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Google - Nexus - 7" - 32GB - Black

Model: NEXUS7 ASUS-2B32SKU: 1484865

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Leap Ahead For The Nexus 7

    Posted
    MarkWNY
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was fortunate enough to have gotten my hands on the original Nexus 7 before the general release and I've enjoyed it for over a year now. So, when the new Nexus 7 was released, I looked at the numbers and decided I'd chance an upgrade. I was leery I would be getting a marginal upgrade and lots of barely noticeable differences...I was wrong. The first thing you notice is the screen. While the original Nexus 7 screen was a very good 720 display, the new tablet is a gorgeous 1080p display. It's much brighter, much better color saturation (a common complaint about the original model), and far, far sharper. Pixel density is measured in pixels per inch (ppi). The new Nexus 7 has 323ppi and the old had 216ppi. Old Steve Jobs at Apple said (paraphrasing) "The magical number is around 300 and you're holding the device 10-12" away, the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels" That was his famous Retina definition. So, the new Nexus 7 is retina and the old was not. In case you're curious, the iPad Mini comes in at an abysmally low 162ppi. Under the hood, Google went from an nVidia Tegra 3 chipset to a Qualcomm Snapdragon solution. While the Tegra was very quick for 2012, time moves along and technology evolves. The new Nexus 7 utterly destroys the old in every benchtest thrown at it. It's very fast. I could go on and on about the details, but I'll just repeat... this is fast. The sound is improved over the 2012 model with the addition of stereo speakers that have better volume and fidelity. A rear facing camera, missing from last years Nexus 7, has arrived...but I still can't really force myself to use a tablet to take pictures. I hear it does a decent job, though. Overall, the new Nexus 7 is thinner and lighter than the original. Noticeably so. Android 4.3 comes with the new tablet, but if you've used Android 4.2.2, don't look for massive changes. It's got a couple new features, but most of the changes are optimizations, refinements, and bug fixes. But regardless, it's smooth fast, and so far, no glitches. On the downside... and yes, there's some amazingly big downsides... First off, there's still the glaring absence of a memory expansion card slot. Although this tablet has double the memory of last years best Nexus 7, people on the go...especially those who fly and are not near wifi... will feel the confinement of 32gb quickly. Second, Google saw fit to remove the Google Wallet ability from this device. Google Wallet was a neat feature on the original Nexus 7 that allowed you to wave your tablet over the credit/debit numeric keypad thing at checkouts and automatically deduct the sale from the card you associated with your account. I didn't use it lots and lots, but on occasion, it was convenient not having to pull out the wallet, get the card out, swipe, pin, yada yada. Third, the original nexus 7 had a really nice, almost rubbery back that made it super easy to grip. The new one? Ehhh not so much. It's OK, but nowhere near as nice as the original. Finally, we still don't have an HDMI port. Sometimes (like at a hotel), it's nice to plug your tablet into a TV and watch your content from a chair, couch, or bed across the room. I know, Google wants us to all use the new Chromecast device to stream online content to a TV, and it's pretty cool, but it doesn't play your local content, i.e. video, music, and pictures stored on your tablet. So, overall, the 2013 is a quantum leap ahead of the original 2012 Nexus 7. Fast, powerful, great display... better in every measureable way. A couple drawbacks, but nothing enough to make me regret upgrading. Quite the opposite, I'm loving this new tab. Apple's supposed to upgrade their iPad mini in early 2014. Maybe they'll be able to match last years Nexus 7... but we have a long time to wait to see about that. Meanwhile, we can expect Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" in a couple months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expected More

    Posted
    lazysleepyboi

    I just recently got my nexus 7, so for me to write a full review is not really fair but let me give my first impressions since this product is new and people would like a fresh perspective before buying one. I am quite the android enthusiast. I have only used android smartphones and I have had the first galaxy tab from Samsung so I know a little about how the interface is and I know what irks me about the interface. Since I only got this today I can only give a preliminary review. I bought this device for school, mostly to carry my textbooks and read some book through Amazon's kindle app. It works brilliantly for that, the compactness makes it very easy to carry around. The battery life is adequate but from my usage of it, the battery seems to drain rather quickly. As I understand it, the battery in this second gen nexus 7 has a smaller battery than the first one, but that can be accounted for by the reduction in weight and the new nexus being slightly, but noticeably, smaller than its predecessor. The display is what attracted me most to this device, but this could be its weakest point also. There is something about the display that makes Youtube and Netflix feel a little strange. It could be the aspect ratio but I'm not sure about that. Like almost every smartphone/tablet, this thing is a finger magnet. I don't think it's fair to rate this product down for that since almost every smartphone/tablet has that problem, so I won't rate it down because of that. The size of the display is wonderful if you're looking for something small and portable. The 10.1 inch display on my Galaxy Tab was a bit too big for me to carry around everywhere. This 7 inch display is perfect for my purposes and works like it should. I think this is one of those products that you should definitely try before you actually buy though. I am a android enthusiast so I have gotten used to the interface rather quickly. Other people who have used apple products or windows products may not like the interface as much, but I have gotten used to it. The interface is not without its flaws, but I'm sure developers will be coming out with new ROMs that will remedy the flaws. For this price point, it is difficult to find anything better. I have used Amazon's tablet before, but I personally prefer the Nexus to that. Kind of sucks that Amazon has prevented android users from using the Instant Video feature, but I'm sure work-a-rounds are already going to be coming out for this device in due time. If you're looking for a tablet to use for college and travel, this may be the tablet for you. **This review is for the WIFI only 32GB Second Generation Nexus 7. If you're looking for the LTE version, that will be coming out in a couple weeks for 350. **I know someone is going to bring up this issue so I'll address it before I post this review. The previous Nexus 7 did not have a microSD slot, so why are people complaining about that? You should have seen that coming, and for this price point it cannot be expected. If you need more space go for the 32GB like I did. And Also, the available space you can use for a 32GB is a little over 26 GB. This is probably due to some of the drive being used for the Android interface and some of it being taken from just being formatted. If you've ever formatted a computer you know exactly what I'm talking about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for watching video and playing HD games

