Google Nexus 7 review: Google Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet, and a great bargain

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 54 user reviews

The Good Screen; Low price; Battery life.

The Bad Slightly harder to use than an iPad.

The Bottom Line For just £199, you can't go wrong with a Nexus 7. If you have more to spend, I think you'll enjoy an iPad mini more, but for the price it can't be beaten.

8.8 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice Dec '13

Google's Nexus 7 is currently the best tablet you can buy for £200. With a great 7-inch screen and a lightweight body that's light enough to hold in one hand, it's the tablet to beat. It's also just been updated to the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat , which makes it a good time to weigh it up against the competition.

You can get the 16GB version for £199, the 32GB for £239 and the 32GB with LTE and HSPA+ for £299, all from Google.

Excellent screen

Let's talk some more about that 7-inch screen. It's very high resolution -- 1,920x1,200 pixels to be precise -- which makes text look very sharp. Google is far better than it used to be at giving you opportunities to buy books, music and movies directly from its Play store, and those books look lovely on the display. Amazon's Kindle app is available on the Play store too, so you can also buy books through that.

Google Nexus 7 display
The screen is 7 inches, and very high-res.

Games look lovely on the high-res screen too. I had a great time playing Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 marvelling at how good the graphics have become on tablets. The level of detail is incredible for a device I personally mostly use for emailing and browsing. Movies and TV you buy from the Play store look similarly glorious.

Android KitKat

The Android KitKat update doesn't add anything Earth-shattering to the Nexus experience. Probably most noticeable is the new 'immersive mode', so when you're reading a book, the controls go away so you can just concentrate on the words. The really big appeal of the latest version of Android is that it uses less memory than previous iterations, which doesn't mean much on this device as it already has 2GB of RAM.

A few of the Google apps crashed when I used them sometimes, which isn't ideal, although I've also had similar problems with the new 64-bit apps on the latest iPad , so slight tablet instability seems to be doing the rounds.

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