Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 1 of Google Play 25 Billion Downloads Deal – Grab Selected Apps at 25 Cents Only

It’s the time again to grab selected premium Android apps and games at a huge discount!
The Google Play Store sale has went live where you can purchase selected Android apps and games at only 25 cents apiece. The special 25 cents app sale is to celebrate the success of Google Play surpassing 25 billion downloads.
Google Play Crossed 25 Billion Downloads
Today is the day 1 of the sale. The sale will run for five days, at which each day you will see new batch of apps and games for sale.
Here’s all the 13 apps and games on sale for today only.
Google Play 25 Billion Downloads Sale
Some of the must-have titles (if you don’t already have one) include Asphalt 7: Heat, Angry Birds Space Premium, Office Suite Pro 6 and Draw Something.
Well, the sale is not limited to apps and games only. There’s also special promo on books, movies, magazines and music over Google Play Books, Music and Movies. Only if you live in countries with access to those marketplaces.
Google Play 25 Billion Downloads Sale
Apps and Games Sale | Music Sale | Movie Sale | Books Sale | Magazine Sale

LG reveals 5″ Optimus VU II with bumped up specs

LG Optimus VU II
LG has just announced its latest 5″ smart phone, the Optimus VU II. It has just been 7 months since the original Optimus VU was introduced and already LG has released a successor so soon. The new Optimus VU II now gets an updated 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 S4 processor, bumped up 2GB of RAM and a bigger 2,150mAh battery. As comparison, previous version had 1GB of RAM and 2,080mAh battery.
It still maintains the same with a 5″ display that does 1024×768 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio. It is 9.4mm thick and weighs 159 grams. The Optimus VU II runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it also comes with NFC and wireless charging.
So far the announcement is for the Korean domestic market only. Originally seen as a competitor for Galaxy Note, this could be seen as a reaction to close the gap with the Note II that’s being rolling out globally.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Online Income Sept 2012


 It has been quite sometime since I last updated my online income. All income starts slowing down after the Google Panda, and Penguin.....
This month manage to cash out another USD 100 after many month's hardwork, also cashing out Nuffnang last month around RM60+

As you see above, income start to drop huge during June2012, where Google panda happen, that really hurts lots of bloggers around the world.

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My plan to make money online 2012 as below:
1. Google adsense: USD50/month--cashout every 2 months.
2. Generate 1 more website about Malaysia food. This seems to be a good niche although many write about good food in Malaysia, but seldom I see a stagnant in this market, most are getting more and more visitors.
3. Write my own book, not about online make money stuff, but a novel.

My Sept-YTD 2012 results
Google adsense-USD170++
Nuffnang--RM135+
InfolinkText-USD2.85

My action planned for next year:

Continue my research on niche blogs and earn more money online.
Start to study buying websites from flippa.com, learning how to flip websites, also generating more income by buying websites, to get exponential growth in my online income.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PSY싸이 - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) Waveya 웨이브야 Korean dance team

PSY싸이 - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) Waveya 웨이브야 Korean dance team

OPPA KL STYLE


OPPA KL STYLE
LYRICS:
NASI LEMAK KOPI OR TEA WE KEEP IT LOCAL
USE TAXI SANA SINI LRT WE KEEP IT LOCAL
BAJU KURUNG SARI OR A CHONG SAM WE KEEP IT LOCAL
SO KL STYLE WE KEEP IT LOCAL

COS WE HAVE BOTAK HAIR
OUR TRAFFIC JAM WITH CARS SO CRAM
OH YA ITS PANAS HERE
OUR KL VIBE BANYAK ALIVE
OUR GIRLS THEY MAKE YOU STARE
OUR BUILDINGS SEMUA TINGGI SEE KLCC THERE
AND KL TOWER THERE

I WOULD NEVER LEAVE OUR KOTA
KL CITY (HEY) KL CITY (HEY)
I WOULD NEVER LEAVE OUR KOTA
IF U DON'T KNOW WELL NOW U KNOW

OPPA KL STYLE!

