It was anticipated since the launch of the original WiFi-only model and following on from a slew of Google announcements yesterday, the Nexus 7 tablet is now hitting the market with 32GB of storage and 3G wireless connectivity for the first time.
Despite Hurricane Sandy putting a stop to Google’s festivities in their New York based ‘playground’, the company still went ahead and introduced (officially at least) three key now Google products. The new larger capacity Nexus 7 sat alongside a new LG Nexus 4 smartphone and a new, larger 10-inch Samsung-made tablet which we learnt previously was the Google Nexus 10.
Aside from the new added storage and connectivity, the Nexus 7, along with its two new Nexus counterparts is one of the first devices to debut ‘a new flavour of Jelly Bean’ – Android 4.2. The additions are important despite what the minor numerical jump suggests and address shortcomings some users might have perceived when comparing the Nexus 7 directly to the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Nook’s HD tablets.
Android 4.2 brings things such as new user spaces, so that multiple users can set up the same tablet differently, gesture typing: which allows users to type whilst dragging their fingers across the keyboard akin to Swype or SwiftKey Flow and existing features likes Google Now are said to have been enhanced to.
Part of the appeal, with regards to the WiFi-only Nexus 7 was its pricing, and despite the addition hardware, the new 32GB, 3G Nexus 7 continues that trend. In fact, this 32GB option replaces that of the existing 16GB model, maintaining a £199 price tag, which based on our opinions of the device, make it one of the best examples of value for money in the mobile space. The addition of 3G into the mix then ups the price to £239, whilst the 16GB WiFi-only model now drops down in price to just £159.
The tablet is available now and Asus say that it’s available from retailers across the nation, such as: PC World, Currys, Comet, Carphone Warehouse, Ebuyer, HMV, Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Argos, ASDA, GAME and Sainsburys.
Don’t forget to take a look at our Google Nexus 7 review to see what we thought of the rest of the hardware at play inside this compact Android tablet.