Put simply, Google nailed it with the Nexus 7 tablet. It took aim at the Kindle Fire and it hit its mark, creating a tablet that’s not only equally affordable at $200 (or $250, $50 more than the Fire if you want the 16GB version), but also more powerful and feature-packed. Aside from its quad-core processor and a newer, improved version of Android, the Nexus 7 also has access to the Google Play store, giving users a wider selection of apps. Tack on a sexier build and a front-facing camera for video chatting and it starts to become clear that the Nexus 7 can do everything the Fire can do, but better.
The Nexus 7 may not be perfect — the odd button placement, horrific speaker, and the Tegra 3 processor not quite living up to the very high standards that are expected of quad-core chips, for instance — but it sure is close. For $200, the Nexus 7 is the best of both worlds: it’s a great deal without any compromise. It’s the best budget tablet out there because with its high-end specs it is, in fact, not a budget tablet at all.
- Beautiful build
- Quad-core processor performs well
- Android 4.1 is an efficient upgrade with great new features
- While solid, does not perform quite as well as one would expect from a quad-core processor
- Terrible speaker
- Slightly uncomfortable button placement
Well-built and sporting high-end specs, including the newest version of Android, the Google Nexus 7 gives users everything they could want from a consumption tablet in an affordable package.