Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Google Nexus 7 Tablet- review

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
I was excited and nervous to have the chance to review the Google Nexus 7 Tablet that Staples Canada sent me. I’m very use to using my iPhone that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to figure out how to use this Android tablet or if I’d be able to catch on quickly.

When you first get your Nexus 7 you have to set everything up. I usually have my husband, who is a techie do this kind of thing for me but I decided to give it a try on my own. Amazingly enough the set up was quick and easy. I was also able to link my google account up to this tablet making usage even more easy.

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After your easy start up/set up you can go to your library and read the user manual. This is where I learned how to take screen shots, how to navigate the main page and how to download apps. The only thing I couldn’t find was how to use the camera, I had to do an online search to find out that I needed to download an app to actually use the camera, this was a bit disappointing, but fixable.

Some of my favorite features is the page you can get to by click the double box photo at the bottom of the screen. This allows you to get to all the recent apps you’ve had open and allows you to easily jump from one to the other without having to exit out of them. I also love that when you shut down the tablet it also shuts down all the apps, making start up quick.

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There is a back button on the bottom of the screen that will allow you to go to the app you had open before the one you’re in. I REALLY love this, especially when I’m working on a project that calls for more research. I’m also impressed with how share the images on the screen look, they are so clear that I enjoy watching videos on it more then on my TV sometimes.

One thing I was disappointed in was the Google Play store. If you click on the “most popular free” apps button there are a ton of semi-porn apps that show up. I wish there wasn’t so many to have to scroll through to get to the good ones. But once you do get to the good free apps there a ton to pick from. My favorite is a word search app I downloaded, I seem to go and play it everyday. I also love the Simpsons Tapped Out and Gnome Village apps. I have both of those on my phone and on my nexus they look and play better for me.

I would give the Nexus 7 a 4.5/5 stars. I LOVE it, easy to learn how to use, I just didn’t like the fact the camera didn’t work without downloading an app and I’m not too happy with how the Google Play store is set up. But the positives out weight the negativity a million to one. I would recommend the Google Nexus 7 to anyone who is looking for a nice handheld tablet that has great screen resolution and user friendly navigation.

I want to thank Staples Canada for providing this tablet for me to review. Please check their Tablets to find the perfect one you need.

Some Highlights-
(from Staples Canada)
*7″ Multi-touch capacitive back-lit IPS display
*NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, means everything is faster – pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze
*Powered by Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform
*Bring your entertainment to life in stunning clarity on a vibrant 1280-by-800 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning glass
*Over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 10 hours of e-reading and up to 300 hours of stand-by time
*Built-in speaker
*Dimensions: 0.4″(H) x 7.7″(W) x 4.7″(D)
*Weight: 0.7 lb. (340g)
*1-Year limited warranty

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