    Posted
    MightyLep
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    My wife has had the first generation Nexus 7 for about six months now, and she loves it. I Bought the Nexus 7 2 when it first came out in July. I did a lot of research on the tablet and it's specs, so I knew what I was buying. I bought it primarily to watch streaming video (Netflix, youtube, anime), surf gaming and tech websites, and to play tablet games. So far it's worked flawlessly. I like my games to have good graphics, and so far the Nexus 7 2 plays anything I throw at it. The interface is fast and very responsive. When I'm doing something that needs the keyboard (like passwords or searches), the typing is easy and works good; no wrong key hits. It takes pretty decent pictures when set to 5MP. Skype video calls are okay (not fantastic, but work okay). I've used it for reading comics (so far with the Marvel subscription app) and it works pretty good. Comics and magazines work better on the 10 inch tablets, but the Nexus 7 2 works just fine for that, too. Recommendations/FYI; Through the years we used to buy our daughter games for her DS, and usually spent $10-30 dollars each. But since we got her a tablet a couple years ago, she loves the game apps and only wants those. And the Android game apps she likes are priced from free to less than $5. Much better on the finances. I have found some games I like for my new Nexus 7 2 tablet that costs $5-10, but they were very well done, had HD graphics, and felt like you were playing a PC or console game. But the vast majority of app games are really inexpensive. Anyway, my daughter also uses her tablet for video streaming, surfing the net, and email. I heard rumors that the DSi might be able to stream Netflix, but I don't think the video quality will be anywhere near what a tablet can do. So I'd recommend parents getting a tablet for their kids, instead of one of the Nintendo DS models. The tablets have more functionality, better screen quality, and the games are much cheaper. I think the Nexus 7 2 would make a great gift for some older folks, too. My father in-law loves using my wife's Nexus 7 to watch sports and check email. It lets him sit on the couch next to his bride of 43 years, with her watching TV and him using the tablet. They can do their own thing, but still interact. My wife and I have been using this same philosophy in our own home for many years, and it works great. DOWNSIDE 1: The one downside I've found during use is that the charger heats up, a lot, when you use the tablet while plugged into an extension cord. And you WILL need to use an extension cord if you use it while plugged in, cause the cord it ridiculously short. DOWNSIDE 2: You MUST have Wi-Fi access (for Wi-Fi models) in order to set up the Nexus 7 2. When you first turn it on it goes through a set up process, and requires the ability for you to access the internet to let it update the software. I can't remember for sure, but I also think it made me login/set up my Google account before I could get to the main screen. During set up, it lets you pick a Wi-Fi network, but it only gives you the option of selecting a network and entering a password, not changing the access/security settings or look up the tablet's mac address. I have my home network set up with higher security, and had to temporarily set up a low security guest Wi-Fi just so the tablet could do it's thing during set up. Once the tablet got to the main screen I was able to change the tablets network settings, log into my main network login, and could delete the guest one. So it you buy the Wi-Fi model and you don't have lo security Wi-Fi handy, then you'll have to go find a restaurant or something with free Wi-Fi hotspot, in order to get past the initial set up. Hint for better battery life; if you're doing something that does not require the Wi-Fi (not all games/apps require Wi-Fi ), then turn the Wi-Fi off until you need it. Tablets, and their apps, constantly reach out to the net for updates, which can suck your battery. Overall I believe the Google Nexus 7 2 is the absolute best tablet for the money. I'm incredibly pleased with it, and will recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Tablet for the Price (And I'm an Apple User)

