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Video: Quick Hands-on With the Google Nexus 7 Tablet

If you tuned into the day 1 keynote for Google I/O, then you probably saw the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet. As we were making our way out of the keynote, we stumbled onto the device itself and managed to put together this quick hands-on video. While we only had all of 3 minutes with it, we definitely like the size and feel of it. 


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  • feztheforeigner

    I actually prefer the Honeycomb/ICS notification bar style (sitting on the bottom with the buttons to save space – if you use a tablet in landscape you will see how much room can be saved). I think there should be a setting (CM10?) to choose between the two…

    Just my own personal opinion, feel free to disagree.

  • 3 deal-breakers –

    1. Phone UI and not usual Tablet UI. When your default orientation is portrait mode, you are note the tablet for me.
    2. 8 GB…!! And 2 GB will already be filled out-of-the-box. That gives me 6 GB to use. Even 16 GB is less for me. And don’t point towards Dropbox etc. When I think of a tablet, I think of a on-the-go device which doesn’t depend on anything else. And I won’t always be near a wifi.
    3. 7 inch. That was never a tablet size for me.

    Then again, I can’t ask for everything in a $200 device. This is indeed best-there-is in that price range. But I’d rather pay a little higher price and have a device which doesn’t have these 3 drawbacks.

  • Tony

    Was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing live? Or was that a live version of the song?

  • Bionic

    I am also glad to see it has GPS.

  • Bionic

    I just ordered the 16GB for my first tablet. my wife has a kindle fire and I can already tell that this will TOTALLY blow it away. Any smart person would buy this over the nook tablet or kindle fire.

    The only thing im mad about is why do we have to wait so long? I was hoping to play with this thing over my 4th of July vacation but nope. That sucks.

    They would have been smart to announce it today, order it today, and first shipments go out tomorrow. But hey what do I know?

  • kidheated

    From the little we have gotten to see of it so far, the tablet looks great! The only thing that kills it for me is the lack of a sdcard slot. For me, besides everything on the NexTab, the next most important aspect is storage. Unless it can be hooked up to a external HDD, the internal room just wont cut it. My book collection alone will take up most of the 16gb. I was hoping this would be the best thing out, but unfortunately it isn’t. Seems like I will still end up going with the new & revamped 10.1 galaxy tab (though I hate skins!) after all… whenever they release it. I will say that this tab is a huge step in the right direction. If Googs decides to drop a new one along with the 5 Nexii coming this fall, that would be spectacular. Hopefully by that time, All makers (including Googs) will understand that 2gb RAM is the new standard, 1gb is now antiquated.

    • Bionic

      well it has a micro usb port , so obviously it is capable of being hooked up to a hard drive or whatever. I ordered the 16GB version even tho i only need 5.

  • shr1k3r

    digging the theme song in the background

  • c4v3man

    I wonder if the POGO is for power only, or if it’s full USB. Would be sweet is some third party came out with a keyboard dock for it. A transformer mini, so to speak.

    • Allen Byrd

      That would be extremely hard to type on.

  • nightscout13

    I will be getting one. Cloud storage should suffice, so no need for 16GB

  • Hmmm… If this is supposed to be a power house of a media tablet… Kellen, can you confirm if that USB is going to be MHL for HDMI output?

    • c4v3man

      Agreed, interested in that as well. If you can test USB OTG as well, that would be appreciated.

    • Im hoping this will support MHL too. I pretty optimistic it will but i would love a confirmation on it.

  • bchampnd

    How long before Apple files for an injunction?

    • Bionic

      fuckk them

  • LordStickMax

    landscape man! landscape! what does it look like? if it looks like the cell phone it will be dumb.

  • hey kellen, u might want to ease up with the “buttery smooth.” it’s in a lot of your videos.

    • Buttery Smooth Fan

      Why? Even Google themselves called it “Project Butter”.

      • Futbolrunner

        I take it you like butter. Just a guess

  • they said Jelly Bean in july for the nexus, that will never happen

  • can’t believe that you I/O attendees got this, a nexus Q, and a galaxy nexus!

