The new Nexus 7 offers incredibly high resolution, incredibly low price, and incredibly few tablet-specific apps, all in a form factor that's thinner yet taller than the iPad mini.
The new Nexus 7, the 2013 edition, was unveiled last week, beating the current iPad mini on specs, including display density, and trouncing it on price. Yet in terms of tablet software, the story remained the same - more big phone apps than real tablet apps. But with those specs, that cheap, will anyone care? Android Central's Andrew Martonik has just finished his complete Nexus 7 review and here's his take:
With a great new screen, speedy internal components and sleek casing, Google has hit a home run again with the Nexus 7 in 2013. You can't argue with the incredible value that it offers, even with the $29 (base) price jump over its predecessor [$229 total]. Google is going to sell a whole lot of these to both nerds and regular consumers alike, and each and every one of them will be getting a far greater experience than they paid for.
Just like Apple commoditizes software on the App Store to help sell more hardware, Google continues to push down the price of software to get more people onto their services. I'm hard-pressed to find an example of hardware "dumping" doing anything for manufacturers other than decimating their business (look to VHS makers decades ago, netbook makers more recently). But why should Google care, they're not a manufacturer. And why should customers care, they're not either. They're just getting cheap stuff for as long as the bottom of the market holds.
And that's what Apple has to compete with next. Not only an HD version of Google's premiere Android mini tablet, but one being sold for next to nothing, comparatively. Getting the iPad mini to Retina will be a much greater challenge than getting the N7 to 1080p, but showing the value of Apple's overall offering compared to Google's incredibly low cost of entry could be trickier still, especially for shoppers for whom lowest price is the most important feature.
I have the original Nexus 7. I didn't enjoy it and stopped using it the day the iPad mini launched. I'll almost certainly give this new Nexus 7 a try as well. On paper, it fixes several things I disliked about the original, including the lack of landscape support at launch, and the lack of cellular options at launch. Overall, it looks like a great upgrade. Certainly, if you loved the original N7, there's even more to love with the new one. If you didn't love it, well I'm curious to see what, if anything, will change minds this time around.
Check out AC's full review for more, and then come back here and tell me what you think - is the Nexus 7 v2 going to challenge the iPad mini for the small tablet crown? And what does the iPad mini 2 have to do to keep it's position at the top?