Tech guru David Pogue hails Google’s new Nexus 7 but dings tablet for apps

by Doug Drinkwater

August 9 2013

Well-regarded tech reviewer David Pogue has praised Google’s new Nexus 7 for its price and hi-res display, but is less impressed by the lack of Android tablet apps.

Writing for The New York Times, Pogue addressed the key features of the Nexus 7 in a light-hearted open letter to Google.

His article begins by comparing the changes over the first-generation model, noting the tablet's new “mediocre” camera on the back, a readjusted snapper on the front, stereo speakers and the addition of “very slow” wireless charging.

Pogue though was more impressed with the tablet’s 1920 x 1200 resolution display, which represents a significant upgrade on the 1280 x 800 resolution screen which featured on the original model.

“And that screen — wowsers. It’s glorious, bright and sharp. You maintain, Google, that at 323 dots per inch, it’s the sharpest of any 7-inch tablet. I believe you’re right.”

The tech columnist went onto note the tablet’s smooth and fluid touchscreen response and quotes the battery life at around a day and a half for "typical on-off use".

Pogue did have some bugbears with the Android tablet, mind. He was less impressed with the new plastic rear and noted some minor issue with the new restricted profile feature on Android 4.3. However, Pogue reserved his most severe criticism for the quality of Android tablet apps.

“The crushing disappointment is, as always, the selection of Android tablet apps. Your catalog is coming along, but a lot of “tablet apps” for Android are still just Android phone apps with wider canvases; they haven’t actually been designed to exploit the larger tablet screen efficiently, as they have on iPads.”

In his conclusion, Pogue said that the new Nexus 7 would be more likely for potential Kindle Fire buyers, rather than those looking to pick-up an Apple iPad.

“Thank you, Google. You’ve produced another deeply satisfying machine. You kept the price reasonable. And you’re doing a great job of keeping your competitors honest — and pushing the great tablet envelope just enough to keep things interesting.”

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