  • just cant figure out why the left off the rear camera,everything else looks so good,you would expect a killer camera,would not add much to the cost

  • moelsen8

    oh my god. shut the F*ck up with this link.

  • jonny6pak

    I do enjoy the tablet interface of ICS and HC. However, I don’t see a huge problem with using more of the phone interface on the tablets moving forward. One thing that helps Apple’s iPad is that anyone who has an iPhone can grab and iPad and have zero confusion over the interface. That’s not always the case with the Android tablets. Granted, everyone here is the type to not have an issue, but I don’t think that’s the same with the rest of the buying public. I think JB looks like a good step for adoption of Android tablets.

  • IMNS

    As this i s a nexus device, I would assume it will still contain the usb host functionality. Get a usb adapter cable (micro to standard) and plug in a flash drive if you need the extra storage. Thus, an SD card slot isn’t necessary


      And try to remember its only $199.00. Way to much complaining on here for a great tablet at a budget price!!!

      • Bionic


    • Alec Bush

      If this works I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Havoc70

    Bought mine today, cant wait!

  • Tim Swann

    disappointing that the screen doesn’t go closer to the edge of the device. Very thick bezel IMO

    Could be a true iPad competitor if it had 10″ screen and more storage (16 GB min up to 32GB) or at least expandable storage. Could still have kept the price at $300 I think.

  • geedee82

    Not sure I like the new notification bar pull-down. It looks a lot like the iOS one (even though they stole the idea from android to begin with)

  • RoadsterHD1

    it looks like a giant phone


    Okay by the end of the video I was more excited to see the chick in the back then the tablet!!!

  • Miketoasty

    The only thing I am worried about is no MicroSD storage. I just bough a 8GB Galaxy Tab 2 and after installing all of my apps, including Max Paye/GTA III/Shadowgun I am almost completely out of space. Luckily it has an SD Card slot so I can continue to store more data there, but with the Nexus 7 I would be screwed.

    I still really like the look of this device, and will hopefully get a chance to own one.

    • hkklife

      IF they had a premium version that was 8″ to 9″, 32Gb internal storage, microSDHC slot, rear camera, and video output, I’d be all over it for $299 or even $350ish.
      Tegra3, vanila JB with guaranteed updates, good screen, and standard microUSB charger is awesome . But I’m just bummed over the lack of a larger screen version and my need for more local storage. I have all of those above games (plus more) and I can easily fill up 16Gb with a dozen games and a little bit of media. With a wi-fi only tablet, the need for more local storage is even more pressing IMO.

  • Dat bezel…

    • Bionic

      i like it

  • nekroman524

    Just pre ordered it. Now we play waiting game. Its so awesome!

  • Raven

    Does anyone know if Jellybean 4.1 is going to have a concept of profiles so that you can sign on from different gmail addresses and get completely different home layouts so that 2 people could easily share a tablet?

    • capecodcarl

      This is something so blatantly obvious that I can’t believe nobody has integrated it into their UI by now. Anyone that shares a tablet in a family (or even a corporate environment) would LOVE to have profiles. I hate giving my iPad to my kids because I have no way of stopping them from screwing up the home screen or sending e-mail using my accounts. Why can’t they have a separate profile with their own e-mail and home screen config?

      • MentatYP

        This feature is way overdue. Maybe Windows 8 tablets will have it, because it looks like neither of the other 2 players in the market are even remotely interested in it.

        • KEVINC

          windows 8 tablets WILL have it.

  • br_hermon

    Is anyone else annoyed like I am that they changed the look of the notification bar? I love that android came up with it first, then Apple copied it later but changed its appearance slightly. Now with the Nexus 7 / Jelly Bean, they changed the appearance to look more like Apple!? UGHHH!! Google you had it right to begin with! You don’t need to go back and copy Apple! Be proud of your design, don’t freakin abandon it. In the grand scheme of things it’s a minimal issue but the principle of it still bothers me.

  • AlexKCMO

    I don’t know about this. Something here isn’t right….

    Galaxy Tab 1 comes out:
    Ugh, this UI is terrible for tablets, it was designed for phones. Good device, but the UI sucks.