JALAN TUN RAZAK JALAN IMBI THEY ALL GOT NO TOLL
THE DUKE HIGHWAY NPE KENA BAYAR TOLL
JALAN AMPANG & CHOW KIT THAT NO DON'T HAVE TOLL
NKVE KENA BAYAR TOLL

BUT THERES NO PARKING THERE
WE SPEND OUR WEEKEND AT THE MALLS LOOKING FOR PARKING BAY
THEN WHEN U JUMPA PARKING BAY WE SPEND OUR WHOLE DAYS THERE
WE JALAN JALAN DENGAN KAWAN BUT BUY NOTHING THERE
ALL WE EAT IS AIR (MAKAN ANGIN)

Sony Xperia miro and Xperia tipo dual coming to Malaysia soon

Sony Xperia miro tipo Malaysia
Sony Mobile has announced that its latest entry level Xperia miro and Xperia tipo dual will be coming to Malaysia soon. The Xperia miro is priced at RM699 while the Xperia tipo dual is priced at RM559. So far no availability dates for the Xperia miro but the dual-SIM Xperia tipo dual will be hitting the stores beginning 7th October. The single SIM version of the Xperia tipo will be available later in November with retail price unknown currently.
To recap on the specs, both Xperia miro and tipo runs on a modest 800MHz single core Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. Both comes with a 480×320 resolution display with the miro having a 3.5″ screen while the tipo has a smaller 3.2″ screen. The Xperia miro is a notch higher with 4GB of on board storage, 5MP camera and it also comes with a front facing VGA camera as well. The Xperia tipo dual has a smaller 2.9GB storage and a 3.2MP camera.
Both devices packs a 1,500mAh battery which is generous for an entry level category and both are running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If the on board storage is not enough, both devices come with micro SD slot for expansion.
Head after the break for our brief hands-on of the two devices.


'We Are KL Style' Teaser - Elecoldxhot

'We Are KL Style' Teaser - Elecoldxhot

How to Gangnam Style in 5 minutes' Dance Tutorial with Chriz Ooi (Watch in HD)


How to Gangnam Style in 5 minutes' Dance Tutorial with Chriz Ooi (Watch in HD)

McLaren P1


Behold, the much teased McLaren P1 supercar. The replacement for the venerable McLaren F1 and the dream of drivers everywhere.


McLaren promises nothing less than "the best driver's car in the world on road and track." For once, we're not at all skeptical.


What you're seeing is not a production car exactly. This is a "design study" that'll debut in person at the Paris Motor Show but one that is supposed to preview the next generation car — set to go on sale within 12 months.



Here's what McLaren's chairman Ron Dennis has to say about it "P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with P1 is to redefine it once again."


Otherwise, McLaren is fairly mum on details. It'll be faster and more expensive than the 12C, but otherwise they haven't said much. There are plenty of rumored specs that say the vehicle will have a 3.8-liter V8 producing 803 horsepower matched to a 160 horsepower KERS system giving it 963 combined horsepower.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Google NEXUS 7 Where to buy official LOCAL set?

Hotspot (previously, The Nexus Shop) in LowYat. Opened. Many local sets available. Same owner as MacStudio, Sony and Samsung shop in lowyat. Currently, only 1-year local warranty. But the Boss said he is negotatiating 1+1 for his customers and will notify when available. Price is RM999 for 16GB. When I was there at 2PM, still got a lot of stock. Another batch of 500 units coming in soon. According to the Boss. 

They have many demo sets of Nexus 7 hooked up with headphones. Can play. Even the Nexus Q is available on display.