    Posted
    insaineyesay
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First, as the title states, I'm primarily an Apple user. So coming over to this side started as really just a place holder until the Apple iPad Mini Retina comes out. However, after using the New Nexus 7 for a couple of hours, I quickly saw the benefit of the android/google ecosystem. First the 'not so goods' - The size is a bit awkward for my hand size and I'm not a huge guy. 6ft tall, but it seems that its a bit too narrow to hold comfortably for more than an hour or so, i find myself trying to hold it with one hand often. I see there's also a ton of apps that just don't work. I know this is not the fault of the tablet, but more on the side of the google OS (Operating System)/ App developers. I'm a web programmer and to download or even pay for something that doesn't work infuriates me. Google needs to step up the filtering of 3rd party apps. If you're an Apple user, this will be something that frustrates you as well. 9 times out of 10, apple apps work. However, they also cost $$, so there's that factor. The icons look blurry and poorly designed but that also has nothing to do with the tablet itself. The charge time also seems unusually long, like 2 hours + or something. This is my first tablet, so I'm not sure if this is the norm or not. Also sometimes while scrolling really fast, its kind of buggy and jittery. Lastly, there's no scroll to top function like iphone/ipad has, and that gets annoying when you've been scrolling downwards and have to scroll all the way up to get the to top. Again, this is an app developer issue most likely rather than the actual google OS. Now the 'Good parts' - The screen resolution is wonderful, movies and magazines look awesome. The pinch/zoom function works great, the sound can be equalized because the default is rather weak. It seems to be able to pick up even the weakest wifi signal which is good. I haven't used the camera extensively yet, but from what I see, its nothing special but works and has nice features for zoom etc. I use this for a bunch of different functions, and the freedom of being able to download almost all the apps for free, and even unauthorized ones is awesome. It works great with google Tv. I also use plex media center to stream movies from my Mac Pro. I've downloaded nintendo, super nintendo, and genesis games for free. Awesome. I absolutely love the freedom of the device, and you don't even have to 'root' or 'jailbreak' it to do these things. Also, XBMC works on it wonderfully, also another free streaming service. I can screen share with my macs and also SSH into them with ease. Now if I could just find a way to get to iTunesU i'd be sold all the way. I downloaded an app that was supposed to do that but guess what... it didn't work. I'm not so sure I'm going to get the iPad mini any more especially since its almost $100 more, however, Apple doesn't disappoint so we'll see. Overall, this is a solid performing device, definitely worth every cent. Whether you're an apple user, droid, blackberry, whatever, you won't be upset with your purchase. I was skeptical at first, but now I take this with me everywhere. EVERYWHERE...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great overall but lost a star for nonworking GPS

    Posted
    Sanguine
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Would give it a 3.5 stars truth be told but can't do half stars. Problems: 1) GPS People's problem with GPS is not consistent. You'll read on the Google product support any variations of this: -GPS stops working after 30+ minutes but works again if you restart your tablet whenever GPS can't get a lock. -Returned tablet for 07-2013 mfg date and it works fine now -Returned tablet for 07-2013 mfg date and still has problems -New Google Play Services update fixed the GPS issue -Contacted Google support they are aware of issue and say it is a software issue and not a hardware issue -People wanting to sue -Forum posters being accused of working for Asus or Google to get the problem downplayed on the forums -People saying GPS is useless on tablets when they don't understand why some users are using it (Geosafari research etc.) -Lots of complaints about GPS I personally got the first release batch and at first the GPS was completely nonexistent. After the Google Play Services update, my GPS seemed to be working but then died after 4+ hour of use (not consistent, 20-40 minute here and there). Had to restart the tablet before it would work again. Needless to say, the GPS has issues. It can't keep a lock. I am hoping Google announces something about a fix before I submit an RMA or just use my Best Buy Warranty to swap it in the future. 2) Multitouch I personally have not had any multitouch issues, but people on the forums have been saying double letter clicking to using touch screen app to test and it went sporadic. While I had this happen, I just uninstalled an app and the problem disappeared. I think Android 4.3 is too new and is expected to have app issues so I am not deducting a star for this as it was expected having the latest OS. 3) While the speakers are good, I prefer using my bluetooth speaker for louder sound. However, I noticed that there is an occasional slight delay on what the person says on the tablet vs. the sound coming out. This never happened to me with my Kindle Fire HD. 4) Wish the charger cord was longer. 5) I never understood why the cameras always suck on tablets. Can someone please put an 8 MP with a good sensor to block noise out front camera for skype? Why is it always 1.3 or 2, never higher lol. Back camera is mediocre, has a lot of noise too. Convenient to take pictures of lectures or charts in book though, but I wish they would have a better camera. 6) Stylus for some reason doesn't work well with this screen. But I'm not going to deduct a star for this, if you wanted a stylus tablet the best option is the Samsung Galaxy Note series. What is Great -Screen Resolution is amazing. Sometimes it is way too bright. There are other tablets with vivid colors so it looks very colorful, but this one looks very sharp and perfect "standard" to me and I like that more than vivid. Vivid looks too fake to me, but then again it depends on the person which preference they have. -Can install stock browser and flash. Check out XDA forums with instructions, it works well! Flash video looks crisp on this tablet. Seriously who said flash was gone, Amazon Instant still uses flash. -Easy to hold. I love that it is easy and light to hold with one hand vertically and if I wanted to hold it landscape, there are black bezels large enough for me to grip and not touch the screen. -Sound is great, not better than Amazon Kindle Fire HD but still great. -Always get the latest updates first! Love that about stock Google products. -Battery is surprisingly good for the small mAh size. Overall, if they fix the GPS issue and the bluetooth sound lag this would be easily 5 stars. Until that happens, the only tablet better than this one is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (but that has a flaw of not a high screen resolution). Hope my review helped!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Zero Complaints - Wonderful

