Should you buy Google Nexus 7? Read this review first

Nexus 7 with its improved features is the new favorite among the android users. With its 7 inch big screen and sturdy battery life, the second generation Nexus 7 is one of the best options available, may be right after iPad mini, but then android has its own clout of users and they might prefer to go with Nexus 7 than the iOS enable iPad mini.

Nexus 7 has a great screen as well as scores high on its performance, although a few things keep wanting such as the lack of the capability to insert a micro-SD card. Let’s talk about the awesome features and a few glitches of this new generation Nexus 7 which is vying the other tablet makers of its market:

1. The look of the new Nexus 7 is sleek with the back which is made of soft-touch plastic which makes it easier and comfortable to hold or keep onto your lap while using without the fear of the tablet falling or sliding down. Although look wise the iPad mini which has aluminium back is still better but in terms of utility that is a good grip, Nexus 7 fares much better.

2. The new Nexus 7 weighs about 50 gms lesser than its predecessor and has minor changes in its dimensions. The reduction in weight has made it easier to use it while holding for longer.

3. The new Nexus 7 has improved its screen to retina class with resolution of 1920*1200 and 323 pixels per inch which is the best in class so far leaving iPad mini far behind. This has led to a clear almost razor sharp screen on which text and images can be viewed without any pixilation even on zooming up.

4. The sound quality is much improved with surround sound speakers. The earlier speakers on Nexus 7 were not performing up to the mark and this change to surround speakers is welcome.

5. The camera in Nexus 7 is of 5 MP which is same as that of its competitor iPad mini but the image quality of the camera is not that great and performs even worse in the low light.

6. The new Nexus 7 also does not have the slot to insert microSD card for additional memory just like its predecessor. So the people who have greater memory usage and you download music and videos a lot than you might want to go for the higher memory model of 32 GB than the one with 16 GB memory.

7. The operating software has been upgraded to the Jelly Bean or Android 4.3. The new features that come with an upgraded OS are the gesture keyboard which predicts the words as they are typed to make typing quicker and easier. Another improvement is in the notifications which are now easier to view and take action on them making the device usage smarter and efficient.

8. One can create multiple profiles on the jelly bean OS so that your data and sensitive information is safe from any other user as well as restricting the access to kids.

The new Nexus 7 has many improvements over its predecessor with sleek design and faster performance, although a few things such as the microSD slot and camera quality still remain wanting. Still in the budget that it is being offered, it is one of the best tablets available in the market at present.

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Should you buy Kindle Paperwhite Touch? Read this review first

E-book readers have been getting upgrades with the increased sophistication of technology and improved user satisfaction. In that view, Kindle Paperwhite is a right step in this direction with improvement in screen lighting and touch screen capability. Although, in the beginning I was not inclined towards buying an e-book reader over the print reading of books and magazines, but with the enhanced features of Kindle Paperwhite and the ease of carrying it as well as reading it whether in sunlight or dark, made me change my orientation towards e-book readers completely. This e-book reader has made me an avid reader even during short trips and catching those few pages of reading just before sleeping. Let’s talk about some wonderful features of Kindle Paperwhite Touch that have impressed me and some things that I am still wanting from my e-reader.

First the things which I like the most about it and made me to go for this Kindle version in comparison to others:

Although the size of Kindle Paperwhite Touch is same as that of the Paperwhite only at 6.7 * 4.6 * 0.36 inches, but it is little lighter from the latter’s 7.8 ounces to Paperwhite Touch’s 7.3 ounces which makes it easier to hold and read for longer time.

While researching from other user’s reviews, I found that Paperwhite Touch comes with a better lighting than its predecessor. While using this device, I found out that there are no issues with the lighting which is bright as well as uniform across the screen. Also, one doesn’t need to switch on lights while reading at night or in a dark room with the help of Paperwhite Touch’s front lighting feature.

In comparison to the previous Kindle versions, the resolution of Paperwhite Touch is better from 169 ppi of that of former’s to 212 ppi. But the touch screen of Paperwhite touch is more responsive which has made turning of pages on either side easier and faster and without losing any moment you are on the next page.

The screen of Kindle Paperwhite Touch is also very responsive to the level of light in its atmosphere. When you are outdoors, this device adapts itself to the day light and you can read on it without any problem with very clear screen unlike screens of other electronic devices like mobile phones and tablets which glare in sun making it difficult to see the content on screen.

The battery life is good. Based on my usage so far, I have been charging my kindle once a week and it is performing very well so far.

A few things that I keep wanting from my Kindle are:

The device does not come with a wall adapter but only a USB cable charger and if one does not have a USB wall adapter, than it becomes a bit tiresome to charge it though your laptop every time.

I keep wanting for more memory in my kindle reader, as I download on a spree and I am afraid I might have to delete a few books soon for making more space in my Kindle.

I did not use any e-reader before, but this device has definitely changed my views about e-readers making reading experience more practical and enjoyable with the awesome features it provides. If you have not tried an e-reader before, I am sure Kindle Paperwhite Touch is the one you would want to be your first.

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