Google/Asus Nexus 7 Tablet Review

I recently decided it was time to upgrade from a netbook to a tablet. So I shopped around and I came across the new Nexus 7. The specs on paper are astounding; flaunting a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and one gigabyte of RAM. It can support all the games and HD movies you can throw at it; all displayed on a IPS 1280 x 800 7” screen.

When I first opened up my Nexus 7 I noticed how clean and thin Asus made the body of the tablet. It has a textured golf ball like backing. I had bought a case from Amazon, the Poetic leather case, which is a nice addition to the tablet allowing it to stand up and auto sleep/wake when the flap is closed and opened. The performance of the tablet is better than most and given its price it blows its competitors out of the water. Also worth noting is the temperature, while in hard GPU/CPU gaming it never gets above 32c. In average online surfing it hovers around 25-28c. What this means is this tablet is very efficient at temperature regulation, which while gaming is very important.

Other features it includes are the Live Wallpapers, which while they drain battery fast, are still very attractive to look at from time to time. Google also put the ability to switch between tabs on the home buttons. Instead of the standard menu button they replaced it with the “open apps” button, or tabs button as I like to call it. It makes an apps killer widget pointless, as you can quit out of any open apps with this button. One sad fact I do have in regard to supported software is Adobe Flash is no longer supported in Android 4.0+ so you won’t be able to play anything requiring flash player.

Overall the Nexus 7 is an amazing piece of technology. With its quad-core computing it is faster at opening the average app than its competitors and it doesn’t have many “force closes” while you switch between apps. I bought the 16gb version and if you decide on getting the Nexus I recommend you do the same. After adding all the apps I needed for note taking and various social networking I had taken up 4 gb. Then I threw in some music and a movie (which came with the tablet) and I’m at 8.5 gb now. The 16 gb seems like good number for the media hogs out there.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview: The Review

Windows 7 was a vast upgrade from windows Vista but some people still viewed XP as the superior Windows OS. The main problem with windows operating systems is that the security is as good as swiss cheese and often uses up large quantities of system resources.

Solution?

Windows 8.

The computer I tested the consumer release on is the HP Mini 210-1092dx. I’ve tested many operating systems on it and can safely say Windows 8 is a great solution for this little netbook.

Of the many problems users faced in earlier releases of Windows for this netbook, the only problem I had during it’s testing was the screen resolution. Microsoft, as of now, is not catering to the netbook crowd and did not allow apps to be used on resolutions smaller than 720 in height.

As a solution to this problem you can find ways to edit the registry value to force windows 8 to use a higher resolution.

The startup time is reduced when compared against Windows 7. Average boot up time for my netbook was around 30 seconds. Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on my netbook took closer to a minute or more.

After the startup you’re greeted with the logon screen, a background with the time/day, and asking you to sign into a windows account (Windows Live username/password works).

After you have been granted access the signature Windows 8 “Live Tiles” appear. They are apps like you would find on a phone or similar to what you would find in the Joli cloud OS. The “Store” is where you will find apps to download. If you can’t find an app for something you use to have under Windows 7, such as disc cleanup or adobe Photoshop, you can go click the “Desktop” app. It will bring up something very familiar, the classic Windows Start/task bar. Here you can install any program you want, as long as it meets the generic windows requirements.

If you would like to try out the Consumer Release of Windows 8 here is the link: Windows 8

 

 

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