    Posted
    JayRock78
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a wonderful tablet. I owned the previous generation of the Nexus 7 and currently have an Ipad 2 as well. Just to give an idea of the past tablet experience I have had. I picked this Nexus 7 up on sort of an impulse, so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. My experience with the past Nexus 7 was ok, but I have to be honest I wasn't a huge fan of it. So it is surprising to me that I even went out to grab a new one of this 2nd generation. My primary complaints with the first Nexus 7 were that it felt like the screen was small and it lacked a feeling of being smooth. As for the screen I felt like I had to zoom all the time to see detail. Not because my eyes are bad, but because the screen could not display the fine details of text to make it legible at the small size. At least not comfortably legible. This new screen is fabulous. It makes the new Nexus feel much bigger. I can have full sized PDFs and can read all of the text without zooming. Everything is so much more clear. It almost makes my Ipad 2 feel small because it has that much detail. I can't say enough how much of a difference the new screen makes. My other complaint of the first Nexus 7 was that it always felt like the performance was inconsistent. It lacked fluidity and it wasn't because of the processor. It was the RAM. Having twice as much memory on this new one has made a very substantial improvement. One the old model popping the keyboard up would cause it to stutter frequently. You could also feel the lack of memory when you had a lot of apps open. The new Nexus 7 experience just blows away the old. It might not demolish it in some benchmarks, but I am telling you, it feels completely different. Regarding the sound, I think it is still lacking from the speakers, but I do think it is better than the first generation. It think the new speaker position is slightly better. My one and only complaint stems more from the Android OS than the tablet itself. The battery life could be a bit better. My Ipad 2 gets charged once a week at most unless I am using it a lot. The Nexus is going to see the charger every three days if I use it much or not. Android puts a constant drain on the battery even while in the sleep position. I am hoping Google will address this someday. Regardless, I feel like when I am using the device, the battery will last a long time, it is just the slow draining downtime that bothers me. Well that's all I have got for you... if you have an older Nexus 7 and feel like I do, trust me, the new Nexus 7 will be a huge upgrade for you. It was worth every penny to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loved by Grad Student in the Sciences

    Posted
    Itchy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I am a grad student and my laptop is a 17in Sony Vaio that is like 5-6 years old now. With the charger and my case and stuff it weights like 30-40 pounds. As a grad student I have to go to a lot of meetings where I need a computer, usually spread out across campus. Carrying my laptop was quite the burden. Another big important change: laptop gets 40 mins of battery life (brand new replacement battery too), Nexus 7 I charge like once a week. After a ten hour consortium meeting i find the Nexus battery to still be like 60% charged. The Nexus 7 has all but eliminated the need for me to have to take my computer with me to meetings. The difference between 40 pounds worth of laptop and this device was amazing. All I take with me now is the Nexus and a notepad. Still have to haul the computer when I give presentations. I have two downsides with the tablet, but these same gripes you can find in almost every review on the internet: 1) lack of replaceable battery and 2) no expandable storage. The other things I wish it would do is hook up to a VGA projector with a decent Power Point presentation software (I've used the iPad office apps and they are far superior for giving a presentation). This is mostly a software issue with Android in general. I have not found an office suite that meets my needs. The other area where software is lacking is in mathematical software. Matlab has a cloud based solution, but I don't find it particularly useful. Mathematica as well as good lab software are completely absent from any app store I have found. Also I have not found a good calculator that can do complicated operations. All of the calculator and computing apps I have tried have sucked and are not worth the effort. have not tried the Python interpreter for Android, but looks like programming on a touch screen would suck. As this is my first tablet, I really don't know if these software issues are better on iOS or not, except for Power Point type stuff. The iPad works way better as a presentation device. Besides that, I love the tablet. If more scientific software becomes available I could easily permanently replace my laptop with this device. (Are you listening software developers? I would give you money for good Nexus 7 scientific programs!) I also still use a desktop for computationally intensive tasks, but could easily see this tablet replacing all my mobile needs. ~~~~~ More about me so you can see how it fits into my life: Job: Grad student at a university in Chemical Physics and high-performance computing. I also own: HTC One (2013), Beast of a desktop computer (8-Core, 16 GB Ram, 4 Video Cards) Old laptop used mostly as a research storage / presentation device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    great until it stopped working

