Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013) review: The magnificent seven

GSMArena team, 09 August 2013.

Google Now

Google Now integrates with your Google account and can access your daily routine, internet searches, email, etc. and give you information relevant to your interests and daily needs.

It provides traffic information to your work or home, knows those scores of sports teams you follow, has the weather forecast for your location and can even tell you who Kevin Spacey is.

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Google Now

It can interpret a lot of things from your search history as well. If you've been searching for, say, your favorite football team, Google Now will prepare a card showing you the next match the team is playing and will provide you score updates once the game begins.

If you allow it, can scan your email for upcoming flights, deliveries or restaurant reservations and let you know when they are due. There are also numerous kinds of cards like birthdays (yours and contacts') and what distance you've walked in a particular month. The last one could definitely feel creepy for some users, but it's easily turned off from the Google Now settings menu.

Google has also integrated Voice Actions. They can handle stuff like sending messages (SMS or email), initiating a voice call, asking for directions, taking a note or opening a site. Google Now can also launch apps, check and manage your calendar and look for nearby places of interest and stuff like movie openings in theaters.

One big advantage of Google's Jelly Bean is that the voice typing functionality doesn't require an Internet connection to work. You can enter text by speaking anywhere you can use the on-screen keyboard - be it the Messaging app or a note taking app - without the need for a data connection as long as you have pre-downloaded the needed language packs (and those only take about 20-25MB of your storage per pack).

Making dictation available offline also made it faster. What's even more impressive is that the transition hasn't cost anything in terms of accuracy.

Google Now also has its own separate widget on the homescreen.

Synthetic benchmarks

The 2013 Asus Nexus 7 is powered by Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, which packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU and Adreno 320GPU. There's 2GB of RAM on board to keep things running smoothly at all times.

The slate's chipset recorded a respectable outing in the synthetic benchmark field. Despite not being the latest and greatest available on the market today, it often rubbed shoulders with the established top dogs in the smartphone field- both in terms of CPU and GPU performance.

As far as tablets go, most of the time, the new Nexus 7 handily posted better benchmarks scores than its competitors in and around its price range. See for yourself below.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    211
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    351
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
    470
  • Samsung Galaxy 3 7.0
    483
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Plus
    488
  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
    499
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
    520
  • Huawei MediaPad
    703

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
    324
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    263
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Plus
    222
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    185
  • Google Nexus 7
    124.3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    105.2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
    86.5
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    96
  • Samsung Galaxy 3 7.0
    78

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    24716
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    24236
  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    20743
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    20216
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    20056
  • HTC Butterfly
    19513
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    19131
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Google Nexus 10
    12695
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    9070

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    3227
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    3040
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    2692
  • Google Nexus 10
    2543
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2200
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2173
  • HTC Butterfly
    2143
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    1995
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • LG Optimus G
    1723
  • iPhone 5
    1601
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    1221
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    1130

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Sony Xperia Z
    8075
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    7912
  • HTC One X+
    7632
  • LG Optimus G
    7439
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    7215
  • Oppo Find 5
    7111
  • HTC One X
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5916
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    5864
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    5552
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    4627
  • Nexus 4
    4567
  • Google Nexus 10
    4385

GLBenchmark 2.x puts the graphics processor to the test.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPad 4
    54.4
  • Google Nexus 10
    40
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    40
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    39
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    32
  • Asus Padfone 2
    31
  • Oppo Find 5
    30
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    29
  • Sony Xperia Z
    29
  • LG Optimus G
    29
  • HTC Butterfly
    27.9
  • Apple iPhone 5
    27
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    26
  • Nexus 4
    26
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15
  • HTC One X+
    12
  • HTC One X
    9

GLBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    15
  • Google Nexus 10
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    4.0

Epic Citadel, on the other hand, measures performance at native resolution.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    59.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    57.1
  • HTC One
    56.4
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    56.4
  • Sony Xperia Z
    55.6
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    55.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    54.6
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    54.2
  • Nexus 4
    53.9
  • Asus Padfone 2
    53.4
  • LG Optimus G
    52.6
  • Google Nexus 10
    52.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    43.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    41.3

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    1233
  • Huawei MediaPad
    2490
  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
    2253
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    1150
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
    1992
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
    1953
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    1891
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    1366
  • new Apple iPad
    1722
  • Google Nexus 7
    1703

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    2386
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    2228
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    2363
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
    1612
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2107
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1801
  • Oppo Find 5
    1797
  • Nexus 4
    1794
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    1774
  • Google Nexus 10
    1773
  • HTC Butterfly
    1475
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2265
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2186
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    2060
  • Google Nexus 10
    1929
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
    1633
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    1777
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
    1440
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)
    1597
  • Nexus 4
    1310

Benchmarks aside, there wasn't a task, which the 2013 Asus Nexus 7 couldn't handle with ease. We did for example, spend quite a few hours playing Real Racing 3 (ah, the joys of being a reviewer!) - one of the most graphic intensive games available out there. The tablet performed buttery smooth, without even a hint of lag.