If you are looking for an affordable tablet computer but don't want to sacrifice processing power or the high-definition resolution found in full-size versions, the Google Nexus 7 (2013) is one of the best tablets to consider.

The Google Nexus 7 packs a lot of power into its thin, durable, 7-inch frame. In performance tests from our colleagues at Laptop Mag, the tablet produced consistently midrange results. Equipped with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, you can surf the internet, stream shows and play intensive games with ease. The Nexus 7 comes with the Android 4.4 operating system, which includes features such as Swype-style gesture typing, multi-user profiles and more.

Hands-on tests from Laptop Mag also show that the 1920 x 1200 display is crisp and clear, with 2.3 million pixels allowing you to enjoy high-definition shows and games in up to 1080p. The display is covered in durable, scratch- and scuff-resistant Gorilla Glass to protect your tablet. The high resolution of this tablet makes it easy to read small text and details in photos and games without blurring.

It is easy to bring the Nexus 7 along with you anywhere you go. Its 7-inch length makes this tablet computer much more comfortable to hold for extended periods than 10-inch tablets, especially since it only weighs 10.4 ounces. The Nexus 7 is a great mini-tablet to take on your commute, watch a show, read in bed or catch up on the news of the day during a break.

The Nexus 7 comes in three versions, 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models and a 32GB Wi-Fi/4G version available from wireless providers. You can also connect Bluetooth Smart Ready devices to the tablet such as speakers, headphone and keyboards. This tablet PC is not equipped with a card reader, so you cannot expand your storage.

In Laptop Mag's tests, the Nexus 7 produced a battery life of just over eight hours, and the tablet charges using a microUSB cable, which means you don't have to buy a specialized docking station to get your tablet back up to full power. You can charge the Nexus 7 from any USB port such as your desktop computer, a USB port at the airport or even with a car charger adapter.

The camera lenses in this tablet are a standard, fixed-focus 1.2MP camera on the front and a 5MP lens on the back. Sample photos and videos from Laptop Mag illustrate the respectable performance of the Nexus 7's cameras. While the front camera is great for selfies and video chat, it lacks the resolution needed for good image capture. The rear camera does a good job of capturing colors and shadows but lacks the clarity of our top ranked tablets.

Google Nexus 7 Summary:
6.8/10

If you are looking for a powerful, 7-inch tablet PC, the Google Nexus 7 is a great choice. With its strong, rapid processing power and clear, crisp graphics, you can enjoy your favorite shows or Android games without the bulkiness of a full-sized tablet.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Pros
This tablet has a high-definition screen, sports a fast processor and is easy to hold with one hand.

Cons
There is no microSD card slot for extra storage, and the camera on the front is fixed focus.

The Verdict
: 6.83/10

The Google Nexus 7 is slim and portable but retains midrange processing power. It is great for gaming and eBooks, but it is not the best for taking photos.