Google Nexus 7 Review Compilation

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    Because the Google Nexus 7 was given away to attendees of the Google I/O 2012 Conference, there were a lot of journalists who already had their hands on the device before it was launched. Because of this there are a slew of reviews from around the web for the device. Instead of doing our own review, we are having a super blow out giveaway giving you a chance to win one of seven Nexus 7 devices (three for developers and four for regular members). However, even though we are hosting one of the greatest Internet contests ever, we still want to give you guys a good place to check out reviews of the device, so you can get even more excited about the new device you might win. We thought it worthwhile to put together a compilation of several different reviews from around the web into one spot.

    For the most part the reviews that we could find are pretty glowing, and some even go as far as to say that the Nexus 7 could be the first real competitor to the iPad. We tend to agree. Regardless, there was a huge variety of perspectives and, of course, we couldn't bring together every article across the web, but here is the culmination of just a few chosen randomly from the large sample we found from a Google search. Overall, the thing that most reviewers were impressed with was three things: (1) the performance of the tablet, (2) the weight and general feel of the tablet, and (3) Jelly Bean. Some were a bit disappointed by the small storage space of only 8GB for the base model, and others were disappointed by the missing rear camera, but for the most part these were all considered minor issues, and didn't really detract from the overall great impression of the device. Here are the review links:

    Wired.com:

    Quick quote: "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."

    AllThingsD:

    Quick quote: "...Google and Asus have produced a very good tablet in the Nexus 7, one I can recommend."

    Techradar:

    Quick quote: "Like a bucket of water being used to douse the Kindle's flames, Google appears poised to reclaim any tablet ground lost since the introduction of Amazon's forked version of Android. It may not tread a lot of new ground, but the Nexus 7 is a solid performer and easily the best tablet a couple hundred bucks can buy."

    PCMag:

    Quick quote: "Google and Asus smack it out of the park with the Nexus 7, a terrific small-screen tablet that's an incredible value at $200."

    Gizmodo:

    Quick quote: "You can argue that the iPad is a better tablet, but is it really $300 better? As useful as tablets are, they're still kind of luxury items. $200 for a full-fledged, seriously-spec'd, fully-capable tablet is an absolute steal. Get it. Seriously."

    Mashable:

    Quick quote: "The Nexus 7 may not be the best tablet ever built, but its media savviness and low price make it a crowd-pleaser. For the vast majority of people, it’s more than good enough, and if you aren’t yet married to the Apple platform, you should be pre-ordering one now."

    Source: S3Forums.com
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    The Gizmodo review is telling - they are usually ridiculous Apple fanboys over there that to see some love for Android means Google has finally done something really special. I've been running Jellybean on my Galaxy Nexus for over a week and a half now and it's without question the best, most fluid and snappy user experience I've had on Android. Can't wait to get my Nexus 7!
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    The nexus 7 is a joy to use.
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    That price is incredible. Who cares that it doesn't have a rear facing camera? I seriously don't think it's an issue. I'll be carrying my phone for internet via hotspot, so if I need a camera, I've got one. That device is very exiting and I'd love to get one. At $200, it's not hard to justify.

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    Here, here, I completely agree. It may not knock the iPad out of the park but it sure does the Kindle Fire!

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    Pre ordered mine last week. Should have it in hand by the end of the week according to Google. Tell you what, Google Play store has been a nightmare to work with. They screwed up my order and charged me twice and to call and get customer service took over an hour. Then they told me last week that even though they double ordered my N7 they couldn't cancel it. Now the system hasn't shipped yet and most likely won't until Monday or Tuesday and last Thursday they were telling me they couldn't cancel?:blink: Guess the oatmeal box and string wasn't long enough.
    Anyway I will have an extra Nexus 7 8gb if anyone wants one. Let me know.
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    As much as I love android, ics, and Google... I just cannot get excited about the nexus 7.

    It's really nice spec wise, and I never saw the need for a rear facing camera on a tablet... Front facing yes, but not rear facing.

    Don't want or need cellular radios either wifi is fine.

    But the lack of an sd card slot is just stupid.

    People might try to argue that 8 or 16 gigs is enough but it's not. Hd movies take up a lot of space.

    And the "well you can stream your media" argument isn't logical either because you aren't always going to have access to wifi.

    For 50 dollars more I think the samsung tab 2 7.0 is the more complete package.
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    I think it does knock the ipad out of the park as far as hardware "to me". The only thing that matters is apps and in the regard the ipad wins. Me being engulfed in the Google ecosystem, the Nexus 7 is the best thing since sliced bread.
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    I have my eyes on the Nexus 7's cheap price and excellent portability... Looking forward to getting it.
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    I think more storage and rear camera would had put this right close to a ipad. Those are the two things that might keep me from buying
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    I went to Stample to play with the device and I should say that the device was well put together. Nice tablet for reading, email, web, music and some games. But, storage is my only issue with device. Back camera does not bother me because of the price. This tablet is a most....:)

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