Nexus 7

If you are in the market for a tablet computer that’s powerful enough to run games and apps, you will want to check out Google’s new tablet, the Nexus 7. Users of this tablet will have access to more than 675,000 apps and games through Google Play, along with millions of songs, e-books, TV shows and movies.

Android phone users will appreciate the Nexus 7, as it runs the most current version of the Android mobile operating system. The tablet has a 7-inch, touch-sensitive display and provides more than 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of Web browsing or book reading and 300 hours of standby time on a single charge. That’s enough power to watch a few movies on a cross-country flight and still be able to surf the Web when you land to look up cool things to do in your new location.

Fans of Google’s free applications and services will enjoy using the Nexus 7. It comes with familiar Google apps, such as Gmail, Chrome, YouTube (YouTube plays in vivid HD on the Nexus 7) and Google+. What’s more, the Google Now service gives you up-to-date information whenever you need it, such as what traffic is like before you head off for work or school, or when a train is due to arrive when you’re waiting in the station.

Because the Nexus 7 relies on Google’s cloud services, all your data stays synced, including contacts, music, videos, photos, calendar and Gmail. When you sign in to your free Google account, you can back up your information wirelessly so it will always be available on your Nexus 7, smartphone and your home and work computers.

The 16GB Nexus 7 with Wi-Fi is available for $199, while the 32GB model with Wi-Fi costs $249. For $249, you get 32GB, Wi-Fi and access to the Internet via the HSPA+ cellular data network.

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