London, UK (PRWEB UK) 29 June 2012
Yesterday Google unveiled their new tablet called the Nexus 7 at the organization’s annual “Google I/O” developer conference in San Francisco. The device will run Google’s Chrome browser to facilitate seamless integration with Google Apps, Google’s cloud computing service.The introduction of another tablet into the increasingly crowded and fast-growing market will go into direct competition with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft’s first tablet, Surface, that was announced last week.
The Nexus 7 packs a high-performance, no-compromise set of features at a more affordable price than many of its rivals- $ 199 for the 8GB model and $ 249 for the 16GB model. The tablet, which wins on paper [anchor to features table) weighs just 340g, has a 7-inch screen, similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire and has up to 300 hours of standby time. The Nexus 7 is Google’s first product to run their latest Jelly Bean Android software. It boasts a 1.2-megapixel camera – unlike the Kindle Fire, which does not support this feature.
According to research firm IDC total sales of tablet computers are set to reach 105 million units this year with the consumerisation of such devices increasing demand.
When deciding which tablet is best for consumers needs, consider for what purpose it shall be used, and whether your current laptop/desktop can fulfill this need. The current tablet offerings offer different features, with some performing better in different categories than their nearest rival. The Ipad for instance is renowned for its prowess in entertainment, Amazon’s Kindle Fire unparalleled for reading.
Google’s engineering director, Chris Yerga, said the Nexus 7 was a “serious gaming device” and that its small size would make it perfect for emailing, browsing the web and downloading applications.
AppsCare provide criteria that should be used to rate today’s tablets:
Hardware – Consider the speed that the processor provides, does it offer the speed that is required? If the device being used for storing music, photos, videos and workable files then the amount of memory is important. Is the amount of memory expandable?
Features – What is the core functionality of the tablet? Again, consider the use for the product –entertainment, productivity, gaming etc.
Ease of Use – Some devices, such as the recently announced, Microsoft Surface come with a built-in stand and keyboard for easy viewing and typing. Others provide a digital pen for easier navigation (great for large-fingered users!), which also keeps the screen free from greasy fingerprints. Simple features such as increasing icon size can make a huge difference when using these devices, so make a note of these additional features. Most importantly, the device must be easy enough to navigate so that even a tablet beginner won’t have any difficulty. Apple, for instance has cleverly incorporated the same icons and displays throughout their product range, which increases the ease of use for current Apple users.
Display – A responsive touchscreen is a necessity, especially when on the move or working to deadlines, along with beautiful display resolution for viewing photos, movies and playing games. Consider where the device will be used, on the whole – the more portable the device, the smaller the screen size.
At the end of the day, each manufacturer their products to fly off the shelf so they are unlikely to mention negatives – like Apple refraining from mentioning the absence of HD screen on the new Ipad, which is apparent in the Macbook Pro range. So, read as many independent and user reviews as possible before reaching for the wallet. If a friend or colleague owns a tablet, I suggest having a play-around before buying, to test: responsiveness, ease of use and the ergonomics of the product.
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