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

The magnificent seven

GSMArena team, 09 August 2013.

Gallery

The Default view of the gallery is Albums, a list of all folders with photos in a rectangular grid. The other views are Locations (photos are grouped based on where they were taken), Times (grouped by when they were taken), People (photos with tagged faces in them) and Tags (these are general tags you can add manually).

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The Gallery app

A handy option is the Make Available Offline feature - it lets you easily select multiple online albums and download them for offline viewing. The Gallery app supports online albums like Picasa (but not Facebook) and you can set it to sync photos over Wi-Fi only.

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Making an album available offline

Getting inside an album displays all the photos in a rectangular grid, which is horizontally scrollable. When you try to scroll past the end, the photo thumbnails will tilt to remind you.

Viewing single images has been tweaked somewhat. You still get the convenient share button along with a menu with several options - Crop and rotate tools, a more feature-rich Editor (we'll get back to it in a minute) and a slideshow.

You can swipe left and right to move between images in an album and you can also pinch to zoom out to display a strip of three images at a time. This is an easy way to quickly browse photos but also delete some - you just swipe them up or down. When you discard an image, an undo button appears allowing you to restore it.

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Viewing a photo • deleting photos

A small icon at the bottom left launches the Editor (or you can do it from the menu). The editor offers filters, frames, crop/rotate/straighten tools along with color correction effects ranging from auto color to manual curves control. Most of these options have a slider that lets you apply the effect with the desired intensity.

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The image editor

Sub-par video player

Videos by default are once again accessed via the Gallery app. There is not a dedicated video player app.

There's absolutely no way to sugarcoat this - the stock video player in Android has remained well below average in the latest 4.3 version of the OS. It played only MP4 format files, which were captured by the tablet's camera. Curiously, when we uploaded an MP4 movie via the USB cable, the player refused to play it.

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The stock video player is hardly usable

Of course, with the Google Play Store readily available, there are plenty of capable movie players to choose from. We managed the play the abovementioned MP4 file without any hickups, using a third party player from the Play Store.

Google would also happily take your money for giving you access to its own rich library of available video content.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music is the default player for your tunes - both online and on your device.

The dropdown menu is used to organize your music library - there's Recent (the default view), Albums, Artists, Songs, Playlists and Genres.

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Google Play Music

The Now playing interface features the album art with the track info and playback controls. You can tap it to reveal more options - upvote/downvote the song, a scrubber and shuffle and repeat toggles

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Now playing interface

From the Settings key you can get into the equalizer. It can be turned on and off and features several presets along with a user defined one. If you plug in a headset, you can also play with the Bass boost and 3D effect sliders.

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The equalizer

While the player is working, a playback control widget that features the album art and track info for the current song along with simple playback controls is added to the list of widgets on the lockscreen, pushing back the ones already there. There are playback controls in the notification area too.

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Playing music in the lockscreen and the notification area

Audio output good, but not the best

The Google Nexus 7 (2013) delivers perfectly clean audio output when connected to an active external amplifier. Its volume levels are lower than we would have expected from a tablet, but it's not too bad either.

With headphones plugged in, the output quality takes a slight knock - the stereo crosstalk goes up notably and some intermodulation distortion creeps in. Volume levels drop significantly, too, so overall the performance is somewhat unspectacular for the tablet league. It's not too bad, mind you, and had it been a smartphone we would have been perfectly happy with it - it's just that most tablets tend to do even better here.

Check out the table and see for yourself.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Google Nexus 7 (2013)+0.00, -0.23-92.292.30.0360.020-92.3
Google Nexus 7 (2013)(headphones attached)+0.83, -0.12-92.492.30.0100.208-49.3
Apple iPad mini+0.08, -0.09-82.882.80.00190.017-80.8
Apple iPad mini (headphones attached)+0.18, -0.02-82.882.90.00360.115-80.7
Google Nexus 7+0.03, -0.11-69.870.50.0240.069-72.1
Google Nexus 7 (headphones attached)+1.39, -0.28-86.467.90.0110.723-52.9

Google Nexus 7 (2013) frequency response
Google Nexus 7 (2013) frequency response

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

LOL the one thing that can't be fixed by a software update is a grounding issue. That's the most basic hardware issue there is! Similar to the on/off switch being broken...

  • ksinha165

Yea surprisingly we can bro :D

  • yardbird

Yes it does support OTG and it had sim slot(only lte version)