    Posted
    JamRock
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this in store on April 7 2014, few weeks go by and I am loving this device. Than on April 26 I plug it in to charge and go to use it a few hours later and the screen will not turn on. The device still works as I can hear it unlock using facial recognition. I can also guess where the numbers are and unlock the device that way too. I can make it ring using find my android. I can also plug it in to a PC and browse the files. Just what appears to be a randomly broken screen. No damage to the device at all and it has never been dropped. I babied the device. After calling best buy and learning their return and exchange policy is ONLY 15 days and that they would not take it back, I called google. Google was no help and told me to call Asus. Asus gave me an RMA number and I have to return it at my own expense for warranty repair. Btw, they say they may send you a re-manufactured or re-certified device in its place.....I have a screen protector on the device which will ruin the protector if I remove it, so I guess that is also more money down the drain. To make it worse I will have to pay for data while my device is away getting repaired or replaced. If you google nexus 7 screen problems or nexus 7 power problems. It's scary the amount of people with similar problems. There are all sorts of different power on/off sequences with power on and volume buttons to try and fix but none of them actually do. Will report back with what my experience with Asus is like. Very disappointed in best buy. If they can't guarantee a product for at least 30 days then they do not deserve my future business. Lots of other retailers both on and offline which still do 30 day. update: May 7 2014, Asus has had the device for 1 full week now, they have not been able to provide me a status online or through their support team. I am beginning to fear the worst. Their online status webpage says it take 1 business day after receiving item to update status. Asus support says devices are typically turned around in 5 to 7 days. Both statements have come to be false!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple fanatic converted!

    Posted
    docpark
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have been waiting too long for a Retina iPad Mini. As physician, I find my 3rd generation iPad too big to carry in my white lab coat, but find that Retina display is a must for my eyes which need reading glasses -with Retina display on my phone, Macbook Pro, and iPad, no reading glasses needed and images are diagnostic quality. The original Nexus 7 was compelling, but this one hits the sweet spots of 1. Hi density display and 2. Real life battery life >6 hours. Microsoft would do well to look at this to figure out why they are failing as they offer no high density (Retina-like) displays natively without hacks and they release devices like the Surface Pro which has a real world battery life of 2-3 hours. The Nexus 7 is light and fits in the white coat pocket. It is fast -faster than my iPad 3, and kills my now old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. And the price is right. The only thing I wish for is complete iCloud access, but Dropbox and Evernote fill that gap. Apple must have some powerful juju coming down the product announcement line this fall or they will lose a lot of volume to Nexus 7. Just saying. The only other comment is that the touch screen will ocassionally hiccup (won't register during a time limited Candy Crush level -I do relax when I'm not working) but this is fixed with a off/on. I am also confident they will address this in an OS update which I know Samsung or anyone else won't do in a timely fashion or ever. I do have a final complaint -this device comes with a magnet power sensor and the ASUS site has a vaporware screen of "Smart" trifold covers, but they only offer a silicone Travel cover which is a travesty. This I squarely blame ASUS for, as they can't shake the cheap and badly made out of their DNA. They should have had these Smart Covers at launch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 7" tablet at any price

    Posted
    BWMinst
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    While the price isn't quite as impressive as the 1st Nexus 7, what you get for the extra $30 (16GB) to $70 (32GB) is well worth it. Even with the price increase, it is the best 7" tablet available, at ANY price. I've previously owned the original Kindle Fire, and have used Android phones for years, so I will admit a bias towards that environment over iOS devices and Windows tablets. Unless you absolutely have to have an Apple product, I would highly recommend this tablet over any other, with the only real drawback being that it doesn't have a memory card slot available, which can be a deal breaker for some people. Of all of the five or six Android devices that I have owned, this is the very first one that has exceeded my expectations. One of the first things I do when I get a new device is load as many applications onto it as possible, including the many games and tools that I might possibly use, even if only rarely. Usually, I hit a point where I get an "insufficient memory space" warning, either on the "applications space" or "total storage space", but not with this tablet. I installed just about everything I could from my Google Play, Amazon App Store and Humble Bundle collections [the last two require "side loading" using instructions from each site] and eventually ran out of things to install. This was well over a hundred apps, with the end result that I was using 12GB of storage and still had 15GB free (not all of the 32GB is available to the user, but that isn't uncommon in computing devices). My RAM hasn't been an issue either, even with opening multiple apps, at any point in the month that I've owned and used it. Some of the features of the new Android OS have been greatly appreciated, particularly the "restricted profile", allowing me to create a guest account which allows me to let anyone use the tablet without worrying that they might fire up my Facebook, Google+, or email applications. Essentially, you can create a new account with a separate password that can be assigned rights on a per-app basis. Very handy! The performance has also been very impressive, as the touch controls are very accurate and responsive, to the point that using the same application on my phone (Razr Maxx HD, 20 months old) feels limiting. The battery life seems adequate, though there are times when an application (games with 3D support in particular) will just chew up the battery much faster than it should. While the device is very easy to use and the interface is generally comfortable to most even when first trying it out, it does take some time to set it up, simply because it is the apps that allow you to get the most out of it and those take some time to find and install. Placing the icons where you want them, after installation, can take a bit of time as well. The tutorials that come with the device and are also found online could be better and sell the capabilities better, but overall, it really is about the apps, anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Touch Screen nightmare