Unit G17, Ground Floor. Just a few doors down from Samsung / HP.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

LG Optimus G officially revealed

LG Optimus G
The LG Optimus G is officially launched, propelling LG ahead with its most powerful smartphone ever. Under the hood, it is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5GHz quad-core Krait coupled with 2GB of RAM. Over at the front, it has a large 4.7″ True HD IPS Plus display that pushes 1280×768 resolution.
LG has utilised its own G2 Touch Hybrid Display which helped to reduce the overall display panels which makes the Optimus G a rather skinny 8.45mm, one of the thinnest for a large screen smart phone. As comparison, the Galaxy S II which is one of last year’s thinnest is 8.49mm thick.
On board it comes with 32GB of storage and it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s custom skin. There are couple of UI enhancement including QSlide which lets you open 2 separate screen simultaneously so that you can do 2 tasks concurrently. In the imaging section, it comes with either 13MP or 8MP camera subject to different market availability. The back of the LG Optimus G is sealed and is juiced up with a built-in 2,100mAh battery and there’s no micro SD expansion. As a flagship device, it comes with the usual bells and whistles including LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and DLNA. The Optimus G overall weighs 145 grams which is slightly heavier than its large screen rivals.
In terms of availability, it will first be available in South Korea next week with global roll out at selected markets beginning in October.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

iPhone 5 VS iPhone 4S: What're The Differences?

Finally the much anticipated iPhone 5 has been unleashed! Are you happy? Honestly I am not impressed with the new iPhone 5 (No! I am not bashing iPhone). Even though iPhone 5 looks like it has leapfrogged it predecessor (iPhone 4S) in a lot of department, iPhone 5 is still relatively weak compared to other smartphones on the market right now. IMHO, there is nothing much to shout about if we were to compare iPhone 5 with Samsung Galaxy S3 (even though Apple has months to make it better than the latter). So if you plan to upgrade your really old phone or smartphone, here are a few things about the new iPhone 5 that you need to know.
8 Things That You Need To Know About The New iPhone 5
  1. iPhone 5 is only 7.6mm thick (18% thinner compared to iPhone 4S) and 20% lighter as it tips the scale at 112grams.
  2. Viewing pleasure-wise, iPhone 5 packs a 4inch (finally) Retina Display which Apple claims have better colour saturation. This allows the new iPhone 5 to have extra set of icons to be displayed.
  3. As for connectivity, iPhone 5 now supports LTE, which is a true 4G connection.
  4. New A6 CPU-inside: This new processor is said to be 2 times faster than the brain inside of iPhone 4S. It is 22% smaller than its predecessor and definitely more energy-efficient.
  5. Better cameraS: Although the rear camera on iPhone 5 is still more or less the same as iPhone 4S-8MP with 5 element lens and an f/2.4 aperture. However the real stunning improvement about the camera on iPhone 5 is its shutter speed which is 40% faster compared to iPhone 4S. So you won't miss a thing now?
  6. Besides, iPhone 5 camera boost a new Panaromic Shooting Mode which can stitch together an effective 28 MegaPixel photo. This is truly something to shout about!
  7. Welcome Lightning-the new dock connector which is 80% smaller. Finally they have shrunk the tail!
  8. iPhone 5 will be powered by iOS6 which will have more features and comes with a more "understanding" Siri. Ha :D
iPhone 5 VS iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
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iPhone 4S
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Price (on contract)$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB
ProcessorApple A6Dual-core Apple A5
Memory1GB512MB
Display4-inch IPS 1,136 x 6403.5-inch IPS 960 x 640
Pixel Density326 ppi326 ppi
Storage16GB / 32GB / 64GB16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Primary camera
8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture
8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture
Secondary camera"FaceTime HD" at 720pVGA at 30fps
Video recording1080p at 30fps1080p at 30fps
CellularGSM / CDMA / LTEHybrid GSM / CDMA "World Phone"
WiFiDual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 (tbc)Bluetooth 4.0
Orientation sensingAccelerometer, digital compass, gyroscopeAccelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope
NavigationA-GPS, GLONASSA-GPS, GLONASS
FaceTimeWiFi and CellularWiFi-only (iOS 5)
SIM standardNanoSimmicroSIM
Battery life
Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on LTE
Up to 10 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 225 hours on standby
Up to 8 hours talk time on
3G
Up to 14 hours talk time on 2G
Up to 6 hours data on 3G
Up to 9 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 200 hours on standby
Weight112 grams / 3.9 oz140 grams / 4.9 oz
Dimensions(TBC) x 7.6mm115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm
ColorsBlack / WhiteBlack / White

Monday, September 17, 2012

Google Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire vs New iPad and More

Google Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire vs New iPad and More
Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire and Others [Comparison Chart]

Apple iPhone 5 Officially Announced, Available on September 21

Apple Inc has officially launched the next generation of its smartphone, the iPhone 5, during the September 12 event. The event took place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Apple iPhone 5 Officially Announced

iPhone 5 – the Features

On the outside, the iPhone 5 does look different from its predecessor. The all-new design iPhone 5, which is made entirely of glass and aluminium, is taller than the iPhone 4S (by 0.37 inch) but is 18% thinner (at 7.6 mm) and weigh 20% less than the iPhone 4S (at 112 grams). This made iPhone 5 the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever!
iPhone 5 features a new and larger 4-inch (1136×640 pixels at 326 ppi) Retina display (this explains why the phone is taller) and sports a new A6 chip which boosts graphics performance by 2x and has twice the CPU power than the iPhone 4S. Moreover, the Apple smartphone delivers better battery life and runs on the ultrafast wireless technology including LTE (long term evolution) and DC-HSDPA.
Apple iPhone 5 - Battery Life
As for the camera, it looks not much different from the iPhone 4S in term of the specs, expect that the camera is now thinner. Also, the 8MP iSight camera get a few new features and improvement on video recording. This includes improved video stabilization, take still photos while recording video and face detection. On the front, the Facetime camera has been upgraded to feature 1.2 MP camera for photo taking and is capable of capturing 720p HD video. It comes with backside illumination sensor too.
Apple iPhone 5
Besides that, iPhone 5 gets a new digital 8-pin connector, called Lightning. It is 80% smaller and is more durable than the old 30-pin connector.
Apple iPhone 5 - Lightning Connector
Apple also replaced the earphones with the new Apple EarPods. It features a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability. It has an incredible acoustic quality too.
On the software side, iPhone 5 comes with new iOS 6, which brings over 200 new features to the smartphone. This includes all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation, Facebook integration, Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages.

iPhone 5 Pricing and Availability

iPhone 5 comes in both black and white flavors. Yes, no one can go wrong with both flavors. On the pricing, the iPhone 5 will be available in the US, starting from $199 for 16GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, with 24-month contract. On top of that, Apple is giving attractive price cuts on existing iPhones. The 8GB iPhone 4 is now free, while the iPhone 4S costs only $99, both with a two-year contract.
Apple iPhone 5 - Pricing
Pre-orders start on Friday, September 14 and will be available on Friday, September 21 in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK.
By the end of September (on the 28th), the iPhone 4S will land on 22 more countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

GoogleNexus7-From Google websites

Thin, light and portable

Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand.
Nexus 7 Hand
  • Stunning Display
  • Stunning 7” display

    Nexus 7 brings your entertainment to life in stunning clarity on a vibrant 1280-by-800 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning® glass. With over one million pixels in your hand, text is sharper, HD movies are more vivid and gameplay is smooth and dynamic.
  • Battery Icon

    Less charging, more doing

    With over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading and up to 300 hours of stand-by time, Nexus 7 is designed to go the distance. Whether you measure battery life in chapters read, levels completed, movies watched or minutes of backseat silence, you can spend less time charging and more time doing.

    Designed with gaming in mind

    Nexus 7 was designed with gaming in mind. With heart pounding quad-core performance and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer – do a barrel roll then tilt, touch and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play.
    Built by Asus Powered by Nvidia

    Quad-core performance

    Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, meaning everything is faster – pages load quickly, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and running multiple apps is a breeze. A 12‐core GPU delivers rich and immersive graphics while patented 4-PLUS-1™ CPU design gives you processing power when you need it, and battery saving efficiency when you don’t.

    The world’s most popular platform

    Nexus 7 is powered by Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform. With smarter notifications, beautiful new widgets and home screen customization that’s as easy as drag-and-drop – Android is faster and more intuitive than ever.
  • Game

My Library

Made for Google Play

Nexus 7 was made for Google Play, so all the entertainment you love is right in your hand: the world's largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and a growing selection of magazines – plus over 600,000 apps and games.
Book App

The world's largest collection of eBooks

With over 4 million books to choose from, Nexus 7 gives you access to the world’s largest collection of eBooks. Customize your reading experience by adjusting the font, switching to day or nighttime modes, and much more.
Movie App

Pass the popcorn

Hit movies and TV shows are instantly available on Nexus 7 in full HD – there’s no waiting for downloads and syncing, or worrying about storage space. And because Nexus 7 has a high-resolution 16:9 screen, you’ll be watching your favorite content the way it was meant to be seen.
Android App

600,000 apps and games

Get all the apps and games you love on Nexus 7 – with over 600,000 titles to choose from, Google Play has something for everyone. Find the most popular free and paid apps, explore hand-picked collections, browse by category or simply search for your favorites.
  • Magazine
  • Magazine App

    Magazines

    Magazines come to life on Nexus 7. With hundreds of popular titles to choose from, you’re bound to find something for you. Buy single copies of new issues, or subscribe to your favorites on Google Play.
    Music App

    Your music, anywhere

    Take your music anywhere with Nexus 7. When you upload your existing music library to Google Play – up to 20,000 songs for free – you can stream all your tracks and playlists from the cloud so you’ll never miss a beat.

Easy import from iTunes

With the Music Manager, you can easily import your entire iTunes music library* into Google Play. Once your music is imported it automatically becomes available on Nexus 7. You'll also be able to enjoy your music on the web at play.google.com and any other Android compatible phone or tablet. You'll never need to sync or worry about backups again.
* up to 20,000 songs. Cannot include DRM protected songs.

Weather

The best of Google.

Nexus 7 comes with all your favorite Google Apps – like Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube – putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Easy to use, everything automatically syncs across your tablet, phone and computer. With tons of free cloud storage and features you’ll find nowhere else, Nexus 7 brings the best of Google together in one simple, beautiful device.
Flights

Google Now brings you just the right information, at just the right time.

It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team's score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them. Learn more.
  • Chrome App

    Browse the web Chrome fast

    Nexus 7 comes with the speed and simplicity of Google Chrome, built in. Browsing the web from your tablet has never been faster – pages load in a snap and hardware-accelerated page rendering lets you experience the mobile web, Chrome fast.
    Gmail App

    Gmail, to go

    Gmail is better than ever on Nexus 7. Intuitively swipe back and forth between email threads so you can read and respond quickly and fly through your inbox. And offline search lets you search for emails even when you don’t have a wi-fi connection.
  • Google Plus App

    Google+ Hangouts

    Nexus 7 lets you video chat with up to nine friends at once with Google+ Hangouts. You’ll look great with the 1.2MP front-facing camera, and starting a Hangout is a snap – or you can join an ongoing Hangout from your stream. Stay connected and keep the conversation going wherever you are with Nexus 7.
    YouTube App

    YouTube in HD

    Bring millions of videos from YouTube anywhere you go, ready to watch in the palm of your hand. With Nexus 7, all your favorite YouTube content is available in vibrant high-definition. Watch music videos and celebrity exclusives from upcoming and popular artists right on your Nexus 7.

GoogleNexus716GB Review

I’ve always wanted a tablet PC, but I never really wanted a 10” Tablet, and the 7” tablets on the market were generally from companies that I’d consider to be “no brand”, or they were simply too expensive for the specifications that they offered.
Along came Google with their Asus manufactured Nexus 7, which offers an IPS screen, 16GB NAND, 1GB RAM and running the latest version of Android, Jelly bean. All while coming in at 7” and a knock out price of only £199.99, as well as coming with £15 worth of credit on their app store the now named; Play store.
For the more budget aware of us out there, they also had an 8GB tablet of the same specifications that came in at £159.99 as well as coming with the £15 credit.
Initial impressions
Having used other tablets previously, such as the iPad 2 and two ICS tablets from Samsung and Asus (Friend’s laptops) I was eager to see how the interface and general usability felt, as from my personal perspective I find the iPad 2 with IOS to be smoother than the ICS tablets I used, I’m glad to say that the general smoothness of Jelly bean rivals the feelings that I had when using the iPad 2.
The tablet in my hand felt very smooth, it didn’t feel too big, nor did it feel too small. Google seem to have hit the nail on the head with regards to the form factor. One thing I did notice however is that my phone felt smaller after having a play with the Nexus and my phone’s anything from small having used my brothers Xperia U and finding it too small.
The Nexus 7 has a silver trim going along the device and the back comes in either black or brown. The back of the device is nicely textured displaying the Asus name; it feels nice to the touch and is comfortable in the hand. The Device overall feels very solid while being rather light so you’re not going to get tired from used it for prolonged periods of time.
Specification
The specifications of the Nexus 7 16GB are as follows.
Internal Storage 16GB
7" 1280x800 IPS Display
1.2MP Front-Facing Camera
1GB RAM
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
Micro USB Slot
Tegra 3 Quad Core CPU
198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
340g overall weight

The Tablet itself (Features, Software etc.)
Upon setting up the Nexus 7 (Logging into my Google account, setting up my E-mail) I’m now able to go through actually using the tablet and how it copes in everyday use, watching movies, listening to music, browsing the internet and what I think about it.
The Nexus 7 comes pre-loaded with a the latest Transformers movie that is able to be streamed via the Google service, it also comes with the “Only time will tell” book from Jeffery Archer, as well as a guide book of the Nexus 7, the books will be ran in the Google’s book application. I’ve also heard instance of them coming with a sample of the Game of thrones.
The below image was taken from my Nexus 7 using the screenshot feature to show you how the library at default is organized and the pre-loaded items that come with it ;
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On the image, you can also see the default launcher which has a selection of apps that you can launch. You can see Chrome, Google Music, Movies and Books as well as the play store. The furthest most left side has a few apps that can be launched from it, ranging from Google+ to Gmail. At the bottom, the left side is “Back”, the middle is “Home” and the right icon brings up all the open applications, which you can either use to quickly change from one application to another, or you can also use it to end applications quickly. Here are two images to show that right icon as it comes in very handy;
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Closing the applications is done by sliding your finger left on the application as dictated by second image.
The next thing I’ll talk about is the menu. For those of you who have already used Ice Cream Sandwich you won’t find any surprises here, it’s pretty much laid out exactly the same way, using the same icons and then also sliding past the menu to bring up the “widget” menu, or if you’ve got more than one page of applications, you can always press the widget tab to bring that menu up. There’s also a quick launch for the play store at the top right.
Here’s the image:
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Quite a nicely laid out menu, plenty of space between each icon, the icons all look fairly colorful.
As you can see, there’s the apps and widgets tab at the top left, and the play store shortcut at the top right.
Now we’ve seen some aspects of the Nexus 7 software, I’ll bring you to showing its browsing capabilities.
In the next image I’ve gotten for you, I’m still running the tablet in portrait. Opening up Chrome and bringing up the on the screen key pad;
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The on screen keyboard is easier to type on than I thought it’d be. I didn’t accidently press any keys at all and it was able to register the input very well, but it’s still no replacement for a dedicated keyboard. The keys are separated a fair amount of distance each, the space bar is nice and big. You can see the microphone icon next to the left of the forward slash, clicking this allows you to speak words, although I found it useful when I was only saying a single word or two (Which was more helpful for when searching for applications)
Chrome opens up with 2 tabs, it again also has a built in speech to word microphone. Browsing on the device was similar to a laptop, except with a different medium of input and being portrait. You can request to use the desktop version of a site, as I know some mobile sites aren’t quite as easy to navigate as the desktop site (Too simple if you would call it that)
When you’re browsing the internet however, portrait mode might not be the easiest and most comfortable. I decided to turn the tablet, run it in landscape. It made a different to navigating as you can imagine, when we’re on a computer we’re all essentially navigating landscape;
Google Nexus 7 - ReviewGoogle Nexus 7 - Review
As you can see, it looks much nicer to use, very much emulating how you’d browse at home or on a laptop, also gives more real estate so the websites don’t look quite as “compact” and “busy”.
One very nice feature I found in the Nexus 7 when browsing, was that when you’ve went to press a link that’s also close to another link and the software is unable to make out the ambiguous touch, it will do as below in this picture:
Google Nexus 7 - ReviewGoogle Nexus 7 - Review
Essentially zooming in upon a section and bring it up so that you’re able to press the link that you wanted. This helps to prevent going to the wrong link that you wanted. What’s more impressive about it, is even though it’s made it much bigger, it doesn’t become pixelated as it would if you were to take that small part of the site and stretch it.
For playing movies and other content you’d be better off downloading MX Player (With the hardware codec) or BSPlayer from the Play Store as unfortunately the default player on the Nexus 7 doesn’t support as many different file formats as the previously mentioned applications do.
For playing HD content, I found that I was best encoding my content on my PC using handbrake with the AppleTV2 preset. I’d hope that eventually handbrake gets a Nexus 7 preset. The Nexus 7 handles HD content very well, much better than my Samsung N150 Plus ever could.
The built in speakers on the Nexus 7 are fine for when you’re in a house and it’s quiet around you, watching a film occasionally, but they’re not very loud or powerful and I’d certainly recommended that if you intend to use it frequently for music and watching content that you invest in either some small dedicated speakers for it (That fit alongside the Nexus 7 in a stand) or get some headphones.
The Nexus 7 display I was quite impressed with. With it being an IPS monitor there wasn’t any problem with viewing angles either. Colours reproduction was very nice and bright, again much better than my Samsung N150 Plus Netbook. The Nexus 7 also uses scratch resistant glass, I didn’t find it easy to scratch and I would use my Nexus 7 quite frequently.
Conclusion
Overall I find the Nexus 7 a very nice tablet, it’s not expensive, and it’s not slow by any stretch of imagination. With it being Google’s device it will have very good software support for future versions of Android and any updates to the current iteration of Android (With it having 1 update when I first switched the device on)
For some people this device could quite easily replace their laptop (Which is the reason I opted for one) however there are some draw backs with this device. The limited storage capacity could be a problem for some people who may want to carry their music with them. For a device that’s geared towards using Cloud Storage and streaming, it seems slightly weird there’s no built in 3G (There are however rumours of a 3G model coming at a higher price, but that remains to be seen). The limited internal storage wouldn’t be an issue if the device has a micro SD slot, however it lacks one. You can use a USB OTG cable to have some extra storage, but that means you’ve got cables dangling, which can limit its portability slightly, and it’s far from slick. The lack of a micro HDMI port I also find a little bit of an annoyance, but it’s a very minor one. Another feature I’d like to have seen is being able to connect my tablet up to my 22” LG like I did with my netbook.
One very good aspect to the Nexus 7 is the competition it now brings to the market, with Acer making a 7” Tablet around the 180 pound region with similar specifications, however it has the Micro SD and Micro HDMI port that I’d like from the Nexus.
If anyone’s after a tablet for 200 pounds, then the Nexus 7 is a VERY good choice, its limitations may not be a problem for some people, the 3G can be worked around quite easily by tethering it to a smart phone and they may not need extra storage or HDMI. Therefore this product I can whole heartedly recommend.

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