Google Nexus 7 (32GB, HSPA+)

The Good The Nexus 7 features a sharp screen, a comfortable design, and great battery life at a low starting price. Android 4.2 adds some welcome and useful features.

The Bad Android still needs more tablet-optimized apps, newer games have frame rate issues, and HSPA+ speeds seem particularly location-dependent.

The Bottom Line With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Google Nexus 7 (32GB, HSPA+)
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Review

Still the best small tablet

Nov 2012

Several months after its debut, the Nexus 7 is still an excellent tablet. The 8GB version is gone and the tablet now starts at $199 for 16GB. Paying $249 nets you the 32GB version, and the 32GB version with HSPA+ is available for $299.

Since the debut of the Nexus 7, we've seen the release of three major small tablets: the Kindle Fire HD, the iPad Mini, and the Nook HD. Each tablet has its own strengths; your choice will eventually come down to which tablet best fits your needs.

However, thanks to its low price, great battery life, sharp screen, and complete and open Android 4.2 environment, overall, the Nexus 7 is still the best small tablet you can buy.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $299
  • Brand Google
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Type Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Weight 340 g
  • Color Category brown
  • Cameras (for SD) front camera
  • Band W-CDMA 850/900/2100 / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Installed Size 1 GB
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