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ASUS Nexus 7 review: the first tablet with Jelly Bean

High-end tablet for a low price?

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Introduction

Fans of Android tablets have likely been waiting impatiently for a while now on the Nexus 7 collaboration between ASUS and Google, the first tablet with the new OS Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). We went hands-on with the Nexus 7 to find out how well the new ASUS tablet actually performs.


ASUS strays from its familiar path with the Nexus 7, because this is a traditional tablet without a complementary dock. It's also only seven inches in diameter, a format that's new for ASUS. The manufacturer also wasn't alone with this endeavor, as it teamed up with Google to create the Nexus 7. That's why both the ASUS and Nexus logos are present on the back. About a month ago during Google I/O the tablet was unveiled officially for the first time. The name "Nexus" indicates that it's the first tablet version of this product line, which until now consisted of the smartphones Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

It seems that Google created the Nexus product line in order to introduce new operating systems to the public in a manner they can partly control themselves. The Nexus S was the first smartphone that ran Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and the Galaxy Nexus was the first with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream). For the launch of Android version 4.1, Google went with a tablet instead of a smartphone. However, Jelly Bean is no longer exclusive to the Nexus 7, as other devices also received the upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Xoom are traditionally products that are first to receive new OS upgrades, and already have Jelly Bean available.

ASUS will launch the Nexus 7 tablet in September. The 16 GB version is available for £199, and the 8 GB model costs £159. That's a very appealing price level for a 7-inch tablet with an IPS panel, quad-core Tegra 3 (T30L) and the new Jelly Bean OS. Reason enough for us to see how good this tablet is.


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