Excellent hardware design
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
No storage expansion
No mobile broadband
Front-facing camera only
Google makes the Android operating system, and it sells Android hardware. So why wouldn’t Google attempt to produce the best hardware possible, with the most up-to-date features, and then sell it at a price that does both Google and Android a favour?
We can’t think of a reason why not. Partnering with Asus in the production of the Nexus 7, Google has given every budget Android tablet maker a jolt — and perhaps also upset Amazon’s Kindle Fire ambitions too. Even so, despite the Nexus 7′s manifold plus points, Google hasn’t got everything right.
The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet, and as such is something of a rarity. Tablets outside the budget sector have standardised on 10.1in. screens (Apple’s iPad has a slightly smaller 9.7in. display, but still counts as a larger-format device).