Google Nexus Tablets: Quick Review Roundup

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Google Nexus Tablets: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, welcome back to this site!

The tablet series from Google – Google Nexus series – has been doing great even since it was firstly announced a few years ago – or more specifically, in 2012.

That year, Google debuted to the world its first effort to conquer the tablet market with its own creation - Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Google actually already had other Nexus devices available to buy on the market before Nexus 7 came out, but they were smartphones, not tablets.

Google Nexus 7 also marked the first journey of Google to work together with other manufacturer, Asus – after its previous collaborations with Samsung and HTC to produce the Nexus smartphones.

Something that came at surprise was, despite being a new-gen tablet series, Google Nexus 7 amazingly managed to get a warm reception by the market and the most importantly, the tech industry.

Not only does this tablet have some beefy specs under the hood, but this Google Nexus 7 amazingly costs only $199 for the basic 8GB model – which later was used as the price tag of the 16GB model a few months later (probably it now costs only $150).

A year later, Google came back with the second-gen Google Nexus 7, which packed more powerful and slightly higher price tag.

It has a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 1080p display and finally, a rear-facing camera.

This model costs $229 for the basic 16GB model, which is in the same price range of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, although this Amazon’s tablet has more powerful processor than Google Nexus 7.

And then in the same year, Google struck the tech world with its unexpected tablet manufactured by Samsung called Google Nexus 10, which was a 10-inch tablet made and came with some even more beefier specs than the 7-inch variant – like a 2.5K display, Mali T604 GPU, huge 9000mAh battery and many other great stuff on it.

But this model is not the end of Google Nexus' legacy.

Just a few months ago, Google actually just announced the next-generation of its Nexus tablet family, made by HTC and powered by NVIDIA’s latest and greatest Tegra K1 processor.

This model is called Google Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet with beast performance.

However, given that this latest model hasn’t been reviewed yet on this website, so i’ll probably update this blog post in the near future, of course, after i finished writing that review.

Anyway, in this quick roundup, i’m about to show you some of Google Nexus tablets that i’ve reviewed already on this site – from the first-gen Google Nexus 7, the second-gen Google Nexus 7 and last but not least, the larger Google Nexus 10.

Well, if you’re interested to find out more about all of these tablet, then here you go, enjoy!

Google Nexus 7 (2012)

Google Nexus 7 2012When it first came out, Google Nexus 7 suddenly became the center of attention around the tech world. Many tech geeks adored it.

And it was not at all surprising given that this tablet was equipped with some of the best high-grade specs found around the market in 2012.

It has a really powerful Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 720p display and the most importantly, Project Butter, which was Google’s special project – or piece of software if you would – that made this tablet capable to perform in buttery smooth without any lag whatsoever.

And it was true because Google Nexus 7 was a really fast performing device, especially since it only came with stock Android UI, without any bloatware or unnecessary apps and customized skins/icons from manufacturers.

The great thing about this tablet is, not only is Google Nexus 7 great for reading books/magazines, browsing the web, listening to music or watching movies, but this Google’s tablet is also an amazing device for playing games.

And that’s not shocking given its Tegra 3 processor, which is a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz per core, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and a staggering 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

So with this impressive hardware, many games released in 2012, even the most graphically demanding titles like Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed Most Wanted, NOVA 3, and even Asphalt 8: Airborne – all run perfectly and in full highest graphics.

But of course, even though Asphalt 8: Airborne runs in full graphics, this arcade-racing game doesn’t run smoothly in gameplay, but still playable.

So long story short, if you’re looking for a decent 7-inch tablet with affordable price tag, then Google Nexus 7 can be your great choice here.

However, there are still some downsides found on this device, from its lack of microSD card slot and rear-facing camera, to its performance issues which according to users, this device becomes laggy over the time after few months of use.

But apart from that, Google Nexus 7 is still a great device for a $199 price tag.

Google Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 2013A year after the warm reception of the first-gen Google Nexus 7, Google came back with another sequel of this tablet series.

This one uses the same name - Google Nexus 7 – but it has more powerful hardware specs and faster performance than the predecessor.

