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Nexus know-how: Getting to know Google's devices


With this year’s release of the Google Nexus 7 tablet (and the exciting arrival of Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 smartphone), there’s big buzz around the Android tablet and phone. Google's Nexus family is Apple's toughest competition at the moment. But before diving into what sets Google's Nexus family of products apart from the rest of the so-called iPhone and iPad killers, take a look at what makes the latest Android OS release, Jellybean, so special. 

How Android works

In a nutshell, Android’s popularity is due to its variety. Android works for anyone who uses Gmail, Google Maps and Navigation, Docs and Cloud services, and more. Because of its open source policy, the Android operating system offers plenty of customization and control. That means more options and third-party manufacturers to choose from.

What is open source?

Android is open source, which means that Google creates and develops the platform, then gives it away to manufacturers who want to use Android on their devices. Just what does that mean to you? Access to the world’s largest collection of eBooks, and an endless supply of music, movies, games, and more.

Now that you have a handle on what sets Android apart as an operating system, discover a bit more about the Google Nexus 7 and the just-released Nexus 10. 

Google Nexus family

The Nexus 7 is Google's first tablet, and the first device to be powered by the latest Android operating system: 4.1 or “Jelly Bean.” 

Here’s a look at the unique features:

Size and display. The 7-inch tablet is the perfect travel companion fitting perfectly in your hand or in your handbag.  The 10-inch Nexus competes heavily with its impressive 2560 x 1600 screen resolution and stereo sound system.

Display. The high-resolution display technology is perfect for watching HD movies, browsing the web, or playing games.

Battery life. The impressive battery performance promises 10 hours of web browsing and nine hours of HD video playback, enough for a nice long roadtrip with the kids, or a plane ride from California to New York, and then some.

Price. With prices starting below the $250 mark, the Nexus family delivers affordable mobile devices with high performance marks.  

With so many choices in mobile devices, and the emergence of Google's Nexus offerings, there's no doubt you'll find the right smartphone or tablet to suit your needs. Take a tablet with you and organize all your files in one, easy to access place. Use it to show coworkers a presentation or to stay entertained while on the road. Most importantly, the Nexus family offers options that are affordable, durable, helping it to last for years to come. 

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