    Honeycomb is Unveiled
    Fantastic UI. Great job Google! (Personally, I really love the HC/ICS Tablet UI)

    Jelly Bean is shown
    Oh look a blown up phone UI… like the GB Tablets.

    Sure, it looks like you can have additional rows and columns, but I’m fairly certain LauncherPro or ADW would have accomplished that on the GB flavor of tablets.

    Am I missing something?

    • r0lct

      Possibly just for 7″ tablets?

      • AlexKCMO

        I thought about that too, but the point still remains, it’s the phone UI on a tablet. I feel like the 7″ would have been better off being a combination of the two, with the app drawer being on the top right and the search being in the top right, but keeping the dock at the bottom and notifications at the top.

        Maybe I’m over-complicating things, but it feels a bit strange to completely rip apart GB as a tablet UI, but praise JB for doing essentially the same thing minus a few tweaks.

        • r0lct

          FWIW running ICS/AOKP on my Kindle Fire I can say the menu is cramped and does not work as well on a 7″ screen as on a 10″.

  • justin poirier

    I’m kind of waiting for the trolling gizmodo article titled, “the nexus 7 tablet, and why it doesn’t matter”

  • droidman101

    ok so new voice search is on par or better than siri, google now has no counterpart, notifications slay iOS 6. This is gonna be a great year.

    • Larizard

      That’s what I thought. Notifications in Jelly Bean is a HUGE upgrade, and trashes iOS 6. I wish they highlighted it more so I can rub it on my iPhan friends’ faces.

  • The bezel doesn’t look THAT bad…

  • darkdragon1996

    Considering the POS tablet i have (Toshiba Thrive) I’m pre ordering it in a day or so.

  • droidman101


    • Evans Rutoh

      well, i guess for the specs am picking it up anyway

  • bakdroid

    Oh great, Kellex’s beloved bottom headphone jack. So are we going to use the same excuse on this one? When the 7 INCH TABLET is in your pocket upside down?!? Give me a break. Extremely stupid position on a tablet to be on the bottom. So if you are listening to music, you now have to flip it upside down or put it on its side to prop it up? Ridiculous fail!

    • AlexKCMO

      Yeah, I agree. Not very “laying in bed charging and using headphones” friendly at all. I do this frequently with my TF101 while my wife is asleep and I’m not ready for bed. The charge port on the bottom would be a nightmare if I didn’t buy the dock.

    • Gnex21

      Did Kellex wrong you in another life, Will Scarlet? Man calm down over there buddy!

  • Jason Purp

    Show us JB on the Galaxy Nexus!

    • I don’t like Justin Bieber.

  • Angry Customer

    To be honest, I am a little disappointed with the design of the Nexus 7…it just looks like a blown up version of the GNex. There should have been a camera on the back (maybe a 5 or 8MP….41Mp not needed obviously). Should have had a SD slot and should have at east 2G of RAM..considering the GS3 is coming out with 2G of RAM.

    • normmcgarry

      It is only $200 dude.

    • niuguy

      Add $100 bucks to the price for all that.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      Expect it looks nothing like a Galaxy Nexus.

    • kretz7

      Maybe so, but the problem is you still would want it for $200.

    • Don’t Be Angry

      Can’t compare a $200 dollar tablet to a $199-$250 dollar phone (subsidized!). But I do agree, would be cool to see a Nexus 7s model that has a bit better specs for maybe $299. But this baby was meant to compete with the Kindle.

  • Mordecaidrake

    If this had MHL support or HDMI out I’d buy it. But because it doesn’t i’m not to impressed with their ‘leap’ into the tablet space. I think I will end up getting an iPad and using it along side my rooted GNex 🙁

    • r0lct

      Why not just buy a 10″ Android tablet that does all that then?

      This is a budget device. It’s like you went into a Honda dealer and was pissed there was no V8 with air conditioned seats option.

      • Mordecaidrake

        I was just hoping for a little more, that’s all. And android tablet support is still far behind iOS unfortunately.

