ASUS/Google Nexus 7: tablet from inflated expectations
And if we’re going to criticize, then start Willy-nilly will have third traditional Russian troubles — pricing. Overseas geeks toy from Google costs $199. And it’s such a very nominal price below has, in General, nowhere in particular. In Russia at the start of the sales price assigned to several different — 9 990 rubles, that is, above in half or more. However, this amount, in contrast to the us the price tag already includes taxes.
To the question “why Is there so much? Oats now roads?” the Russian ASUS has a witty answer: but in Russia for the money — the version with 16 GB of flash memory (in the States for $199 give 8 GB), which is not only in Russia but throughout the rest of Europe is the same 250 euros. Have to agree: in the absence of a slot for a memory card is probably a valuable option. Still, it should be understood that we are not dealing with the real “issue price” and the consequences of “front end enclosure”. To go from a submarine to nowhere, so the version with a large amount of drive you can put more or less any price tag.
It is worth mentioning that the flash memory is now cheap, like never before. For example, a MicroSD card for additional 8 GB in normal stores (not money!) now worth about $5. Want extra 16 or 32 GB — please $10 and 20, respectively. Only cards at 64 GB are still in the status of strange high-end and cost from $60-70 — an amazing coincidence, just at the money Google/ASUS appreciate the difference between versions 8 and 16 GB in the European market.
Probably even generous 16 GB of on-Board memory many seem a little. Apart from the lack of a simple and convenient way to increase the amount of drive — that is to say the memory card slot — for them carefully in store some more cozy rake. Namely, the inability to work with USB flash drives right out of the box. To connect Nexus 7 to USB flash drive or external card reader, will not only have to get hold of the appropriate cable, but also to gain Root-rights.
What else there is in the Nexus 7 is cellular modem. The possibility of future 3G version of the device to ASUS do not deny, but not confirm, giving fans complete freedom of exchange of rumors. But there is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. The latter seems to be the first to appear in tablets in this price range.
|Google Nexus 7|
|Processor||NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L:
the ARM Cortex A9;
four (4+1) cores;
frequency up to 1.2 GHz (1.3 GHz in single-core mode)
|Graphics controller||NVIDIA ULV GeForce, 416 MHz|
|Screen||7 inch, 1280×800, IPS technology (Hydis HV070WX2)
capacitive touchscreen, Corning FIT Glass
|RAM||1024 MB DDR3L-1333|
|Built-in storage device||16 GB|
|Connector flash cards||Missing|
|Connectors||1 x Micro USB
1 x audio output mini-jack 3.5 mm
|Bluetooth||There are (AzureWave AW-NH665)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n (AzureWave AW-NH665)|
|NFC||There is a (NXP 65N04)|
|GPS||Is (Broadcom BCM4751)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer/gyro, light sensor|
Front: 1.2 MP
|Battery||Fixed, 16 W*h (4325 mAh, 3.7 V)|
|Operating system||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean|
|The recommended price||9 990 rubles|
Another “simplification”, which allowed itself ASUS and Google in manufacturing the Nexus 7 for the active processor. Interestingly, in the specs Google this fact is not reflected, but to ASUS it does not hide. The fact that the chip NVIDIA Tegra 3 is available in several versions. And in this case we are dealing with the least productive of them is the Tegra 3 T30L.
|Family NVIDIA Tegra 3|
|The index of the model||T30L||T30||T33|
|Manufacturing process, nm||40|
|A set of instructions||ARM v7|
|The number of cores||4+1|
|Frequency Quad mode, MHz||4×1200||4×1400||4×1600|
|Frequency in single-core mode, MHz||100|
|Cache L1/L2, KB||32+32/1024|
|Frequency of GP ULP GeForce, MHz||416||520||520|
|Bus memory, bit||32|
However, this topic does not have to worry because cheap tablets are still not uncommon, and much, much more braking solutions. Here suffice it to mention at least Galaxy Tab 2 with installed TI OMAP 4430. And sadly sigh for the topic billion all kinds of Chinese Handicrafts, most of which work at all God knows what.
Either way, the lack of POWER is not felt when dealing with the Nexus 7. And even the opposite — the interface works smoothly, without the slightest slowdown. Apparently, to thank for it to be Android in its most recent manifestation — version 4.1.2.
