For the money, you get a gorgeous 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a rear camera, a quad-core processor, wireless charging and the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.3. The latest iteration of Google's small tablet takes everything we loved about the original and improves on it, all without adding much to the price.Now that we've had the opportunity to take the new and improved Nexus 7 for a spin, we're ready to tackle all the obvious questions: is this still the best budget tablet on the market? And does the spec sheet actually reflect real-world performance? Google and ASUS -- the OEM in charge of designing the new device -- whipped up the first Nexus 7 in just four months, an impressive feat for company tasked with building a quality product.This go-round, the two tech giants had much more time to perfect the device, which bodes well for the quality here, we'd say.On first glance, the new Nexus certainly bears an obvious resemblance to its predecessor, but closer inspection shows that ASUS actually made a few significant changes.The Nexus 7 once again offers 16 and 32 gigs (9) for now, although we'd certainly love to see a 64GB option come out down the road.Additional storage is important because the device doesn't have a micro SD slot, and we have a feeling that consumers will want to load the tablet up with HD movies and loads of music to take advantage of that sharper screen and stereo speaker setup. The model we reviewed is a 32GB Wi Fi-only unit, with 26.1 gigs of that storage space actually accessible to the user.One thing you won't find on the device is a set of capacitive soft keys, since the Nexus 7 makes use of virtual navigation buttons instead.Above the display sits a front-facing camera, but it's curiously in a different spot than last time around.
Since those bezels have remained the same size even as the tablet has gotten narrower, the front looks a little awkward proportionally speaking, given the screen's aspect ratio.
We'll admit that the rubber on last year's device was an unconventional choice, yet it helped make the device feel surprisingly durable.
And besides, the textured material just felt pleasant to put your fingers on.
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That's all been removed, likely in an effort to make the tablet as compact as possible.