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The Nexus 7 is definitely the best bang for your buck, and is still affordable enough for most budget-savvy shoppers.

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    9.5
  • Battery life
    7.9
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    8.4
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    8.7
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9.0
96 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jul 29, 2013

The Nexus 7 is definitely the best bang for your buck, and is still affordable enough for most budget-savvy shoppers.

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9.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 25, 2013

Not only is it the thinnest and lightest slate with this screen size, it's the most powerful, too, and boasts a high-definition screen and stereo speakers. We just wish Google included a microSD Card slot.

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9.0
CNET Jul 26, 2013

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

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9.0
PC Mag Jul 26, 2013

Google's Nexus 7 continues to set the bar for small-screen tablets with a perfect balance between price and performance.

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9.0
Gizmodo Jul 29, 2013

Basically, we love this thing. We just can't shake the feeling that we'll be falling even harder for something else soon. Ah, l'amour.

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9.0
Ars Technica Jul 31, 2013

Even with the slight price hike, the Nexus 7 has once again set the bar for not just small Android tablets, but all small tablets from all ecosystems. If Apple responds with a Retina-equipped iPad mini in the fall, the balance of power may shift back in the other direction.

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9.0
New York Times Aug 8, 2013

Thank you, Google. You’ve produced another deeply satisfying machine. You kept the price reasonable. And you’re doing a great job of keeping your competitors honest — and pushing the great tablet envelope just enough to keep things interesting.

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9.0
Wired Aug 9, 2013

The 2013 Nexus 7 sets itself apart from the hordes of tablets crowding store shelves by offering the most premium Android tablet experience available at a decidedly economical price tag.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jul 30, 2013

Google’s new Nexus 7 has a lot to offer, if you’re looking for a tiny tablet that packs a punch. If you’re used to a larger tablet screen, its seven-inch screen size might bug you. But for many people, it will make on-the-go gaming, video watching and reading a delightfully portable...

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9.0
TechHive Jul 29, 2013

If you're in the market for an Android tablet, the new Nexus 7 is the one to get. And if you're got the old one lying around, considering trading it in for this one.

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9.0
SlashGear Jul 29, 2013

Google’s first Nexus 7 was cheap and cheerful. The second-generation version is just as keenly priced but doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve made obvious compromises in return. That makes it our pick of the Android tablets.

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9.0
Mashable Jul 29, 2013

If you've already got an Android phone, and you want to take the experience to the next level, this is where you want to go. And, at $229, why wouldn't you want to?

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 1, 2013

... if you have the money to spare and want a stellar Android tablet for occasional gaming, Netflix-ing and reading, than the new Nexus 7 is the ideal machine for you. It fits comfortably in one hand, and it offers a crisp display, snappy performance and the newest version of Android. What's not to...

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10
phoneArena Jul 29, 2013

When all is said and done, the Google Nexus 7 continues to be the king of the hill when it comes to the 7-inch Android segment. Simply, it’s at the head of its class!

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10
Digital Versus Sep 19, 2013

Elegant, responsive and skilled at everything it does (with the exception of perhaps the camera function), this year's Nexus 7 is nearly a flawless device.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Jul 26, 2013

The new Nexus 7 2013 doesn’t disappoint. We knew that it was coming, and that a few things were going to get better (1080p+ display), but it has exceeded our expectations.

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9.0
Android Authority Jul 31, 2013

When a tablet has the ability to reach everyone from general user to music addict to power gamer and everything in between, I think that gives it the right to be called one of the best.

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9.0
TechRadar Aug 6, 2013

Is the Nexus 7 the best 7-inch tablet on the market today? We think so. Is the best tablet full stop? That's debatable.

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8.0
T3 Jul 31, 2013

The Nexus 7 is, without doubt, the best non-Apple tablet on the market. The speed, screen and attention to detail make it head and shoulders above the rest, and nipping at Apple in terms of design and feel.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Aug 12, 2013

The Nexus 7 2 is better in almost every single way than its predecessor. It’s slicker, faster and sleeker than any other 7-inch tablet on the market right now, and only the rear facing camera lets it down. At £199 it’s also a little pricier, but well worth the extra pennies.

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10
V3 Sep 2, 2013

Summing up, we have to say we're impressed with the new Nexus 7. While it's not a milestone moment in Android's history in the same way its predecessor was, Google and Asus have made the right changes.

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9.0
Digital Trends Jul 30, 2013

The Nexus 7 is, again, the king of all Android tablets. At $230, it’s still affordable, and with a Full HD screen, it’s never looked better.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 24, 2013

The Nexus 7 was a rather swell device when it was officially launched last year, and now we've had the opportunity to play with the next-gen version, which bumps the swellness factor a notch or two.

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Engadget Dec 11, 2013

... your overall user experience will be exactly the same regardless of your color preference. The outside is essentially alike as well, although there are two exceptions: this one has the FCC info printed on the back, which by the way has a glossier feel than the soft-touch plastic on the black...

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CNET Jul 24, 2013

You are getting what will likely be the best-performing 7-inch tablet -- at least for awhile -- with all the new features Android 4.3 provides, including wireless charging.

