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The Google Nexus Family

Google recently announced their full line of Nexus tablets and smartphones, coinciding the same time as Apple shared their new iPad mini with the world.

Google’s new family has arrived for the holiday season, and we at Blackle Mag have prepared a quick review of the devices to help prepare your holiday shopping.

Android manufactures typically place their own modified versions of the software into devices they sell, which has created something of a fractured Android experience.

However, Google Nexus products run pure Android OS, which also means that Nexus products will receive operating software updates before any other Android device.

The Tablet Family:
Samsung Nexus 10: $399-$499

Manufactured by Samsung, this tablet is the only 10” device of its kind to boast direct developmental support from Google. Starting at just $399 for the 16GB model, the Nexus 10 feels and looks like a quality tablet befitting of Google’s signature approval.

The Nexus 10 has a powerful 1.7GHZ dual-core A15 processor with 2GB of RAM, Micro HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, weighs 1.33lbs, and has a thickness of 0.35in. In short, it’s stronger, lighter, and thinner than the iPad and competing 10” tablets.

The sharp display is also impressive with its 300PPI pixel density, making it the highest-resolution 10” tablet ever. This is especially great for high-definition media consumption and tablet gaming.

Asus Nexus 7: $199-$299
Google’s first true foray into the tablet world, the Nexus 7 has sold nearly 1 million units per month since its availability. Running on Android 4.1(Jelly Bean), this 1.3GHZ quad-core tablet with 1GB of RAM packs a deep punch. Compared to other 7” tablets in the market, the Nexus 7 boasts the highest quality specifications of them all.

It weighs in at just 11.99oz, and measures 0.41in thick, with a 226PPI pixel density. Like the Nexus 10, the Nexus 7 also has NFC capabilities, but lacks a rear-facing camera and HDMI output. Depending on what your tablet needs are, this could be a determining factor for purchasing the tablet, or simply another spec you wouldn’t use anyways. Regardless, the Nexus 7 is a definitely a top-quality tablet at nearly one-third the cost of its larger competitors.

The Smartphone Family:
LG Nexus 4: $299-$349

The Nexus 4 represents Google’s latest pure-Android smartphone attempt. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus debuted to mixed reviews, and didn’t quite catch on as a market leader. This time around, Google opted to have LG develop their flagship smartphone.

The Nexus 4, which comes in 8GB and 16GB models, has a 4.7in screen, pixel density of 318PPI, and a 1.5GHZ quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 4 has an 8mp rear-camera, and a 1.3mp front-camera, with Google Photo Sphere capabilities.

Google is selling their new smartphone as “Unlocked”, which means you can purchase the device and use it on any wireless network without needing to sign a new contract. Compared to Apple’s iPhone 5, which retails at $650 without a contract, the Nexus 4 presents an economical option, while offering a zero-compromise Android device at the highest of its class.

This holiday season, your tablet choices have come down to the Nexus 10 or the iPad.

In the mini-tablet market, the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire, and the iPad mini are the top three for quality and design.

In the smartphone arena, your clear winners are the Samsung Galaxy s3, the Nexus 4, or the iPhone 5.

Each has their own unique abilities and solutions for a variety of needs. You can find most of these tablets and smartphones at your nearest Best Buy, Walmart, and Apple Store, or purchase them online.

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