About the Nexus 7 (2013) & Chromecast

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google-logoA couple of notable Google products were announced last week, the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Chromecast. With reviews hitting today for both products, I thought I would share a few opinions on what Google brought to the table and whether or not I would buy them today.

Nexus 7 (2013)

At $229.99, the new Nexus 7 is a tough tablet to beat if you have no ecosystem bias. I’m very impressed with the specifications bump Google & ASUS pulled off. More memory, faster processors and dual band wi-fi are all appreciated. I didn’t feel the increase in screen resolution was necessary but I will take it nonetheless. The old Tegra 3 Nexus 7 felt sluggish at times but I never complained about the screen.

Some pitfalls with the latest Nexus 7 is the smaller battery. With everything else being bumped up, something had to give and Google & ASUS chose battery size which ultimately resulted in lower battery life. It’s slightly disappointing.


The only reason I would get an AppleTV is for AirPlay. And what would I be doing with AirPlay? Not playing games but watching videos on the big screen. The $35 Chromecast will give any HDTV with an HDMI port the ability to accept wireless broadcasts from any Chrome web browser. Google maximized their potential audience by enabling this dongle for Chrome and not just Android. A very wise move.

While Google should be lauded for their newest piece of hardware, I am waiting for 2014’s model. Early reviews have pointed out some performance issues and the highest resolution to be 720p. I don’t necessarily need my YouTube videos to render at 1080p but I would like a smoother experience.

Nexus 4 phone & Nexus 10 tablet launched today

google-logoThe Google Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet was made available for purchase from the Google Play Store today and yet I haven’t heard a peep about people purchasing one on my Twitter feed. It’s already sold out which is good news for Google if there were a whole bunch of launch units available.


The motivations behind today’s post is to draw attention to the Nexus 4, an $299 off contract smartphone that’s equipped with some of the latest and greatest hardware available. It starts at $299 for the 8GB model but add an extra $50 and you can get double the capacity.

AnandTech has a comprehensive review of the new Google flagship phone for those who wish to know the nitty gritty details.

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A Tablet, An Orb & A Jar of Jelly Beans

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Google I/O isn’t as exciting as an Apple event but there are still notable announcements and reveals to mull over.

Android 4.1 aka “Jelly Bean” has been described as Android all grown up and if Project Butter actually bears fruit, that would be an accurate assessment. The UI on Android has always been notoriously choppy. And every release since Froyo and Gingerbread, Google has been promising a silky smooth experience and have yet to actually deliver on those promises. I sincerely hope Google finally pulls it off with “Jelly Bean”.

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