Google Nexus 7 (summer 2013)

The Good The Nexus 7’s razor-sharp full-HD screen, silky smooth performance, long battery life, meager weight, and affordable price make it the best tablet value on the market.

The Bad The back is missing the soft grippy texture of the original, screen colors lack accuracy, and there's no microSD support. Android 4.3 has few useful interface improvements.

The Bottom Line Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.5 Overall

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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)
Google Nexus 7 (summer 2013)
Microsoft Surface Pro (128GB, Core m3, 4GB)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Amazon Fire HD 8 (black, 16GB, 2017)
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)
Apple iPad 2017 (space gray, 32GB)
Apple iPad (9.7-inch, 2017)
Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, silver, 64GB)
iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)
Price $320 Amazon.com $690 Amazon.com $50 Amazon.com $286 Amazon.com $589 Amazon.com
Design
7
8
8
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10
Features
8
8
8
8
8
Performance
9
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Review

The best Android tablet gets even better

Jul 2013

Pound for pound, the Nexus 7 is the best small tablet you can buy. It houses a ridiculously sharp, bright screen, its gaming performance is second only to the fourth-generation iPad, and as a Google-branded tablet it will always see the latest version of Android before any other tablet brand.

Also, at $230 (for 16GB), it's still an affordable tablet with one of the highest values in the market, despite a $30 price hike over the previous generation. The $270 32GB Wi-Fi model and $350 4G LTE version are even better values, especially compared with similar configurations of the iPad Mini.

Yes, it's not as cheap as some of the top small tablets from 2012, its screen isn't as big as the iPad Mini's, and Android 4.3 lacks a few useful UI features Samsung plugged into its Galaxy Tab 3. However, those are only nitpicks considering the Nexus 7's sharp-as-nails screen and blazingly fast performance. Despite its imperfections, it's the first small tablet I'd recommend and is the current best tablet value around.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Asus
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Type Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Monitor Features 10-point multi-touch, Corning Fit glass
  • Weight 10.23 oz
  • Color Category black
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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model 16GB, 2013

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