Nexus 7

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Google launched the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 7 HSPA+ 7″ tablet and the Nexus 10 10″ tablet earlier this week with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Needless to say all the 3 new products were sold out like hot cakes within a few hours of launch. Subsequently, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA update to the Nexus family of devices. My Nexus 7 got the update yesterday and my Galaxy Nexus phone got the update today. Here is a quick and simple peek into what has changed with Jelly Bean 4.2 and what I feel about the update…

Multi-User Support: This is something that I haven’t seen till now in mobile devices. Right now, it is available only on tablets and lets you create multiple user accounts with a separate home screen, apps etc. So you and your partner/friend can share a tablet and still keep the data separate.

Photo Sphere Camera: This is the BEST features of this update. Using this you can very easily capture a panoramic shot covering 360 degrees. Now you don’t need an SLR camera or take a shot from a long distance to cover all the 100 people that attended your birthday party in a single picture. I will try to post some pictures taken using the feature soon..

Gesture (swipe) Typing: This feature looks very cool but am not sure about its usability. I was able to type much faster using the traditional method on my tablet than with gesture typing. It is better suited for phones than tablets. Also, it might be useful for those that cannot use their both hands to type.

Performance: The previous version of Jelly Bean itself was pretty slick. This version has just raised the bar. The devices have become even slicker with the update that can be very easily noticed.

Lock Screen Widgets: You can create multiple lock screen widgets to display useful information while the screen is locked. Photos, Email, News etc can be placed here. The email lock screen widget shows you a preview of the message that helps you determine whether or not to unlock to device to read it.

Mini Settings from Notification bar: The most commonly used settings can be simply reached from the notification bar instead of needing to go to the Settings app. This is a useful feature update.

Miscellaneous: There is a new clock app, improved and optimized UI around the OS, clear demarcation of the permissions required while downloading new apps/updates from Google Play etc.

Note: This post is just my experience of playing around with the Jelly Bean 4.2 update for a few hours. There could be a lot more features that I have not tired yet.  For more information on the update, please go here.

Apple released the iPad mini yesterday apart from a host of other new-new and old-new devices. Marketing folks at Apple are pretty good and can make even the worst product look great with their innovative charts and statistics. One other fact that was noticed by everyone but not specifically announced by Apple was the sunset of the old new iPad (3rd gen) that was released only in March this year. Apparently, Apple is clearing their stock of the 3rd gen iPads as refurbs starting at a price of $379. The new new iPad (4th gen) is the same as the old new iPad (3rd gen) but has the lightning connector and the A6X processor.

Here is a quick comparison of the 4 popular 7 inch tablets in the market. In this comparison I have used the Google (ASUS) Nexus 7 as the baseline with which the other three are compared. It is clearly evident from this comparison that the iPad mini is essentially an outdated and overpriced device. In more simple terms it is an iPad 2 in a smaller casing. And it is also clearly evident that the Nexus 7 emerges as the WINNER. Kindle Fire HD is a pretty good device that will work for those that consume a lot of content from Amazon.

** – It is rumored that the 32 GB Nexus 7 will be introduced by the end of this month. Some folks have already been able to purchase it at some retail stores in the US.

%% – It is also rumored that the 32 GB Nexus 7 will be sold at $249 while the 16 GB variant will be sold at $199. The 8 GB variant will apparently be discontinued.

## – Prices of the Kindle Fire HD without special offers has been considered for the comparison.

Note: Google doesn’t write me any checks (though I would be more than happy if they did) out of the profits they make out the Nexus 7. I personally own a 16 GB Nexus 7.