The 2013 edition of Google Nexus 7 comes with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, accompanied by 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU.

Meanwhile, on the screen department, this device finally gets the 1080p treatment, providing much sharper and more crisp looking display to this tablet.

As far as the performance goes, the second-gen Google Nexus 7 is absolutely faster and more powerful than the previous-gen model.

And it’s shown clearly when this tablet is deployed with heavy performing games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and GTA San Andreas, which both run in buttery smooth performance.

However, given its Adreno 320 GPU – which is still less powerful than the Adreno 330 GPU on Snapdragon 800 processor -, only Asphalt 8 that can perform smoothly in full highest graphics, while GTA San Andreas runs really laggy when this game is set to full highest graphics.

But overall, Google Nexus 7 (2013) is still a perfect 7-inch tablet in mid-end category.

It still continues the legacy of its predecessor, a 7-inch tablet that is great for reading books/magazines, watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music, editing word documents and most definitely, playing games.

Not to mention, according to many reviews, this tablet also has a great battery life, even in heavy use.

So if you’re still looking for an affordable 7-inch tablet for playing games, then Google Nexus 7 can be one of your options on the market right now.

Google Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10The much larger 10-inch Google Nexus 10 actually was released in the same year as the second-gen Google Nexus 7 – which was in 2013.

To be more specific, Google announced this tablet at the same time it did announce the Google Nexus 4 smartphone from LG, which was in late October or November if i’m not mistaken.

The most prominent thing found on this device is its larger super high-resolution display and it’s made by Samsung, as shown clearly on the Samsung logo on the rear-cover.

Google Nexus 10 is an amazing quality tablet.

Similar just the second-gen Google Nexus 7, this 10.1-inch tablet is also great for many media-consumption stuff, even for gaming. And that’s mostly thanks to its monster specs embedded beneath this tablet.

Google Nexus 10 comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting the 2.5K display (2560x1600 pixels) – which by the way, made it the world’s first tablet shipping with 2.5K display -, a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor clocked at 1.7GHz per core, 2GB of RAM, Mali T604 GPU, 5MP rear-camera, 1.9MP front-camera, Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat comes out of the box, a huge 9000mAh power battery and more.

However, the downsides of this tablet are its lack of microSD card slot, FM radio and 3G cellular support, although there are still NFC, Bluetooth and cameras on this device.

One of the strongest points of Google Nexus 10 is definitely its super high-resolution display.

Thanks to Samsung’s expertise in display technology, the Super PLS display on this tablet looks really amazing.

The colors look popping out and vibrant, and everything on the screen juts looks insanely gorgeous and sharp.

There are many tech reviewers on YouTube really love this tablet. And a LOT.

One of them is Marques Brownlee, which by the way is a really famous YouTuber who did a lot of tech and gadget reviews on his channel.

He was also the one who just exclusively did the interview with Motorola’s CEO, when the company was on the verge of releasing its Moto 360 smartwatch.

According to Marques, he really loves Google Nexus 10 a lot and it used to become his main tablet for a long time when it came out.

When it comes to gaming performance, Google Nexus 10 also really excels perfectly on this sector.

It handles many games like Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City and many graphically demanding games released in 2013 – 2014, mostly in smooth performance and full graphics.

And this is not so shocking given that Google Nexus 10 is equipped with a more powerful Mali T604 GPU, and i perfectly know that the old-gen Mali 400 is already a powerful graphics card even until today.

So with this newer-gen Mali GPU, of course most of today's games will run perfectly on this Google Nexus 10 tablet.

Overall, Google Nexus 10 is just a perfect machine, especially if you’re looking for a decent media-consumption device that has gorgeous display and great gaming performance.

Not to mention, thanks to its huge 9000mAh power battery, you can be sure that this tablet will provide you an all-day-long battery life, even in heavy use.


Well, that’s all for now about these Google Nexus tablet family.

I actually still have one other Google Nexus tablet which made by HTC and it’s just released a couple of weeks ago. And that is no other than the Google Nexus 9.

But of course, i will write the quick review of this tablet once i’ve finished writing the full review of that device.

So you might want to bookmark this page for further updates in the future.
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