GOOGLE has joined the tablet wars with its Nexus 7 which it designed in collaboration with Asus. It is no surprise that Google chose the 7in form factor, as it is becoming increasingly popular.
The build quality is great - the Nexus is compact, lightweight and comfortable to hold.
It is one of the first devices to run on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) which has a host of new features, but we'll get to that a bit later.
The front is dominated by the slick 7in IPS display which has a resolution of 1,200 x 800-pixels. The higher resolution makes text legible even when they are small.
Also, the screen's colours are bright and rich with good contrast. It is even viewable under direct sunlight thanks to a handy outdoor mode that brightens the screen significantly.
There's also a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front for video calls. However, the Nexus doesn't have a rear camera which is strange.
The built-in speaker on the back is serviceable but if you want to enjoy a YouTube video or two, we recommend a pair of good headphones.