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Cracking Open: Cracking Open the Google Nexus 7

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Cracking Open: Cracking Open the Google Nexus 7

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Bill Detwiler tears down the Asus-built Google Nexus 7, explores the internal hardware, and explains why it has an edge on Amazon's Kindle Fire.

On the outside there's a lot to like about Google's nexus seven tablet. As a great looking seven inch display runs jolly beat and sports a 200 dollar price tag. But if I'm going to show you today there's also lock the light on the inside. I'm -- that Waller and this is cracking open. The first thing -- really like about the nexus and it is how easy it is to open. Like the Kindle fire and unlike the iPad. The back cover just pops right off. Giving you easy access to the tablets internal hardware. The battery isn't -- -- motherboard and it's easily removed. -- speaker assembly headphone Jack and USB connector can all be disconnected and replaced. Even the camera -- -- microphone motherboard and internal frame are difficult to remove. I don't have to real complaints about the -- construction. First. Asus used to large pieces of what looks like copper -- shielding. One covering part of the motherboard and cable for headphone Jack and USB connector and one covering the display connector. You must be careful not to hear the shields when removing. Second the display and front glass panel are fused together if one breaks you'll need to replace the -- So how does the nexus seven stack up against the other big 200 dollar tablet out there Amazon's Kindle fire. Well there's no doubt that Google's tablet has the edge on hardware. It has one point three gigahertz Quad Core Nvidia tegra three processor. One Diego low voltage DDR three ram and comes in either eight or sixteen gig models. -- on the other hand has a dual core one gigahertz TIO -- processor. 512. Megs of ram and only comes in an eight gig model. Given however that Amazon will like to release an updated fire later this year and Apple may introduce a smaller cheaper iPad. The nexus seven may not be the most powerful seven inch tablet for law. Despite all its positives Asus and Google didn't sacrifice a few features to keep the nexus seven's price so low. There's no rear camera no HDMI out no cellular data option and no memory card -- But given that you can buy an eight gig model for one night -- night. An -- sixteen gig model for 249. You'd definitely get a lot of bang for your buck. For more information on the nexus seven including performance and battery life benchmark tests check out Eric Franklin full CNET review. And to see more pared down post and read my old hardware analysis to go to tech republic dot com forward slash and cracking open. I'm -- lot of thanks. And -- entertainment content and didn't.

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