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…….