Nexus 7 tablet hands-on from Google I/O [VIDEO]


Rob and Chris eagerly shuffled over to the Nexus 7’s demo station where they got their hands on the newly-announced, Jelly Bean-infused device. They give you a quick two minute tour of the device, but fret not as they’ll have a more in-depth look at the thing once they get their very own to take home. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more live coverage from Google I/O!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Like the new Phandroid

  2. Camera man couldn’t help but get his grubby fingers on the device…. and I dont blame him..

    1. Neither do I… O_o

      1. will you guys do a more extensive review of the tab ?

        1. Coming right up! :D

    2. Seemed like a little kid “I wanna play! I wanna play!”

      I would be the same way, no worries! :P

  3. I wish they would have priced Nexus Q the same as this Nexus 7.

    1. I can’t wrap my head around the pricing for the Nexus Q. Maybe if they integrated those NFC features of the Q with Google TV, it would have been worth it. Even then, I think $200 would have been the sweet spot.

      1. It’d be silly not to agree with you, but isn’t it entirely manufactured in the U.S.A.?

      2. The Nexus Q would’ve been worth a look with Google TV wrapped into it for sure but not even for $200. I’d say $150 tops and the market would probably pull it down to $99. My xbox360 hubs all my media incredibly and those aren’t even $200 anymore and they’re sooooooo much more then a media hub. Google has a long way to go if they wanna crack that market.

      3. I agree. $149 to $199 when have been the sweet spot.

  4. I want to play with Jelly Bean like right now.

  5. Chavez, love that guy. Makes me laugh so hard how he has to keep trying to get his hands on it while Rob is like….”well, fine.”

    Keep it up guys, best Android Site around!

  6. The new site is frickin’ awesome. I cannot wait to get this.

  7. I’m curious to what the easter egg is for Jelly Bean. I thought the nyan cat type easter egg in ICS was rather entertaining.

  8. no expandable memory? boooo

    1. Your movies, books, magazines and music would be in accessed through Google Cloud services, no? My G2X is actually running pretty bare now that most everything is not physically on the handset.

  9. Why are all these hands on videos so short? Did they beat you away with a stick after two minutes?

  10. I plan on buying one of these. I just wish the screen was a little bigger. I’m currently using an iPad as my Netflix machine. I’ll give up the 2.7 inches for this though.

  11. The big question: is the micro-USB port on the bottom really an MHL connection?

    As unbelievable as it may seem, my SG Note has a working MHL port, but this was unpublished in the specs. Could google or ASUS just not have mentioned this yet?

    Using the Nexus 7 as a portable video player was one of my main goals (along with games, eBook reading, and composing longer emails while out, and reading news/browsing the web while on the daily train ride…) MHL couldn’t have added much cost in the end, could it?

    The Acer Iconia Tab A110 (should be called “A107” IMO) has hdmi-out


    but the one thing potentially limiting the A110 is future carrier restrictions on upgrades. It does have cellular comms. WiFi-only is a feature in the regard that the maker never has to deal with carrier certification of ROMs. I’m afraid the A110 will be stuck on ICS till 2013, and then get one update to Jelly bean and be done with.

  12. I love Android but this new UI makes the tablet version of the apps I created useless, and I just finished it last week. I guess I’ll just support phones from now on, the ui is close enough that hopefully it will work on tablets. Thanks Google.

  13. SO WANT ONE!

  14. I already have a prime but I want one of these so baaaad

  15. The UI on the Nexus 7 looks/feels (exactly) like the phone’s UI.
    What happened to the tablet specific UI?

    1. Android 4.x was suppose to unify the UI. Android 3.x was a transition from 2.x so .. this is what it will be just like iOS 5 is the same on the iPad and iPhone. It’s a great move by them.

    2. They don’t want to maintain two different specs (that’s why Honeycomb was dropped) — ICS and on are designed to run on phones and tablets.

    3. I think what I was trying to say was not expressed well enough.
      You know, on a tablet running HC/ICS, the nav and the notif/status are together on the same bar locating at the bottom. And when you go to settings, the left panel is the menus and the right panel shows what’s inside a menu when it’s clicked.
      I think a tablet should have its own UI uniqueness, like on HC/ICS, to give users an experience feeling like they’re using a tablet.
      Otherwise the Nexus 7, to me personally, is just a giant phone if JB is Google’s intent to make tablet UI to look exactly like the phone UI.

  16. Holy hell, I’m frothing at the mouth here. I’ll give my LG G-Slate to my brother. This price point is like beer and fish tacos at the beach for me. I love how responsive and speedy it seems!!

  17. bet we can find a way to integrate voice search with apps lol

  18. Watch on YouTube for me shooting this with my 22lr.

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