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Nexus 7: Solid hardware for the price
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Nexus 7: Solid hardware for the price

My first thought when I saw the pricing for the Google Nexus 7 tablet was how many corners did Asus have to cut to come up with the $199 price tag. There is the obvious omission of a rear facing camera..something I believe few people will miss..but for the rest we have to look under the hood. That’s where the mad geniuses at iFixit come into the picture.

No surprise, iFixit confirms the 4,326 mAh battery and Tegra 3 chipset Google advertises, and noted that the 1280 x 800 display is manufactured by Hydis. One big surprise, there’s a pair of speaker drivers. This  despite the single speaker grill and Google’s official specs page that says the Nexus 7 uses a single speaker. The glass covering the screen remains a mystery. iFixit wasn’t able to confirm whether the Corning-made cover is Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 2, or something else entirely.

Overall iFixit found the Nexus 7 to be made of good quality materials and gave it a repairability score of seven out of ten; almost as good as the Kindle Fire, and significantly more repairable than the new iPad. To see all the details, check out iFixit’s full teardown right here.

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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