Two of Google’s hugely underrated but most value-for-money devices
Nexus 7 (2013)
There is no doubt that Google has made some great tablets which have seen their own share of success, but somehow they have always been overshadowed by Apple iPads. In fact the dominance of Apple in the tablet market is so incredibly strong that the rest of the competitors lag far behind in terms of market share. We have to admit Google Nexus 7 (2013) is a great device and is highly underrated. Made in collaboration with Asus, the new Nexus 7 boasts quite a few key improvements from the original version. It’s not only 2mm slimmer than the old Nexus 7 but also lighter by 50g (WiFi model). The new Nexus 7 comes with a full HD 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels which brings the pixel density to 323ppi, only one less than the iPad mini 2 with retina display and a huge improvement from the original Nexus 7.
The biggest difference lies under the hood; the Tegra 3 processor from Asus has been swapped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro which clocks in at 1.5 GHz with 2 Gigabytes of RAM. The improved processor has better power management than its predecessor which has helped ASUS to shrink the battery in the slate. It now comes with a 3950mAh battery as compared to the 4235mAh battery in the first generation. Another brilliant addition to the new generation of Nexus 7 comes in the form of a 5 MP rear camera. On the software front, out of the box, it comes with Android 4.3 but Google has already rolled out Android 4.4 Kitkat updates for the slate. But the new OS has been riddled with problems ever since it came out as an update and the official forum is swelling with complaints. Hopefully Google will address the issues soon enough and we have even come across rumors that a 4.4.1 update is coming our way pretty soon. The new Nexus 7 is an incredible tablet and the cheaper retail price makes the package even better. Now is the best time to pick up the 7-inch tablet as the base model has got a price cut before the cyber Monday and is available for $200.
Launched in the last quarter of 2012, the Google Nexus 4 is one of the best smartphones to hit the market last year. Despite the fact that it has been replaced by Google with the newly launched Nexus 5, but even by today’s standards, the Nexus 4 is far from being outdated as far as the specifications go. Google has stopped selling it since August this year and it’s only available with very few retailers, but we believe that it’s still a great smartphone to pick up for under $300. But that’s only if you are lucky enough to find one. Some of the things we love about the Nexus 4 are — the amazing 4.7 inch IPS display, the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz (Quad-Core) processor and not to forget its premium design and build quality. But the device has its own share of drawback and the anemic 2000mAh battery tops the list. And the second biggest problem of the Nexus 4 is the missing LTE support, not a problem in many countries but a huge problem in the US. Even the 8MP rear camera isn’t good enough and is absolutely rubbish in low light conditions. Minor niggles notwithstanding, the Nexus 4 is a great smartphone and undoubtedly the most value for money device to hit the market shelves.