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The best $200 tablet you can buy

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Google's first Nexus tablet is a home run, besting the Kindle Fire and handily securing the position of the best budget 7-inch tablet.

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9.0
Engadget Jun 28, 2012

If you've been toying with the idea of getting a real Android slate but didn't want to spend big bucks for a big device, this is what you've been waiting for. This is the best Android tablet for less than $200 and the best budget 7-inch tablet on the market. For the moment.

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 30, 2012

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.

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9.0
Wired Jul 3, 2012

While the Nexus 7 isn’t a full-on iPad-killer, it far out-classes anything else offered in the 7-inch category, and most 10-inch tablets too. The Nexus 7 does this by offering smartly designed, powerful hardware and the best Android tablet experience to date.

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8.0
CNET Nov 13, 2012

The Nexus 7 delivers with a low price, a comfortable design, and its trump card: the latest and greatest version of Android. Android 4.2 seamlessly builds on version 4.1 with useful features...given that it's a better value, the Nexus 7 wins the crown as the current best small tablet.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 29, 2012

The Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet yet, combining fast quad-core performance, top-notch design and Google's smart Jelly Bean OS for an amazing price.

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8.0
Technology Review Jul 2, 2012

If you really want an iPad, you're going to get one ... But if you want a tablet without making so much of a financial commitment, the Nexus 7 is the best choice on the market. Sometimes it pays to be a little late to the party.

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8.0
New York Times Jul 4, 2012

Its hardware and software smoothness rival Apple’s, and its luxury humiliates the Kindle Fire. In short, it’s possible that this tablet may finally help solve Google’s chicken-and-egg problem.

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8.0
PC World Apr 3, 2012

Make no mistake: Of today's 7-inch Android tablets, the Nexus 7 is the one to beat, and it is handily one of the best-executed Android tablets of any size you can buy.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jul 2, 2012

$200 for a full-fledged, seriously-spec'd, fully-capable tablet is an absolute steal. Get it. Seriously.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jul 8, 2012

The Nexus 7 is absolutely a worthy buy. We are as pleased with this experience as we were displeased at the execution on Amazon's 7-inch non-tablet... The Nexus 7 is going to become the go-to device for people who find the iPad too large, or find it too expensive.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jul 10, 2012

Google’s tablet is a better choice than the iPad for people on a budget; for those who prefer a lighter, more compact tablet that’s easier to carry and operate with one hand; and for those who prefer Google’s ecosystem of apps, services and content to Apple’s.

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8.0
AnandTech Jul 26, 2012

It's well built, has good hardware and is priced perfectly. The only downside is really the limited (and not expandable) internal storage... The Nexus 7 isn't just a great Android tablet, it's a great tablet.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 16, 2012

The Nexus 7 is the best small tablet on the market, but we'd rather tether it to a 4G smartphone than use the built-in modem here.

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7.0
TechCrunch Jul 5, 2012

Look, if you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet or any tablet of the Android variety, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than the Nexus 7

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7.0
Popular Science Jul 13, 2012

The Nexus 7 is the best of its breed, but it also doesn't give me any evidence that the breed is one that really holds all that much promise. Aside from reading books, I think it's pretty clear that a 7-inch tablet is not preferable to a larger one like the iPad or the upcoming Microsoft Surface.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 11, 2012

The Nexus 7 is a great play mate, a great travel companion and your best buddy on the sofa. It gives you quality and affordability, without compromising on performance. For that reason, we love it.

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9.0
CNET AU Jul 26, 2012

Google's tablet is easily our favourite Android tablet, blowing past the excellent Asus Transformer in our esteem with its lightweight design and low price. We've seen other tablets in this price range before, but none have come close to delivering the performance of the Nexus 7.

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9.0
MacLife Jul 26, 2012

Despite these woes, the Nexus 7 stands out as a really excellent tablet, one that shatters expectations for a contract-free, budget-priced handheld device. It lacks some features, but what’s here is all handled beautifully and nears Apple-like quality and design, with a price that can’t be beat.

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9.0
PC Advisor Jul 16, 2012

Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us.

