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New Nexus 7 Unboxing and Gallery

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Here is our first hands-on video and gallery of the new Nexus 7 from Google. It comes shipped with Android 4.3, packs a Full HD display (1920 x 1200), dual back-facing speakers, a 5MP camera and a smooth plain black backside. Needless to say, it’s a pretty hot device.

Powering the Nexus 7 is a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. Once available for purchase, there will be a 16GB and 32GB of storage WiFi-only option, priced at $229 and $269 respectively. In addition, there will be an LTE variant capable of running on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile networks, priced at $349.99. Now, onto the unboxing. 




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  • Daven

    Picked up my Nexus 7 yesterday, had to return two back to Best Buy due to backlight bleed through issues…anyone else having the same problem? Other than that awesome device at any price point..

    • I had to return the first one I got from Best Buy because it had two dead pixels. Second one I got is perfect though.

  • Butters619

    At least the box is a million times easier to open this year!

  • sinisterblogger

    Any reason why someone with the first Nexus 7 would want to trade up? Nothing I see jumps out at me.

    • Tyler Durden

      Screen mostly, the 2gb ram, quad core processor, dual speakers

  • DanWazz

    Like how they took away the chrome/silver plastic piece from the edge. Sleek and black. Looks good.

    • Justin W

      The plastic chrome piece needed to go. I liked the white special edition one they gave out last year – that was slick (and didn’t have the chrome piece).

  • Tyler Durden

    You had WiFi right there to use for free lol

  • BeLogical

    The big question… Did they cheap out and give you the 16GB or hook you up with the 32GB?

    • Steve Benson

      The video shows 32GB on the backside of the outer packaging.

      • JRomeo

        do you know if the new Nexus7 has Miracast wireless display capabilities?

  • XvierX

    I like that there will be an LTE version available that works on Verizon’s network. This should give us a ray of hope that a device such as the Moto X can be purchased via the Play store and work on Big Red’s LTE network. I know it’s not officially confirmed but it’s starting to look like a good possibility. I’m stoked!

    • Defenestratus

      Its never been VZW’s LTE network that presented the issue with putting nexus phones on them – its been the CDMA network and the qualcomm binaries that are not distributable via AOSP.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      No CDMA man

    • Steve Benson

      Won’t be possible until Verizon ditches CDMA. Once they go VoLTE, we may be good to go.

      • hoosiercub88

        With a seperate SKU it’s entirely possible.. j/s.

        • Steve Benson

          Like Defenestratus states above as long as CDMA is in the picture it’s not possible. Google doesn’t have the rights to Verizon’s junk and wouldn’t be able to release it on their own.

          • hoosiercub88

            Sure, if you ignore the fact that Verizon could have Google list a SKU/Model specifically for use on their network and sell it as a Verizon phone from the Play Store. Sounds entirely impossible.

            Even after they go VoLTE, there will still be a need for Verizon to have the MEID of the device in their system to allow it to be activated with a SIM.

          • Steve Benson

            I’m not fully sure that’s true about the MEID, but we’ll see when it starts to happen in 2014.

          • hoosiercub88

            As it sits right now, it’s true.

            Unless they do an entire network device association/activation process revamping whenever they go VoLTE

  • AMGala

    So no POGO pins?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


    • Steve Benson

      Yeah, this kinda sucks. I wish Google would unify some of their accessories. Make one dock that works for all their tablets.

  • nickyb

    Video out?

  • Mordecaidrake

    This working on Verizon, gives me hope for maybe a Nexus phone working on Verizon!

    • Mched

      I agree…and wouldn’t this mean that it would get updates straight from Google and not have to deal with verizon for them?

      • Mordecaidrake


    • joejoe5709

      I could be wrong, but I think data is a different animal than voice. But you’re absolutely right. At least they didn’t abandon Verizon all together. The alliance with Moto and Verizon also gives me some faint indirect hope.

      • Mordecaidrake

        That’s what I’m thinking. The Moto phones are still some of the best selling devices on Verizon.

        • joejoe5709

          Right. And Google owns Motorola so that might be our “in” if Moto makes the next Nexus. And even then, I imagine Motorola’s update schedule should more brisk than in the past. So even if we don’t get a Nexus on Verizon, one of the new Motorolas shouldn’t be too much of a handicap.

          • Mordecaidrake

            Yes and no, our updates will still need to be approved by Verizon. Plus the new Motos have some pretty sub-par hardware 🙁

      • hoosiercub88

        It’s actually both, because Verizon locks down their whole network. I’m really curious to see if Verizon sells these or if you’ll have to go to a VZW store to get a SIM for this thing once it comes out.

      • Justin W

        You are correct. LTE is a GSM tech (open-sourced), so Vzw can’t “close it off” like they do with their CDMA network (close-sourced tech). Their Voice/3G network is based off of CDMA, which is why any device working on Verizon’s network has to have their approval.

  • turdbogls

    any word on a vibrator motor? haven’t seen anything on it yet and just curious.
    can’t wait to pick mine up.

    • hoosiercub88

      That’s an interesting point. The first-gen N7 didn’t have haptic feedback, so presumably this one won’t either.