    Posted
    ChelseJohn

    I purchased a new Asus Goolge Nexus 32 ($249.99) for myself on 2/25/2014. Last year I purchased an Asus Google Nexus for my father, and his works great. Unfortunately I can not say the same for mine. Along with the Nexus 32, I also purchased a Zagg screen protector, and a targus case, a Verizon JetPack, and a 2 year agreement with the JetPack. Shortly after the Best Buy return window closed (15 days) the touch screen started acting up. It would not register the correct key on the key board, sometimes it would register multiple keys on the key board, some times it wouldn't register any key pressed, and sometime it would register keys as I moved my had over the keyboard before I even pressed any key. I called ASUS, got an RMA number, shipped it to TX (another $15 out of my own pocket#. Slightly less than 2 weeks later, I recieved a different unit back, in a plain brown box - no documentation, no explanation, nothing else. So much for the added protection of the Zagg Screen Protector #$24.99#. A week after I got the replacement unit, it too started doing the exact same things. I had intended to use this for both personal and business access to my email. My company has a policy that the device must utilize a numerical access PIN. However, when you can't enter a PIN correctly because the number pad (and the keyboard) do not register correctly, it is basically only good as a paperweight. The ASUS warranty is good from the original date of purchase - even on the replacement. I'm already out close to $50 on the screen protector and shipping, and looks like I'll have to pay another $15 to ship it again! I really liked this tablet when it was working, and my father has never had any problems with his - unfortunately I haven't had the same eperience. My experience has been one frustration after another. I would not recommend any ASUS products to anyone. I'd be happy to update this review after I see what course of action ASUS takes with the second return!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware, But Bugged OS Doomed This Tablet

    Posted
    Smelvin
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was initially very excited to try this tablet. I love both Apple & PC and wanted to try my hand at Android. I have an Apple Air notebook, An Apple 4S, an Apple iPad, a family Sony all-in-one PC, and a Intel Gen 4 Windows PC that I use for gaming. I just generally like tech and wanted to have a go at the Android OS. So, I read reviews and decided that the best bang for the buck was the Nexus 7 (2013). Upon opening the box I was impressed. This tablet is a great looking device. It is this, sleek, light, there is enough bezel around the screen to hold the device without inadvertently hitting icons, and the back was just grippy enough to hold onto well. At first start the screen was amazing for a little tablet of this price point, Crystal clear, bright, and crazy high resolution. I tried the sound and found it sounded simply great. In short, this hardware is simply fantastic! ASUS did an excellent job putting this thing together. Next, I tried to download some apps. This is where my issues began and have continued. Each time I try to download an app I get an error message “File Package Invalid". Nothing seems to download. Thinking it was operator error, I worked with it all weekend trying to work-around the issue. No luck! After work on Monday I began searching the internet for solutions. There is forum upon forum about the Nexus 7 experiencing this problem. The Google Play Store does not seem to work on any of the WiFi models. Some experts had contacted Google and were told that that they were aware of the problem, that there was no work-around or fix, and that there was no time frame when a fix or work-around could be expected. Apps simply will not download on the Nexus 7 WiFi. Well, as you can imagine this seriously negatively impacted my little tryst with the Android OS. I was left simply frustrated and un-impressed with the whole system. I know there fanatics out there who love one system and hate the other, but I am not one of those people. I have loved tech my whole life (I’m 49) and enjoy both the Apple iOS and the PC Windows environment, since literally they both came out. I was actually looking forward to learning a new OS and wanted to see what all the hullabaloo about the Androids was over. I think the people at Apple would die before they would let a sale go by due to buggy software, and Windows would not be far behind in the death. Is it that there are so many iterations of the Android OS that no company could keep them all running smoothly? Is it indicative of Google? Have they simply written off the Nexus 7 for a while? I have never known Google to miss a dime earned either, so I doubt it is that. Perhaps there are just too many Android versions out there to all run smoothly. Anyway, after a frustrating 4 days I have decided to take the Nuxus 7 back to the store. I am still very disappointed as I truly wanted to learn Android and have some fun doing so. The short version is: Pro: Excellent screen resolution Excellent screen sensitivity Excellent sound Very good feel and lightweight Con: Buggy OS No SD Card slot Slow charge time and only moderate battery life Finicky charge portal

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A great tablet marred by Asus' quality control

    Posted
    Nick91

    Ok, so I own an original Nexus 7 and decided to pick up one of these for my last year of college to carry around my notes, documents, etc. My first few hours with the tablet (32GB WiFi model) were excellent. This thing is seriously fast with one of the best screens I've seen on a tablet. It's easily as good as the retina iPad models, though color reproduction and black levels aren't quite as nice, but hey, those are way more expensive. The tablet flies. There's no slowdown anywhere in Android, mostly due to the S4 Pro and the fact that stock Android is a much better option than some company's laggy skin. That said, after playing with it for an hour, I noticed discoloration on the back of mine. I assumed it was just residue from handling it for a while but I was shocked to find I couldn't wipe it off. It turns out there's a portion, at least on the model I had, which was permanently picking up finger prints and smudges. It looked bad and had a odd greasy texture too it. On top of this, I had a bunch of issues with pinching to zoom and some gestures online, something my original N7 (also running 4.3) did not encounter. On top of the small scratches mine had right out of the box (something I was discouraged by but was going to just put up with before all the other issues piled up) it was enough for me to return it. Don't get me wrong, I love the tablet, but the quality really let me down. I'm going to be purchasing another one in hopes that the one I got was just marred by manufacturing defects because they're that good, but I'll definitely be wary of the next one, open it in the store, and give it a thorough rundown before I leave with it. I encourage you to do the same.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The ULTIMATE Android tablet, hands down.