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8.0
SlashGear Jun 28, 2012

What you’ve got here is a fun machine. ... Even those who want a tablet just to fiddle with should and probably will be considering this device first in the near future – unless they want an iPad.

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8.0
ABC News Jul 5, 2012

... for $200 the Nexus 7 isn't only the best of the $200 options but it is really the best choice among any of the Android tablets thanks to its improved software and its top-notch hardware.

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8.0
The Guardian Jul 13, 2012

So it will suit those with wide (if not deep) pockets who want some Android games, or a bit of music on the go (but more likely streaming video somewhere static).

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10
T3 Jul 19, 2012

It’s not perfect just like other tablets on the market, but it’s the significantly lower cost compared to the iPad plus the power and capabilities on offer that make it perfect for someone who wants to buy a tablet but can’t justify paying over £400 for one.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Jun 30, 2012

The Nexus 7 is the absolute best 7” tablet . With no questions it offers way more bang for the buck than the Kindle Fire.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jun 29, 2012

Google’s first tablet is undeniably impressive. Asus has done an almost miraculous job for the money, providing a device that not only matches its competition, but surpasses it on many fronts.

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9.0
Android Central Jul 6, 2012

This is the best Android tablet you can buy at any price. When you factor in the low price, it's probably the best tablet for the money you'll find as well. If you can live in the cloud, and Google Play has enough of the content you're looking for, go buy one.

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9.0
TechRadar Jul 6, 2012

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 of hundred bucks or pounds can buy.

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9.0
phoneArena Jul 20, 2012

If you’re in the market for any tablet, there’s no reason why the Google Nexus 7 shouldn’t be on or near the top of your list... there’s nothing else close at the moment that can match its sheer offerings at its phenomenal price point.

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9.0
KitGuru Aug 30, 2012

At $199 I find it hard to not recommend the Nexus 7. I have found it fit into my usage patterns whether it be for checking RSS feeds, watching movies or reading books. It truly is a premium device (with a few compromises) at an impulse purchase price level.

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9.0
TechRadar Sep 20, 2012

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 around for the thriftier buyer.

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9.0
Boing Boing Nov 2, 2012

The Nexus 7 is not only a good device in its own right, it's also a huge step forward toward user-centric, innovation-friendly products that are both excellent in and of themselves, and part of a great ecosystem of developers, retailers, and creators.

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8.0
VentureBeat Jul 3, 2012

Aside from its limited storage, there’s little I can fault with the Nexus 7. It’s fast, light, and cheap, but it also feels like it costs twice as much ... I’m still not convinced Google actually understands tablets, but the Nexus 7 proves it’s at least trying to.

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8.0
Los Angeles Times Jul 13, 2012

Google's first tablet is a great portable device packed with power that's perfect for media consumption and gaming. Starting at $200 and with a ton of bonus content tossed in, the Asus-manufactured Nexus 7 is an excellent purchase if you've been thinking of getting a high-quality tablet without the...

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8.0
GSM Arena Aug 15, 2012

If this is what Android slates looked like from the start, they wouldn't still be playing catch up with the iPad. The Google Nexus 7 is extremely fast, has all the major features covered and is priced incredibly attractively to make you easily forgive the few corners cut.

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9.0
IntoMobile Jul 7, 2012

With the rock solid CPU, great price, and the latest version of Android under it's belt, it's really hard to go wrong with the Nexus 7.

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8.0
Geek.com Jul 3, 2012

It’s not an “iPad killer” by any stretch, but it certainly gives someone who doesn’t want a 10-inch tablet an alternative that worth looking at.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jul 5, 2012

Could this be the device to kick start Android’s tablet presence? Could it be the first Google branded device to be a real hit? Yes it could, but only time will tell. What we can say with certainty is that you won’t find a better tablet at this price on the market right now.

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8.0
Mobile Syrup Jul 9, 2012

The Nexus 7 is a truly excellent tablet. It's not flashy or particularly unique, but achieves greatness at an aggressive price. This will hopefully be the tablet to put Google on the radar.