Display good — by the standards of most budget tablets. But to wait from it for ideal pictures should not be categorically: this is one of the compromise elements Nexus 7, and in any case should not be forgotten. ASUS/Google could use a better matrix, but the price of the device would have been different.
However, the display should pay tribute — he did have some serious advantages. First, it is the most wonderful, but all the same IPS, so viewing angles of him pretty good. At large angles decrease of contrast there, but at small deviations from the normals are all pretty good.
Secondly, the brightness and contrast is good. The results of our measurements, the luminosity of a white field was about 275 CD/m2 and the luminosity of the black field is approximately of 0.44 CD/m2. Thus, the static contrast ratio is equal to about 630:1.
Third, to the color gamut of the case is surprisingly well — covered 80% of the space sRGB. Even some years ago it was enough to fascinate the audience. Now times have changed a little. The legislator of a mobile fashion, Apple, in their latest products vengeance introducing displays with full sRGB coverage. Under distribution have got (in order of appearance) The New iPad, MacBook Pro Retina and iPhone 5. It is likely that the same fate will befall the iPad Mini. Which is another coincidence! the hero of our review will have to compete, albeit indirectly.
In addition, the display of the Nexus 7 has serious problems with color accuracy. For example, the gradation of gray can be displayed with a greenish tint, and the next — already with a distinctly pinkish. It looks not very good — the transition is visible is much better than in the other displays are of low quality.
And all anything, but a saboteur as the default Wallpaper selected image, based on smooth color transitions. It spoils the first impressions of the screen — after all, you first see the bad gradients. Surprisingly bad, to be completely accurate. You should install an image with pure colors and clear transitions between them — something geometric, for example, then the impression will be much better.
Front panel of the device is covered by the fact that in the official description is as Corning Fit Glass. The word Fit perfectly does not characterize the mechanical properties of this substance, and merely says that the sensor layer in this case is not implemented as a single component, and applied directly to glass cover (of course, with “the inside”). Anyway, neither the key nor the screwdriver or even scissors do not leave marks on the surface of glass with the durability he’s all right. But the fragility we have not tested with crash-test this time did not work, sorry.
The back panel is made from standard mixtures of plastics ABS + PC with interestingly decorated outer surface — it shows a grid of small pits, and tactile surface reminiscent of the soft touch. The surface was very tenacious, the tablet did not tend to slip out of your hands.
Silver frame around the body is also plastic. However, inside it has a solid frame made of magnesium alloy, so that the rigidity of the case can not survive. The rear panel rests on the latch very successful design that allows you to remove the cover with a regular plastic card.
Inside you can find some interesting things. First, the above-mentioned frame magnesium alloy (grey substance, for example, to the left of the battery). Second, the empty seat for the back camera. Third, the presence of two speakers (sound not very good quality, but loud).
Fourth, the mass of the copper foil, which apparently serves as a heat sink from the CPU (still four cores, though a little slow), and concurrently does not delve into the internals of the device without risk of damage. Finally, the fifth is the confirmation that we are still, as in earlier instances of the Nexus 7, dealing with the matrix Hydis HV070WX2-1E0.
Though the battery in the Nexus 7 officially fixed, to approach it all the same not so difficult — it is mounted on several smears reusable adhesive, with a strong desire to replace it even in the field — carefully peel will help all the same plastic card. The battery, it should be noted, quite serious — capacity is as much as 16 W*h
So that part of the work offline Nexus 7 feels quite confident. The promised 9 hours of HD video playback really are. Well, almost 9. Surprisingly, this is a maximum or is close to that level of illumination. Companions-producers could be probed and set the time of operation at the minimum luminance figure in the appropriate line stated th would be even better. But it did not. So rare in our time, honesty is impressive.
Finally a few words about competitors. Despite the fact that 7 inches is a very good form factor, decent devices, there exists not so much. And all because the manufacturers of electronics in the segment of 7-inch tablets squeezed merchants of electronic books — Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
These comrades do not earn on the devices themselves and on the content to them, so that you can afford — and allow — dumping hard. Now there are only two of the electronics market, determining the global state of the industry, American and Chinese. And since American 7-inch almost free happiness for us is almost inaccessible, are (or rather, remained all this year) only Chinese.
Their rare exceptions worth noting is that the very low and this added to the attractiveness of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, and (theoretically) upcoming iPad Mini, which will have to wait. Of all the other 7-inch tablets on the Russian market at the moment, the ASUS Nexus 7 really is the best offer. Even if this is not the most humane price.