Last year, at about the same period, Google and Asus succeeded at a double blow with the first Nexus 7: explode the price/quality ratio of market for the tablet and justify the existence and relevance of slates of 7 inches. A year later, so here is the Nexus 7 new, always designed by Asus for Google. And everything has changed.

Beneath the slab touch IPS+ of 7 inches, the definition of which exceeds the Full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels), we found a chip quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro of Qualcomm clocked at 1.4 GHz and accompanied by a 2GB ram. The storage capacity is available in 16 and 32 Gb depending on the model and it is impossible to extend, the Nexus forming the impasse on the microSD card. The only connectors are a micro USB port (recharge and transfer of data) and a headphone Jack 3.5 mm.

The wireless connectivity is ensured by the Wi-Fi dual-band a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and the applications using NFC (Near Field Communication) The digital camera back is equipped with a sensor of 5 megapixel camera (video capture 1080p), while the front face adopted a photo sensor-video of 1.2 megapixel. Nexus requires, the operating system is Android version in pure juice of Jelly Bean 4.3 . The tablet Nexus 7 is marketed at the rate of 229 euros in 16 GB and 269 euros in 32 Gb.

Nexus 7 Ergonomics

A little longer than its elder, the new Nexus 7 is however more thin 8,7 mm against 10.5 mm), less broad and more lightweight (290 g versus 340 g). The grip to a hand, already effective on the first milling, becomes even more ergonomic and pleasant on this new thought.

Only, between a bezel (black framework of the slab) and a border yet well significant, we feel that Google and Asus (or his next partner of Nexus) have a huge margin of progress to win in thinness.

The coating on the back of the tablet is of better quality than on the first Nexus. A very thin layer of gum has just replace the plastic to alveoli of last year and we lose the impression of assembly of 3 distinct parts to earn a whole lot more homogeneous physically, with the sensation of a product designed for a single tenant.

The tablet does not heat, even when the use requires all the forces of the product (in-game 3D video for example). And for those that may be interested, the Nexus 7 wishes well in any pants pocket.

The screen

The IPS panel+, it is a little bit the hobgoblin of Asus, which refines for months, mobile product after product mobile, rendering for its viewers. And the Nexus 7 is not immune to this rule welcome since the contrast medium reached 1175:1, is one of the best on the market. The maximum brightness, it, dead a large part of the sector with a threshold to … 557 Cd/sq. m! That is, more or less, 200 cd/mâ² of more that the major part of references launched from a year ago. The whole adds up to a black to a greater depth allows a use of more pleasant outdoors as well as indoors, despite a screen bright enough.

The management of colors between it also in the very small circle of shelves almost perfect since its delta E medium is of 3.1 . Let us recall that the delta E quantifies the gap between a perfect color and the same color displayed on the screen, and that the result must be the closest possible to 0 (commonly, it is considered that 0 and 3, it is an excellent result). And here, all of the color spectrum is balanced, which is all the more remarkable. Same topo for the color temperature, which is approaching the idea with an average of 7088 kelvins, homogeneous on the whole spectrum.

The retentivity is the diapason, with a result very honorable, for the IPS, 14ms average. The touch delay for the slab (reaction time between a touch interaction and its taken into account on the screen), on the other hand, broken a little ambiance, with 176 ms, or a little more of the double of a iPad Mini, tenor of mini slates on this point.

Finally, the definition is necessarily a new strong point of this Nexus 7, since 1920 x 1200 pixels on 7 inches provide perfect readability on the text content. This also enhanced the user interface with contours of icons, menus, and application names chiseled.

User Interface & Navigation

No interface unpublished, of graphics changes, we are in country Nexus and, here, Android is “stock”, that is to say nu, without artifice or fancy frills but such as Google has designed. This is the 4.3 Jelly Bean that animates the Nexus 7. It is to point out that the greatest developments of the generation Jelly Bean are rather more spent in the 4.2 , with notably the introduction of multicomptes and new strands of shortcuts and notifications (movement from top to bottom on the left side of the screen for this last, to the right of the screen to the ) … But then that brings Android 4.3 ? The platform Google Play Games, on the one hand, which monkey more or less the Game Center for IOS in grouping the results, earnings and progressions of the user in its games. Play Games also allows to host multiplayer games.

On the other hand, the later on won two developments well useful: passwords for access to accounts (strangely absent at the inauguration of the system) and restrictions on the applications for permit or non-access to applications of his choice in the other users ; Note Also, support for Bluetooth 4.0 “THE” extends the scope of possible side connection of accessories.

In practice, the Android experience is fluid and the mastery of the concept Nexus, in terms of hardware and software, just proves that there is no need to possess a ship of war for eight courses to rotate Android Jelly Bean as a Swiss clock. The tablet reacts to the quarter turn, a true happiness. If you have followed the development and the output of the product in the U.S. , without doubt have you taken knowledge of many problems of touch (touch diagnostics failed) and connectivity with Bluetooth a recalcitrant when Wi-Fi is engaged. This week, Google has released an update, it probably will install to the receipt of the machine and which is supposed to solve or prevent these hiccups. On our side, no problem occurred. Our Bluetooth accessories have responded well and the various tests of touch diagnostics seem to prove that the European release of the Nexus 7 is without doubt spared by these technical difficulties.

Multimedia functionalities

The web browsing benefited as much from the quick view of the pages that the definition of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The zoom (fluid, precise) is here not really necessary both the texts are displayed with clarity and precision. A successful experience regardless of the browser.

Video playback requires download of third party media player via the Google Play Store, to ensure maximum compatibility with all types of possible files.

Concerning the high definition, it was unfortunate that the Nexus 7 do would be able to cope adequately with videos 720/1080p. Fortunately, the tablet does not suffer any way, be it in AVI container or MKV. Side video games, the torque Snapdragon S4 Pro and igpu BPH: alpha adrenergic receptor antagonists 320 runs of beautiful prowess, without however reach the summits graphics of mobility (a little bit of aliasing dragged here and there, textures disappoint a little).

Autonomy

Strange choice, at first glance, on the part of Google and Asus to have opted for a battery less powerful than that of the first Nexus 7 (3950 mAh against 4325 mAh) when it has to supply a slab more greedy and more strongly backlit. Without doubt that the more compact design has dictated this choice of an accumulator taking less space. In practice and almost inevitably, the autonomy of this new Nexus 7 is located below the growth of its elder, of approximately 15 %. It is happening as well, for video playback, a little more than 9h of autonomy on the first Nexus 7 to 8h of operation on average. In video games, if you choose for games greedy, as Shadowgun or Real Racing 3, the association of title 3D and high definition considerably drained energy. Count less than 4h before that the tablet does not expire. In mixed use (games, web, navigation, video … ), the Nexus 7 new offers a little more of a typical day of use.

Camera & the photo quality

The sensor of 5 megapixels is revealed overall less effective than that of the iPad Mini from Apple. Nevertheless, the quality of the shots is not to induce vomiting. There is everything from same enough sharpness to use catches for poster on social networks or photographing of documents. For the rest, we are all the same in the country of the noise, the black mouth and, especially, the lack of precision. In effect, between what is framework and the result, there is often 10/15 good centimeters of offset.

Sensor Side before, it is rather the satisfaction which reign, with a sensor intelligently positioned (as seen at the beginning of this test) and a rendering without too much latency and sensitive enough to offer video chat quality.