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Hands-on with the Nexus 7 (pictures)

We got a quick look at the Nexus 7 tablet just after it was announced at Google I/O 2012.

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Old joke...

Now there's a tablet out standing in its field! Haw...oh...
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Like holding a book

One of the most comfortable tablets to hold, thanks to that grippy backside.
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A look to the side

The Nexus 7 is 10.45 millimeters thick and weighs 0.7 pound.
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Navigational keys

The familiar onscreen navigational buttons for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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Micro-USB port

The Micro-USB port of the Nexus 7.
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Push the buttons

The sleep/power button and volume rocker on the Nexus 7.
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Nexus on the back

The Nexus 7 sports a textured backing dimpled with tiny holes.
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Zooming in

A closer look at the Nexus 7's textured back.
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Holding it up

The Nexus 7 has a Tegra 3 processor and a screen with a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels.
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Listen closely

The output audio speaker grille on the back of the Nexus 7.
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No context

I just like this shot. No explanation.
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Perfect for Hangouts

Above the display sits the front-facing camera.
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A feel for the size

The Nexus 7 on top of a magazine for size comparison.
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TV!

TV shows are now available on Google Play.
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Stream or local

Once purchased, movies and TV shows can be streamed or watched locally.
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Favs

Google collects all your purchased media in one widget.
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Bad Nexus 7!

The Blair Witch is watching you and your textured behind.

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