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Nexus 7 (2013)

Nexus 7 (2013)

Verdict

An extraordinary compact tablet that improves on the original in almost every way, once again showing rivals how it’s done

Review Date: 3 Sep 2013

Price when reviewed: £0

Full review

Overall Rating
6 stars out of 6

Alternative products

Asus Fonepad

Asus Fonepad

An absolute bargain of a compact tablet, whether or not you choose to employ the phone features

Full review

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina display

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina display

Apple upgrades its iPad mini with a top-notch Retina display and a super-charged new processor – the result is a superb, if pricey, compact tablet

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Barnes & Noble Nook  HD

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

A top-value tablet with a fabulous screen – an excellent compact tablet for those who don’t need 3G

Full review

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

A lovely piece of hardware, but the Nexus 7 is almost as good, boasts more features and is more flexible

Full review

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Comparison

Product

Asus Fonepad

Asus Fonepad

Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina display

Asus Nexus 7 (2013)

Nexus 7 (2013)

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

Barnes & Noble Nook  HD

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
Detail
Part Code Fonepad iPad Mini 2 with Retina display Nexus 7 (2013) Nook HD Kindle Fire HDX
Review Date 16 Apr 2013 17 Jan 2014 4 Sep 2013 3 Jul 2013 4 Dec 2013
Price ex VAT £150 £266 £166 £83 Wi-Fi: 16GB, £166
Price inc VAT £180 £319 £199 £99 £199 inc VAT); 32GB, £191 (£229 inc VAT); 64GB, £216 (£259 inc VAT). Wi-Fi and 4G: 16GB, £224 (£269 inc VAT); 32GB, £249 (£299 inc VAT); 64GB, £274 (£329
Warranty 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 1yr collect and return
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Value for Money 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Physical
Dimensions 120 x 11 x 196mm (WDH) 200 x 7.5 x 135mm (WDH) 114 x 8.5 x 200mm (WDH) 127 x 11 x 195mm (WDH) 185 x 9.4 x 128mm (WDH)
Weight 316g 331.000kg 290g 315g 303g
Display
Primary keyboard On-screen On-screen On-screen On-screen
Screen size 7.0in 7.9in 7.0in 7.0in 7.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 800 1,536 1,200 900 1,200
Resolution screen vertical 1,280 2,048 1,920 1,440 1,920
Display type Multitouch, capacitive IPS Multitouch, capacitive IPS
Panel technology IPS IPS IPS IPS IPS
Battery
Battery capacity 4,270mAh 3,950mAh
Core specifications
CPU frequency, MHz 1MHz 1.3GHz 2MHz 1.3GHz 2.2GHz
Integrated memory 16.0GB 16.0GB 16.0GB 8.0GB 16/32/64GB
RAM capacity 1MB 1.00GB 2MB 1.00GB 2.00GB
Camera
Camera megapixel rating N/A 5.0mp 5.0mp N/A 1.3mp
Focus type N/A Autofocus autofocus N/A Autofocus
Built-in flash? no no no
Built-in flash type N/A N/A N/A
Front-facing camera? yes yes yes no yes
Video capture? yes yes yes yes
Other
WiFi standard 802.11bgn 802.11abgn 802.1abgn 802.11n
Bluetooth support yes yes yes yes
Integrated GPS yes yes no yes
Accessories supplied USB charger
Upstream USB ports 0 1 0 0
HDMI output? no no yes no no
Video/TV output? no no no
Software
Mobile operating system Android 4.2.1 iOS 7.0.4 Android Nook 2.0.4 (based on Android 4) Kindle Fire OS
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