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Two weeks ago I was in a dilemma, I was in Kuwait and returning to India after my vacation without a new computing device was almost taboo.
I had to get something to show for my 2 months of stay here and the problem was that, I was in a moment where I was completely satisfied (gasp!) with all the devices I have.
I have my galaxy ace for my whatsapp + calls and my laptop for my entertainment and productivity (games) need.

I was initially inclining towards a new phone, the nexus 4 (the only phone in the market that excited me, the Samsung galaxy S line is way too common now). But reviews and complaints by customers spoke of terrible battery life. Plus I just got my ace a year ago, so I was in no rush for a change.

Then I decided to check out the “tablet” options. I was focusing on using it for its E-book reading capabilities (I’ve got tons of books I need to catch up on) and to use it as a media player device for my travels.
After researching on a lot of products at different price points, I had no choice but to settle on the   Google Nexus 7 (made by Asus)

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and was boy was I right on getting it.

price and models : 

2 wifi models :  16 and 32 gb
1 3G   model  :   32gb (does not make calls , the 3g is just for mobile internet)
I got the 16gb wifi model for 63 Kuwait dinars or 11000 rupees (I hear it costs 16k in India) .

The form factor and build quality:

It’s perfect.  The 7 inch HD screen is gorgeous and the size is just right for a tablet.
The device is ample thin too and it fits in a jeans pocket easily. The back of the device is made of a rubberized texture material that feels great to hold. The device weights a bit, but also has the necessary heft to make it feel like a quality device.  Almost apple-like.

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 The only physical buttons are the power and volume buttons. Don’t worry though u won’t need others. The bezels (black bars) around the screen are great as they let you hold the device without blocking the screen. There is a micro-usb port for charging and data transfers, a 3.5mm jack for music, front facing camera and 2 mics for calls (Skype).
There is no rear camera.   

User interface and performance:

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First of, the screen has very high pixel density (better than the ipad mini) so everything looks amazing on it.  It’s quite bright too, but I did feel the colors were a bit washed out especially when compared to the more expensive galaxy tablets vibrant displays.
Its great for reading books (even if the font is small, u will be able to read it without flinching) and comics look gorgeous on here too. The form factor supplements the screen too.

The OS on here is the stock android4.2.2   jelly bean and it works flawlessly. Its google’s baby and how they want you to experience it, pure android, so no bundled unnecessary apps or launchers running on top (like Samsungs touch wiz).
Google’s “project butter” was implemented here, so the interface is smooth and seldom do u experience any form of lag.
You could play a game, listen to music, browse the net, all in the background and u still wouldn’t make the device slow.

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It’s also thanks to the 1.2 GHz quad core nvidia tegra processor that’s powering the device. It’s quite the beast, and nothing seemed to have been pushing it enough. Even installation of large software happens in a blink of an eye.
high end 3d tegra games work flawlessly with almost console like graphics (gta 3, max Payne)

Music player is the normal music player u find on the other jelly bean devices (your free to anything else, I use playerpro) and the video player supports mp4 but doesn’t play .mkv and other HD files but all u need is mx player (free) and it runs them flawlessly.

If you have a Google account , life becomes much more easier ,  all your devices  integrates itself . My contacts(from my ace) , my settings , even the bookmarks in my PC sync automatically into the nexus 7 .

Battery life:

The device comes with a 4235mah battery and holds up quite well even with high usage.
The wifi seems to be the biggest battery consumer followed by the bright screen.
Google promises 8.5 hours  , real world results don’t agree to it , I’d say about 6-7 hours of good use  u should be able to draw out of it .
Videos don’t seem to be taking a lot of battery life, so I think the nexus would make a great companion for flight.
(Go for the 32 GB one for filling in TV shows)

The competition:

I had the opportunity to use tabs of other companies (hcl, Acer, huawei, Samsung) and even the more expensive tabs couldn’t hold a threat to the nexus. Even the much more expensive Samsung galaxy tab ranges are much inferior.
The lesser powered ipad mini (no retina display) 16GB model could cost u around 100 KD (21,000 INR).
4o KD more than the nexus 7!

The nexus 7 is the best value for money tablet out there. This tablet was meant to be ultra-affordable yet powerful – it has done that and then some. If you look at the tablet market today, you won’t find many that can compete with the Nexus 7 in specs, let alone price.
If you want a tablet and do not want to spend a lot of money on it, this is a must buy.

9/10  …
1 point deduced for the battery (Google should’ve put in some battery optimizing software) and the lack of a rear camera
(imagine you’re reading a book in the train on the N7 during a train journey and u see a something worthy to be photographed , the N7 with its amazing speed would’ve made a brilliant camera at times like these (now i have to use another device to take the pic ,but by then the moment could be gone)

Oh and I’m typing this on my nexus 7 , using the word press app (i love how there are tons of free apps for android).
Toodles