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Google Nexus 7 (2013) by Asus Review: Late But New

Although it's a bit late to review the Google Nexus 7 (2013) by Asus, but at last our team decided to finish the review of the Nexus 7 (2013) before it's really too late.

Back to July, Google and Asus have announced the Nexus 7 (2013). The Nexus 7 (2013) is the successor of the last year Nexus 7 with thinner bezels, lighter weight, slimmer body and some hardware upgrade. The tablet is also the first device to run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Before we continue our review, special thanks to Asus Malaysia for sending us the review unit for review purpose. The Nexus 7 (2013) has two versions - Wi-Fi only and the LTE + Wi-Fi. Our review unit is the LTE + Wi-Fi version so there may some different from the Wi-Fi only version.

Video Review

Here's the specifications of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) by Asus:

2G Network  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 
3G Network  HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 
4G Network  LTE 700 / 750 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100

7-inches, 1200 x 1920 pixels (323 ppi pixel density) 
LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours 
10 fingers multitouch
Corning Gorilla Glass protection

Stereo speakers 
3.5mm jack 

16/32 GB internal, 2 GB RAM

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 320 GPU

GPRS, EDGE / HSPA+, LTE Speed / Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band / Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE / NFC / microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

5 MP, autofocus, 1080p@30fps video recording, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection features

Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4 (KitKat)
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass sensors

Non-removable Li-Ion 3,950 mAh 


RM 999 (16 GB, Wi-Fi) / RM 1,299 (32 GB, LTE)

The design of the Nexus 7 (2013) is pretty nice and clean, it has a thinner bezels, slimmer body and lighter weight than its predecessor. It is measures at just 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm and weighs at 290 g for Wi-Fi only version and 299 g for LTE version.

^ The power and volume buttons is located at the right side of the tablet, there's also a mic too.
^ As our unit is LTE version, there's a SIM card slot at the left side of the tablet.
^ The big Nexus logo is at the back of the tablet, it also has a stereo speakers at the bottom and top of tablet.
^ The notification light is located below the display, it uses the on-screen Android buttons instead of physical capacitive button.
^ On top of display is a front-facing camera, proximity and light sensors.
^ The microUSB port, Asus logo and the speaker.
^ Another speaker and the 3.5 mm jack.
^ The 5 MP shooter is at the top corner of the tablet.
We have to say that the Nexus 7 (2013) is nice to hold in your hand and it is pretty light in its category.

The Nexus 7 (2013) has a 7" IPS LCD display with 1200 x 1920 resolution at 323 ppi of pixel density. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The display is pretty good and sharp, the viewing angle is also pretty decent.

^ The viewing angle is decent.
^ Sharp display.
The Nexus 7 (2013) has a 3,950 mAh battery, which is smaller than its predecessor but its stand-by time is pretty decent. Based on our test, the web browsing time of the Nexus 7 (2013) uses up 11% for 1 hour, which means you can browse the web up to 9 hours with full charge battery.

The Nexus 7 (2013) has a 5 MP shooter without LED flash, so it is not a great deal to use the tablet shot low-light photos. Below are some camera samples that we shot recently, note that the photos you see are not in full resolution.

The camera quality of the Nexus 7 (2013) is acceptable. It did a great job in macro shot, the details is good but the noise level is fairly high. When turn to low-light/ night scene, the Nexus 7 (2013) did keep the detail of the photos but the noise level is higher.

The Google Nexus 7 (2013) is a good tablet and worth to buy in RM 999 price tag for Wi-Fi only version while the LTE version is priced at RM 1,299.

- Nice handling, thanks to thinner bezels - Light weight tablet - Price tag is quite cheap for that specs - Nice display - Stock Android, able to receive latest update immediately - Stereo speakers Cons: - Stock Android UI isn't much features and lacks of customization - Non-expandable memory
- No LED flash

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