs, low price and fast software updates directly from Google.

  • Weight: 0.75 lbs
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 3 T30L 1.2GHz
  • Display Size: 7 inches
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Battery Life: 8 hours

Critic Reviews

  • 90
    TechRadar July 18, 2013

    The Google Nexus 7 is a remarkably solid device all round; the specs and screen are both good, it's got a premium build quality and a very low price tag.

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  • 83
    CNet November 13, 2012

    With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer.

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  • 90
    Wired July 3, 2012

    This is the Android tablet you’ve been waiting for. Beautiful, detailed display. Handsome design and fantastic build quality. Jelly Bean feels like it was built for the Nexus 7. The first 7-inch quad core tablet, it has Porsche-like speed and agility.

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  • 90
    TrustedReviews June 28, 2012

    The Google Nexus 7 tablet is one of the best tech bargains of the year. This 7 inch Android tablet is priced so aggressively that every low-cost tablet maker must be terrified.

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Full Specifications

Operating System Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Weight 0.75 lbs
Battery Life 8 hours
Connectivity 3G Internet, Bluetooth, microUSB, NFC, WiFi
Internal Storage 32GB
Removable Memory None
Display Size 7 inches
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Display Type IPS
Display Technology LCD
Front Camera 1.3 MP
Rear Camera 3 MP
Dimension (LxWxH) 7.8 x 4.7 x 0.4

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