Using&loving my Nexus 7 2013 since 2 months
12 Mar 2014
Reviewed On: flipkart.com
Overall: Nexus 7 2013 is undoubtedly the best small size &big functionality tablet around.I am using it since last 2months and it always delights me with its smooth interface,punchy graphics and pin sharp display.The 1.5Ghz quad core S4 with adreno 320 may seem like its 1.5yr old tech from nexus 4, but actually its underclocked(like under tuning a car to increase fuel efficiency) version of the Snapdragon600(proven by ifixit teardown) from HTC One &S4 and performs much faster than a non nexus device thanks to streamlined Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
It beats my laptop on web browsing part as full desktop sites open mostly well. Copy pasting the content is much easier than older android tablets& phones. I use Dolphin Browser which runs even flash based sites like CBSE website, which don't work on Chrome and Chrome Beta.
I no longer need to carry my laptop or take physical printouts of my documents and notes as Nexus 7 2013 handles them well.I recommend all of you to get CAMSCANNER app on this as well as your smart phones. You won't believe but it made my Class 12 CBSE Physics and Chemistry exams a left hand play! Being busy preparing for competitive exams, I rarely went to school.
So I asked my friend for his school notes, made PDFs using camscanner on my relatively slow Galaxy Grand with inarguably better 8mp camera and loaded them to the roomy 32gb storage on this tablet using Superbeam WiFi direct transfer app.I read continuously for hours on this sharper than paper display.THIS BATTERY LASTED FOR MORE THAN 10 HOURS, I was down but the tablet still ready to go on.
For time pass,it gives you lag free experience on games like Real Racing3 (extreme graphics) and Asphalt 8(1 notch less than max graphics). Only lag I found was in Asphlat 8 maximum graphics,may be because it is not optimized for latest ART runtime which unpacks every app's code to device storage and loads it to RAM instantly when you open the app, against old DALVIK runtime which unpacks the application just when you open the app and then loads to RAM.
The speakers have nice stereo effect which increases the music effects on cost of dropped volume.If you need loud volume,you can just turn Surround Sound off or reduce its level in settings of Google Play Music. It plays Full HD videos really fine showing realistic colors and smooth playback.I recommend free app MX player which runs all formats.Though 4k video stutters, which is not a cause of concern as screen is not 4k itself and we are atleast 3-5yrs away from 4k replacing 1080p.
Its portability is great, you don't need jeans with oversize pockets as it is quite narrow bodied device. Many people get a shock of their life when they see me taking out such a beautiful 7 inch tablet out from a slim fit jean's pocket as it is not very visible from outside a pocket and say"YEH KAHAN SE PARGAT HO GYA!!" just like I did act as a magician.
The only shortcoming seems to be the back cover which feels good but gets ugly scratches&smudges easily. I use DMG Rotating case which sells on Flipkart too and provides me peace of mind apart from working as horizontal stand for videos and vertical one for reading.However I remove it while gaming.The rear camera is the weakest hardware component. Though it focuses and clicks fast but images are grainy. The colored noise is visible even before the pixalation happens on zooming. Still both cameras are good for Skype with decent low performance.
I warn you against buying an iPad mini retina unless you want to do only reading, web browsing and gaming. Its display has much poorer colour reproduction and is a pain to carry, especially for men who don't carry bags &big purse all the time. Apple has a walled garden compared to android's open world nature owing to easy data transfer with variety of modes like WiFi direct Bluetooth PAN, customisablity and variety of devices at every budget.It is better to get a full sized 10 incher android or ultrabook covertible instead of iPad mini.
IT IS NOT A LAPTOP REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR OFFICE WORK AS OFFICE SUITES LIKE WORD AND POWERPOINT ARE NOT YET FULLY EVOLVED AND EASY ON ANDROID AS OF WRITING THIS REVIEW,based on my own experience while doing some school project work for which I had to run my PC. However it is great for viewing and modifying content.
GO FOR IT IN 32GB AND YOU WILL CHERISH MY REVIEW AFTERWARDS!!!
Oops, I exceeded Flipkart word limit & omitted some nice points(^_^)
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