Google Unveils New Mobile Devices


Recently, in late October, Google unveiled its new lineup of mobile devices which features the Nexus 10 (tablet), Nexus 4 (phone), and Nexus 7 (tablet). While Google’s Nexus 7 tablet was available for months, Google has now changed their $200 Nexus 7 to a 16GB model and the $250 one to 32GB. This was likely due to the base model of Apple’s iPad Mini featuring 16GB of internal storage. Essentially, Google widened the price gap between Apple’s 7 inch tablet and its Google counterpart to $130 (a 65% increase). Additionally, Google has added a new $299 32Gb model with HSPA+ cellular connectivity.

Nexus 10 is, as the name suggests, a 10.1 inch tablet. Granted that Samsung and Google partnered up to create this device, it should come at no surprise that the device harnesses Samsung’s latest chip: the dual core Exynos 5 (A15) clocked at 1.7GHz. Bundled along with that snappy CPU is a Mali T604 graphics processor. Along with the recent trend in high end Android devices, Nexus 10 utilizes 2GB of RAM and runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). However, it lacks a microSD slot. All that power is certainly not going to waste with a gorgeous 2560 x 1600 resolution display boasting 300 ppi (pixels per inch). To put that into perspective, Apple’s newest iPad offers 264 ppi. At last Android tablets have surpassed the ppi of Apple’s tablets which are notorious for the excellent ppi. Not only does Google’s 10 inch tablet pack some fantastic features, but it also comes at an excellent price of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for its 32GB counterpart. Apple’s newest iPad, in comparison, is priced at $100 for the same capacities.

At that price, one would expect both rear and front cameras-and Google certainly does not disappoint. Nexus 10 includes a 5 megapixels mounted horizontally on the rear and a 1.9 megapixel horizontally mounted camera on the  front. Along with the decent hardware, Google has packed quite some incredible photo software into their Nexus 10 and Nexus 4-namely Photo Sphere which essentially allows for a 360 degree panorama view option.

Google Nexus’s successor, Nexus 4, prices in at a meager $299 and $349 for the unlocked 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. As with the rest of Google’s mobile lineup, no microCD slot was implemented. At those prices, one would not expect much from this phone. As with the debut of Nexus 7, Nexus 4 packs extremely powerful components for the price or for any price for that matter. Its quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz along with 2GB of RAM keep the phone zipping along at all times. Qualcomm’s new Adreno 320 GPU ensures great video performance and the ability to run all apps and games released so far and likely for the next few years. This powerful smartphone certainly does not put its great CPU and GPU to waste with an eye-stunning 4.7 inch 1280 x 768 resolution display featuring 320 ppi-yes that is “retina” in Apple terminology. One almost unprecedented feature of this phone is its wireless charging ability. In terms of connectivity, Nexus 4 supports NFC (near field communictions), Bluetooth, WiFi, and GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ cellular connectivity. However, Nexus 4 is infamous for not not utilizing 4G LTE which has grown much more robust in the past year or so.

Undoubtedly, Google’s new phone features some excellent shooters-cameras, that is. On its rear the phone contains an 8 megapixel camera capable of 1080p video and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. As with Nexus 10, Nexus 4 also utilizes Photo Sphere.

In a nutshell, Google’s lineup appears very promising.

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