      It’s an odd thing, when I use a device *tablet* that doesn’t have it after using my phone for so long.. you don’t realize how much you miss that.

      • turdbogls

        Just picked up my New N7, and i can confirm!!!!!: no vibrator motor 🙁
        oh well

  • BAZ67

    for the LTE model, can I assume that I could slip in my SIM card from my phone and continue to use the unlimited data that I cling to from Verizon?

    • Steve Benson


      • Tone

        Are you sure??

        • Justin W

          The SIM cards are no different that go into this one than into phones (well, they may be different size-wise). The only thing you my run into – you’ll be using a full-on phone plan for a device that only can access LTE…

          • Tone

            Thanks! I don’t mind using a phone plane for my tablet when I’m at work. I’ll just forward my calls to my company cell phone and use the Verizon app to receive all my text messages.

        • Steve Benson

          100% sure.

  • MacNificent

    it looked like magic when the white box started to slide out of the cover box.

  • LionStone

    too bad it doesn’t work with the original’s dock 🙁

  • Zach Armstrong

    Nice mention of the unboxing fail montage of last year

  • Tay

    How does the LTE versions work? Do you buy it on a contract like phones or what?

    • Steve Benson

      You just purchase a data plan and pick up a sim. No contracts.

    • MichaelFranz

      i think it will be able to be sold at retailers and carriers. My question is with regards to verizon….seeing as Hugo said it will all be unlocked and it is one single device for all carriers, what does this say for a nexus phone?

      Would google make an LTE only nexus device that works on all carriers and would you use it? I am curious about that one

      • aye_winchell

        it wil be possible in the future, when verizon goes VoLTE they will be able to do a nexus phone with a single chip, as far as i know the thing holding this back is the fact the verizon is still using cdma for calls, this is the sticking point, once verizon starts offering VoLTE devices then all bets are off.

        • hoosiercub88

          The MEID will still have to be verified on Verizon’s network.. which makes me really curious about how this thing will work with Verizon.

          • aye_winchell

            True, Verizon is going to have to adapt or die, The days of “Verizon” phones are coming to an end, i certainly wont be purchasing another one through them. Either ill be able to get one through google play, or ill be changing networks and buying one of google play. I would hate to lose my unlimited data, but if i’m going to its going to be because i can buy a device on my own, whenever and from where ever i want. I’ll trade my unlimited data for nothing less then contract and device freedom. I can already do that on other networks, so Verizon’s clock is ticking away, once my contract is up, then ill evaluate my options, and device freedom is going to play a big part.

  • MichaelFranz

    Im holding out for the LTE edition, the price is a little much but my xoom needs to be retired…

    just wondering how LTE fairs against battery life on it. Hoping it can just be disabled and enabled

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Disable LTE? No LTE no data. There’s no CMDA Radio

      • jnt

        If you’re on Verizon that’s not quite as big of a deal any more – but obviously still a big deal!

        • hoosiercub88

          Not really, pretty much everywhere I go that I’d need coverage has LTE now on top of 3G with Verizon. It could be an issue for some but those would be few.

      • Ian

        No LTE, but still wifi data…..

      • zepfloyd

        This is also probably why there’s no Sprint support since their LTE is much smaller with no fallback.

  • Joe

    Is 16GB enough? Especially, with the introduction of Chromecast.

    • Jason Downing

      I don’t see why not. If you listened to the presentation, they way chromecast works is that the chromecast device itself is connected to WIFI and it streams directly there rather than from your device.

    • So far chromecast streams from the internet: Netflix, Play Music, Pandora; meaning it won’t use any more space. My old 16GB Nexus is doing just fine because of the cloud.

    • Steve Benson

      Why wouldn’t it be? Chromecast doesn’t do anything with that 16gb. It only accesses media from the cloud.

      What would be really awesome is if we could store media in Google Drive and cast it to our tv. I’m sure this is just the tip of the ice berg for what this tiny device will be capable down the road. Chrome OS is really flexible and powerful.

    • joejoe5709

      For me, yes. I’ve never ever used the 16GB on my tablet. At most, I use about 10-13GB and that’s with a movie or two, a little bit of music, backups, and tons of photos. I clean it out pretty regularly and manage the storage pretty tightly. I don’t leave any unecessary apps, delete older backups, and delete any blurry/unused photos. Once a month I dump all my lesser important videos and photos to the computer for safe storage. Plus you’ve got Google Drive, DropBox, etc offering free space (if on Wifi). It requires a bit more work, but it’s doable. The old 8GB Nexus7 was simply not enough space.

  • markgbe

    cool, just need my own now. 🙂

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    I just got hard thank you DL

    • Anytime, friend! 😛

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            Right. And Google owns Motorola
            so that might be our “in” if Moto makes the next Nexus. And even then, I
            imagine Motorola’s update schedule should more brisk than in the past.
            So even if we don’t get a Nexus on Verizon, one of the new Motorolas
            shouldn’t be too much of a handicap.

        • TONY! Where the heck have you been? lol

    • jose

      Old N7 for the wife, new one for ME!!!!!!

  • Caleb Loop

    I wish I got a free Nexus 7 (2013). That would make me sooo happy..