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Gizmodo Jul 24, 2013

The new 7's screen is brighter and slightly larger than last year's model, packed with deeper colors and full HD resolution (which when combined with Netflix's new 1080p streaming service looks incredible). The UI navigation is quick, crisp, and snappy.

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Ars Technica Jul 24, 2013

Overall, the new Nexus 7 moves performance ahead by a sizable margin, especially given that it costs only $30 more than last year's model and it has come out only a year later.

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Laptop Magazine Jul 24, 2013

Probably the most noticeable feature of the new Nexus 7 is its 1920 x 1200 display, which simply blows everything else at this size out of the water. Compared to both the old Nexus 7 and the MemoPad HD 7, which is also made by ASUS, images were much crisper, brighter, and more colorful.

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PC Mag Jul 24, 2013

As I tooled around on the take-home unit Google gave us, surfing the Net and playing some YouTube videos, I found the screen resolution much crisper than the first-generation, even approaching Apple's Retina display for its 10-inch iPad, but on a 7-inch device.

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SlashGear Jul 24, 2013

This device looks and feels exceedingly similar to the original, working with the same physical size display, a bit thinner yet taller tablet body, and a back-facing camera. Inside it’s got a whole different set of processor bits and pieces, on the other hand.

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TechHive Jul 24, 2013

Overall, it looks like Google has got itself a winner. The new hardware might not be enough to make owners of the previous Nexus 7 want to update, but the low price will definitely sway a number of first-time tablet buyers into picking one up.

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Mashable Jul 24, 2013

The screen is where the most dramatic improvement comes between last year’s Nexus 7 and the newest version of the tablet. With the display Google went from a 1280x800 display to a 1920x1200 screen resolution while maintaining the same 7-inch screen size.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 24, 2013

Technically, at least, the Nexus 7 trumps the iPad mini - but as Apple has proven, the mobile market is about apps more than specs, and it remains to be seen whether this new Nexus, and a continuing growth in Android tablet sales, will attract more developers to Google Play with tablet apps.

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phoneArena Jul 24, 2013

The quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon processor has absolutely no problem handling Android 4.3 and while it does not bring a super laundry list of changes, some features are no doubt going to be welcome, like solid battery performance courtesy of Project Roadrunner.

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Android Central Jul 24, 2013

A worthy successor to the original 7-inch tablet that really kicked off Android for the larger form factor, this ASUS-made unit has been improved in nearly every aspect.

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VentureBeat Jul 25, 2013

The most striking new feature is a stunning new screen, upping the resolution from 1,280 x 800 pixels to 1,920 x 1,200, for a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch. That makes images richer, curves smoother, fonts crisper, and color transitions more gradual. It’s comparable to Apple’s...

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Phandroid Jul 24, 2013

This 7-inch device comes with Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, NFC, wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and more.

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TechRadar Jul 30, 2013

The new Nexus 7 is poised to change the tablet game. It has a display and a price tag that puts the iPad mini to shame, and makes us wonder what's in store for the redesigned Nexus 10.

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Android Central Dec 11, 2013

On the outside things are just a little different. It's white, not black, with a slightly glossier, more reflective finish — most likely to prevent the device from picking up scuffs and marks. The difference is similar to the contrast between the white and black Nexus 5s.

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Android Community Jul 24, 2013

At first glance you can obviously tell this is a better device. Not only are the bezels smaller (at least on the sides) but the screen is extremely crisp and vibrant, and the design just feels extremely durable and solid.

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Stuff Jul 24, 2013

It looks a lot like Google and Asus have done it again. They've stuck to the formula, but upgraded the Nexus 7 in every key area, particularly with that outstanding screen.

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mikemj23 mikemj23

Previously I reviewed the HTC One. It was my first Android mobile and given my excellent experience with it, I decided to get the Nexus 7 2.0, which has turned out to be a very smart move. Full disclosure : I have the iPad Mini (well my kids do now) and multiple iPads. The Nexus 7 2.0 really...

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9.0
falleninsea falleninsea

The Nexus 7 is a great device and on top of that it is also a great buy starting at $229 it nearest competitor in the same space Is the Galaxy Tab 3 7inch and the Tab is significantly lacking behind the Nexus 7 with only a 30 dollar price difference (I listed some of specs for both devices at the...

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9.0
rickschwar rickschwar

This products costs $100 less than an iPad mini even though is has a faster processor, 4x the memory and a display with TWICE the resolution. It also has stereo speakers that support surround sound, a multi-user operating system and optional LTE support, yet the Mini scores much higher on gdgt....

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10
doubletwist doubletwist

I've owned several Android phones and tablets. The new Nexus 7 is by far the best. Perfect form factor for me, fits easily in a back pocket so I always have it with me, which wasn't the case with my 10" Transformer Prime. The screen looks fantastic. It easily runs all my apps with no slowdowns -...

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9.0
WindyMiller WindyMiller

The best reason for choosing this device is the GPS. Here in the UK to get an iPad Mini with the GPS option costs between £110-£140 more.

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