The 2013 version of the Nexus 7 replaces the old one with a much better screen, a noticeably faster processor, a back camera, wireless charging, and latest version of Android, 4.3.
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The new Nexus 7's back side doesn't feel as soft and inviting as the original.
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However, it's one of the waifiest tablets available and easily fits into most hands.
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I'm a huge fan of close-up pics of tablet buttons. Actually, I'm not, but I liked this particular pic so much I married it. That's also not true.
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The Micro-USB port doubles as an HDMI port, as long as you have the required (about $30) adapter.
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The Nexus 7 now has a back camera. Thankfully, the tablet is small, so you probably won't look too dorky using it in public. Probably.
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Old and new
The old Nexus 7 is still available, but Google is no longer selling it. However, the company will continue to support it with updates for the foreseeable future. If $230 is too rich for your blood, Walmart is currently selling the old model for $150!
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OK, this pic is about seven slides too late, but it more clearly illustrates the size as well as texture difference between the two.
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One of the few notable Android 4.3 additions is the Multi-User Restricted Profiles feature, which allows you to set up accounts with extremely limited access.
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Games. It has it.
The best-performing small tablet for gaming. 'Nuff said. Well, actually I do say more in the full review.
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How it all began
Ah, remember when the Nexus 7 was just a blue, yellow, red, green, and black box? No? Too bad. It was a glorious time.