on 13 February 2014
When I was looking for a tablet, I aimed for something that was more capable then most phones, and could run small games which provided fun and relaxing apps. My prime test was if this tablet could run twitch (a live video streaming site) then it would pass, and earn at least 3 stars, but because this not only fulfilled and passed, it extended my expectations of tablets.
I purchased the 32GB Nexus. I did this: because im a new one to tablets, and thought that 16GB may not be enough. When i first received this through the post (which I may add, I feel amazon has slacked on their postage) it came in a bright blue background box, which covered a plain white thick bx. Once removing this nicely finished box, the tablet was the first thing in my sights.
It had a lovely shine to the screen, and a nice matt black feel on the back. As I turned it on with excitement, I found: It already had apps installed like : Youtube, Google Chrome and Google Drive. This means I could "muck" around on this tablet for about 1 Hour before I felt I'd explored all of its features. Once I had opened the Google Store, I was bombarded with many choices, by clicking one tab from "Music, Movies, Games, Apps, News Stand, Books" you are instantly immersed in thousands of suggestions, and most popular, and "ones to watch for" indicating that you should watch these become popular. I loved this interface it had, as I filled my tablet with apps and games, I did not even know existed, and what improves that, is its 2GB RAM, which enables every game I played to run smoothly and with lovely graphics. I have played games like "Injustice: Gods Among Us" which seems to be a high powered game, and yet their is no lag, and no problems with it.
When it comes to music and video's, its compatibility is fine, but could be improved. When uploading video's to my gallery (for reasons I shall explain at the end) it takes a little longer to find them,as they are not obvious, unless you open your menu, find the gallery tab, and then open videos, and it should be there. This took me about a second to understand, compared to the ease of the rest, was a long time!
The music is lovely, as you can upload your own music to it, and it plays nicely out of its great speakers. And if that isn't your thing, then plug in your headphones, and BAM! you got yourself immersed.
When using this with my family, It becomes wonderful! I have used when cooking and needing to stay in touch with the Winter Olympics, and therefore, went straight into the BBC Sport app, clicked on the "Winter Olympics" tab, clicked live, and suddenly, its full screen, streaming without glitches or buffering, and I can enjoy it while producing my dinner. I have also bought an external "micro USB to HDMI" cable which enables me to connect my tablet to the TV, to show my family in full screen photos, videos, and listen to music. I have also uploaded apps like notepads, so I can keep my family up to date with things, as well as using the calendar to remind my family of things. We have used it with internet surfing, which is lovely to use. It is fast, smooth and simple, especially with a personal love of the microphone search. Where I can just speak into the tablet, from the home screen, and it opens up the Google search, and searches for what you want, straight away. It also knows where you are on the Google maps, without even plugging it in to anything, and even knows which way you are facing!
So for family, it is brilliant.
The only problem it has had with me, is its prices on the Google Store, like movies and episodes, as well as music, is as I feel over priced. Like I wanted to purchase an Arrow Episode (1 of 23, and an on-going series) and it was asking for £1.89. I was willing to forgive and forget, as I found a sale on for "Inception" where they wanted £2.49, I thought "great, nice to watch on a car journey" but I then read "Rent" and found it was £4.99 for the standard version, where the HD version for a film which would be shrunk down to 7" was asking for £6.99, where comparing this to the two disc DVD version at £4.10 from amazon, it doesn't do very well. I also feel its volume is good, but not loud enough for me sometimes, but I do feel I can forgive that because it might be to keep its sound quality at a high constant.
Overall I love this product, and was not expecting this much out of it (even now, I am watching "Would I Lie To You" on BBC iPlayer on it), even though I have an Xbox and a Computer, I seem to find myself on this tablet more often, with my family being able to see me downstairs, as well as their kind comment "its nice to see you haven't died up there, even though something is still in your hand". I have thoroughly enjoyed this product, and haven't found anything disappointing, and if I have, there has always been a way around.
This products display is impressive HD, its sound quality is incredible, and its interface and ease of use is wonderful. I feel it could match if not over throw an iPad's disgusting price and performance.
Thank you, and sorry for the long review, just wanted to make sure you knew enough before you buy.