Yesterday, Google’s Nexus 7 2 tablet officially went on sale, even though some retailers have been selling it since last week. This morning, most retail stores were sold out of the 32GB version in the Los Angeles area.
We recently talked about the build & design of the unit this weekend. Now, let’s take a look at the beautiful display.
The 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution screen is a major improvement from the 2012 Nexus 7 tablet. At 323 pixels per inch, the Nexus 7 2 even beats the iPad 4 with Retina display. The colors are also more saturated than they were on the previous model. Google really did wonders on the Nexus 7 2 display.
The Nexus 7 2 houses a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro system on chip with a quad-core Krait CPU and a single-core Adreno 320 GPU. The performance is noticeably better than it was on the original Nexus 7. However, the performance didn’t seem drastically better than on other Android tablets in the same class.
The Nexus 7 2 tablet is the very first to offer the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). The fact that some qwirks need to be worked out is probably why the tablet didn’t seem as zippy as we expected. Don’t get us wrong; the Nexus 7 2 performance is great. However, early reviews and claims by Google made us feel that this would run at the speed of light.
With it’s Surround Sound speakers, the Nexus 7 2 offers one of the best multimedia experiences of any tablet. We watched a 1080p version of Inception and were quite satisfied with the experience. Listening to music on the device was also a pleasure, although you will definitely want to use headphones rather than the external speakers.
The 1.2MP (front) and 5MP (rear) cameras are typical of tablet cameras in that they are mediocre. Both cameras have a greenish hue that is annoying. However, one can at least use Skype on the new Nexus 7 2, even though the person you are conferencing with may think you are turning into the Incredible Hulk.