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This tablet is the bargain buy to beat, according to Nexus 7 reviews. A reviewer from CNET is among those who declare that Google's Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus, bests all other 7-inch tablets. He lauds the superb display on the latest version, which is full 1080p HD, along with snappy performance and impressive battery life: 11.5 hours in the site's testing. The original 2012 model is still around and remains impressive relative to the competition. A reviewer from Engadget praised the fast performance and the screen's brightness and wide viewing angles, adding that 720p HD video and text look top-notch on the display. Noting that the lack of a memory expansion card slot is a minor flaw, a 2012 Nexus 7 review in PC World nonetheless declared the Nexus 7 the best 7-inch tablet on the market, citing the superb color reproduction on the display and the unusually long battery life.
The Google Nexus 7 (starting at $199, Amazon) takes its name from the 7-inch size; neither has changed with the 2013 update. The new Nexus 7 boasts a screen resolution of 1920x1200, compared with 1280x800 on the older model. This budget tablet is now outfitted with a 5MP rear-facing camera in addition to the 1.2MP camera, along with a newer, speedier 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It starts at 16GB of internal storage and connects to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Doubling the storage space to 32GB and/or adding 4G LTE capability puts the 2013 version out of our price range, but the 32GB model from 2012 has dropped to around $200. Both versions of this tablet are powered by the so-called "Jelly Bean" operating system, although the 2013 model has Android 4.3, the latest and fastest version.
It's rare to see such clear consensus among reviewers about a top product in any category, but in the case of affordable 7-inch tablets, the Nexus 7 is the undisputed favorite. On the latest model in particular, the display is striking, the performance is quick and responsive, and the battery outlasts the competition. If you want the best tablet you can buy for under $250, the Google Nexus 7 is it.