Test Drive of the New Nexus 7 part 2

New Nexus 7Here is part two my friends; I left you with the notion of the specs for the unit and the charging so far. I did indeed charge it over Sunday night and it was ready for the week ahead. I am writing this on the Wednesday and the battery is still at 28%. I used it considerably yesterday out at meetings etc. and it worked as expected without fault.

The Internet is fast and it connects to all the wireless networks I have used before without me setting anything up again, brilliant.

It did update as soon as I removed it from the box by the way and today it has updated again. I did research online and this was to fix some faults that were reported very quickly after launch. Again one of the benefits of the Nexus range, instant updates when faults are remedied.

I am running two mail clients and am receiving 3 email accounts to the Nexus and it is handling it all in its stride so far. Chrome is working perfectly and remembering all my tabs and information.

Point to note, the screen resolution is definitely sharper and clearer. Viewing photos and documents on it is excellent and very, very sharp.  All due to this tablet now being the highest resolution 7” tablet on the market.

Screen          7.02” 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi), 1080p HD IPS, Scratch resistant Corning® Glass

322ppi which rips the old spec apart. Even this higher screen resolution does not affect the battery life.

Yes all in all so far so good. Will be attending a number of meetings as the week progresses and will be using more features of the unit. Will report on these as I go. As a side note the case seems to be performing rather well so quite happy at this purchase. Not expensive at all.

Watch this space for more reports on how the unit copes with the big bad world.

Test Drive of the New Nexus 7 Part 1

New Nexus 7New Nexus 7I Thought I would run the same test drive I did on the old Nexus with the brand new one I just received last Friday. First impressions are that it feels lighter and easy to handle. I have also treated myself to a case that fits it nicely and does the job well.

Day 1

Easy to switch on and setup so no problems there. My account just simply reinstated itself the way I wanted. Desktops all setup and ready to roll with the apps I use. Time to rock and roll I think.

Battery came with 28% charge on board, enough to setup up etc., and then charged over the Friday night for use on the Saturday etc. I did however play with it most of Friday evening and the battery seemed slow to drain. Will keep you informed on the battery life as we go.

Let’s remind ourselves of the specs for this new Nexus 7

Screen          7.02” 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi), 1080p HD IPS, Scratch resistant                               Corning® Glass
Size              114 x 200 x 8.65mm
Weight           0.64lbs (290g) Wi-Fi, 0.66lbs (299g) LTE
Cameras        5MP rear facing, auto focus, 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus
Audio            Stereo speakers,
Surround sound powered by Fraunhofer
Memory        16GB or 32GB internal storage (formatted capacity will be less)
CPU              Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core processor, 1.5GHz
GPU              Adreno 320, 400 MHz
RAM             2GB
Wireless        Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth                         4.0
Europe:         4G LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands:                                                   1/2/3/4/5/7/20)
HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS(1700/2100) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Power           3950 mAh (Up to 9 hours of active use
9 hrs of HD video playback
10 hrs of web browsing or e-reading
300 hrs of standby
Sensors        GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light
Ports and Connectors          MicroUSB , SlimPort™, 3.5mm audio
Microphone, Power and Volume buttons
OS               Android Jelly Bean, 4.3

Feel free to compare this to the specs of the older Nexus on our previous test drive, here.

I have used the tablet on Saturday on and off and then a lot on Sunday during the day. I finally recharged it on Sunday overnight as it went to around 18% and asked me to connect my charger. So battery still impressive compared to the older one.

Will report on the week’s usage as I go and see how it copes out in the big world…….

Ok, OK….we haven’t posted for a while!

nexus 7 2013

Sorry we haven’t potsed for a while holidays can do that to you. We have had a very busy spell and then a overdue holiday.

But what’s all the tech news, well things are always moving in the tech world and we are monotoring the new rumours of the latest Iphone to hit the shelves, later this year, the new Xbox One and the new Playstation. The transformation of the screens we use, we will be writing up a blog on that very soon.

But the most exciting news for us is that we are about to take proud ownership of the new Nexus 7 this weekend and will be doing a followup to the test drive we did on the previous one to report to you what the changes are and how we get on with it. It is one of these things that stirs the anticiaption and makes you excited and wonder if it will outstrip what we have experienced on the previous version and be as sturdy and have such a long battery life.

The specs have inproved considerably so the performance should be different, the screen will be the highest resolution on the market for a 7″ tablet. But will this come at the cost of the battery life being reduced? Our testing will tell and we will tell you.

Watch this space for the test drive blog.

Have you bought  tablet or new phone recently, what were your experiences?

Ian Thomson
Founder/Senior Trainer/Consultant
IT Turning Point