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Google Nexus 7: product photos and Jelly Bean screenshots

Samsung had a 7 inch Android tablet a couple of years ago, but we haven't seen as much excitement for this form factor until the release of the Asus manufactured Google Nexus 7.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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Google Nexus 7 retail box

The Google Nexus 7 is made by Asus and comes in a box much smaller than I anticipated. It appears to be difficult for some to open up the box, as shown in unboxing videos online.

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Opening up the new Nexus 7

The packaging is minimal, but well designed.

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Nexus 7 box contents

You will find a USB cable, charger, and couple of guides in the retail box.

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HTC Flyer vs Nexus 7

The HTC Flyer is a very well constructed 7 inch tablet, but is clunkier than the sleek new Nexus 7.

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Back Nexus branding

The back has a leather feel to it and gives you texture that helps you hold onto it.

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Made by Asus

The Nexus 7 is made by Asus and their branding is embedded on the lower back.

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Lower back of the Nexus 7

There is a speaker on the lower back with the microUSB port centered on the bottom.

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Right side buttons on the Nexus 7

The power and volume buttons are found on the upper right hand side of the Nexus 7.

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Nexus 7 on the HTC Flyer

The Nexus 7 is thinner than the HTC Flyer and has a more modern design.

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Nexus tablet and phone

I am becoming more and more of a fan of the Nexus idea and now have a tablet and a smartphone from Google.

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Unique Nexus 7 homescreen

Similar to the Kindle Fire custom home screen, the Nexus 7 has a home screen with the most recently used applications.

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Couple of Google widgets

Widgets are not supported on the Nexus 7, but Google does have a couple of their widgets for app discovery.

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Android folder support

You can quickly and easily drag and drop application icons onto each other to create folders on the home screen.

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Enhanced notifications

Jelly Bean has enhanced notifications that allow you to perform actions right from the shade.

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Play Store on the Nexus 7

The icons appear rather large in the Play Store on the Nexus 7.

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Chrome is loaded as the default browser

I was very pleased to see that Chrome was loaded as the default browser on the Nexus 7.

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Exchange email in landscape

Exchange email is supported by Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7.

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Play Magazines sample

You can view and enjoy magazines on the Nexus 7.

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Reading a magazine on the Nexus 7

This shows a sample of a magazine on the Nexus 7.

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Play Movies

The Nexus 7 is perfect for enjoying movies on the go.

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Play Music

Music can be streamed or downloaded for offline enjoyment on the Nexus 7.

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Flipboard is well implemented

Flipboard works well on the Nexus 7.

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Facebook smartphone application

Facebook works fine, but is not really optimized for tablets.

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Twitter on the Nexus 7

The default Twitter client could use some work to take advantage of the larger tablet displays.

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Google+ on the Nexus 7

The new Google+ client is provided on the Nexus 7.

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Google Earth on the Nexus 7

Google Earth is an enjoyable application on the Nexus 7.

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Limited storage space

I recommend you purchase the 16GB Nexus 7 as you will likely quickly fill up the 8GB device.

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Accounts on the Nexus 7

The settings area has changed in Jelly Bean and there are several accounts you can integrate on the Nexus 7.

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