Better late than never, finally the first Google tablet is now available for purchase via Google Play Store (https://play.google.com) in India. It has been priced at Rs. 15,999 which is higher from its US price but still value for money in comparison of all other tablets available in India. The tablet was launched in July 2012 in US. Although it took too late for Google to release the tablet in India but still its very good move from Google to make this available in India. Till sometime back only Android Apps were available in India Play Store and Google Books were introduced last month. Now Google Play Store in India has three sections Apps, Books and Devices.
Nexus 7 tablet is the first tablet from Google which is manufactured by ASUS. Google partners with various manufactures to build its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets. Nexus 4 smartphone has been manufactured by LG while Nexus 10 tablet has been manufactured by Samsung, both of these devices have not been released in India so far. One distinct feature of Nexus line of products is that these have pure Android operating system without any customization done by manufacturers. Due to this feature, Nexus devices are being updated first with every new version of Android operating system.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen
- Scratch-resistant Corning glass
- 1280×800 screen resolution
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor
- 16 GB internal memory
- 1 GB RAM
- Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth (3G or calling facility not available)
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- 4325 mAH battery
This tablet should be the first choice if someone is planning to buy a 7 inch tablet now or in near future and willing to sacrifice on 3G or calling facility. Apple iPad mini is available for around Rs. 21000 which is 5000 more than Nexus 7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is having two versions – wi-fi only is available for around Rs. 12000 while 3G+wi-fi is of same price as Nexus 7. Galaxy Tab 2 is having a dual core processor so Nexus 7 is much faster than Galaxy Tab 2.
Google has shown support for India now so we can hope for availability of other products of Nexus line specially Nexus 4 to be available in India soon.