Latest Nexus tablet not quite there yet


    Sep 24, 2013

    Latest Nexus tablet not quite there yet

    Nexus 7

    I BOUGHT my first Nexus 7 less than a year ago and, now, it is obsolete.

    Made by Asus for Google, the new Nexus 7 tablet is the only device (for now) with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system.

    It surpasses the previous model in a number of ways: It's slimmer, lighter and faster (thanks to a new quad-core CPU). And the screen is super sharp, with 2.3 million pixels in a 7-inch screen.

    Notwithstanding these improved qualities, I think there are still more changes needed, perhaps, for the next model.

    There should be a microSD slot and support for USB On-The-Go. Okay, maybe not the microSD if that is Google's policy but, for a tablet, OTG is something we should not have to do without.

    Right now, only the 16GB Wi-Fi model is available and it is pricey at S$379, compared with Amazon's US$229 (S$286).

    Even after paying for shipping, buying the tablet from Amazon is still cheaper than buying it in Singapore.

    How much: S$379 (with Wi-Fi)