I did not spend a lot of time with the software, but a quick look at the hardware is impressive. At 340 grams, this feels more like a heavy phone (see anything HTC made last year) than a small tablet. We are not sure how the mA hours/16-core processor/9-hour battery life will reconcile, but it seems impressive at first blush. The plastic back will have its fans and detractors.
One important note: Like the Kindle Fire, but unlike Samsung’s 7-inch tabs, it charges via Micro USB. That will please many…unless they are looking for a quick charge. It will be interesting to see if you can do video out of the Nexus 7 using the micro-USB port—or if Google steers you to its new Q orb.
The screen is very nice. Colors are crisp, even in the bright demo area, and it feels a bit sharper than the now-boxy Kindle Fire.
As a product, the Nexus 7 feels like a media-heavy direct attack on the Kindle Fire. I think there is no question that this is better, though. The issue is that the Kindle Fire is now almost a year old, and rumors of the next version landing at around the same time as this device hits the Google Play store have already started.
I will have my device to go deep into tonight.
The 2012 Google I/O Developers Conference starts today at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, Calif., with events continuing until June 29 at 4:30 p.m. PST.
- Google I/O 2012 Liveblog
- Sergey Brin interrupts I/O keynote to demo Google Glasses, says conference attendees can pre-order headset
- Google+ has 250 million users, dedicated tablet version rolls out today
- Google unveils orb-like, USA-made Nexus Q streaming device
- Google officially announces the Nexus 7 tablet, ships in mid-july for $199
- Google Play eyes 1.5B app installs every month, introduces magazines and TV content
- Google says 1M Android devices activated daily
- Google officially unveils Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, rolling out OTA mid-July
- Google’s Nexus 7 tablet introduction video leaks out [Video]
- Video and images of Nexus Q home media device also leak ahead of Google I/O
- Here is Google’s Nexus 7 tablet [Photo]
- Sergey Brin walks around Google I/O wearing Google Glasses
- ‘Do Androids Dream of Jelly Beans?’ — Google gets ready for today’s I/O keynote