As usual with a new version of Android, Google has announced new Nexus devices. Nexus devices attract a lot of popularity because they represent what a lot of users wish Android would be from the get go: always up to date and with no garbage in the OS, a true stock Android experience sent directly from Google itself.
Last time, we got the very fancy Nexus 7, a 7 inch tablet that, along with the improvements brought forth in Jelly Bean, finally made Android in a tablet a very pleasing experience. It also was being sold directly by Google at the very low price of $199, making it very competitive as well. This time, Google went all out and not only introduced 2 brand new high-end devices, it also decided to upgrade the Nexus 7 while keeping the same price. So, let’s round it all up and see what’s new…
1. Nexus 4
Probably the most interesting news is the release of a new Nexus phone, replacing the Galaxy Nexus as the lead Nexus device. Not only that, this phone is a powerhouse at a really accessible price. Sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM and one of the fastest GPU’s available, it’s clearly a high-end device and it shows. Previous Nexus phones have been in the mid-range segment, with devices like the Galaxy S series taking the specs prize home, but this time Google seems to have gone all out and offered a truly powerful device as their flagship phone.
One of the aspects of the phone that has been criticized is the lack of LTE, which may be a big issue for some users. It still supports HSPA+, so it’s not like it will be a slouch when it comes to high speed networking, but if you have LTE coverage then it may hold you back. Aesthetically, it’s also a very pretty device, with a glass back styled with some sort of sparkle pattern, offering a very high-end, unique look. It also comes with 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed and guaranteed updates from Google, and with a price tag of $299 directly from the Google Store for the 8GB version, there’s really no reason to pass on this device, unless LTE is a big deal for you. You can get yours right here.
2. Nexus 10
The second device announced by Google is the brand new Nexus 10, a 10-inch tablet with a high-resolution screen competing directly with the iPad. It will be available in 16 and 32 GB versions, priced at $399 and $499, respectively. It sports a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, so it is also no slouch and will certainly perform well, even at such a high resolution. The design is reminiscent of the Nexus 7, but it replaces the material in the back cover with a smooth rubberized version instead of the more decorated material in the Nexus 7 and rounded edges. The display has a 2560 x 1600 resolution, making everything appear sharp and pixel-free on the screen, making it ideal for HD media and even occasional reading. It will also ship with 4.2 Jelly Bean and official Google updates, so if you’re looking to buy a Android tablet, this is probably a device to consider.
3. Nexus 7 refresh
Along with these new devices, Google has also decided to upgrade the capacity of their Nexus 7 tablets, discontinuing the 8GB version and introducing a 32GB alongside the 16GB version. The price remains the same, except the 16GB version now is priced the same as the 8GB version ($199), and the 32GB version inherits the previous price of the 16GB version ($249). Seeing as the Nexus 7 doesn’t support external memory, this refresh is a welcomed change and may convince some reluctant buyers to choose it.