  • nickname

    no micro sd slot? pifff

  • ChuckDz3

    Can’t wait for JB and this tablet is probably going to make me spend $250 on a toy that I don’t need but really want…

    • Bionic

      i dont need one, but i ordered one. This is my new main music player and magazine reader.

  • What about the view in landscape? I guess they had auto-rotation off? Would have loved to see the transition from portrait to landscape…like they mentioned in the video it almost just looks like a big phone.



    • JoshGroff

      Dat bezel. You must like it.

    • sgtguthrie

      Ya, it is kind of big…

      • back that bezel up

        bezels and I cannot lie…

    • droidman101

      $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200

  • You can see Kellex’s face for a brief moment right at the end!

    • droidman101

      typical geek face right there

  • Am I the only one who is really excited about all the easter eggs that will possibly be hidden within the new google voice recognition software?

    • Mack

      Nope. 🙂

    • Bionic

      like what? im not very familiar with easter eggs, do tell do tell

  • RedPandaAlex

    I have no idea what possessed them to move the notifications to the top. I really hope that doesn’t apply to 10-inch tablets. That would be a lot of wasted space for just 3 navigation buttons in the bottom bar.

  • Animation didn’t look noticably smoother than most ICS devices. I hope it’s just not visible on video, since ‘butter’ sounded like the best new feature of Jellybean.

  • Michael Forte

    Looks nice, I’d like to see browser performance with Chrome on Jellybean to see if it’s any better. Sucks there’s no micro SD slot on this though.

    • phor11

      Since it has micro USB, I’m sure it will work with external USB storage just like the Galaxy Nexus does. But I agree that’s not nearly as convenient as micro SD.

    • Bionic

      agreed, thats the one thing i dont like, but im over it

  • Anthony Vella

    I will refrain from buying one until a 10.1″ version is released.

    • Diablo81588

      Nah. 10 inches is too big IMO. The perfect comfortable size would probably be 7-8 inches. Any bigger and it just gets awkward to hold for an extended period.

      • soccergoalie8

        That’s what she said.

      • Bionic

        not to mention most women cant deep throat bigger than that

        • Diablo81588

          Well, in that case, its a good thing extended period doesn’t apply for most lol


      I thought a tablet smaller than 10 inches would be useless as well but they’re actually nice. You can (or I can anyway) hold a xyboard 8.2 with one hand in portrait orientation similar to a phone. I think a slightly smaller 7 inch screen with a more contoured back like the Nexus 7 would be very comfortable. If I got a 10 inch tablet, I’d want a keyboard dock and I’d use it like a laptop.

    • Bionic

      my guess would be christmas time. they called it the “nexus 7” and not “nexus tablet” because of the very fact they will make a bigger one

  • s23

    What happens if you put it in landscape?

  • anon

    also love the comment on the pogo pin “there must be some sort of dock coming” LOL WHERES THE DOCK FOR THE NEXUS! LOL

  • Timothy McGovern

    When are they realeasing the 4.1 api. Also, Whats the difference between this and 4.0 besides the added widgets and apps?

    • msnight04

      Revamped notifications, much smoother UI (should have basically no lag), new Android beam features, a new Siri-like search, updated keyboard with offline voice dictation, homescreen is much easier to customize. I’m really excited for this update. It has new features and refines ICS to be a smoother and more enjoyable experience.

    • droidman101

      4.1 api is already in the SDK.

  • Very impressive for $199. I would pick this over the Fire any day because of the specs.

    • @ScottyfromGA

      im scrapping at the moment to sell my Fire cause I want this tablet…the specs and speed are the reason that it is the number 1 7 incher (tablet, pervs) going on right now….

  • IrishCream


  • so a blown up galaxy nexus with jelly bean…. hmmm

    • capecodcarl

      Sort of like how an iPad was just a big iPhone except it had no camera or calling capability. People really complained what a piece of crap it was that it didn’t run full MacOS X, then normal consumers bought it up in droves and turned it into the best selling tablet of all time.

  • Has anyone else noticed there is no mention of a headphone jack? Correct me if I am wrong, I’ve been busy today and haven’t really been able to keep up.
    Edit: Just watched the video, it does. I was nervous for a bit.
    Edit 2: Wow… clearly upset some people here. My bad.

