We were quite charmed by the ASUS Nexus 7. ASUS and Google have created a tablet that is outstanding in terms of bang for the buck. The tablet is made of high-quality components, even if they're not top-of-the-line, and the number of connectors will probably disappoint some potential buyers. The main selling point is the new operating system, and we were duly impressed by the implementation of Jelly Bean. Google Now is an interesting feature, although without 3G its usefulness is a bit limited. It works much better on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, for example. Voice Search does function very well, as long as you properly formulate your questions.
The ASUS Nexus 7 is a good buy for such a low price. The small size and lack of connectors could be a reason to look for a different model, but aside from that we see no reason not to recommend this tablet, especially when you consider the alternatives at this price point. For example, brands like Point of View, ViewSonic, and Yarvik also manage to manufacture tablets with IPS panels, but they generally lack the other powerful hardware (Tegra 3) or software (Jelly Bean) you find in the Nexus 7. For this excellent value for money, the ASUS Nexus 7 definitely deserves a Hardware.Info Bronze Award. However, we think this tablet is so good that we gladly award it the Hardware.Info Silver Award.
ASUS Nexus 7