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8.0
Mobile Tech Review Aug 3, 2012

Is the Google Nexus 7 tablet the best 7" tablet on the market? No, but for the price it can't be beat. For the cost of a hybrid eReader-tablet you get a full set of tablet features including access to the Google Play Store, a GPS, fully functional Bluetooth and front camera.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Aug 13, 2012

he low $200 MSRP may convey a sense of no frills mediocrity and quality when in fact the Nexus 7 carries the same powerful processor found in current high-end Android tablets and smartphones for a price similar to budget or second-rate mobile devices.

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9.0
PocketNow Jul 5, 2012

If you’re considering a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet…don’t: get this instead. If you’re considering an Android tablet for work, play, and everything else, the Nexus 7 is an impressively good choice.

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8.0
MobileBurn Jul 5, 2012

While I still had hoped for more from Google with its first Nexus tablet, I am at least content with what it provided. It's a solid piece of hardware that is available for very little cash, and it works both quickly and smoothly.

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8.0
PC Perspective Jul 26, 2012

Make no mistake – the iPad is certainly the better tablet. But the Nexus 7 is far less expensive and, despite that, still quite good.

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9.0
sawilson sawilson

I had a Google friend hook me up with one of these, and I got to play with it for four hours (so roughly 3 hours more than any tech review site got to play with one). This was the white I/O version they gave away at the dev conference. I ordered one of these almost immediately because you'd...

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7.0
njashanmal njashanmal

The hype surrounding this device was...excessive...and like many others I totally bought into it. Having used it for over a month now it has taken it's place as a companion device, ebook reader and PMP for short trips which appears to be what Google's and Asus' intentions for it were. It is...

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9.0
brett brett

I've been in the market for a new tablet for a while now and a few of the offerings looked quite good. When the Nexus 7 rumblings started to get louder, though, I decided to listen. And I made the right decision. The tablet is definitely well crafted. It feels great in the hand and for once it...

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9.0
radikal radikal

I have been loving this tablet. When i reviewed other tablets they sat around, no real desire to use them nightly. The touchpad I owned had the same effect. I really really like this tablet, it is light, easy to use and very nice!

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9.0
TgD TgD

So I have purposely waited for about 2 months of usage to write this review. In fact I am writing it from my nexus 7 just because I can. Prior to my purchase I was unsure if a tablet would fit in my life, and now I don't see my life without one. I used to use my macbook pro for couch and bed...

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9.0
jasona jasona

The Nexus 7 to me is one of the hottest tablets on the market right now. It has its size, looks, features, and price all going for it right now. While the storage option may put off some, I for one can let it slide. I know beyond streaming content, there is a lot of cloud based storage options...

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9.0
drkokandy drkokandy

I was tempted by this product for a long time, and finally decided to purchase it to replace my aging (and now unsupported) original iPad. It's amazing. I should have bought this months ago. The screen is beautiful, the form factor is sleek and stylish, and the Jelly Bean OS makes it work...

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7.0
GF GF

I have had this tablet for about a year and a half now and I can honestly say this is truly a fantastic tablet, however I would get the 2013 model given the chance, but it is still useable so I'm staying loyal. I use it alongside my nexus 4. The nexus 7 is great for reading the FT and the...

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9.0
falleninsea falleninsea

Over all the device is great for the price and is something i have recommended to fiends and family with the usual warning about Android tablets being very different than an iPad. ICS with JB really polished the OS and makes it look great. switching from applications and even just swiping...

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9.0
btate0121 btate0121

The Nexus 7 is a great pocket size tablet for people on budgets or for anyone who's looking for a good 7-inch tablet. As far as I'm concerned it's the best tablet in this size. The combination of the large storage of the 32gb model and the stock Google experience championed by the "Nexus" brand...

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9.0
hamoboy hamoboy

I've just had this tablet for a few days but I'm loving it. While I understand there is a lack of quality tablet optimized apps on Android, the 7 inch screen mitigates this somewhat as phone interfaces don't look so alien in most well designed apps. Also, there has been quite a spate of updates...

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