    • MrSteve920

      There is one on the bottom… It’s in the video.

    • It’s shown in the video…

    • RedPandaAlex

      There’s a headphone jack, it’s in the video

    • Tim242

      Dude, he points out the jack in the video : )

    • They show the headphone jack in the video

    • if you watch the video, the headphone jack is on the bottom right.

    • JBegs

      Did you watch the video? Headphone jack at the bottom.

    • CJ Tinsley

      he pointed it out in the video

    • xsheadspace

      Yes on the headphone jack. No on the SD slot

    • Blood

      There’s a headphone jack in the bottom. It’s in the video.

    • Armaced

      There is a headphone jack at the bottom of the device. He shows it off at 1:55 in the video.

    • will bartlett

      the video shows the headphone jack bro

    • MReprogle

      I watched that video and saw that it was on the bottom. Did you see it?

  • anon

    that bezal is huge!!!

  • I sort of want to sell my TouchPad for one of these….I’ll wait a bit though. Thanks for the quick look Kellex!

  • Blood

    Why did they go back to a phone UI?

    • JoshGroff

      Google is trying to unify their UI for tablets and phones. (basically)

      • Mack

        ^ This. There’s a reason the iPad’s UI is identical to iOS on the iPhone. Google’s tablet UI was cool but some people did find it a but confusing and I will agree that it wasn’t always very sensible the way everything was laid out.

        Google wants people to use their mobile OS the way they intended and for the experience to be the same across all devices. I applaud them for making a valid attempt to regain that control and unity.

        • teleclimber

          Really not sure about this. I think the tablet UI wouldn’t fit well in portrait on a 7″, so they went with phone UI. The layout of the tablet UI on a 10″ tablet is wonderful in my opinion. It would be a regression to use a phone UI on a big tablet.

          The iPad tablet UI is poor in comparison to Android’s (yes, I own one of each).

    • Ryan Powell

      I’m willing to bet that has something to do with the new Google Now functionality. If you trigger that by holding down the home “button” and dragging it up it might work best if that appears in the center of the screen. I also think the orientation of this device contributes something to it using the phone UI.

    • sgtguthrie

      I think I like it better this way. On my ICS Tablet I missed the dock for the apps I want there regardless of which homescreen I’m on. Glad to have it back 😉

    • bakdroid

      They want more apple lawsuits.

    • AlexKCMO

      Interesting. It looks like they’re trying to make the default UI Portrait as opposed to landscape.

      I wonder how it looks in landscape, or if it even rotates…

      I’m not sure how I feel about that.

      • MrSteve920

        It rotates and it looks exactly the same. The three buttons stay located in the middle bottom and the notification bar is still present on top. When you pull down the notification bar it doesn’t go across the full screen, it’s only about three inches wide.

      • BrianBrick

        I figure.with the pogo pins being.on the side, its.very likely to have a.landscape orientation

    • user311

      one good thing about having the bar up top is no more accidental bar presses while gaming. Its one part of gaming on my tablets which I totaly despise .

    • V.A. N.

      There is a reason why the Kindle Fire is the best selling Android tablet in the market despite it’s severe lack of bells and whistles. That reason is the UI. That’s why the Fire and the iPad appeal very much to the masses, the UI is super simple. If Google wants to get this right they need to head over to nearest nursing home and see if the N7 can be usable to an elderly person.

    • Allen Byrd

      It will rotate the same and everything, but it’s just to make the experience between devices more integrated (probably easier for devs as well).

    • Bionic

      google voice

    • They did for the Nexus 7. JB at 10″ supposedly looks like what you expect.

  • PyroHoltz

    Nice quick walk through. Thanks Kellex.

    • They get the tablet, galaxy nexus, and the nexus Q free

      • PyroHoltz

        Good deal, just missed that at the end, had to watch again.

    • sc0rch3d

      tablet + phone + Q = christmas in june

    • Ryan Powell

      The keynote said the attendees could pick them up at 4PM. I imagine we will get more in depth walkthroughs once everyone gets their official version in hand.

  • AhsanS

    Sweet. It looks good.