    Posted
    kramjam
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I'm a hardcore Apple user and have never cared for an Android tablet, ever. This product has changed my mind, completely. Google really stepped it up for this year and listened to the feedback from last year's Nexus 7. They nailed it! Enjoying your content on this tablet is simply a joy due to the amazing display. The internals combined with Android 4.3 is smooth as butter, and can handle multitasking like a champ. The device feels really solid in your hand, and is perfect for one handed use. The new Nexus 7 is also very thin and light, and super portable. I plan to bring it everywhere with me, something I just couldn't do with my iPad (retina display.) Sure, the iOS App Store has some apps that Android doesn't currently have yet, and some higher quality tablet optimized apps, but Android is catching up. I couldn't wait for a retina iPad Mini any longer and sure am glad I took the plunge with the new Nexus 7. Being able to do things like download torrents on my device and have a real file browser and ability to tweak the device in almost anyway without Apple's walled garden sure feels really nice. Bottom line, this is the best Android tablet on the market, and the best 7" tablet your money can buy. Apple needs to really deliver on their next mini release because of what Google and ASUS have achieved. If you've been hesitant about giving Android a shot, do yourself a favor and pick this bad boy up. For the money, it's a steal!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The tablet I've been waiting for...

    Posted
    sirkenneth

    I have a 2nd generation iPad and an iPhone 5. My iPad is too big and the iPhone is (way) too small. In the past few months I decided I need a device that I can easily hold in one hand, but that has a large enough screen to consume web content, watch Netflix, etc. Obviously I've been a purchaser of Apple devices, but I prefer Google apps such as Gmail, Google docs, and Google Now. Enter the new Nexus 7. I happened to be near a Best Buy this past weekend while I was on a Dunkin Donuts run, so I stopped in after reading about the Nexus 7 earlier in the week. The Nexus 7 was not on display, so I asked the associate if they had any, and in fact they had a few in the cabinet already, even though I didn't think they were available yet. I asked the associate a couple of times whether this was the new Nexus 7 or the old Nexus 7 and he assured me that it was the new Nexus 7. The rest is history. I just returned from a business trip, and while I was away I used the device to watch Netflix, read my book on the Kindle app, read a lot of Gmail, edited some Google Docs, played Words With Friends, and consumed a lot of web content. The new Nexus 7 was perfect! The screen resolution and speed is beyond what I imagined. Also, I got 14 hours of time out of my first full battery charge. My 15-year-old son is the recipient of my old iPad, and I don't miss it a bit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    GPS, Touch screen, and Random Reboot problems.

    Posted
    mrfooter

    My Nexus 7 2013 has a major defect out of the box: the GPS sensor which allows the tablet to be used for satellite navigation does NOT work. Many people who have purchased the Nexus 7 and tried to use GPS for navigating have found the GPS drops the signal after 5 to 10 minutes when navigating (walking or driving) and can not require the signal until a reboot. A forum representative who said he's from Google acknowledged this problem on the Google support forums over a week ago by saying "Google is aware of the issue and is looking into it", but has yet to provide an update. I have returned my original N7 2013 for a new one only to have the new one have the same problem. Many early adopters including myself have been mistakenly fed the same line by Google AND Asus tech support that "GPS does not work without wifi". This is in stark contrast to the first generation Nexus 7, all Samsung Galaxy Tabs, and most recent smart phones which can access GPS for navigation WITHOUT any kind of wi-fi or cellular data connection. Many N7 2013's are also experiencing touch screen problems such as ghost entries, double and triple taps, and pinch to zoom issues. My first tablet had this problem but the replacement so far works okay as far as the screen goes. If you are looking to buy this tablet, please be aware that the GPS may not function properly, you may have a problem with your touch screen, and there is also reported random rebooting problems. More importantly, Google/Asus are dragging their feet acknowledging the problems and as of yet have done nothing about it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet for the money

