/// Google Nexus 7, Nexus Q First Impressions

June 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Every year at Google I/O , there’s an Oprah moment where Google showers conference attendees with free gifts, usually the latest Android phone or tablet. Previous giveaways have included the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the HTC Evo 4G, and the Nexus One. This year attendees are being treated to the new Nexus 7 tablet , Nexus Q and the Samsung Galaxy S III . Sadly, Google Glass was not part of the schwag bag. AllThingsD will be reviewing the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q soon, but I was anxious to get my hands on the new devices, so I dug into the goodie bag like a kid on Christmas. Here are a few of my first impressions on Google’s latest gear. Nexus 7 tablet When I first opened the Nexus 7 tablet, I felt a sense of deja vu. The design of the tablet reminded me a lot of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 , with its beveled edges and gray chassis. But the Nexus 7 isn’t a Samsung product, it’s made by Asus and there are some major differences between it and its main competitor, the Amazon Kindle Fire . The tablet measures 7.81 inches tall by 4.72 inches wide by 0.41 inch thick and weighs about three-quarters of a pound. It’s slightly longer than the Amazon Kindle Fire but thinner and lighter. I could see myself using it as an e-reader on my bus ride and watching movies during a flight. It’s also much more attractive than the drab Kindle Fire, and the leatherette finish on the back is a nice touch. The Nexus 7 features a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 pixel touchscreen. The Kindle Fire has a 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 pixel display. I downloaded an issue of “Conde Nast Traveller” and text and images looked sharp. The display also has in-plane switching (IPS) technology to increase the screen’s viewing angles

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