5 Things I’d Change About the Google Nexus 7
Earlier today, Google finally unveiled its oft-rumored Google Nexus 7 tablet. The device is going to be launching in July for $199 and it’s made by Asus, the manufacturer behind the popular Transformer Android tablet line.
Google’s Nexus 7 is going to be arriving with some pretty nice features, especially at its low price point. It offers a 7-inch IPS display with HD 1280×800 resolution. It also packs in a Tegra 3 quad-core processor that should provide for things like flawless multitasking and good battery life.
It also features a front-facing camera for video chatting purposes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support, and up to 9 hours of HD video. Google’s first Nexus tablet will also run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, software that Google announced today at Google I/O.
However, with all of the good stuff that’s coming with the tablet, there are also some features that are missing. Here are five features that I wish the Google Nexus 7 had on board.
4G LTE Option
Google stuck with a Wi-Fi only option with the Nexus 7. That means that those looking for a Nexus tablet with cellular data are just going to have to wait. Personally, I would have loved to have seen a Nexus 7 4G LTE option.
While I decided not to get a 4G LTE iPad, the decision was mainly because of the screen size. It’s a burden to carry around all of the time. A 7-inch tablet is a much easier thing to handle when on-the-go and I would have heavily considered picking up a 4G LTE version of the device.
I have a feeling many others probably feel the same way, especially now that 4G LTE and its extremely fast data speeds are common place.
The Nexus 7 is going to come with two storage options. An 8GB model and a 16GB model. As I’ve said, I’m having regrets about buying a 16GB iPad. I can’t even fathom having a tablet device, being the media consumption device that it is, that only has 8GB. I just can’t. Even 16GB is a stretch for me, and will be for most power users.
It would have been nice to see Google include, at the very least, a 32GB option. And better yet, I would have loved to have seen a 64GB model in play as well. This is the first Nexus tablet though and I hope that more storage is on the menu for future Nexus tablets.
MicroSD Card Slot
OK, so Google decided not to offer a ton of storage space on the Nexus 7 tablet. That would be much easier to swallow if a microSD card slot for expanded storage was included on the device.
However, like the Galaxy Nexus, Google and its manufacturing partner opted to leave this feature off of the device which means owners will be stuck with either 8GB or 16GB or storage.
A majority of tablet owners don’t use the rear camera on their tablet on a regular basis. It’s awkward and tablets don’t shoot the best photos or video. However, I would have at least liked to have had the option, especially on a 7-inch tablet.
As I’ve said, a 7-inch tablet is more liable to come with me when I’m on the go. It’s also much easier to hold than a 9.7-inch tablet like the iPad. And while I probably wouldn’t take photos often, there would definitely be times where having a rear camera on my Nexus 7 would have been convenient.
A Killer Feature
To me, the Nexus 7 lacks a killer feature, something that screams “buy me instead of the Kindle Fire or the new iPad.” Sure, it has vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but that alone doesn’t really make me want to plop down $200.
Other than that and the price, there is really nothing that jumps out at me. The quad-core processor is not a necessity for me and it’s not going to be for a lot of other people either.
A unique software feature for the Nexus 7 would have intrigued me. Unrivaled battery life would have probably at least made me consider picking one up.
I would have included something that clearly differentiated this tablet from all of the other Android tablets, and the iPad, something beyond vanilla Android and the price point.