Feeds
85%
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Stonkingly good seven incher

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Sweet talk

Google has also rewritten its speech recognition engine for Jelly Bean, so that it works independently of a data connection. In tests, it's very good, although it did show problems with the word "virgin," which was a pain when trying to book a flight. The software keyboard is also much improved over past Android builds, with better predictive capabilities.

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

The Play Store lacks the content of the competition

Jelly Bean also comes with Google Now, which the Chocolate Factory is billing as the next generation of personal search. The application is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and displays a series of information widgets, which it generates using data like location, calendar and search history – all on an opt-in basis.

The idea is that Google Now will build up a profile of the user and be able to do useful things, like calculate the journey times to appointments without being asked or suggest music or films you might like. It's certainly relatively smart, but whether or not people like Now is going to depend a lot on their attitudes to privacy – Google will have to step very carefully to avoid alienating users.

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

No rear facing camera, just the 1.2Mp shooter at the front

The Android Play Store offers reasonable number of applications and content for the device, and users get a £15 ($25) free gift card to get them started. Google still can't match Apple and Amazon in terms of the range of content available – or frequently on price. Google also claims the world's largest ebook collection and has included a copy of Eric Van Lustbader's Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion with the Nexus.

Regarding security, the Nexus is simple to encrypt and can cope with a variety of CA and client certificates, and supports x.509 encryption certificates saved in .crt, .cer, .p12 or .pfx files. Google has also included the face unlock feature, using a picture taken from the forward facing camera, but the company even admits that this is the least secure option for the fondleslab.

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Look no further for a first taste of Jelly Bean

At the price point, there's nothing to beat the Nexus 7 and it leaves more expensive fondleslabs looking very underpowered and dowdy. That said, it doesn't compete with the iPad, but it's not meant to. Instead Google has come up with a tablet that's ideal for the morning commute, most flights or as a second screen device for the home.

This size of device will fit most inside pockets or purses, can be held one-handed comfortably for longish periods, and is perfect for gaming. Angry Birds on the Nexus 7 is fun to play, compared to a smartphone-sized screen, and the size and tactile response makes it suitable for a generation of gamers raised on hand-held consoles.

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

Admittedly, the Nexus 7 needs a 3G version for true data portability, an absence which might deter some. Likewise, it can't match the media choices of Apple or Amazon and it won’t give the massive battery life of an e-ink reader either. Even so, the Nexus is good enough to make it a logical choice for anyone thinking about a smaller tablet for reading or watching video while out and about, and it's a steal at the price. ®

More Tablet Reviews

Asus
Transformer Pad
TF300 10e
Apple
New iPad
Wi-Fi only
Toshiba
AT200
Lenovo
Thinkpad
Tablet
Ten high-end
Android
tablets

Website security in corporate America

85%
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google's Asus-built 7in tablet with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS on board.
Price: 8GB (£159), 16GB (£199) RRP

More from The Register

next story
Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE
Yarrrgh! 'Tis Antipodean insanity, ye crazy swab
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.