July 27, 2013
Is the 2013 Nexus 7 An iPad Killer?
Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS have been waging war, but this year the battle seems to be as close as it ever was before. On July 24th, Google released the much anticipated Jelly Bean update (4.3) and also announced a much hyped, newer version of the Nexus 7 tablet, which left many Android fans foaming at the mouth and iOS fans arguing that the new iteration of the iPad will come with a jetpack and an X-Ray camera and blow all the other competition to hell.
Officially, the tablet comes out on July 30th, but that hasn’t stopped the legions of fans from preordering the much anticipated tablet; even though the wait is only 120 hours, unlike such entertainment options as movies or videogames, where fans would have to wait until the following summer or holiday season to get their chance to enjoy something they’ve been waiting on for a long time. But with all of this anticipation, there’s another question that comes into play; will the 2013 Nexus 7 become the iPad killer?
I mean, it already set the Internet on fire, so what has made all of this possible? Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of this thing. What kind of new features does this new tablet have in store for the consumer?
First off, we have the aforementioned inclusion of Android Jelly Bean, which allows for restricting app continent to a user level (you know, for those kiddos and those snooping around), 1080p video streaming support (did anyone say better Netflix on the go?) and Open GL3 Engine support for you Android gamers which means better graphics, detailed lighting and better character shadows to push a better gaming experience.
In addition to Jelly Bean, the tablet also has a larger screen (which seems to be the trend going on in the tablet universe), a 1920 x 1200 ppi resolution screen to be exact. Also included is a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a five megapixel rear camera, stereo speakers with Fraunhofer virtual surround sound and, of course, the options of getting that good old fast, everywhere internet from providers like Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.
The device is thinner and lighter but comes with a battery that “promises” nine hours of HD video and up to 10 hours of web browsing but, sadly, no SD card support (which is maybe the only criticism the media has for the seven inch tablet at this point).
Here’s the real curve ball; the price. For the 16 Gigabyte Wi-Fi only version, one would only have to pay the fair price of $229 USD, which is about 100 bucks cheaper than its Apple counterpart, the iPad mini. At that price, this just might be the one that takes the cake.
Will the Android nation stand up and buy these like hot cakes making it stand toe to toe with Apple’s giant or will it at least give the Kindle family of products a run for their money? Did you already get the chance to see the new Nexus 7? Check the announcement video in its entirety below.
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