Thursday, 25 July 2013

Asus Nexus 2 - some normally asked questions answered

New +ASUS  +Nexus 7  with starting price  $229 for 16GB model. The +Nexus   range has always been a darling for purist android users. After all, there is the promise of undiluted, first to get Android updates by +Google  itself.

However, even with the new enhancements announced by Google, one will certainly ask.

Question : Should you purchase this tablet?

Yes, I believe that Nexus range products holds much more advantage compares to OEM manufacturer.

Question : Why should I get one?

OS experience

Firstly is the customized UI such as Touchwiz from +Samsung Mobile  , Sense from +HTC and from also +Sony  . The advantages is that Nexus range receives much faster updates from Google due to that there is no customization from Google which results in smoother , buttery experience and also better performance. In the case of Samsung, I always finds that Touchwiz are normally sluggish especially when playing around with the widgets menu even when using a dual core gadgets.

For Sony, even with a quad core processing power with 2GB RAM, the occasional sluggish of the device can be felt quite easily. The customized UI wil certainly not help Sony get the second placing behind Apple’s Ipad any time soon.

Besides that , Nexus 7 also comes with lots of built in Google software are so easy to use in our daily life.

The very reason why pure android, Nexus range is loved everywhere.

Built quality

 Secondly Google employs Asus as the manufacturer of the new Nexus device, which has always been making top notch gadgets , both laptops and tablets. Asus devices has always been one of the best in the market, good customization, the lag was not noticable in their other products. Laptop wise, Asus Zenbook and Taichi ultrabook was built to almost perfection, one of the best in their class. Sleek, aluminium casing with unparalled perfomance. So we can be rest assured that the same quality material and products will be in the new Asus Nexus too.


 Say hello to HDMI ports, no more low resolution videos! NFC for your file transfer and also Google wallet. The rest are pretty standard which are WIFI, Bluetooth, and of course , Google Maps. (Was hoping there will be a major improvements since they bought over +Waze )


 Quad core Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Jellybean 4.3 at only $229? No wonder everyone is rushing out to get one! It is the one of the tablets which has high end specs with dirt cheap pricing. A similar tablet with larger screen like Sony Xperia tablet Z will set your budget back by a few hundred dollar. A lower specs tablet like Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with 7 inches is also significantly more expensive than that of new Nexus 7. One could ask, who in this world wouldn’t  get their hands on one? Not forgetting,  a Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display !

Questions: Then what is the problem of the new Asus Nexus 7?

Of course the supply. You can get your hands on this wonderful device firstly on Google Play and some physical stores. This will put off some people who wanted to change into a newer, high performing tablet at a price that would not hurt your wallet that much. And it seems that the global shipments wont be coming to your place anytime soon. Unfortunately, Google Play do not support also the purchase of Nexus products including Asus Nexus 7 directly in certain countries , they could only get them in a physical local IT store.

Secondly, there is also the problem, like any pure Android device, the new Asus Nexus 7 will be lacking of nice embeded propeoty software from manufacturers like Samsung and Sony. One of the main categories that we wil miss these software are the enhancements of pictures taken provided such as from Sony Exmor R™. Samsung has also embeded much of their own homegrown software such as eye detection and group play. The one that will be sorely missed is the wonderful motion detection that automatically calls the person just by motioning the phone near your ears. I always find that useful.

Below are some of the detail specs for your analysis.


Operating SystemJelly bean 4.3
Network3G/4G (LTE)
Display7.02” 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi)
7 Inch
Multitouch ( 10 point touch)
Gorilla glass
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro , Quad core 1.5 GHz
RAM2GB (2048 MB)
SoundBack speaker
3.5 jack supported
ConnectivityBluetooth, NFC, USB
CameraDual camera ( back - 5MP, Front 1.2MP
Power Supply3900 mAh with wireless charging capability
Software- HDMI port
- Google Wallet
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
- YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo

- Predictive text input (Swype)