    Posted
    overtmatt2400

    I just bought this tablet yesterday and I love it I have had many other tablets such as iPad 2, iPad mini, Samsung note 8, and Samsung tab 10.1. Of all of those tablet this one on the best in my opinion the size of this tablet is perfect also the price is half of those Other tablet and it seems to work a lot better the screen resolution is amazing the brightness is really bright. The color are very vividI am a tech savvy person I use a lot of tablets in this is the best one so far I think that anybody should buy this the price is perfet. I am currently using the speech to text and it works flawlessly I haven't had to delete or change anything manually this is really great this is the best tablet ever even for people looking for first time tablet things the right one price: perfect the quality is good build qualitythe cameras work really well the front 5-megapixel looks really well uh it's fun to play with the camera the front facing camera is not the best but again it is a tablet no one really uses the camera on here, if I had to choose between getting an iPad for this tablet for free I would go this tablet because it's just a whole lot better than the iPad and as far as the Samsungs I'd really enjoy this more a lot more than the Samsung the Samsung Note and the samsung tab 10.1 I like this one all the way better work better feel better screen quality is a lot better the size of it just perfect and all the way around the edges and overall better tablet and it's a lot faster just because Cheaper doesn't mean its not good. I strongly advise people to get this tablet over anything else,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Android tablet for Price

    Posted
    dme429

    First, let me start by saying, I have owned both the first and second generation Nexus's both 32 gigabytes. The best Android tablet if not the best for price and features. This is what sold me on this tablet, you get all Android updates before any other Android tablet manufacture. Both the first and second Nexus tablets can be upgraded to android's Kitkat 4.4.4 is the latest software not even other manufactures have kept up with pushing out their updates to the latest Android software. What I like about this second generation Nexus 7 tablet is the rearward camera, a feature that was not offered on the first generation Nexus 7. Google Now is a really cool feature that learns you. For example, how long to get to a place, from things you follow on the internet, the weather etc. You don't have to turn it on but I think it is worth checking out. One thing great about google now is the voice activated search by saying " Ok Google" than what you want to search or what the weather outside is or anything. This is similar to Siri on the Apple iPhone, but on all Android tablets and phones running 4.2 or later software. This is very important to get the most out of this tablet and after updating the tablet go to the Google Play Store and download "Google Now Launcher" this will make the features on the Nexus 5 phone available to your tablet and copy your existing icons over that way you don't lose them. The google now has limited functions if you do not download this from play store and the app is actually by Google. The only downside is no expandable storage on the device through an SD card reader and since Adobe does not create anymore updates for its Flash Player on the latest Android software 4.4 Kitkat. The only option is a work around that can be found online. What this means is that many businesses used flash on their web pages for there videos or slide shows of pictures. When you view their websites in desktop mode without an Adobe Flash Player you can only view the webpage in the mobile site mode only. This is not all websites but some you may run across and this is not a Nexus issue but on all Android devices on at least 4.4 and newer. Overall, great device and would highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best android tablet on the market today

    Posted
    AzNMaJiKstiK
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I own an iPad 4, iPad mini, and a Surface RT and used to have the 1st gen Nexus 7. They all have their pros and cons but this New Nexus 7 model is my favorite to use. You get a lot of value for your money. Screen- Its sharp and bright. I've put the same 1080p video file on all my different devices and it looks as good on this as anything else. Text is sharp and great for reading. Plus you can download an app on the market to play mkv files which you can't do on iPads. Performance- With the Snapdragon S4, the Adreno GPU , and Android 4.3 this device handles a lot of different tasks smoothly. I've yet to see it stutter. Graphic intensive games look and run great. Battery life is very good. The touch screen is very responsive. Design- They made it slimmer and more narrow than the 1st Nexus 7. I kind of the the dimpled back of the 1st because it made it easier to grip. The new one has a matte plastic back which is good at making it slimmer and resists finger prints. Overall there is no other tablet on the market today that gives you as much value for your money than this new Nexus 7. Especially this 32 GB model for just $269. That's why it's back ordered. This is exactly what the market needed to make company's like Apple step it up and offer us consumers more value and better products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor Hardware, Poor Customer Service

    Posted
    JonDoh
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this tablet seven months ago at my local BestBuy. A couple of months ago the battery suddenly took a dive and began discharging more than 30% a day. I tried everything I read on troubleshooting forums like disabling location, NFC, syncing, all Google Play services. I even installed battery monitors and Greenify to shut down apps but nothing helped. Then I did a complete factory reset and cleared the system cache, which again did nothing to help battery life. The odd thing was that when you looked at battery usage nothing was showing using the battery. Then recently the tablet stopped charging unless it was turned off. My research led me to believe the USB charging port board was defective as this problem has been talked about on a lot of the forums. There are several videos on YouTube to show you how to replace the board. I decided to send it in to Asus for warranty repair. Their website is a nightmare. The page to request an RMA number has been down for over a week. Plus you really have to dig through their website to find a number to call. When I finally did the person didn't speak passable English. I was able to find an email of a customer support rep from a Nexus forum and sent them an email. When I provided my serial number they tried to get out of honoring the warranty by telling me it had expired. Luckily I had my receipt and scanned it and sent it in. To make a long story short, after much communication and rudeness from Asus they have finally given me an RMA to return the unit. As others have stated here this tablet shouldn't have the USB port go bad in a few months, especially with light use. The poor quality of this tablet combined with the extremely poor customer support from Asus has convinced me to never ever buy anything Asus makes again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend