Nexus 7 2013 Review

The Nexus 7 2013 is a great tablet. Even though it was released in 2013, I still highly recommend it. There are rumours about a Nexus 7 2016 but at this point, its looking unlikely. Honestly, I don’t think a new Nexus 7 is needed. Nothing else can beat the Nexus 7 2013 for under $150. In this post, I will go over what my thoughts are on the Nexus 7.

Media

The Nexus 7 is great for consuming media. I personally use my Nexus 7 to watch videos and play some intensive games on it. Even when playing games that require a lot of performance, the battery life is not bad. I don’t game for more than an two hours at a time on any mobile device because most mobile games are intended to be a pickup and go. They are not really like console or PC games. When I do play games on it for long periods of time there is a lot of app switching and with 2GB of ram, it is really good at being able to pick up where you left off (something that *cough* samsung *cough* can’t seem to figure out to do) For watching videos or movies, the Nexus 7 is great also. The 1080P screen is a nice touch. I don’t normally watch 1080P videos due to my internet connection however, I have tried watching 1080P videos on it and they look gorgeous. Everything looked fuzzy when I went back to 720P. If you watch YouTube, you are limited to watching 720P (only if the video was shot in anything higher than 30FPS). I don’t know the explanation behind this but I am assuming that the hardware might struggle trying to display 1080P 60fps (Considering some lower end computers struggle on 1080P 60FPS I don’t think this is to far off.)

The Screen

The screen on the Nexus 7 great.  Although for most things you probably will not notice the 1080P, when you watch videos you can really see the difference. While the colors are nothing amazing compared to say, a the amoled screen on the s6, they are still incredibly vibrant. The glass on the Nexus 7 doesn’t scratch that easily from my experience. There are a few scratches on the screen you can not see them unless you view the screen from an angle. One thing to note is that the screen is fragile. If enough pressure is put on the screen (not much is required) you may see pink or purple “blobs” that are especially noticeable when the backlight is turned down and the screen is displaying a darker color in that area. This may slowly fade away over time but never fully. On my unit, putting a small amount of pressure on the screen will cause all of these “blobs” to show up from previous pressure that was put on the screen. Just make sure not to put anything on your tablet’s screen and you will be good. Overall, the screen is really good for the price. It is not cheaply made and the colors are not dull at all. Asus did a nice job with the screen.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Nexus 7 is spectacular. I can binge watch videos / play games on my Nexus 7 for over two hours without any issues. I don’t normally use my tablet for much longer than that so I don’t really know how long it lasts doing these types of things. One thing to note is that I have overclocked my tablet so your results will vary. Even with it being overclocked the battery life is not that badly affected. One thing to note is that the Nexus 7 does take awhile to charge. It can take 3-7 hours to charge. If you use the official Asus charger that the tablet comes with, it takes 3-4 hours for it to reach 100%. Other chargers (chinese knockoffs, car chargers, PC USB port, etc) can take a very long time.  But the battery lasts much longer than the charging time so it all evens out.

Durability

The Nexus 7 is a budget tablet. Asus did have to take shortcuts to achieve such a good tablet at a low price. A thing I have noticed about all Nexus devices are that they really are not durable. My Nexus 7 2012 broke from being in my backpack and was crushed by my laptop. Digitizer was killed :/. I know a friend that dropped his Nexus 6P and the digitizer cracked.  They just are not meant to be used without a case (as most devices are). The Nexus 7 2013 if fairly durable. I have dropped it a couple times on hardwood floor and carpet. Luckily, it never experienced any major damage. I would recommend a case just to be safe. The Nexus 7 is really easy to bend also. I have noticed a couple times that it does not sit flat on a table. It is easily bent back but just look out for that. Compared to the Nexus 7 2012, it is much more durable and can take a lot more abuse.

Final Thoughts

I love my Nexus 7. It has been the best tablet I have ever owned. I have two Samsung tablets (Tab 3 7.0 and tab 4 7.0) both I got on two separate occasions. I never really liked them. They are really low quality for the price.  Samsung is really ripping you off on those FYI. Both of them have never seen a software update (come on samsung). Anyways, I decided to buy a Nexus 7 2012 and I was amazed at what difference the speeds were. Unfortunately it did not last long. I ended up using my Tab 4 for a while and then went on eBay to find a Nexus 7 2013 for $160. I bought that ASAP (most sellers asked for $200 and up!). Well turns out a few months later my local Microcenter changed the price to $150 😐 But honestly, it was worth it. As stated before, I love the Nexus 7. I have given it a beating and it still works. The size is just right. The battery life is perfect for my needs. The screen is a huge step up from the Tab 4 screen (not hard to beat). It is thin, portable, light and feels well made. Only problem I have is that my 16gb model runs out of storage thanks to my obsessive screenshotting addiction 😛

Thanks for reading my post! I tried to make this the best I could to make up for the inactivity lately! Let me know in the comments what I should improve! I am always trying to make my writing better! Thanks 🙂

Over Clocking the Nexus 7

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Back Story

I have had my Nexus 7 for awhile. I love it! It may be old, but old is gold (hehe). The Nexus 7 isn’t showing its age even with Android Lollipop and over 100 apps. Of course someday it will begin to show its age as apps update and require more power. I only noticed some sluggishness when I was playing 2D games. I do not know what caused this but it was very annoying. It went from anywhere between 15-60 fps. It would purge real fast and slow down too. I noticed the occasional lag when multitasking. None of these things really bothered me at all.

Over Clocking

I decided to overclock my Nexus 7 mostly for the fun of it. I was interested to see how much I could get out of my tablet. The Nexus 7 has a Snapdragon 600 (I’m pretty darn sure) that is under-clocked to 1.5 GHz and marketed as a S4 Pro. I am not sure why they do this. Maybe it is to keep the heat down or maybe it’s because the Nexus 7 uses a chip that had issues running at 1.89 GHz and they just under-clocked otherwise it would be a waste just to throw the processors that still could be used. How did I do it? To do this, I installed ElementalX. I downloaded the recovery installer. ElementalX uses that aroma installer which makes it easy to select the settings that best fit your needs. I set my CPU clock to 1.89 GHz and my GPU clock to 490 MHz. Changing the GPU clock speed for what ever reason boosted 2D games FPS significantly. I disabled the swipe to wake-up features but kept the double tap to wake enabled (It is really nice especially if it’s on a desk and you want to change the music while holding a calculator or whatever you are doing with your other hand) I also installed the ElementalX app. It allows you to change all of the things that the ElementalX kernel offers without having to reboot into recovery and reinstall the ElementalX kernel just to tweak something minor. The tablet did get a little hotter during more demanding tasks (to be expected)

The Result

I got quite a bit more performance out of my tablet and I really did not loose that much battery life. I did some benchmarks and beat the crap out of the stock Nexus 7. The ElementalX kernel also has a lot of other features too in case you don’t feel like overclocking. There are features like faster battery charging, battery saving mode (it makes the battery charge to 97% ish to save the overall battery life), double tap to wake, dimmer back light, and make your speakers MUCH louder. I made the speakers over 50% louder than they where originally attended to do. The entire tablet vibrated….. I strongly advise you NOT to do this though.

Why The Smaller Part Of The Minecraft Community Is Dying (Small servers)

A few years ago you could find small Minecraft servers everywhere. Now, they are harder to find. But why? Really the biggest problem is that bukkit has gone down. You can not get any version of bukkit from the official site anymore. I still have every version of bukkit all the way up to 1.7.10 when bukkit got shut down. I have hosted a Minecraft server for 2 years and I saw a lot of small servers while I hosted it. They where fun servers that where made by people that enjoyed hosting their server. Now most of the Minecraft servers are not like that. They seem to be big servers that just are not as friendly as smaller servers. Now that bukkit is down, it is harder to home host a Minecraft server. If you are paying for a Minecraft server, this shouldn’t affect you. The host should have all the versions of bukkit too. Spigot is still up and most of the servers that are 1.8 are spigot since bukkit never made it to the 1.8 release. Spigot is essentially bukkit but it takes less ram and they can hold more players and plugins. The problem is, if you are home hosting, it is hard to get your hands on the .jar file to run the server. Most small Minecraft servers don’t last that long but once one died, there was always a new Minecraft server that was just starting that was looking for players. It was an endless cycle. But now that you can not get the bukkit .jar file easily, the smaller part of the Minecraft community has died because once a server goes down, there is no other server that replaces it. Unless you count vanilla servers that no one plays on….

And really, no game can last forever. A game can only have a community so long before the players start playing a new game. That’s just how the gaming cycle works. Minecraft has had a good run. I think that Minecraft is dying but most games don’t last that long. Usually a game will be popular for a year or two. Minecraft, originally being called “cave game” at the time was started in 2009. It gained popularity in around mid 2010 to 2011. Now most of the Minecraft players are just 8 year olds that are not helping the community. Minecraft had a good run. It was a fun game. But now it is time for a new game to come out that is better than Minecraft and is for all ages. Soon Minecraft will be forgotten. It may be another few years before Minecraft is completely dead, but time will tell.

Best part of Guild War

Guilds Wars 2 is great game and there are so many hours of game play. The art is amazing and unlike any game that I have played but since there is so many things to do in the game, I’m going to talk about my favorite part of Guild Wars 2. One of the best parts of Guild Wars 2 is that it is a one time purchase. Once you buy it, no don’t need to spend any more money to play the game. The best part of Guild Wars 2 in my opinion is the PVP. Every map has a different game mode and there is a new game mode in the works that has been put up every now and then for stress testing. The game play on PVP is unlike any other MMO with PVP. It is actually more intense than you would expect. The pace is pretty fast. There is a lot of strategy to PVP and once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier.

If you ever find yourself getting bored of your character, you can change your character’s build and change his pets and abilities. You can always make a new character too. I like ranched characters so the Ranger or Necromancer is really fun for me. I found myself finding the game really boring after awhile of playing my ranger so I decided to created a Necromancer. This really made the game more interesting for me. You also can always pick another race for another story line. When you first make a guild wars account, you can not play PVP. Once you get to level 23 you can play PVP. You only need one character over level 22 to play PVP as any character. So you can always make a new character and instantly go to PVP without completing any quests. Playing PVP gets you a lot of good gear. You can earn levels and skill points by doing well in PVP. In fact, you can level your character all the way up to 80 without completing a single quest just through PVP. Everyone is the same level in PVP so you do not have to have good gear to do well. Your gear is evened out so even if you are low level, you can still beat a level 80. Guild Wars 2 PVP is really a unique experience and you have to play it to enjoy it. If you don’t find PVP interesting or even the game interesting, you should try playing as a different class. Some classes are more interesting that others depending on your likes. Anyways, if you read through my ran, thanks.

This was my first review so don’t judge it to hard. If you thought it was good or want more of these reviews from me, leave a like or comment!

Peace!

– Poebat

My Computer Specs

Hosting machine that hosts Poecraft and some other steam game servers:

Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 @ 3.33 GHz (Not over unlocked so I can not get it to go over 3.33 Ghz)

Motherboard – ASUS Rampage Formula 2008 “Republic of Gamers” ASUSTek Computer INC LGA775

Case – X-CLIO case of some sort

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Graphics Card – AMD Radeon 6800 series GPU @ 850 MHz Memory 1 GB @ 1110 MHz

OS (At the moment) – Windows 7 64 Bit Pro

Monitor – Cheap Acer  1440 x 900 P191W

RAM – 4 GB DDR2 Ram @400 MHz (Overclocked to 600 MHz)

Keyboard – PC Concepts Rubber Dome Keyboard, feels GREAT typing

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SSD? No

Gaming Machine:

Processor – Intel i5 2500k over clocked to 3.60 Ghz

Motherboard – Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68XP-UD3 (Socket 1155)

Case – Corsair 3000 something

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Graphics Card – 2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

OS – Windows 7 64 Bit Pro

Monitor – (Main) ASUS VE247 1920 x 1080 (Second) Acer 1440 x 900 P191W

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RAM – 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)

Keyboard – Logitech G15

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Mouse – Logitech Gaming Mouse

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SSD? No

Laptop

Processor – Intel i5 520M

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Motherboard – HP Motherboard of some sort

Graphics Card – Built in Intel HD Graphics 1.0 (2008)

Monitor – Generic 1366×768 Anti Glare

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RAM – 4GB DDR2

SSD? Yes 260 GB Kingston

Model – HP ProBook 6450b From 2008

OS – Windows 7 64 Bit Pro

Hello!

This is my second attempt posting this because the first one failed. So I will try to make this short and sweet.

This website will be replacing Poecraft.yolasite.com and my other personal site.

Poecraft: I am looking for more players otherwise I will have to shut down Poecraft 😦 I have been hosting Poecraft for 2 years now and I do not want to shut it down. The amazing IP is 98.115.49.106. Nice and bold.

Also I will see how this website works out for me. This website is made for a blog so I am not sure how open to customization is. I might be able to take some HTML from my personal home hosted website and put it in here.
Poebat